Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners (Union)
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A special thank you to Crossway Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
I feel that in my Sydney evangelical circles not enough is said about growing in Jesus, on how believers become more like him, on how and why we might increase in godliness.Głębiej” przede wszystkim również zaserwuje odpowiedzi na pytania, które się ich nie doczekały w „Tunelach”. Christ above all, Christ in me, Christ before me, Christ working through me, Christ who knows me deeply and who loves me still.
The detail given of the underground is wonderful, from the eerily replicated streets and houses to the adapted and rather strange diet that Will and Chester find themselves having to survive on . I received an ecopy of Deeper from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. So according to this preface, I shouldn't even be reading this book but as a lowly lay person should have picked up the "more accessible" version.They are vitally instructive, but they do not themselves give you the power you need to obey the instruction. One letter, not even from someone she trusted, and she decides to kill her son when she's the one who started the whole mess to begin with. First, some of the language of the book could be taken to suggest a sanctification model that stresses a moment of change (Keswick/Higher Life Theology). We can not grow in our spiritual maturity without first embracing Christ completely and relying on him as the agent of growth instead of ourselves.
In a book on sanctification, I was surprised to find almost no consideration of the role of believer in “working out their own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. Through the downpour they seemed to fade into the washed-out grey of the sky itself, so that it was difficult to tell where the one started and the other finished. This small wonderful book was a gloriously Christ centered primer on the theology and practice of marveling at the beauty of Christ (aka: sanctification). If you view your sinfulness as a bothersome headache more than a lethal cancer, you will see tepid growth, if any. That angst in your soul for more is a part of the growing process―a gift of hunger and thirst that Jesus, the inexhaustible well, will fill.
Notably, this was not their acceptance of the gospel; it was some other experience of grace that brought them to a new level of spiritual living.
The simple message of this book is so fundamental to the Christian life that, were I to state it, many would say, “I know that, I don’t need a book to tell me that” but this wholehearted look at Jesus, the real Jesus, fills the heart points you away from you to Him. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. You will stand in strength, and grow in Christ, and walk in joy, and bless the world no further than you know this book. Pain – Ortlund reminds us that according to the New Testament, pain is “a means, not an obstacle, to deepening in Christian maturity” (125).It goes right to heart of why reading and meditating on God's word is so important and led me to consider and challenge all the excuses I make for not doing this regularly.