A Journey in Grace
If you’ve never started on the Richard Belcher Journey series, here’s where to begin. A Journey in Grace, at a great introductory price! It’s the story of a young pastor who hasn’t learned much theology, but is eager to pursue richer knowledge of God.
Even those not strongly inclined to studying the intricacies of theology will be amazed at how much they learn from reading A Journey in Grace. The way Belcher mingles theological discussion with a story has a unique appeal.
Ira Pointer begins to pursue the answer to a burning theological question which was triggered in his heart by a pastoral search committee. He cannot and does not rest until he has gotten to the bottom of the question, “Young man, are you a Calvinist?” At first, he doesn’t know! But he starts a quest to dig into the Scriptures and find an answer. Start A Journey in Grace with Pastor Pointer and you may find yourself hooked on the series soon.
Review by Tim Challies
A Journey in Grace, by Richard Belcher, is billed as being “A Theological Novel.” So intrigued was I at the prospect of reading a theological novel that I left this book sitting on my shelf for seven years before I ever thought to read it. And now I can’t help but wish I had read it sooner.
I believe the order of the words in “theological novel” is important. This book is definitely better theology than fiction. As theology it is exceptional. I chose to read and examine it as theology rather than fiction, since that is clearly its primary purpose.
A Journey in Grace tells the story of Ira Pointer, a young man who is studying for the ministry in a fictitious Bible college. While being interviewed for the position of pastor at a nearby church he is asked the question, “Young man, are you a Calvinist.” The story then unfolds around Ira trying to define and understand Calvinism.
Examining Calvinistic Doctrine
I admit that this sounds dry. But while it may sound that way, it actually flows quite naturally. It could be that I am biased towards any novel that features a hyper-Calvinist and a convinced Arminian as the antagonists, but I think there is more to it than that. I found it an enjoyable read and learned a lot about a topic I thought I had mastered. I recommend this one. In fact, I so enjoyed it that I have immediately begun to read the sequel, A Journey in Purity.”
— Tim Challies
“I know of very few books which have influenced as many readers to discover the Doctrines of Grace as this book. While doing so, Dr. Belcher exhibits the truth of God’s sovereign election in all of its comforting and encouraging glory.”
— Dennis Gundersen, Grace & Truth Books
About the Author
Dr. Richard Belcher is the author of numerous books in the field of Bible study, theology, language and biography. But he is best known for the Journey theological novels, beginning with A Journey in Grace. Dr. Belcher has been active in ministry for over 50 years and taught for 26 years at Columbia International University. He has trained thousands of students in Systematic Theology, preaching, and hermeneutics. But Dr. Belcher served not merely from behind the podium. He has always been a mentor, coming alongside students during difficult times in their ministries.
A Journey in Grace