" One of the mistakes Christians often make is that we learn to rebuke like Jesus, but not love like Jesus."
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
"Humble Orthodoxy" sounded almost like a contradiction to me before I read this book. So often, it seems that deeply religious people come across as chastising and the zeal to protect biblical teaching sometimes leads to hurting others. It isn't always intentional, but it is something I have personally seen problems with on both sides.
I was immediately drawn to this book. I was eager to see how Joshua Harris advises Christians to uphold belief and teaching without tearing others down.
In a quick read, complete with a brief study guide in the back that is helpful for personal examination in your own journey, Harris provides a breath of fresh air in theology. He reminds us, and himself, that our doctrinal commitments are to God, not to anyone else. We have no business condemning anyone. Our own lives should be attempts at humble examples of purity. We can hold strong beliefs without cutting down those around us. The message of love can be lost easily, and it was a relief to see a book encouraging us not to.
I really enjoyed the discussion of Heaven as a place where everyone will be in a place of humility- of awe. Not a place for the "right" people to brag about getting there. It is a beautiful revelation to think of grace overpowering the pettiness that has divided humanity in the past.
I would advise any Christian, and especially those in ministry, to buy this book. I recommend reading it, studying it, and sharing it. It is a small book that makes for an easy, but powerful read and it's message is gentle. Again, I highly recommend this book.
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