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- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080240507X
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Why Holiness Matters: We've Lost our Way--But We Can Find it Again Paperback – August 1, 2012
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At the center of the universe is a God about whom the angels repeatedly cry, "Holy, holy, holy." Rather than being entranced by holiness, however, many younger Christians have ignored it altogether. Why Holiness Matters is an honest, refreshing, and wise book that avoids stunted visions of holiness while graciously and firmly calling younger Christians to pursue a more Christ-like life. It's a very helpful and challenging read.
—Matthew Lee Anderson, Author, Earthen Vessels and Lead Writer at Mere Orthodoxy
Boldly articulating the four-letter word his generation has avoided—HOLY—Tyler Braun is a piercing voice rising from the Millennial wilderness. Why Holiness Matters is a must-read for people of all generations. It is a clarion call for those seeking spirituality over the most Holy God.
—Karen Spears Zacharias, Author, A Silence of Mockingbirds
Tyler Braun is a voice for this generation and those to come—pursuing holiness is a timeless quest. His honesty is refreshing and his passion for God and people is revealed in every word he writes.
—Anne Jackson, Author, Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic and Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace
When you say the word "holiness" you may as well spray a can of conversation repellant on the crowd around you. It seems that many current day Evangelical Americans would much rather talk about slick content than how to be like Christ.
This is and will be the downfall of the current church. Tyler Braun brings us back to the conversation closest to the heart of Christ. This book has already gotten me to dig deeper into my relationship with God and I know it will do the same for you.
—Carlos Whittaker, Blogger, Musician, Coach
Tyler Braun is a clear voice in a world of white noise and clamour. He writes with unusual vision, honesty, and wit. Read his book, you'll be glad you did.
—John Sowers, Author, Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story
In a time when faithfulness is constantly being confused with perfection, Tyler brings much needed clarity and distinction to the increasingly blurred topic of holiness. As part of Generation X, I found Why Holiness Matters to be a blunt but tactful and fresh perspective of a Millennial who is genuinely striving to embrace the ancient concept of a Christ-centered holiness. I loved it.
—Chuck Bomar, Author, Better Off Without Jesus and Worlds Apart
In a world that encourages a “live for yourself” approach to life, it’s hard to get a meaningful discussion started about holiness even among Christians. In this engaging and hopeful book, Tyler Braun invites us to think differently about holiness—it’s not avoiding the “thou shalt nots,” but living more fully in the holy love of God. Reading this book with a mentor ought to spark badly needed conversations across generational lines about how God shapes our souls. An important book for our time.
—Robb Redman, Robb Redman, Dr. theol., Dean and Vice President of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Multnomah University, Portland, OR
Millennials want to change the world, this we know. But Tyler has raised a question that may very well determine whether they will succeed: Will Millennials be changed by the Gospel? This is a book written by a Millennial for Millennials, but believers of all generations will benefit from listening in on the conversation and patterning their lives after the One whose love and grace can truly change the world.
—Adam S. McHugh, Author, Introverts in the Church:Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture
Why Holiness Matters is a timely and insightful guide to living in the fullness of God’s holy love. While written with the Millennials in mind, this book serves as a prophetic call to Christ’s people of all generations to move beyond compartmentalizing holiness and condoning sinful passions and practices. Filled with personal reflections and practical biblical wisdom, this book inspires us to take up the lost art of holy living.
—Paul Louis Metzger, Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
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Be prepared to take notes! This book has an abundance of excellent quotes and notes on Bible scriptures.
Be prepared to re-read the book because a lot is presented in each chapter.
Purchase the study guide if you can to further enhance your experience.
The book is refreshing because Braun takes us on a journey through his own exploration of holiness after a loss of innocence. The chapter on wrath was insightful in showing the seriousness of sin and God's wrath toward it, yet also revealing that God's wrath isn't just something he does; it's something we choose by suppressing the truth of God.
One of the primary insights I found in the book is the motivation for holiness. Braun shows that holiness is about a refocusing of our affections on Christ. Genuine love for Christ is the only way to find lasting transformation.
I loved the final chapter on the artistry of our lives in pursuit of holiness. God saves us to give us the opportunity to live a new creative life in holiness and obedience to God.
WHY HOLINESS MATTERS is a call to a generation to abandon all other things that pull on our affections yet fail to satisfy. It's about reordering our affections toward Christ. It's a fairly short book that paints a motivating vision of what life with God could be like.
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Tyler honest transparency in sharing his story, a unique journey of faith, blessed me. He touches briefly on how relating to Rose (now his wife), a woman who sought purity, helped change his direction in life. This reminded me a little of John Newton's biography, the man behind the hymn, "Amazing Grace".
