Thursday, April 14, 2011

How I Read It: Humility

A few thoughts after finishing Humility by CJ Mahaney

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.

2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
  1. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  2. Humility by CJ Mahaney 
  3. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson
  4. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  5. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

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