Book Review: To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

Storms, Sam. To the One Who Conquers:  50 Daily Meditations on the Seven Letters of Revelation 2-3.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  239 pp.  $14.99. Available From Westminster Bookstore

Introduction

Sam Storms does not need much introduction to many.  He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries based in Kansas City, Missouri.  However, that may be changing.  According to his website, he just accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He has written numerous books including Chosen For Life and Signs of the Spirit.

Summary of To the One Who Conquers

Summarizing a devotional is difficult.  Summarizing one’s meditations may be more difficult.  However, Storms neatly breaks down his meditations according to the seven churches found in the book of Revelation.  Therefore, there are seven parts corresponding to those seven churches with a varying number of meditations per part (or church).

For example, the church in Ephesus includes such contemplations as “Our knowledge of God’s knowledge of us” and “the limits of love.”  You wind your way through other meditations like “Satan’s city” (Pergamum) and “Seeing isn’t always believing” (Sardis).

Critique of To the One Who Conquers

While it is true that these are Sam Storm’s meditations, they quickly become your own.  It is pretty hard to critique another man’s thoughts on a passage of Scripture.  Even harder is when the passage of Scripture is found in an apocalyptic book like Revelation.  I think what can safely be said is that while you might not agree with everything the author says, you will find yourself thinking deeper throughout the day on practical applications of these seven letters to the seven churches.

I found that each day I would look more forward to reading the next chapter than the previous day.  I loved that Storms challenges the reader daily to live for God’s glory and to trust all the more in His faithfulness…something we all need to do more of.

Recommendation

When I think of books about meditations on Scripture, the name John Piper immediately jumps to the front of my mind.  Not only has this book, in my mind, elevated Sam Storms to a meditative writer, but it has also enabled me to think deeply on the seven churches referenced in Revelation and their application to me personally.  You cannot go wrong in picking up this book to help you focus on God’s faithfulness through the power of His Son’s death on the cross.

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5 Responses to Book Review: To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

  1. Les Puryear says:

    I have met Sam Storms and he seems to be a very kind, gentle guy. It’s my understanding that he is Reformed in doctrine but he also claims to be charismatic as well, which is an odd combination theologically speaking. This is not intended to be a criticism of Sam, just an observation.

    In his devotions, does any of his leaning towards charismata come through?

    Les

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  2. Terry Lange says:

    I enjoy Sam Storms work. I have used some of his works in papers that I have written during my seminary career.

    Terry Langes last blog post..Have you ever felt like you just don’t fit?

  3. @Les: I would say that there are some leanings in his writings but nothing that I would personally consider to be a turn-off if that makes sense. I felt that Storms primarily kept to the essentials while offering his own twists on the non-essentials. I hope that answers your question.

  4. Personally, I like Sam Storms. In my opinion, there really isn’t any significant theological difference between him and guys like Grudem, Piper, and Mahaney.

    What might be different about them, though, is that Sam may try harder to put what he believes about the charismata into practice than some of the other guys; but I would say all four believe essentially the same thing about them.

    Does anyone think that’s a mis-characterization?

    At some point I plan to blog about Storms and his charismatic convictions. I think they’re very Biblical.

    Barry Wallaces last blog post..“Why I Don’t Evangelize”

  5. @Barry: That was my main point in my comment regarding the essentials and non-essentials. I have a couple friends who are charismatic and that does not interfere in our fellowship when together. We give each other a hard time about it but both know that the other is solid as far as essential doctrines.

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