Title– Sola: How the Five Solas are Still Reforming the Church
Contributors– Jason K. Allen, general editor, Jared C. Wilson, Jason Duesing, Matthew Barrett, and Owen Strachan
Publisher– Moody Publishers
I received this book in the mail quite a long time ago, but with my trip to Austria and my move to Illinois for ministry, I just haven’t had the time to upload my review. Nevertheless, here it is!
If you are looking for an introduction to Church History, with a focus on the Reformation, look no further than Sola: How the Five Solas are Still Reforming the Church. The book was easy to read, understandable, and provides a glimpse into the importance of the five Solas.
Each contributor has their own chapter on one of the five Solas. My favorite was Matthew Barrett’s chapter on Solus Christus (Christ Alone). He did a fantastic job walking through some of the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church around the time of the Reformation and lovingly pointing out its flaws. Then, he beautifully explained the importance of the Incarnation, the atonement, and the finality of Christ’s sacrifice to satisfy God’s wrath for man’s sin.
Sola is a simple book. The intention probably wasn’t to be too heavy with information so that anyone could pick the book up and easily gain an understanding of the five Solas. I rated this book 4.8/5 because of the endnotes. In books on history, especially the Reformation, it would be helpful to see footnotes with citations on the resources, rather than endnotes in the back of the book that force you to break from your flow of reading. However, that is a small detail that shouldn’t impact whether you read this book or not.
Overall, I would recommend this book to those unfamiliar with the history and importance of the five solas to the Christian faith. Those familiar with the history of the Reformation and solas might be a little picky with what wasn’t included in the book, therefore distracting them from the simplicity and benefits of this small book to the believer.
Sola is an affordable, short read and worth having on your shelf.