Length: 247 pgs
Author: Keving DeYoung
I am thankful for what seems to be a catechism comeback in many Christian families. I am also thankful for Kevin DeYoung’s great book on the Heidelberg Catechism, The Good News We Almost Forgot. The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in 1563. While I disagree with it in a few minor places overall it is a superb confession.
Don’t be put off thinking that DeYoung’s treatment of the catechism is scholarly or historic, the catechism was written originally for all Christians, even young ones, and Kevin captures that spirit. The book is comprised of devotions to take you through the catechism in a year, devotions he originally wrote for his own church. Here you will find both food for the mind and warmth for the heart.
The only thing more difficult that finding the truth is not losing it.
We live in a world where we expect to find comfort in possessions, pride, power, and position. But the Catechism teaches us that our only true comfort comes from the fact that we don’t even belong to ourselves. How countercultural and counterintuitive! We can endure suffering and disappointment in life and face death and the life to come without fear or judgment, not because of what we’ve done or what we own or who we are, but because of what we do not possess, namely, our own selves.
We have often heard that God is our Father, which is true, but we don’t always remember that the opposite is just as true: your Father is God.
If you want a more creative, more poetic, and better review of The Good News We Almost Forgot then listen to Curtis Allen’s (aka Voice) rap he wrote in response to C.J. Mahaney’s challenge. You can view the lyrics at Between Two Worlds. Also if you click the little down arrow on the player you can download the track for free.