Quotable: This was a short little book that was packed full of good quotes. Here are a few:
- "You and I hate nothing to the degree that God hates pride." (p 33)
- "I believe in the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him, and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards, and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love." -Charles Spurgeon (p 103)
- "My self perception is as accurate as a carnival mirror." - Paul Tripp (p 127)
Sleep on It: Maybe the biggest thing that has stuck with me from reading this book is how our need for sleep is humbling. If I was the most powerful man in the world, I would still need sleep. Both my need for sleep and what goes on while I sleep are totally out of my control.
Parenting Tip: Since I've been posting some thoughts on raising children, I couldn't pass this up: "If you're a parent, don't celebrate anything more than you celebrate godly character in your children." (p 160, emphasis mine).
You Can Use This: (in quote format): "If you're in a small group for fellowship and accountability are you humbly and aggressively participating or merely observing? Are you actually hoping to avoid correction? Do you experience a certain perverse relief when your sin has gone undetected?" (p129) CJ then provides a list of questions to evaluate how much you're actually seeking correction.
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