Posted On March 15, 2019

Guest Book Review of Before the Throne

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Theology

Before the Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness is scheduled to print Spring 2019. Dr. David Steele, who also reviewed From Death to Lifegraciously agreed to write a review for my new book. I thought I’d share it in hopes of building a bit of anticipation and to show you some of the heart behind this work.

As a thank you for reading this review, I’m doing a giveaway of THREE books – read to the end to see how you can enter.

Also, through March 31st, 2019 I am running a Pre-Pub sale on Before the Throne. You can click here if interested.

Dr. Steele’s Review

A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” While he uttered those words almost sixty years ago, Tozer could sense the rapid decline and deterioration in the church. He sensed a lack of reverence; almost an antipathy for God. Tragically, things have not improved. The decline only continues.

Allen Nelson IV, picking up where Tozer left off, writes with the same sense of resolve and urgency in his recent book, Before the Throne: Reflections on God’s Holiness. These reflections are firmly anchored to Isaiah 6:1-7 and Revelation 4:10-11. Nelson argues that there is a great need to recover the biblical view of God – a transcendent and majestic vision of the triune God.

The author’s focus, however, is on the holiness of God. He makes a three-fold argument for gaining a clear understanding and appreciation of God’s holiness:

  • If we get God wrong, we get everything wrong.
  • God’s holiness is misunderstood, misapplied, and underemphasized.
  • We are commanded to be holy as God is holy.

The book is comprised of twelve chapters, all of which are designed to alert, guide, instruct, challenge, and admonish followers of Christ. These chapters are like different facets of a stunning diamond. They draw the attention of readers and lead them to worship God in his resplendent holiness.

Many churches have succumbed to the spirit of the age. Some have subtly softened the attributes of God; others have brazenly sought to remove Him from His throne. Open theism, Pelagianism, and Pluralism are not only accepted; they are celebrated. Large numbers of people who profess to be Christians are failing to exercise biblical discernment. The warnings in Scripture to steer clear from false teachers is either neglected or ignored. It is in this context that Before the Throne is a much-needed breath of fresh air. Indeed, this book is a bold challenge and a biblical antidote to the apostasy that engulfs the postmodern generation.

Allen Nelson’s Before the Throne is a labor of love that should be read and digested by Christians everywhere. The result will be hearts and minds which are consumed with knowing and worshiping the LORD, who is holy, holy, holy. May worshipers find themselves before the throne in the proper posture of humility, with hearts of contrition, and trembling at His Word (Isa. 66:2).

Dr. David Steele is senior pastor at Christ Fellowship in Everson, Washington.
He is the author of Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther.

If you’re interested in reading endorsements for Before the Throne, click here.

Book Giveaway

As a thank you for reading Dr. Steele’s review and as an encouragement to share information about Before the Throne with others, I’m doing a small giveaway. There will be two prize packages. The first package is a copy of my book From Death to Life. The second package is two books. One is Dr. Jason Allen’s book  Being a Christian and the other Dr. Jeffrey Johnson’s book The Church: Why Bother? The first winner will select which they want to receive and the second winner will get whichever the first didn’t choose!

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  1. Read Dr. Steele’s review above
  2. Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter
  3. Comment below saying: “I read the review and shared the post! Enter me in the giveaway.”
    (I am not tracking whether you actually did this. It’s on the honor system here)
  4. I’ll select a winner on Friday, March 22 at 12:00pm CST. Enter before then!

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16 Comments

  1. Sonya Walker

    I read the review and shared the post! Enter me in the giveaway. I’m soooo looking forward to this book!

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    • Allen Nelson IV

      THANKS!!!

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  2. Jarrod Beck

    I read the review and am excited to dive into your book! Also interested in the giveaway!

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    • Allen Nelson IV

      Thank you brother!

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    • Allen Nelson IV

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