- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: BJU Press (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579242057
- ISBN-13: 978-1579242053
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Changed into His Image: God's Plan for Transforming Your Life Paperback – 1999
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Dr. Berg's book serves as a kind of manual for Christian growth, a guide to the process of sanctification (becoming more and more holy, or, which is the same thing, becoming more and more like Jesus). As the title suggests--and as Dr. Berg makes clear early on--this book is about change. And, of course, not just any change will do. The change God works in us through sanctification is not simply to make us well-adjusted, morally upright, or happy and successful. By grace we are being empowered to become like Christ (sanctification) and to become useful to Christ (service).
God, of course, takes the initiative in the work of sanctification. It is "the process whereby the Spirit of God takes the Word of God and changes us to become like the Son of God" (p. 9). Sanctification is a reality only where the Spirit of God is actively engaged. This is unquestionably the case. Still, we have a role to play as well, and Dr. Berg's book is intended to serve as a guide for playing our role faithfully.
Essentially, there are three major responsibilities that believers have in the process of sanctification. They are laid out in Ephesians 4:22-24 and in James 1:21-25. Dr. Berg's book as a whole is organized in such a way as to walk the reader through the details of these three responsibilities. We are to (1) counter the flesh ("everything within us that attempts to make life work apart from God," p. 25), (2) cultivate a renewed mind (through meditation on Scripture), and (3) claim responsibility for the way we influence others.
You will want to read this book studiously. Dr. Berg goes deeply into each of these three areas, and he is quite thorough. If you are like me, you will want to read the book more than once, take notes, and review what you have read. Ideally, you and I would commit to memory the concepts developed in the pages of this book.
Along with helpful instruction, there are additional features that enhance the book's value. Summary charts appear throughout the text, and the appendices provide articles, forms, and processes that make the concepts of the book highly accessible.
Changed into His Image could be read in pursuit of any of a number of different purposes. It would be useful for personal or group study. It would be profitable for counselors, and it could even serve as the primary curriculum for discipleship training. Engaged or married couples who are looking for biblical help in improving their relationships would find this book helpful, as would parents and their children. (Many of Dr. Berg's concepts are applied to family living.)
There is a companion study guide to this volume entitled Taking Time to Change, and there are additional resources on the web at www.changedintohisimage.com. This book and all its supporting materials were prepared to teach us how to live faithfully before God.
Secure a copy of this book and read it. Mark it. Learn it. And absorb it. It will convict you of the sin, aimlessness, and lack of discipline that characterize your walk with Christ, but it will also guide you to a new level of intimate fellowship with Christ and usefulness to Him.
If you wish to be more like the Creator, then you should read this book.