Reformed Theology is sometimes summarized as the Five Points of Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace. I have been richly blessed by a deeper understanding of God’s love for me as expressed in these doctrines. I first began to understand this better while studying at Liberty University and have since grown through the ministries of R.C. Sproul and John Piper. I’m especially grateful for the ministry of Desiring God because they give away all of their ebooks for free! I’ve written about Piper’s book called Five Points that I highly recommend, and now Tony Reinke has a new book called The Joy Project.
At first, I thought this was just a book about finding joy, and not a theology book. But then the quote from the back cover gave it away, “True happiness is not found. It finds you.” God is the giver of true joy and lasting joy only comes through Him. Tony Reinke has written a marvelous book outlining God’s Joy Project, or what is commonly called Calvinism. He takes the TULIP acronym and rewrites each of the five points as God’s joy project for us:
Act 1: The World’s Joy-Tragedy
Act 2: The Joy Project Designed
Act 3: The Joy Project Purchased
Act 4: The Joy Project Breaks and Enters
Act 5: The Joy Project Unwraps and Unfolds
I am so eternally grateful that God’s joy has found me and that I can have complete joy in Christ. If you’ve ever be wary about the Doctrines of Grace, I would encourage you to read this book. You will see the old TULIP package in a new glorious light of joy.