O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
CONVERT: From Adam to CHRIST
October 12, 2012Posted by on
I had heard of this book from online social networks and blogs and knew of its merits by title alone, so I jumped at the chance to read and provide an evaluation of it.
At first glance the title CONVERT is catchy. Much like the same way Nicodemus was caught off guard so the casual glance does not suffice: it demands an answer and a reader.
Mr. Ramos is a conversational writer, almost as if he is street preaching. This lends to easy understanding and a spatial flow of ideas by the author. The ideas are not profound, per se, which is not to say the book is simplistic. Rather the flow of the book is basic theology of the new birth and the results thereafter, which in my estimation has been lost to the contemporary culture. I almost felt, by reading, that I was Nicodemus receiving instruction by the Master.
Ramos clearly understands the contemporary loss of this basic and fundamental doctrine of Christ and the crucial need of its revival. He writes with strong scriptural support splashed with a quote here and there from leading theologians for emphasis. This is an excellent approach neither detracting from the authority of Gods Word nor dismissing the importance of men who think deeply upon God.
In nine brief chapters, the author lays out the new birth and conversion very well:
Chapter One: In Adam all die
Chapter Two: In Christ all will be made alive
Chapter Three: The New Man
Chapter Four: The New Birth
Chapter Five: The Mind of the New Man
Chapter Six: The Mission of the New Man
Chapter Seven: The World of the New Man
Chapter Eight: The Church and the New Man
Chapter Nine: An Explanation of the Great Commission
The reader can readily see that the author’s primary source was the Bible, Gods Word. I stopped counting scripture references at page 43 and my count was already over 100. Through out the 176 page book secondary sources were used but only sparingly having counted only 33 references or footnotes. But even those quotes and supporting statements were from the giants in the faith – so no space is wasted. In other words, with Gods Word being marginalized in this modern, wicked world, Ramos leans into the Word heavily; this appears to suggest there is no other hope for the reader because Ramos counts nothing more dear.
The value for this work is clear. And being in good company with Ray Comfort, who gives the Forward, Todd Friel and Peter Hammond along with others giving endorsement, I also give mine. This book is the old message of Christ revived and needs not only be read but preached from the rooftops. It’s almost as if Ramos wrote this for use on the street, in the pulpit or anywhere in the highways and byways to bid all to come in.