Ally’s #43: A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

This little book might end up in all of my friend’s Christmas stockings. It can be easily read on a rainy afternoon, and certain sections are so brief that they can be read on a daily basis to remind oneself of the glories of the gospel.

The book is separated into three parts. The first, and longest section, is entitled “Reasons to Rehearse the Gospel Daily.” There are 31 reasons the author covers. I really appreciate that the lower half of nearly every page is filled with scripture references to substantiate the author’s claims.

Section II is called “A Gospel Narrative.” It’s a 41 point recap of the gospel. As a bullet-point-minded kind of girl, I found the author’s succinct, matter-of-fact points easily digested. It’s so brief that this mini-narrative would also be easily memorized or tucked away in one’s pocket for frequent access to the truth of which we need to be constantly reminded.

Section III takes the bullet points from the previous section and puts it in the form of poetry. It was so beautifully and simply written that I found myself trying to maintain my composure in the middle of the busy coffee shop where I was studying.

I’ll be keeping this book my bedside. I also think it will be a great resource to have on hand to share with friends who are curious about what the gospel means and entails. I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes:

The gospel is the one great permanent circumstance in which I live and move; and every hardship in my life is allowed by God only because it serves His gospel purposes in me.

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