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Humility: True Greatness Hardcover – September 30, 2005
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“C. J. Mahaney is not humble. At least, that’s what he’ll tell you. And that’s one reason he’s so well qualified to write this book.”
-Mark E. Dever, Senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Author, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
“A much-needed wake-up call on this important subject. I highly recommend this book.”
-Jerry Bridges, Author of The Pursuit of Holiness
“This is the right book from the right man at the right time.”
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
C. J. MAHANEY serves as the Senior Pastor for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, where he preaches regularly. He is author of Living the Cross-Centered Life, Christ Our Mediator, Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know, and Don't Waste Your Sports. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son and twelve grandchildren.
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"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The lust of the eyes, the pride of the flesh, all are rooted in pride, and man's wanting to be more than he can be, outside of the saving grace of God ....
Studying this book (and using the study guide questions) was invaluable for me. I am humbled by my lack of humility, and my ongoing need of my Savior (Jesus Christ).
The main point of Humility is that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Mahaney then expands on this theme throughout the 12 chapters in the book. The first four chapters are more theological in nature. Mahaney examines various verses in the Bible, reminding his readers of the promises of humility and the perils of pride. He also defines greatness according to the scriptures and gives biblical examples of what it means to be truly great in God's sight.
Mahaney spends the last eight chapters giving practical advice on how to work on being truly great by growing your humility. He mentions various ways to start off your day that will help you grow in humility. He also gives advice on how to end each day being focused on true greatness. A very helpful exercise he mentions is to "identify the evidences of grace" in other people. This has been a very rewarding application in my own life. And he even adds humor, by telling his readers to spend time doing some things you're not good at just to encourage yourself to stay humble.
I've found this book to be personally convicting in my life and leadership. I've recently had my leadership team read through the book. We spent time discussing Mahaney's insights on humility and how we should pursue true greatness together.
If you're looking for a short, yet convicting book on the subject of true greatness, be sure to read Humility by C. J. Mahaney.
Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for publishing such a great book.
Although this is a Christian book, It's not a snobby theologian book and I like that )again, appropriate).
The only thing I didn't care for was that the book has an awful lot of suggested reading throughout the pages and I found that kind of awkward.