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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprinted edition (December 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842347100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842347105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Now in a deluxe collector's edition, these classic, unabridged Christian titles will speak to readers for a lifetime.

The Normal Christian Life describes Christian faith and God's purposes for believers in clear, simple terms. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Every Christian library needs the classics—the timeless books that have spoken powerfully to generations of believers. Hendrickson Christian Classics allow readers to build an essential classics library in affordable modern editions. Each volume is freshly retypeset for reading comfort, while thoughtful new introductions place each in historical and spiritual context. Attractive, classically bound covers look great together on the shelf. Best of all, value pricing makes this series easy to own. Planned to span the spectrum of Christian wisdom through the ages, Hendrickson Christian Classics set a new standard for quality and value. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. For more details concerning Watchman Nee, please see www.watchmannee.org

Customer Reviews

I read this book many years ago and have given away many copies.
Irene Harper
From this book, I understood more that the LORD, my GOD, plays a personal role in my life, building a spiritual relationship.
catherine guelph
Nee describes the essentials of the Spirit-filled life in such simple, clear, and yet profound terms.
Sean Pearson

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on June 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Watchman Nee takes the reader through principles taught in the book of Romans. The focus of the book is Jesus Christ and the believer's life in Him. At times Nee seems redundant and repetitive with his message and with his illustrations. But by the end, you thoroughly understand the concepts he presents. This book was an important key to my growth as a Christian. In my opinion, it should be a must read for every person serious about living a God honoring life.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Bongioanni on November 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For years I have been searching for the "victorious" Christian Life, always going from one defeat(in one area) to another defeat(in an entirely different area). This book is soooo liberating in showing Christian's, in such a practical way, how it doesn't depend on us and our "self-control", but soli on what Jesus did on the Cross through His Blood and Death. Which, after all these years, of not experiencing the personal side to His blood and death, has finally come home for me through the skillful teaching and story illustrations of Watchman Nee.
But, it doesn't end there, it just begins!
Watchman Nee explains what so many of us long to hear. How not to despair in trials, and failures but to see them as God see's them. They bring us to the end of ourselves, and to a dependence on God. Hallelujah! No more striving.
Two more awesome books are: The Overcoming Life, by Watchman Nee and Hudson Taylor's Spritual Secret
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By catherine guelph on September 2, 2000
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I have strengthened my spiritual relationship as a result of reading this book. First of all, Ni To-sheng, aka Watchman Nee, (1903-1972) was a man of inspiring determination and courage. During his thirty years of ministry, beginning in 1919, Nee travelled throughout China planting churches among the rural communities and pastoring in Shanghai. In January of 1956, Nee was brought up on charges by the local authorities in Shanghai. He was imprisoned until 1972 when he was released days before his death in his home province. I am thankful that I live where religious tolerance is practiced. I am also impressed with Mr Nee's example. His book is equally impressive. The book of Romans deals with some difficult theology. At times, I have been unable to explain many of its concepts, particularly, to non-Christians. Watchman Nee is simple and thorough, but never thoroughly simple. He eschews theological discussion in favour of explanations and examples intended to provide new Christians with tools to build a spiritual relationship. This direct approach was in response to his audience, as he explains, "We have learned in China that, when leading a soul to Christ, we must be very thorough, for there is no certainty when he will again have the help of other Christians. We always seek to make it clear to a new believer that, when he has asked the Lord to forgive his sins and to come into his life, his heart has become the residence of a living Person. The Holy Spirit of God is now within him, to open to him the Scriptures that he may find Christ there, to direct his prayer, to govern his life, and to reproduce in him the character of his Lord.Read more ›
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best Christian book I've ever read aside from the Bible. If you only ever buy one book, buy the Bible. But if you only buy two books in your lifetime make the second one "The Normal Christian Life" it will change your life. Take it slowly and pray as you read it; it will revolutionize the way you see yourself, the cross, the blood of Jesus, and your status before God. I've read a lot of Christian books, I don't think any of them come close to this. You will be changed. Pray about it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kettlewell on December 9, 1999
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Beside the Bible, this book has had the greatest impact on my life of any book I have ever read, and I love to read. It took a long time for me to read this book because I would read a page or two and it would be enough to contemplate for some time - deep, really deep, yet not that difficult to understand.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James Christian on April 20, 2005
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If you have never read anything by Watchman Nee, you are in for a treat. I would highly recommend all of his books. This is one of those classic books that all Christians should read. Warning: It will challenge you. Depending on your level of spiritual maturity, you may often find yourself questioning if you have ever been saved. Of course, this is certainly a healthy thing to examine every now and then (2 Cor. 13:5).

If you have never read any of Watchman Nee's books before, I would start out with this book, "Sit, Walk, Stand", and "Let Us Pray". These books are certainly full of depth, and they will be good for understanding some of his even deeper writings down the road.

If you are already familiar with Watchman Nee's writings and you haven't read this book, put this on your must-read list right away. You won't regret it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David D. Flowers on January 22, 2007
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The Normal Christian Life is a true classic! This book has helped me to finally grasp Paul's presentation of the new life for a new law in Romans.

Nee takes you through Romans ch. 1-8 and deals with who a person is in Christ. If we are not bound by sin and the flesh, then why do we struggle? Have we really been set free? Yes! Nee concludes that many Christians are living in their own strength. Many fail because they will not "take their hands off" and walk in the Spirit. It is in the moment of failure that we did not place our faith in the Son of God. It is in that moment of failure that we were living in our own strength and walking in our own power.

Nee reminds the Christian that he has already been given all that he needs to live a victorious life. We were given the "fruit" of the Spirit, not the "fruits" of the Spirit. We were given one gift! Christ is our love, joy, peace, patience, etc. We need only ask that he be more realized in us. We have been fogiven and we are now free to walk in the Spirit!

I believe Nee's book cries out to Christians in America to identify with Christ and the new law of love. It has been my experience that most Christians living in America only give lip service to this "new life" and are still living by the old law in the old man. We can live exactly like Christ... because we've been given his very life!

I pray that you will learn from Nee what Paul meant when he said, "The life I live in the body I live by the faith of the Son of God."
I pray this book makes it on to your shelf with pen and highlighted markings galore.

After you have read "The Normal Christian Life"... I suggest reading
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