Providing weekly Christian resources for spiritual depth and intellectual vigor.
There is so much joy in reading and learning through the insights of others. This blog has been created as a service to the Christian Community worldwide. The books reviewed here are current Christian books published in the West. The primary areas of focus are books on global, cross-cultural issues, spiritual growth, discipleship, and mission. Each review is only a paragraph or two and then the highlights of the book are summarized in 3-4 pages (There are a few exceptions for books which are harder to access like Frontline Women by M. Kraft).
Purpose of these Reviews
The purpose of each review is to give readers a chance to think about some of the key concepts in that book, recognizing that few people have a chance to read a book a week anymore. Therefore I don't expect people to buy all these books but to find food for thought in the highlights I include for each review. There is also a critical analysis of the book itself. These reviews were originally written for TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) missionaries worldwide but their issues mirror Christians' issues for growth and service worldwide. Hence this blog was created to get the reviews out to a wider audience.
Happy Reading! Dr. Mary Lou
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
10.”Take time off to look at one’s inner life, to care for one’s soul…We need to quiet “our inner noise that stems from worry about worldly things…The discipline of silence can still the noise of the world. In silence we can meditate on the Word and let it take hold in our lives; we can tend to the care and purity of our hearts. This will keep us from hypocrisy (102, 106-7) and keep our lives balanced.
12. “It is crucial that His power flows through us. Therefore, we must keep our hearts pure. God uses suffering to purify our hearts and cause us to rely on God alone. We are to seek the discipline of holiness for its influence on others…Jesus is the supreme example. He overturns the common view that wealth, political power, sexual dominance and high learning have the greatest impact. Instead, he shows us that lowliness and holiness and spiritual blessing are what really move the world” (135).
14.”Those with deep spirituality have a strong conviction about their sinful nature. With vision blurred by original sin, we can deal only with our gross sinful nature. But a person who has a deep spiritual life easily sees even the smaller sins and imperfections” (147-8) and understands God wants purity (129).