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Publication Date: 2012
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Ironically, the trouble with me and you and the rest of humanity is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. To live and die unnoticed would seem a grave injustice to many. Its all too easy to think were somebody if our portfolio is strong, there are a few letters after our name, or were well-known at work, church, or school.
As pride creeps in, we are tempted to want more: more recognition, more admiration, more influence, more, more, more. Few have ever given thought to wanting less. Thats why we need Embracing Obscurity.
Putting the premise into immediate action, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. Such a life involves mystery and banks on the hope that today is just a dress rehearsal for eternity.
When we stop imitating the world and instead choose to embrace obscurity, real life -- chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion -- begins.
A5 Stars Out Of 5ObscureOctober 3, 2014AQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amazing book. I've had go reread it a few times to absorb all of the information. I want to read more like this one!
DODO5 Stars Out Of 5Embracing ObscurityAugust 28, 2014DODOQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a must read book in order to have a better understanding of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. And also experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
AnonymousNorth DakotaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5OMG....all believers need to read this book!!February 15, 2014AnonymousNorth DakotaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an amazing truth that this book reveals in this world of titles, position and riches....even in our churches! No wonder our churches look no difference then the world. Read it....chew on the meanings that God might have for you and your life. This book is thought provoking, indeed!! It magnified my awareness of the simple message of the Gospel and what Jesus commanded, "Love God and love others as yourself"... Allowing God to examine our motives and owning what comes out of that examination is nothing short of life changing. Exalting Him in all we do....out of the love we have for Him takes a lot of surrender & decreasing in "worldly status". Loved it and will order many for friends and family.
ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5IntriguingDecember 23, 2013ruthhill74Yelm, WAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well, I think the name of this book honestly does speak for itself. And it is indeed a "stroke of genius" that we don't even know who the author is. It fits the very thing this book proposes--do not seek any glory for yourself. True humility is what is expected of the Christian, and this book certainly made me think. This is not an easy nor popular lesson, but it is vital to the Christian walk.
I found myself not connecting with the book as well as I normally do, and I think the main reason is that this issue is not one with which I normally struggle. I'm not trying to hold myself up as one who never struggles with the issue of pride, but this is not as a big issue for me as other Christian issues (that I won't detail here). I also felt that some of the book was a little one-sided, but I understand why. So often, Christian books do focus on the "Joseph principle" and that suffering leads to reward. I think it is important that the concept that possibly God's desire is for Christians to serve in obscurity is detailed in this book no matter how unpopular that topic is.
I love the fact that this is written as a small-group Bible study, and I think this is the best way to go through this book. Countless Scripture and personal stories are provided as evidence and proof of the blessings of living the way this book suggests. I completely agree with this often over-looked subject, and I think every Christian could stand to read this and determine how God would have him/her live. And although I do not currently struggle with this issue, it is good to bear in mind and watch that I do not veer off my current path and find myself looking for recognition in the wrong places.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
DesignerAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Typical Christian pap and dribble !!July 17, 2013DesignerAlberta CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Unfortunately this small book does not live up to its title. Written by someone who admits to not having many of their own troubles in life but somehow feels like it was necessary to write on such a topic as this. It is full of an emotional type of pleading and void of any real substance to 'take home'. If one aspires to write these types of stories then it would be of greatest value for them to suffer terribly then write out of the emotion that comes from that state.
Finally, the study questions are as hollow as the main body of the book.....typical self centred naval gazing questions that seem to produce no real results. It all seems to be wrapped around the person who wants to 'experience' more for the sake of their own thinly disguised spiritual ego.