The bottom line: If you’re looking for a comprehensive resource on sound Biblical doctrine, this is an excellent choice.
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine does a solid job of doing exactly what the title says: introducing readers to the fundamental pillars of the Christian faith in a systematic, well organized, and understandable way.
If you want to know what the Bible says about any theological issue, you’ll find it here. Grudem starts by giving an introduction to systematic theology (i.e. what is it, why you should study it and how to study it) and rest of the book is further divided into seven parts, each concentrating on a specific area of doctrine: The Word of God, God Himself, Man, Christ and the Holy Spirit, Redemption, the Church, and the future. The appendices contain several creeds and confessions of faith, recommended scripture memory passages, worship songs, and a bibliography of other systematic theology texts. There is also a scripture and subject index.
In my view, this book’s value rests not only in its marvelous revelation but in its organization as well. That is, each topic is a self-contained chapter without the need to look elsewhere for more information. The fact of the matter is many people can read the Bible and not “get it” because there’s so much to get. This book neatly organizes all topics and thus makes “getting it” very easy. A perfect example is chapter 15, “Creation,” with so much wisdom, depth, and scientific insight that it will undoubtedly lift the shade of confusion up from the eyes of many.
The only bad thing I have to say is that the book does have an evangelical slant, so while the teaching of foundational principles remains solid, in some rare instances the author can go off on a minor tangent that produces some debatable results. The age of the Earth (billions of years old versus thousands of years old) is one example.
In Systematic Theology there is heavy reliance on the Scriptures (as it should be) and even though this book deals with some very weighty topics, it is presented in a matter that is very digestible. This book is almost as long as some Bibles (1000+ pages) so one ought to devote a significant amount of protected study time to get through it. I expect the audience that would benefit the most from this book are curious believers, anyone involved in leading or teaching others on Christian doctrine, seminarians, and of course, those who are church leaders.
Read this book and expand your theological mind.
Dr. C. H. E. Sadaphal