Humilty: True Greatness?

21 Oct

Here it is, the long awaited review of Mahaney’s ‘epic’. As is customary in the blogosphere I’ve put up a picture of the cover!

Have you read Mahaney before? If you have then expect nothing different from Humility. His writing style is exactly the same, very laid back, quite simple, progresses in little steps and always seems to be focused on the gospel. What I like about Mahaney is how his language is simple but his content isn’t. One of the things I disliked about the “A book you’ll actually read…” series was how Driscol seemed to be using complex language to convey rather basic truths. Mahaney is the antithesis.

As you might expect the key to Humility (and why it is ‘true greatness’) is the gospel. In that sense it’s just another repackaging of his great book “Living the Cross Centered Life.” Which is by no means a bad thing. The basic premise is that pride is our greatest foe and therefore humility (and the cultivation there of) is our greatest ally. Now I know what your thinking, “Surely Christ is our greatest ally and the Cross our sharpest tool!” Well indeed, and Mahaney would agree. Let me quote:

We cannot free ourselves from pride and selfish ambition; a divine rescue is absolutely necessary.” Or again, “We need even more than Jesus’ personal example of humble service. What we need is His death.

The essential plot line is as follows. Humility good. Pride bad. Jesus death = answer to our pride. How to remember Jesus death in various little ways and areas.

All in all it is a great read. Chapters on how to begin and finish each day (the later I found especially helpful), encouraging others, identifying evidences of grace, inviting and pursuing correction, they take a pretty obvious truth, “It’s all about the Gospel” and then help us apply it.

Get it…or at least borrow it.
4 out of 5 cheesey christian fishes.

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