Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  July 22, 2014
Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons Book Cover Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons
Dr. John B. Wallace
Pomona House Publishing
February 5, 2014
202
"Starting at the Finish Line" seeks to declare the Good News of the gospel in a way that sounds like "good news" to the Latter-day Saint. It does this by 1) establishing the authority and "correctness" of our modern Bible, 2) explaining how we are saved by the grace of God when we put our full faith and trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and in His blood alone, and, 3) exposing the dangers of trying to contribute to our own salvation by adding obedience and good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross. This message, to the devout Latter-day Saint, is overly simplistic and offensive. But to the struggling Mormon or to those who have already left the Mormon faith and find themselves lost in a sea of confusion...music to their ears! God gives eternal life to all those who will but receive it in faith.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons (Pomona House Publishing, LLC, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book was the encouragement I needed to keep my heart and mind focused on the gospel of grace and preaching one simple message: tetelestai.”
Reviewer: Michael Britton
Rating:  5 Stars

“Christians should read this book together with their LDS friends, discussing what is written in light of the Bible as God’s revealed Word.”
Reviewer: John Divito
Rating: 3 Stars

“Wallace speaks clearly and gently and points to Jesus throughout.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 stars 

“I very much recommend this book to those who are in Mormon circles, who were in them, or who know people in Mormon circles.  Actually, I recommend this book for anyone who 1) wants to know more about Mormonism and 2) who wants a great reminder of the “amazing grace” of salvation through faith alone in Christ’s finished work alone.  I’m thankful Wallace took the time and energy to tackle this tough subject.  And I’m thankful he did it in a way that showed Christ is all we have, and all we need!”
Reviewer: Shane Lems
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will help us understand Mormon doctrine and how to reach them with the gospel.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book provides God’s people with essential tools we need as Christians to reach out to those who desperately need to know and feel the healing power of Gods grace.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Rating: 5 stars

“Wallace’s rebuttal to the Mormon faith is done so with gentleness, respect, and truth.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a wonderful story of faith, from someone who has seen Christ and experienced the power of the gospel.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars 

“This is a great book for Christians to be able to understand the basic beliefs of the LDS Church and how to defend the tenants of the Christian faith.”
Reviewer: Steven Ruff
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book contains some very helpful material.”
Reviewer: David Hodges
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book will help readers who struggle with doubt and deepen their ability to share a clear gospel message with others.”
Reviewer: Christy Toh
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will helpful to Christians trying to understand Mormon belief and practice
Reviewer: Doug Wallace
Rating: 4 Stars

“If I had to select on book to share with my Mormon friends, this would be it. Wallace has written a very easy to understand book that should be seen as a fantastic resource.”
Reviewer:  Todd Randolph
Rating: 4 stars

“I found Starting at the Finish Line to be helpful in understanding LDS doctrine and beliefs.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book does does a great job of explaining the major difference between Christians and Mormons in a way that Christians and Mormons can understanding, and I feel he is going to be successful with this book in his goal of reaching out to Mormons by showing them the true Gospel.
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a good tool to help us share the Gospel more effectively with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints.”
Reviewer: Karen Lyons
Rating: 3 Stars

“The author has written a book that demonstrates he loves Mormons and will help Christians to reach them.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merrit
Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed this book and hope it be read for many looking for the truth.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

This is a resource that I am sure I will go back to as I have opportunity to proclaim the gospel to Mormons.
Reviewer: Adam Blosser
Rating: 4 Stars

I recommend this book to those who are thinking of leaving the Mormon faith or those who desire to learn more about the Mormons and how talk to them about the Christian faith.”
Rating: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars 

“This book will help Christians understand Mormonism.”
Reviewer: Jamie Beyersdorf
Rating: 4 Stars