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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kress Biblical Resources (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934952133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934952139
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Endorsement #1:
For all who earnestly desire to grow in Christlikeness, Uneclipsing the Son is a must read. In these stirring pages, Rick Holland reminds every believer of the most essential components for spiritual growth, namely, a living, vibrant, dynamic relationship with the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Simply put, this book is a soul-gripping charge and powerful call to singular loyalty and unwavering allegiance to the Son of God. But the Christian life is not simply about Christ, as this gifted author rightly notes; it is Christ Himself. This radiant Son must not merely have a place in our lives, but the unrivaled preeminence above all. I firmly believe that you will be both challenged and compelled by this book. But most of all, you will want to know Christ more deeply and follow Him more closely.
-Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church

Endorsement #2:
We become like whatever we worship (Psalm 135:15-18). So the key to sanctification and spiritual maturity is a simple principle: As we set our affections on Christ and keep Him at the center of all our thoughts, activities, desires, and ambitions, we are transformed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).
-Phil Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You

Endorsement #3:
It is possible to get so close to someone you no longer see them for who they are and what they are worth. Tragically, it is possible to do this with Jesus. In Uneclipsing the Son, Pastor Rick Holland brings us out of the shadows and into the glorious light of the Son of God as he is revealed in the Bible. Jesus is a great Savoir who accomplished a great salvation for sinners. Perhaps it is time for you to get reintroduced to this great King. This book will help you do just that.
-Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Endorsement #4:
As I read Rick Holland’s Uneclipsing the Son, I imagined that I was sitting in a pew listening to him preach. His words always are crisp and clear and penetrate the heart. Someone said long ago that we should keep the main thing as the main thing. The main “thing” in the Christian life is Christ! While that may not sound like radical news to many Christians, it is so true that many other “things” in our lives, even some good ones, often eclipse the Son as the focus of our love and devotion. Rick recognizes that Jesus is the “main thing” and resolutely pursues the goal of unveiling Him, even as the Apostle Paul vowed, “This one thing I do… .” If you want a snack, you will not find it here. If you want the food that leads to eternal life, welcome to a feast for your soul. I daily pray that I will know Jesus more clearly, and love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly. This book comes as an answer to that prayer. May it be an answer to your heart’s desire to know and love and follow the Savior who Rick Holland un-eclipses before your eyes.
--Dr. William Varner, Professor of Biblical Studies, The Master's College

Endorsement #5:
Rick Holland is a gifted preacher, a faithful expositor, and he possesses a keen theological mind. His focus on the Christian life and the preeminence of Christ is both timely and truthful. Read it and pass a copy to a friend.
-Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Rick Holland is the senior pastor at Mission Road Bible Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. He is also the executive director of the Resolved Conference and director of D.Min. Studies at The Master’s Seminary.

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This book is a must read for anyone who is seeking to understand Jesus more deeply.
Matt Sims
The profound Biblical insight and clear presentation of the truth of the Word is so so so refreshing.
J. martin
The mature believer will be reminded of the glories of Christ and find his/her time as worshipful!
Jason Vaughn

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Vaughn on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Holland sets out to magnify Jesus so that He receives our "absolute, complete, exclusive, comprehensive attention and focus in our life . . . Worship this Jesus. Don't let Jesus be crowded out" (9).

Holland accomplishes his goal. He magnifies Jesus with clarity and conciseness. Each chapter unfolds rich theology in a compact way. Holland is masterful at relating to the audience and teaching the reader how each subject is relative and important to life. His gift is taking complex issues and making them seem simple yet leaving the reader to say, "Hallelujah, what a Savior."

This book is GREAT for any person. The unbeliever will be confronted with the glory of Christ. The new believer will understand foundational truths. The mature believer will be reminded of the glories of Christ and find his/her time as worshipful!

I recommend each person own a handful of these books. One for you and some to give away. This book would be ideal in counseling situations too!

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, Let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the author and perfecter of faith, . . . This book will help!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Martin on July 13, 2011
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Pastor Rick Holland calls us back to the main thing. Without Christ alone in focus, we will be helpless to live the Christian life and will miss the point of the gospel. A must read for all who seek to be faithfulness disciples of Christ and who are tired of wandering around through the shadowy half-light of an eclipsed life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on October 4, 2011
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"If there's anything in your faith that isn't anchored in the person of Jesus, you're living in an eclipse. You are not enjoying the eternal life made available by the gospel." (p. 41). That sums up the big idea behind Rick Holland's new book, Uneclipsing the Son. In this book, Holland aims to put an end to a complacent, half-hearted Christian walk by bringing us face-to-face with the glorious Jesus we see in Scripture.

Holland's concise prose packs a powerful punch as he again and again directs us to the truth that Jesus is the answer and cure for our complacency. And to be sure, there is much in our world that causes us to be complacent in our faith (not the least of which being the remnants of our indwelling sin). And it's not just the distractions of the cares of this world--sometimes it's things that bring great value to others, yet we've lost sight of the "why." And I think that's the thing I most appreciate about this book. As he takes readers through the amazingness of God's love for us, for His grace in providing a Mediator in Jesus Christ, in His revealing Himself through His Word and in so many other ways, Holland really wants us to get the "why" of the Christian life.

The point of the Christian life is Jesus. All we do and all we are is for His glory alone. He is the thing we're to be about. He is to be the One we can't stop talking about, thinking about, desiring to see made great. Holland describes this longing well in the following passage:

"Love also longs to understand Christ, to "know Him." Love craves knowledge of its Beloved. It is impossible to overstate how important the knowledge of Christ is to loving HIm. The less we know about Him, the less air flows into the lungs of our souls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh S. on September 20, 2011
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Rick Holland's book is fairly short, but contains much treasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, though it was punch-you-in-the-gut convicting at many points. But, though conviction is often painful, it's really, really good for us.

We live in a time when there might be more opportunities than ever to let Jesus become "eclipsed" in our lives, as Holland puts it. His book brings an aggressive, purposeful reminder that Jesus is infinitely valuable and worthy of our fullest affection. As Holland puts it, "To those who believe, Jesus is precious" (36), and "If there's anything in your faith that isn't anchored in the person of Jesus, you're living in an eclipse" (41).

In John 17:3, Jesus defines eternal life in "the only place in the Bible where Jesus refers to Himself in the third person. That's how important it is" (Holland, 33). Jesus says in verse 3, "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Holland comments that, "Being loved by and loving Jesus is eternal life." And this is the aim over and over again in Holland's book - to refresh believers with the abundant life that Jesus offers in-full to those who believe.

A surprise came at chapter 9, "The Lost Supper." I honestly didn't expect this chapter to appear in the mix, but when all was said and done it stood out as the central chapter for sheer applicability. Holland reminds the Christian of the high importance of Communion, or participation in the Lord's Supper. He says, "Communion is the perfect place to uneclipse the Son in your life, expelling the distractions, eradicating obstacles that cloak His glory ... God understands we forget [the glories of Jesus and the Gospel]. That's why He put Communion in our path" (112, 115). I don't want to give away too much of chapter 9 here, but hopefully that's enough to whet your whistle.

A very important book, worth multiple readings.
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