John Calvin's Institutes swayed me to the Reformed Faith, although I admit the first version I read was an abridgement by Timothy Tow.
Over the years I have become more and more convinced Calvin was right about many if not most things. His mastery of the biblical text, a deep knowledge of Church History and scholarship, an awareness of the corruption of Romanism in his day combined to make him one of the most valuable Pastor/Theologians God has ever gifted the church with. Certain elements of Calvinistic theology have found a resurgence in our times. The Christian Science Monitor published a good article about this phenomenon. It's definitely worth the read. Click the link below.
If you haven't read Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, you don't know Calvin yet. At the same time his legacy is everywhere and you have probably benefited- expository preaching, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Reformed tradition in general, an emphasis on the sovereignty and glory of God, to name a few. Men like the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Isaac Watts, Charles Spurgeon, the old Princeton Seminary (pre-1929) Professors, J.I. Packer, Alec Motyer, John Stott, James Boice, John Piper, RC Sproul, Jerry Bridges, D. James Kennedy, and countless others rightfully latched on to Calvin's clear understanding of the gospel and the study of soteriology (salvation) greatly strengthening the Church the world over.
I pray daily for a modern Reformation, like unto the one John Calvin helped lead in the 16th Century. May the people of God once again find their joy in glorifying the true and living God and proclaiming the gospel of sovereign grace as the Holy Scriptures so clearly compel us.