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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5OutstandingOctober 29, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Balanced Christianity, author John Stott explores how human beings tend to label themselves and others. Even within the christian community we have a tendency to think of ourselves in one category or another. This church liberal, that church is to conservative, this church service is too structured, that person thinks that is not structured enough and on and on it goes.
But the author wants to stop that line of thinking. His point of this book is how we can and should live a more balanced Christian life. God made us all different in thought and personality, but no matter what our personal preferences, we can all learn from each other. He talks about the life of Jesus and how He never fit into one category or another, but in one chapter he is clearly a radical, and in other chapters is clearly participating in Jewish tradition.
The author uses the word polarize throughout the book. The definition of this word is to "divide sharply into opposing factions." Isn't this what happens in many of our churches today? I think that this is one of Satan"s greatest tools in dividing churches, because a split church has a hard time surviving. At the very least, whatever ministry is being done suffers.
The book itself is only 94 pages of actual text so it is not an overwhelming book. As my church librarian I know that many people feel that these older preachers/teachers have nothing to offer in today's world, I always say read and judge for yourself.
This is a book that I will continue to recommend.
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