Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: Because He Loves Me


I must say that I was wonderfully blessed by this book. Over the past five years or so, the Lord has used authors like John Piper and C.J. Mahaney and Jerry Bridges to clarify my understanding of the Gospel, and to show me how it applies to my every day life as a Christian.

Because He Loves Me runs in the same vein as these other authors. With simplicity and grace, Elyse shows us how we've forgotten the Gospel when it comes to our sanctification. We've left Jesus behind, and we don't even realize it!

 I resonated with so much of what she said, and started to become just a smidge aware of how empty and dry my life is because I forget the Gospel. She provides real life examples and insights into what a gospel-centered life looks like, and how the Gospel frees us from sin and works-based "sanctification." 

Since finishing it, I've thought more upon the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation of Christ as I go about my day. The way that I approach the Lord in times of personal prayer is changing. I'm feeling more free and joyful in the Lord. 

I cannot urge you too forcibly to pick up this volume! As the author points out, Christians have a tendency to yawn at the thought of reading a whole book about the love of God. Don't we already know about it? Can't we move on to some instructions for things we should be doing?

No! Pause. Take a rest for your soul, and dwell on God's love as displayed for us in the Gospel. It will change your heart, mind, and life.

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