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When you think of the word holiness, what comes to mind? Do you associate it with words like unattainable, difficult, discipline, or even boring? It's not a very popular concept among Christians today. We know that holiness is an important part of the Christian life, but it sounds distant, like an idea from another more austere time. Yet, even if we don't understand it, our souls long for it. The desire for holiness, goodness, and justice bear witness to the image of our Maker.
In The Utter Relief of Holiness, John Eldredge brings holiness down out of the clouds to show how it's central to living the Christian life every day. Written with his usual wit and insight, and using examples from his life and the pages of Scripture, Eldredge makes the case that the purpose of faith in Christ is to make people whole and holy. You can't have one without the other. Come and explore what peace, joy, and yes relief, are available when you embrace the holiness that Jesus offers to you.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 1455525715
ISBN-13: 9781455525713
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What a relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us -- the inner struggle with anger, or contempt, the habitual sins. Is such an experience possible? John Eldredge believes it is, and in THE UTTER RELIEF OF HOLINESS, he shows readers how they can be that free, through the healing work of Christ in their lives. It begins when we discover what the salvation of Jesus Christ means for our own restoration and find that holiness is an expression of the healing of our humanity.

Here is a book that explores the beauty of the genuine goodness available to us in Jesus Christ, and guides the reader through the process whereby God makes us whole and holy by his love. Readers will be relieved. Utterly.

Author Bio

John is part of the leadership of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Insitute. John earned his master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and his wife Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons.

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"Eldredge uses his playful style to uncover the truth about who Jesus really was. With an eyebrow-raising warning about the "poison of religion," he urges readers to turn from religious power displays and legalism and instead spend time falling in love with the man, Jesus. Eldredge repeats tales from the Gospels to reveal a leader who was both humorous and confrontational, generous and moody. Eldredge clearly loves his subject, almost chuckling in delight at Jesus' antics. Readers get an intriguing glimpse of Jesus waiting his turn in line, "snorting" in anger, and artfully outsmarting his enemies...Still, readers will find a three‐dimensional Jesus and may find themselves re‐reading scripture with an eye on characters' feelings." -Publishers Weekly, on Beautiful Outlaw
"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart." -Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw, Editor's Pick
"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart." -Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw
"The Eldredges' newest book has bestseller written all over it...They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage. It can be done. And it is worth it. So is this book." -Publishers Weekly, on Love and War (Starred Review)
"The best, most insightful book I have read in the last five years. Every man and wife and every mother of a boy really should read this book." -Charles Swindoll, author of The Church Awakening, on Wild at Heart

Editorial Reviews

"Ever full of gusto and nerve, Eldredge is as strict and orthodox a pastor as A.W. Tozer, but with hiking boots and a zipline."—Publisher's Weekly
"Eldredge uses his playful style to uncover the truth about who Jesus really was. With an eyebrow-raising warning about the "poison of religion," he urges readers to turn from religious power displays and legalism and instead spend time falling in love with the man, Jesus. Eldredge repeats tales from the Gospels to reveal a leader who was both humorous and confrontational, generous and moody. Eldredge clearly loves his subject, almost chuckling in delight at Jesus' antics. Readers get an intriguing glimpse of Jesus waiting his turn in line, "snorting" in anger, and artfully outsmarting his enemies. ... Still, readers will find a three-dimensional Jesus and may find themselves re-reading scripture with an eye on characters' feelings."—Publishers Weekly, on Beautiful Outlaw
"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart."Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw, Editor's Pick
"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart."Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw
"The Eldredges' newest book has bestseller written all over it...They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage. It can be done. And it is worth it. So is this book."
Publishers Weekly , on Love and War (Starred Review)
"The best, most insightful book I have read in the last five years. Every man and wife and every mother of a boy really should read this book."—Charles Swindoll, author of The Church Awakening, on Wild at Heart

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    I don't think this book is trustworthy. In the first chapter he seems to misquote the Bible, to get his own point across. Not in small trivial ways, but in serious ways (such as explaining the woman at the well passage as: proof that men and women in the church can be friends and not awkward, since She was flirting with Jesus and he did not sin.) (What????)

    I do not recommend this book.
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    Eldredge catches the eye of many readers by the title alone. What would have thought that holiness is a relief? His opening chapter pretty much sums up the book. Holiness is an utter relief, an absolute utter relief. He continues in the rest of the book to establish this point through biblical exegesis and practical examples. Half of the book is made up of biblical passages (which is good) but he then goes on to re-tell what was just told, which is unnecessary, and then explains the text in his signature, make-you-think-outside-the-box style. It is very simple reading. Outside of the title of the book, nothing much profound is said. But nothing really needs to be. It's pretty simple. Allowing God to restore us by his grace alone and then in response to pursue holiness, this is the main thrust of the book. There is nothing magic or tricky about it. It is simply faithful obedience in response to the great love that God has lavished upon us. This book is definitely worth reading for all and skimming for most. Hopefully it will inspire follows of Christ to follow more closely. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not obligated to give a positive review.
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    Time to be set free from all that plagues us
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    John Eldredge in his new book, "The Utter Relief Of Holiness" published by FaithWords shows us How God's Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us.

    From the back cover: In the depths of your being, you ache for goodness; we all do. (Something caused you to pick up a book with the word holiness in the title!) We are made for goodness just as we are made to breathe, just as we are made to love. Whatever life has to throw at you, friends, goodness is your strength, your refuge in the storm. What a relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us -- the inner struggle with anger, or contempt, the habitual sins. And there is a way to be good again.

    Here is a book that explores the beauty of the genuine goodness available to us in Jesus Christ, and guides us through the process whereby God makes us whole and holy by his love. You will be relieved. Utterly.

    God tells us, "Be ye holy as I am holy." That is where most people walk away. How can we be holy like God? What does it mean to be holy? All holy means is one notch higher, a higher quality, to be at the level of God. Can we be that high? John Eldredge points out what Paul wrote, "Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love." (Eph 1:4) So the answer is yes. Holiness is something we all long for just, somehow, do not know how to attain it. John Eldredge has broken down his book into two sections: Section One is The Surprise of Holiness and Section Two is The Way to Holiness. Six chapters in each section give us an understanding of what God has always meant for us and what actions we need to take to receive what God has for us. It is time to be relieved and "The Utter Relief Of Holiness" is a great resource to get there. Not only will you be blessed by reading it if you give it as a gift to your friends and family then they will be blessed also.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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