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Humility - by Mahaney, C.J.

Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2005. 176pp.
Kara Mia Dexter wife of TMS student Chad Dexter

God is clear in Scripture that He passionately opposes the proud (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6). Not only is pride the earliest sin (Isaiah 14:13), it is the core of all sin! “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; assuredly, he will not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5).C.J. Mahaney's excellent book helps us honestly assess ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness in the area of pride. Without an awareness of this, all self-evaluation will be skewed and we’ll fail to either understand or practice true humility (p. 22). Why an entire book calling believers to humility? Because God is looking for a heart to dwell in, a heart that is tender and broken, not one concerned with only external adherence to religion. Why humility? Because God is decisively drawn to humility. Why humility? Because humility is true greatness! The question is: do we have it?

What I love about this book is that it is practical, concise, and straightforward. In the first of the book's three sections, C.J. defines humility and warns of the perils of pride; in the second, he reveals that true humility requires redefining success; and in the third section, he suggests the following practical disciplines to help us cultivate humility before God:

1. Reflect on the wonder of the Cross.

2. Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence on God and end the day by transferring any glory to God

3. Study the attributes of God.

4. Study the doctrines of grace.

5. Study the doctrine of sin.

6. Play golf as much as possible.

7. Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself.

8. Identify evidences of grace in others.

9. Encourage and serve others each and every day.

10. Invite and pursue correction.

11. Respond humbly to trials.

I have read this book several times and each time is as convicting as the first. I highly recommend Humility, for none of us ever grow out of the need for humility. I pray that the truth of this book will break you and increase your understanding of His work on the cross. May Jesus Christ, who is our great example of humility, use this book to transform you to true greatness--not as the world defines it, but as our Savior defines it.

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