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John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology (Parsons, Ed.)

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Meet the man behind the myths.

John Calvin's name evokes powerful images, most of them negative. In the minds of many, he is perceived as an ivory-tower theologian who was harsh and unreasonable, the driving force behind a dangerous theological system. In this volume, Burk Parsons and eighteen other leading Reformed pastors and scholars authoritatively reveal the truth about Calvin and his teaching- that he was humble, caring, pious, Scripture-saturated, and, above all, passionate about upholding the glory of God. Published in conjunction with the five-hundredth anniversary of Calvin's birth (2009), John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology offers a highly readable portrait of a man whose example and teaching remain vitally relevant even in the twenty-first century.



  • Jay Adams
  • Eric Alexander
  • Thabiti Anyabwile
  • Thomas Ascol
  • Joel Beeke
  • Jerry Bridges
  • Sinclair Ferguson
  • W. Robert Godfrey
  • D. G. Hart
  • Michael Horton
  • Phillip Johnson
  • Steven Lawson
  • John Macarthur
  • Keith Mathison
  • Burk Parsons
  • Richard Phillips
  • Harry Reeder
  • Philip Ryken
  • Derek Thomas



" To my knowledge there never has been a collection of authors of any edited volume under whose ministry I would rather sit than these. What stands out is that they are humble, holy men of God. Most of them are too old -too seasoned- to care about scoring points. Their lives witness to the preciousness of Christ and the importance of purity. Expect no bombast. Expect humble, measured admiration and wise application. This is a good way to meet John Calvin: in the holy hearts of humble servants of Christ. The only better way would be to read the man himself."  -John Piper, founder and teacher, Desiring God, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Deep calls to deep, and Burk Parsons' rich and insightful work on John Calvin takes us both deep and wide into the heart of this extraordinary saint. Most of all, I'm grateful to God that a whole new generation of believers can now be introduced to one of the greatest theologians of all time. I highly recommend this book to all who are seeking a closer -and deeper- walk with our Savior!"  -Joni Eareckson Tada, founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center, Agoura Hills, California