Book Review: A Father Who Keeps His Promises

Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises is a good introduction to Covenant Theology. For anyone familiar with the popular “Bible Timeline” series by Jeff Cavins, or the earlier “Our Father’s Plan”, Hahn’s book will sound very familiar. A Father Who Keeps His Promises goes through each of the six main covenants in Sacred Scripture: God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. The goal is to paint the “big picture” of salvation history as recorded in the Sacred Scriptures. Hahn hits the main characters and main events that “tell the story” of salvation so the reader can see a cohesive whole instead of a scattered and confusing book that seems to jump all over the place.

Hahn’s book is a simple introduction, written in very easy to understand language–very casual at times. This is why I say it’s a good introduction, since it will be easy for those who have little or no Scriptural background (especially lapsed and cradle Catholics unfamiliar with their faith) to see what he’s talking about and where he’s going. For the majority of  Catholics, navigating the Sacred Scriptures, much less retelling the big picture is next to impossible. Hahn’s book, A Father Who Keeps His Promises, is the solution  for their ignorance.

That said, Hahn’s book is not solely for beginners to reading the Sacred Scriptures. This book is also the introduction to the “kinship by Covenant” theme which Hahn introduces right away. Namely, that God establishes familial relationships through His covenants in Scripture. Covenant is not simply a mere legal contract, but establishing a familial relationship: God’s family. In His love, God incorporates us into His family through covenant. It’s personal. There is also more than thirty pages of notes which include a bibliography for those wanting to delve into deeper study of particular covenants or themes.

 

 

You can purchase this book here.

I wrote this review of  A Father Who Keeps His Promises for the Tiber River Blogger Review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, the largest Catholic Store online. For more information and to purchase, please visit Aquinas and More Catholic Goods.

Tiber River is the first Catholic book review site, started in 2000 to help you make informed decisions about Catholic book purchases.

I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

 

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