John Calvin is numbered among the maligned. He was a target in the 16th century and he continues to attract the attention of the uninformed today. Yet Calvin’s life was a pilgrimage characterized by God’s providential grace. It was God’s providential grace that led him from place to place, equipping him for a lifetime of ministry. It was God’s providential grace that sustained him during his period of exile and sheltered him through the storm. It was God’s providential grace that empowered him to write and preach and shepherd people for the glory of God. It was God’s providential grace that brought him “through many dangers, toils and snares” to coin a phrase by John Newton. Indeed, it was God’s providential grace that rescued his soul from hell and seated him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6).
Michael Horton beautifully records the life, legacy, and pastoral ministry of the Genevan reformer in his latest work, Calvin on the Christian Life. Horton honestly assesses Calvin’s role both theologically and pastorally in categories that are unique to the one of the world’s most well-known leaders. Horton’s work is readable without being simplistic and alerts readers to some of the defining moments of Calvin’s life. Calvin on the Christian life is a welcome guest in the ever-expanding books which survey the Protestant Reformation.