Holiness. It’s a big word with a lot of meaning. It’s something every Christian strives for — to be holy, as He is holy. Yet, if we were honest, how many of us actually believe that holiness is something that we can really achieve this side of heaven?
When I think about the word holiness, what comes to my mind is:
living a life without sin
walking blameless before the Lord
living right side up in an upside down world
doing good and being good
But I am learning that I have this holiness thing all wrong. I cannot achieve holiness without His help.
I was excited for the chance to review John Eldredge’s book, The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us From Everything That Plagues Us.
It may seem strange at first because most folks don’t think of holiness as an utter relief. Hard perhaps, boring if we’re honest, necessary like flossing, a level of spirituality we might attain to one day. But a relief? Look at it this way: Take the things you struggle with and ask yourself, ‘What would life be like if I never struggled with this again?‘ It would be an utter relief. An absolute utter relief. - The Utter Relief of Holiness.
This book is s a must read for every Christian. It starts off slow, but it picks up when the author explains the connection between holiness and wholeness. After explaining why we need to be whole in order to be holy, the author does a great job of taking the reader on a journey of learning simple but effective prayers in order to break spiritual strongholds which keep us from experiencing His fullness. While reading this book, I was forced to really look at the sin in my own life, as well as those broken pieces of me, and ask God to begin the healing process so that I can experience the fullness that He intended for me.
Overall, this is a great book that will change your life, if taken seriously and the tools given are put into practice. For more information about The Utter Relief of Holiness, visit the author’s website. You can also watch a book trailer here.
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