“Good read. Lots of things to ponder and some interesting perspectives.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Gilbert does a great job of describing the core of Christian gospel in a way that is thoughtful and provocative. His approach allows you to get the message whether you consider yourself a Christian or not.”Damon R wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Most people don't know what it actually is. This brief read will explain it.”David Pauken wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a great little book on a hugely important topic. Gilbert's writing style is engaging and biblical. He lays things out really clearly with some great stories and analogies. This was really helpful as I was preparing a message on The Gospel. There is an especially good excerpt in one of the early chapters where Gilbert takes us to task on how pitiful our view of God often is. ”Nick P wrote this review Saturday, November 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good read. Lots of things to ponder and some interesting perspectives.”Vin's Books wrote this review Sunday, June 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book that dives into what is and what isn't the Gospel. ”William Smith wrote this review Monday, June 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is definitely a must read. Very clear and precise explanation of the Gospel, which sadly many Christians today are unable to articulate, or simply do not have a good understanding of what the Gospel is.”JosueRaul wrote this review Sunday, May 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did a great job describing the true Gospel message of Jesus Christ. ”Mike C wrote this review Monday, May 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very helpful and concise explanation of the most glorious truth in the universe - the gospel. ”Matthew J LaCava wrote this review Saturday, February 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What is the Gospel? This is a really important question, and a timely book (because legitimately there’s a lot of talk about the gospel within the religious landscape right now). Gilbert’s answer in four words: God. Man. Christ. Response. This book seems to have been written both to clarify the gospel for the average person, and to help guard against what the author feels are slight distortions of the gospel message prevalent within evangelical circles today (e.g. those focusing too heavily on the kingdom of God in the here and now, those re-articulating the gospel mainly in meta-narrative language rather than penal substitutionary language, and perhaps those whom Gilbert feels are listening too closely to authors such as Leslie Newbigin, N. T. Wright, Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, etc.*). My opinion on the book: challenging, thought-provoking, and helpful; though, perhaps slightly lacking some nuance that I might have preferred about the kingdom / gospel / meta-narrative discussion (not that I necessarily disagree with Gilbert’s conclusions).
Verdict: Read it. It’s a quick read. And let it challenge you to think hard about the gospel.
Four out of Five Black Cups of Coffee.
*this is just my guess”