W. Robert Godfrey (PhD, Stanford University) is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author of a number of books, numerous articles, and has been a speaker at many conferences, including the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and Ligonier Ministries.
1. An Unexpected Journey: Discovering Reformed Christianity
154 pages | $12.99
W. Robert Godfrey has written this personal story of how he came to Reformed Christianity to show the “value and vitality” of Calvinism in an individual’s life.
Godfrey’s journey started when as a teenager he first heard of Calvinism. Sharing his heart and his sense of humor, he describes his first experience with a Reformed congregation, his introduction to God’s inspired Word, and his discovery of biblical worship.
Along his journey, Godfrey learned that “God is always present with me. Whether I go to the highest heavens or the deepest sea or travel to a distant point on the earth, God is as fully present there as anywhere else.”
“For those puzzled by the ongoing grip of Calvinism on many serious believers, Godfrey’s journey from an Alameda, California, high school swimming pool to the biblical truth we call Calvinism will be an eye-opener . . . and possibly a turning point in their own lives.”
“Although written in autobiographical form, this book is really about God. Regardless of one’s theological background, any believer can read with great edification this hymn to God’s grace in Christ from one whom many of us have been privileged to know as a mentor, example, churchman, and friend.”
—Michael S. Horton
2. Reformation Sketches: Insights into Luther, Calvin, and the Confession
168 pages | $12.99
“The sketches in this book strive to show that the Reformation remains vitally important for Christians today,” writes W. Robert Godfrey. “Reformers and preachers of the sixteenth century were the best educated, most godly, and most faithful group of leaders the church has ever seen. In a remarkable way they combined commitment, learning, and orthodoxy. We need to continue to learn from them.”
In Reformation Sketches, Martin Luther and John Calvin receive most of Godfrey’s attention, but he also treats Philip Melanchthon, Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
“A wonderfully written history of the Great Reformation. With the care of a scholar and the insights of professional maturity, Godfrey takes us on a journey into our heritage.”
—John D. Hannah
“Godfrey is a wise and engaging historian of the Reformation. His sketches provide a compelling introduction to the Reformers, showing the relevance of their lives and thought for Christians today.”
—Philip Graham Ryken
“Edifying history at its best—a thorough grasp of cultural and political circumstances influencing the church, a keen understanding of the doctrinal issues at stake, and a deep concern for the ongoing reformation of the contemporary church.”
—Darryl G. Hart
3. God’s Pattern for Creation: A Covenantal Reading of Genesis 1
136 pages | $10.99
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Beginnings are important. If we want to understand the Bible as a whole, it is vital to understand what it teaches about creation.
W. Robert Godfrey has written this study with thoughtful Christians in mind. He carefully examines the text, knowing that the Bible is a covenantal record that is always focused on God and his relationship to his people.
“W. Robert Godfrey understands how to read Scripture texts. In the midst of present confusion regarding Genesis 1, he writes with a clear and proper focus. Genesis 1, according to him, is covenantal and literary and it is for us! I will be giving out many copies of this book.”
—Bryan D. Estelle
“Godfrey gives us an interpretation of Genesis 1 that is clear, concise, and compelling. In this wonderful book he teaches us the practical theology contained in Genesis 1, as well as sound principles for interpreting the rest of Scripture. I heartily recommend God’s Pattern for Creation.”