I knew the author John Eldredge from his phenomenal book Wild at Heart, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read his latest book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got a hold of his new book which was released last January 8, 2013. The title of the book is The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us.
About the Author: John Eldredge has written 12 books, including Beautiful Outlaw and New York Times bestsellers Wild at Heart and Captivating (written with his wife Stasi). His books have sold more than 8 million copies. He is the Director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. It has become a grassroots phenomenon with millions of followers.
When I was reading the book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I found myself being drawn as I read chapter after chapter. I began to see that this book was not about “how to be holy” but it made me realize why holiness is important and what it really is. In our world today, holiness is often disguised as goodness or doubt or selective morality or technical rule-keeping. The author John Eldredge was also able to show Jesus’ holiness and wholeness and how He has redeemed us which gives us a new sense of wholeness and holiness. We can now choose holiness because of what Jesus has done.
I recommend this book to those Christians who want to know about the true meaning of the wholeness and holiness we have in Christ. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was in a retreat, being refreshed and renewed. I also got to ask myself a lot of questions and it also allowed to reflect on my personal decisions on matters of faith and life. This book definitely drew me closer to the Lord and allowed me to appreciate goodness, holiness and wholeness in a whole new level.
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