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In Chasing Contentment, Erik Raymond helps us understand what biblical contentment is--the inward gracious spirit that joyfully rests in God's providence--and then how we earn it. Giving us practical guidance for growing in contentment in various areas of our lives, this book will encourage us to see contentment as a priority for all believers. By God's grace, it is possible to pursue the high calling of contentment and anchor our joy in God himself rather than our changing circumstances. Paperback.
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Needed LessonJuly 10, 2017JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We live in a time when people seem to be generally discontent; Impatient, moody, complaining and jealous. Though we have moments of happiness, we've lost what it means to be truly content. The good news is that we can learn this, as the Apostle Paul says.
Erik Raymond lays out what true contentment is and why it is found only in God. He then explains, through scripture and personal stories, how he can go about learning to be content in God.
Every self-proclaiming Christian should read this book. The Gospel message is at its core: we deserve Hell, but God sent His son Jesus to redeem us and bring us back to Him. This is where our contentment lies. Raymond lays it out in such a way that anyone with a heart willing to be changed will feel the need for it.
This isn't the name-it-and-claim-it gospel. It's not health and wealth. It's loving God and being content in Him, whether you have everything or nothing at all. It's Biblical truth, and much needed.
I received an electronic copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Chasing ContentmentApril 20, 2017contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Chasing Contentment," Erik Raymond delves into the topic of contentment and how Christians can be truly content in their lives. The author first begins in explaining why we are endlessly seeking satisfaction and why contentment is so elusive. He then moves on to show that God is the ultimate source of our contentment by defining His character and attributes along with an analysis of the creation narrative to show that God created us to find our contentment in Him. However, alike the sin our first parents committed, we fail to seek contentment in God Himself but look for satisfaction and joy in created things that are only poor reflections of the Creator. In His love, God provides the solution to our longing by sending His Son who conquers Satan, sin, and death thereby restoring our distorted relationship with God. In doing so, through Christ, we can once again find our greatest pleasure in God as the One who creates, sustains, and provides for all that we can ever want or need. In the second half of the book, Raymond discusses how to move towards contentment as we await the day when we can fully enjoy God forever. He includes many illustrations and examples from his pastoral experience along with practical recommendations such as Bible reading and prayer. Along with basing his arguments on Scripture, the author also references many classic hymns, poems, and authors to encourage readers to find their contentment in Christ alone.
I would recommend this book to all who are struggling to find contentment in their lives. In our contemporary culture, we want everything and we want it right away. This way of thinking is distinctly opposite and opposed to what the Bible teaches us about how we should view our lives here on earth. Instead of hoarding what pertains to fleshly desires, we are to take hold of what God has given us and use all of it to glorify Him. Raymond reminds us that contentment is not unreachable but rather, it is readily available to those who find their complete satisfaction in God. We come to this satisfaction by first taking hold of Christ as the One who saves us and reconciles us to God. Moreover, we can immerse ourselves in the means of grace He provides us such as the local church community and spiritual disciplines to keep us steady in the present as we look forward to eternity where we will be perfectly content in God's presence.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.
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