Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World uncovers the presence of worldliness-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does. Worldliness then reveals how Christians are to engage a fallen world and boldly preach the gospel, yet not be conformed and ultimately seduced by the system of this world. As readers learn to identify the presence of worldliness in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions, they can begin to resist its influence in their lives and instead pursue eternal godliness.
Put simply; what is refreshing about this book is that it focuses on the need for biblical holiness and not simply mere moralism that the church has settled for. It points out how we have collectively Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. Dave has over 25 years of pastoral experience and has traveled nationally and internationally teaching Christians, equipping pastors, and training church planters.
Dave is the author of Am I Called? Bob Kauflin is a pastor, songwriter, worship leader, and author with over thirty-five years experience. Pride is when "we contend with God for supremacy".
He says that years before contemplating this book he started making confession to God, and occasionally to others, around pride. He stopped saying, "Please forgive me for my pride" and started saying "Please forgive me for contending with God for supremacy. The remainder of the book about the last 75 percent is devoted to practical ways to encourage humility.
Some of them are practices of spiritual devotion, along the lines of Spiritual Devotions for the Christian Life my review which is specifically mentioned. But there are many others, like re-claiming our commute.
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There is also an extended section on sleep, why it is important, why God created it and what we should do for spiritual benefit as we get ready for it. This is probably the closest that anyone I am aware of has come to a theology of sleep. There is also an extended discussion on Habakkuk about the relationship of suffering and humility. There is good quote from DA Carson, "The truth of the matter is that all we have to do is live long enough and we will suffer.
He does not really deal with the problem of evil why is there suffering but instead focuses on how suffering can allow us to better focus on humility before God. The final section is on parenting. I think the 15 minutes on audiobook or so of why we should focus on developing humility in our children and some practical steps on how to do it are worth the price of the book.
Like the rest of the book, the parenting section isn't revolutionary, but it is clear, succinct and convicting. Overall this is a great book. I've always thought that few people could write a book about humility with a straight face and a clear conscience. Apparently CJ Mahaney is one of them. Throughout the book Mahaney never expresses himself in a prideful or arrogant manner, and I can attest to that as an expert in exemplifying both those characteristics hence my desire to listen to this audio book. Throughout the book Mahaney gives sound pastoral guidance in understanding humility and pride, giving practical advice, especially when it comes to rooting out the sin of pride and developing humility in your spiritual walk.
It is not a theological treatise void of application, though theology is expressed throughout in a way that is neither overbearing nor bland. Sean Runnette does a great job narrating and carries forward the pastoral tone inherent in the book. Many Christian books are nice little treatises on things you already know, already agree with, and happily nod about without much life change. Some are educational, but not necessarily transformative.
In this brief work from one of the T4G guys, readers gain knowledge, receive practical advice, and feel powerful conviction. Mahaney is wonderfully gospel-centered. No, the cross is the most important way for us to become more humble. Mahaney also teaches well that humility is not merely a virtue that we might want to cultivate among many others. Instead, he argues well that pride is our greatest enemy and that humility, therefore, must be our best friend. If we want joy in our Christian lives, we must cultivate humility.
This work also contains many very helpful tips. Mahaney offers practical advice in a winsome way to point Christians toward developing godly humility. The bottom line here is that I am very fond of Humility. Mahaney did a good job.
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If you are a believer in Christ, you can definitely benefit from spending some time with C. In Humility, C. Mahaney writes of the importance of humility for Christians and how we can become more humble. The first section of the book deals with why humility is important and biblical. Some of this section was quite interesting but it tended to drag on somewhat leaving me tempted to skip forward. Someone interested enough in humility to buy the book probably isn't going to require that much convincing.
Further into the book, Mahaney discusses practical things we can do to develop humility. This is where the book shines. His advice is both on personal disciplines and acting humble in the context of various types of relationships. I'm sure everyone will find something to take on from this section. I found some ideas for developing humility that I wouldn't have thought of myself.
Mahaney also writes about a Christian response to suffering. He bases this on the book of Habakkuk. While at times I was a little lost as to what it had to do with humility, it was nonetheless worthwhile to read. In reviewing this book I listened to the audiobook version. The narrator tended to read a little on the slow side with frequent pauses. For most of the book this wasn't much of a problem but it made the long first section a bit harder to get through.
I recommend this book. I think all Christians would benefit from this in some way. I have read many a book on the topic of humility and this one is by far the best. For a number of reasons. When reading a book on humility it is easy to get beat up and realize how much you do not measure up to our perfect example of humility Jesus and that can easily leave you feeling condemned.
This book pulls no punches but it also reminds you of God's grace and our need for it, which is especially a helpful reminder when hitting a topic like this. Not only that but it is filled with a lot of very very practical examples of how we can, by God's grace of course, harbor habits which lead to humility in our everyday lives. And since it is a book by C. Mahaney, you know that it is very very cross centered.
In fact there is one entire chapter on what the gospel and from that point the book shows how that creates or should create humility in the life of a believer. I got the audio book of this from ChristianAudio. The narrator, Sean Runnette, does a fine job and makes this an easy listen. All in all, I highly suggest this for everyone, no matter how mature or immature you are, we can always use a good healthy dose of humility and a reminder of God's grace to make us more humble.
He is writing as a fellow pilgrim pursing humility by the grace of God. His goal? Help you make humility the everyday attire of your life instead of a mere performance. Mahaney approaches that goal in the only effective manner. What is the only effective way to find humility?
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Yes, we must see the foolishness of pride. But in the end, all endeavors to find humility are futile if they do not lead you do the cross of Christ. Christ alone offers hope for humility by ransoming us from bondage to pride.
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The book itself is no salvation, but it clearly explains the gospel of Jesus Christ who alone offers real humility. Writing a book on humility is a bit odd, because it assumes that the author thinks he knows best about the subject — a problem C. Using a wide variety of Bible passages, and personal experience, C. While the content of the book really goes no deeper than explaining the title that humility is true greatness , the real impact comes in the practical application, which is plentiful.
This book is excellent, funny, biblical, insipiring, challenging, convicting, and downright, you guessed it, humble! Even the narrator is good. Knowing C. I received this audiobook for free as part of christianaudio.
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