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"Buy this book. Buy one for a friend and live in the freedom that only the good news of the gospel can bring." --Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Idols of the Heart
"Barb tells the story of God's unrelenting compassion toward sinners like us with profound wisdom." --Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- File Size : 597 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 243 pages
- Publisher : P&R Publishing (August 16, 2013)
- Publication Date : August 16, 2013
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00EP01PRS
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #504,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am always very careful about the authors I read and Barb's book is worth reading. I am also a skeptic by nature, and never ever recommend anything to anybody. Just so you don't think I'm always excited about everything LOL. The fact that I'm writing this review is a BIG DEAL.
If you are tired of theological books with lofty terms that do not challenge the reader's heart, then this is your book. She has plenty of deep theology to get you thinking about the glories of Christ (she gets alot of her ideas from John Newton) and also plenty of theology that points to our weaknesses and inability to please God on our own. That we can't earn our salvation, even if we wanted to, because we are legitimately defective. Only Christ can earn our salvation and he has.
*Sorta steps down from soap box, leaves one foot on*
It's a "let's look at reality" book and part of that reality is that we are really bad and God is really good. This book will remind you that as an imperfect, weak Christian, you have hope. And the hope is not that one day you will change or be good enough here on Earth, but that Christ will never leave you.
This book has been so impactful for me that I'm having a hard time describing it. I hope you read it.
The apostle Peter tells us to "grow in grace". In order to grow in grace we must experience grace. That God uses our sin to help us grow in grace should be of no surprise. Jesus said to the woman found in adultery, "who condemns you?… go and sin no more." Isn't that what Jesus says to each of us sinners?
As John Newton so clearly points out in his hymn, "Grace leads me...". There must be forgiveness in order for there to be growth.
Thanks for sharing such good talk with us Barbra.
One quick note - be careful when reading it to not make the mistake of thinking that she is saying, "let's sin so God can be glorified;" because she is not saying that.
Have you ever wondered why there are some sins in your life that you just can't seem to overcome no matter how much you've prayed, tried, confessed, and so forth? I know I have. If God's purpose in sanctification is to make us “better and better” day by day, doesn't it seem like we're miserably failing? Or maybe He's not doing His job well enough? Barbara uses the writings and theology of John Newton to explain how God uses our failures and weaknesses to point to His glory. A few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Newton argues that this greater goal is the fashioning of humble and contrite hearts in God's chosen people as, through their ongoing weakness and sin, they come to trust in themselves less and less and to trust and delight in Christ more and more.”
“God chose to leave us significantly deformed and imperfect after our conversion because he values something more than our sinlessness.”
“God is capable, when he pleases and for his own purposes, of giving me the grace to stand and resist temptation. But often he chooses instead, for his own good purposes, to show me grace through my falls, humbling me and teaching me my desperate need of him.”
Of brothers and sisters in Christ, who should not be surprised by our sin, we should hear: “'Of course you sinned... Come with me to the throne of grace to celebrate the love of your Savior and to find help in your time of need.'”
"What if being reminded that you don't have to change to win God's favor unleashes such joy and sense of safety in your soul that changing becomes the thing you desire most, simply out of gratitude for such overwhelming acceptance and love?"
"....God seldom frees us from besetting sin before showing us how deeply inability is rooted in our souls. If this work were cooperative, with me and Jesus working together, then at the end of the performance there would be two people on stage taking the bow. However, understanding my inability leads me to a far different posture. I am not on stage next to Jesus, taking a bow. Instead, I am flat on my face in the dust, with my hand on my foolish mouth, worshiping at the feet of my beautiful Savior whose power and grace has rescued me."
The first few chapters of the book explain different maturity levels of believers. I'd never thought of her distinctions and found the comments fascinating. She then spends a few chapters breaking down an understanding of human depravity and where God's grace fits in the bigger picture. She uses many scriptural references to back her points but not in a dry, lifeless way. She pointed me to an immeasurably great and glorious God. Her writings have driven me to my knees in both tears and prayer. I've been given a greater understanding of my own heart so that I may grow in my patience with the sins of others. She finishes the book by giving the “joyful implications of amazing grace,” which include advantages of remaining sin. Yes, you read that right – and I won't give the spoilers here.
This book rocked me to my core. It made me consider things in a way I've never given much thought to before. If you've ever struggled with sin, if you've ever been on the suffering side of the sins of others, if you feel dry in your relationship with the Lord, you need to read this book. For that matter, if you have a fervent desire to grow as a believer or even an apathetic attitude towards the Christian life and are ready for a change, read and be blessed.