Have you ever wondered why some folks decide to chuck their faith after much effort to live for Jesus Christ? And why some people draw closer in relationship to Christ during trial and others do not? If people can turn away from so great a salvation, will I one day, too?
I've had these questions during this past year as I've sadly watched people I love, for different surface reasons, decided to turn away from our Father's clear love and direction. Observing severe consequences has put the fear of God into me anew. Tyler's book reminds me that sanctification is a process - there IS still hope for them.
What is the key to maintaining faith amid a world of muck and mire? Scripture tells us we can be "kept" until Christ returns. How does this happen? Tyler explains in his book how - through remaining in close communion individually as well as corporately with our Father in Heaven, through His son, Jesus Christ.
In "Why Holiness Matters", Tyler addresses the greatest identity theft of all - some of my favorite quotes from his book on this subject of identity follow:
"This false self told me that I am defined by my sin, my hurt, and my past. The false self had me believing the lie that I could not change and my future was hopeless."
`"Self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit." What I began to realize through the words of Manning was that the great fight of my life was in finding my true identity.'
"I began to see that God's love for me was never predicated upon my ability to present a perfect sacrifice. Worship then was not an offering that I gave, but more of a surrendering to His working in my life. Only by this subtle change could holiness become something that was possible in my life."
"Holiness can become an attribute of beauty and peace when we find it as an outcome of our communion with God rather than the starting point of the relationship."
I appreciate Tyler's concerns about the current state of most denominational "church" organizations and agree with many of them. I had a very different background (didn't grow up in a fellowship with stage, band, lights or fanfare) but know many believers who have left congregations and non-believers who say organized structures of worship don't ring true for them. Tyler points out our corporate communion should lead to more than a social life - one accord power allows us to effectively minister to those with deep brokenness and need, serving and loving others to bring hope and restoration: Tyler had great things to say about how close communion with our Father leads us to engage our culture, fulfilling our mission.
"...Jesus had engaged in their lives to restore them. In some cases this was a spiritual restoration; in others it was a physical restoration. Christians are called to take the mantle from Jesus to continue the act of restoring a broken world."
His book contains an entire chapter on how artistry relates to holiness. As a long-time visual artist, I really enjoyed these thoughts and quotes. He spoke of a messy canvas. Under-paintings are usually quite messy - but as the painting progresses, representational work begins to come into focus and is then much more easily understood by the observer. After three decades of painting, I've grown to believe the power and light in my works of art, or absence of them, are a reflection of my relationship with our Father.
But Holiness is hard work. Time is needed to develop it. Tyler says:
"...the caution in wanting to take up this call to holiness is that there is no quick fix to becoming holy. If God is a person who changes us through our relationship with Him, it would make sense that each of us changes in different ways. Even as we illuminate this process of holiness we cannot have a fix-it methodology. We must instead surrender our lives to God in order for the process to begin."
"The most difficult times in life should drive us toward relationship with Him, allowing His holiness to shape us."
"Anyone who says life and faith is an easy journey to walk is either lying or delusional. The problem most people have with "Christian" art is the glow or nice veneer it has on the exterior. It is in direct contradiction to the lives most of us have lived. God often asks us to walk difficult roads fraught with pain and struggle."
"Our pursuit of holiness will never be one found in perfection because life never works that way. Time and time again, the psalms paint a picture of crying out to God in what remains an unsettled lament. Life for us has been messy, and though each of us has our own way of wearing a shiny veneer on our faces, the artistic work of our lives is rarely a thing of beauty."
Tyler also challenged me with strong analogies and word pictures. He reminds us of how our lives each affect the corporate body at large. "Why Holiness Matters" encourages the body of Christ to become more responsible. We must each examine our own lives - and see if we are truly in the faith. Our Father and the world are watching.
For seven hours earlier today I hiked through trees and swamp, assisting a surveyor with re-marking a land boundary line. I was thinking about holiness and how to write this book review as I watched the surveyor constantly check his eye compass. He looked behind to check the direction of the line going through the woods and then ahead, choosing his direction with a certain goal in mind - meeting at the correct place. One degree off would eventually lead to a wrong boundary. We searched for old blazes and marking tape and it reminded me of our journey toward being like our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have people in our lives before and behind us, who remind us of where "the line" really is. Our Father is the compass. Sometimes the surveyor would put the compass aside and do what he called "wing it". But he had the markings on trees to guide him. We made missteps and had to course-correct a couple times. Completing the job before the rain, we came home tired, but happy.
Tyler's book reminded me that I want to hold "the line" for others. I desire to take the time and effort to have a closer relationship with our Father, to continue being made holy, set apart so people can look up and see from my life Christ lives. His promises are true. I am grateful for Tyler Braun's life, for his being one of those people, pointing the way toward Home.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ I Thessalonians 5:23
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ~ II Peter 3:13-14