"If others follow you, point them to Christ." - Anonymous, Embracing Obscurity
September 7, 2017
I got this book about 4 years ago. I bought it because of the title and the fact that the author chose to be anonymous really intrigued me. After reading it again, I thought I should write a review as it is an excellent book! Personally, I think this is a great book to give young leaders. It serves as a great reminder to examine ones heart when serving.
One of my favourite quotes from this book is that "Our purpose in the spotlight is to deflect others' praise heavenward, making less of ourselves to make much of our God." (2012, p.157) God has placed us wherever we are to give Him all the glory He deserves. It's never about us accomplishing many things, but that we are given the opportunity to even be used by God to further His Kingdom through serving people for His glory.
There are a lot more to talk about but I don't want to spoil it for those interested to read it, so I'll stop here.
What 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.
Well, 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.