I first learned about Wayne Grudem when I was a college student still young in the faith and relatively unformed in theology. My campus director for Cru had studied with him at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and led a small group of men through Systematic Theology. It was the first book my girlfriend, now wife, gave me as a gift. The book sent me on a theological journey that has opened new insights into God's Word and equipped me to teach others.
I'm grateful that Zondervan, his publisher, has made four of his eBooks available today (and only today until 11:59 p.m. ET) at steep discounts. So if you haven't already picked up Grudem’s monumental Systematic Theology, get it today for only $7.99. At 80 percent off, that’s the steepest discount Zondervan has ever offered on the book. Then there are Grudem’s celebrated “condensations” of Systematic Theology: the mid-sized Bible Doctrine ($3.99 today), which recently appeared as an eBook for the first time. The even briefer condensation, Christian Beliefs, is only $1.99 today.
Another widely read and timely Grudem’s eBook Politics—According to the Bible is just $3.99 (original price $31.99)—an 87 percent discount.
Zondervan’s sale on Wayne Grudem’s eBooks ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET (2/2/15). Sale prices apply to U.S. websites only. Apologies to international readers.
Sale: $7.99. Original: $39.99
There is a profound irony in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology: at once it is the thickest theology book you’ve ever seen, but one of the easiest to read. Thorough in scope but crystal clear—and highly applicable to everyday life—this book is one of those rare theology tomes that has transcended the interest of theology buffs, to be eagerly devoured in classrooms, churches, and small groups. And composing nearly 1,300 pages in print, Systematic Theology is a feast of evangelical thought.
“It is penetrating but not confusing; readable and clear but not superficial; biblically grounded, even biblically saturated, but not textually careless or glib; devout and reverent but not uncritical or naïve. I expect to turn to it for decades.”
— John Piper, DesiringGod.org
“It seeks your spiritual no less than your intellectual formation.”
— J. I. Packer, Regent College
In Its Own Words
“I do not believe that God intended the study of theology to be dry and boring. Theology is the study of God and all his works! Theology is meant to be lived and prayed and sung! All of the great doctrinal writings of the Bible (such as Paul's epistle to the Romans) are full of praise to God and personal application to life.”
“I am convinced that there is an urgent need in the church today for much greater understanding of Christian doctrine, or systematic theology. . . . One day by God's grace we may have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply, and live the doctrinal teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own jobs or hobbies—or the fortunes of their favorite sports team or television program. It is not that Christians lack the ability to understand doctrine; it is just that they must have access to it in an understandable form. Once that happens, I think that many Christians will find that understanding (and living) the doctrines of Scripture is one of their great joys.”
Sale: $3.99. Original: $27.99
Wayne Grudem and Jeff Purswell condense Systematic Theology into a shorter survey called Bible Doctrine. It’s about half the length of Systematic Theology, but forfeits none of that book’s clarity or usefulness for the daily Christian life. Want to strengthen your understanding of essential Christian doctrine, but can’t find the time for 1,200-plus pages? Coming in at 568 pages in print, Bible Doctrine is a hearty meal and could be your best pick.
“The two comments that I hear most frequently from people who have read Systematic Theology or Bible Doctrine are ‘Thank you for writing a theology book that I can understand’ and ‘This book is helping my Christian life.’”
— Wayne Grudem
In Its Own Words
“I have written [this book] for students—and not only for students, but also for every Christian who has a hunger to know the central doctrines of the Bible in greater depth.”
“I have tried to make Bible Doctrine understandable even for Christians who have never studied theology before. I have avoided using technical terms without first explaining them. And most of the chapters can be read on their own so that someone can begin at any chapter and grasp it without having read the earlier material.”
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Wayne Grudem and his son, Elliot Grudem, boil down Bible Doctrine into the 20 most essential doctrines on the Christian faith. You’ll find biblical answers to questions such as what is creation? What is sin? What is the church? Grudem’s clear presentation of biblical teachings has made Christian Beliefs a perennial favorite in church Bible studies and small groups. Perfect for new Christians and anyone a little intimidated by larger theology books.
“This summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith.”
— J. I. Packer, Regent College
“These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion—and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith.”
— R. Albert Mohler Jr., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Knowing and understanding basic Christian beliefs is important for every Christian. People who don’t know what the Bible teaches will have no ability to distinguish truth from error, and they will be like ‘children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine’ (Ephesians 4:14). But Christians who have a solid foundation will be more mature, will not be easily led astray, will have better judgment, and ‘will have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).’
Sale: $3.99. Original: $31.99
Gun ownership. Gay rights. The rich and the poor. To these critical issues and more than 50 others, Grudem applies the keen analysis and biblically based reasoning that he’s honed during 30-plus years of teaching biblical ethics. Want to know more? Watch Grudem’s interview on foxnews.com.
“The fuzzy thinking of many evangelicals is corrected in Wayne Grudem's biblical and irenic assessment of contemporary politics.”
— Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“A sweeping, and inspiring, guide to politics and government. . . . . A comprehensive but extremely readable and easy-to-use primer on how a Christian guided by Scripture should think about all of the many issues facing a citizen today.”
— Hugh Hewitt, Chapman University School of Law
In Its Own Words
“I support political positions in this book that would be called more ‘conservative’ than ‘liberal.' . . . . It is important to understand that I see these positions as flowing out of the Bible’s teachings rather than positions that I hold prior to, or independently of, those biblical teachings. And I do not hesitate to criticize Republican policies where I differ with them. . . . My primary purpose in the book is not to be liberal or conservative, or Democratic or Republican, but to explain a biblical worldview and a biblical perspective on issues of politics, law, and government.”
“I hope that Christians who take the Bible as a guide for life will find these discussions encouraging. I believe that God’s perspective on politics is joyful ‘good news,’ just as the rest of the Bible is good news for all areas of life!”