Thanks to B&H Publishing for the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of the book Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason. I had reviewed his last work entitled Manhood Restored and I was not going to turn down this opportunity.
Beat God to the Punch is a catchy title that grabs your interest. It immediately grabbed my interest in that I wanted explanation as to what the title meant. It seems like an impossibility from the title, and I needed clarity as to what the title meant. The book is all about living a grace filled life. Personally, the title could have been something totally different, because in the end, I did not get the correlation between living a grace filled life and beating God to the punch. I get the gist of the book, and I enjoyed the brief read, but I could not adequately explain to you what beating God to the punch totally means. I recognize that it is found in the idea of submitting yourself to the Lordship of Christ, but the title was a bit off in its explanation found within the book. That is my brief criticism of the book.
The brief read is filled with grace centered content. The book is divided into 5 short chapters. 1) Crossing Paths with Grace 2) Experiencing Grace 3) How Grace Works 4) Grace Recovered 5) Completing Work of Grace. Through these 5 chapters, Mason tackles the topics of Discipleship within the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Here are a few thoughts on the content of the book:
- The book is a quick easy read – The book only has 108 pages including notes. It is an easy read that I would recommend for you to pick up. Do not let the title scare you off. The content is worth it. I recognize that many Christians do not have a great deal of time to devote to extra reading so this is a brief read for you.
- The book is saturated with grace – If you want to learn more about saving grace, this book is for you. If you want to read more about sustaining grace, this book is for you. If you want a better understanding of demonstrating grace, once again this book is for you. Grace is found throughout the book as you saw from the listing of the chapters above. In fact, you could use this book as a theology book on grace. It carries many of the doctrinal and theological concepts of the grace of our Lord.
- My personal highlight of the book was when Mason highlights the name for Jesus in chapter 3- How grace works. He lists the many names of Jesus in the book, and it is quite overwhelming and humbling. You come to the conclusion that Jesus should be everything to us!
Eric Mason is confounder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin). Eric and hhis wife have two children.