Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: The Hole In Our Holiness

The Hole In Our Holiness. Kevin DeYoung. 2012. Crossway. 160 pages.

I've read several books on holiness and sanctification this year. This one is probably the most reader-friendly of the ones I've read. This book even quotes some of the other authors I've read this year! (Including Tozer and Ryle!!!)

The focus of this one may not be popular, it may in fact make readers a bit uncomfortable because it asks them to evaluate their walk, their faith, their fruit. The book challenges readers to consider what has been commanded of us as believers, also what has been promised to us as believers. We're called to live holy lives, not on our own apart from Christ, but called to live holy lives nonetheless, lives where we don't make easy compromises out of temptation or peer pressure. Sin is not to rule over our lives. Sin is not to be the boss of us. If the book has just one BIG message it is one to believers that holiness is not an option, not an extra bonus feature that you can accept or decline without certain consequences.

The book addresses to a certain degree justification and sanctification, assurance and perseverance.

The chapters:

  • Mind the Gap
  • The Reason for Redemption
  • Piety's Pattern
  • The Impetus for the Imperatives
  • The Pleasure of God and the Possibility of Godliness
  • Spirit-powered, Gospel-driven, Faith-fueled effort
  • Be Who You Are
  • Saints and Sexual Immorality
  • Abide and Obey
  • That All May See Your Progress

I liked this one and would definitely recommend it.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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