From Death to Life

An Overview of the Foundational Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
180 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2024
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

After John J. Cobb accepted Jesus, because of the lack of information about Christianity in the area into which he moved, he was coerced into a different denomination. He went back to Christianity but he had to work hard to discover the fundamentals of the religion. Cobb wrote From Death to Life to appeal to all readers, and he seeks to help people who want to learn more about God. He presents them with the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. The author details God's holiness and sovereignty, outlines sin and sin force, discusses foreknowledge and predestination, touches on faith and hope, highlights the Holy Spirit and the word of God in salvation, and the process of sanctification. Cobb provides questions at the end of each chapter to emphasize certain points in the text and allow readers a place to reflect on them.

Many Christians can't define their religion, but John J. Cobb uses three decades of scriptural study to present the truths as he knows them and discusses key doctrines that are essential to a Christian. His goal is to inform readers so they may search the scriptures for truth and understand God more clearly. The author's graphics were direct and clarified his key points. I was especially interested in how influence plays a part in the introduction of sin, the way "sin force" entered the world, and Cobb's in-depth explanation of how sin separated Adam from God and how you may be "born again." From Death to Life is motivational and uplifting, providing moments of enlightenment as readers gain a deeper understanding of certain biblical concepts.