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  1. CT
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Holier than Thou
    December 15, 2021
    CT
    Deep insights on the character of God. It is a book I'll need to come back to digest. I would recommend whole heartedly - but give yourself some time to read.
  2. Kim H in GA
    South Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Comprehensive
    October 8, 2021
    Kim H in GA
    South Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Eye-opening and comprehensive, Jackie Hill Perry provides readers with a wealth of information and challenge to grow beyond our limited understanding and response to a holy God. Both profound and relatable, Hill's writing spotlights that our entire foundation of faith is rooted into the need for a deep grasp of how God is supremely holy and wholly other and separate from humans.

    **Note: several quotes are from the writing of John Piper.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.
  3. Euniquegirl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    holier than thou
    August 16, 2021
    Euniquegirl
    Jackie Hill Perry is a teacher who does not "tickle our ears" with what we'd prefer to hear. God commanded, "Be holy, as I am holy". Perry sets out in this volume an explanation of the embodiment of 'God is holy'. How does God's holiness equate with God is Light, God is Love, God is Just, and so on? When we have some understanding of this, then we can aim for holiness, but there is a prerequisite. Perry unravels this with fundamental biblical teaching. One will even sense the holy presence of the Lord as one reads and gains insight. The sound instruction will surely help one grasp some of what "God is holy" means, so that the sincere believer will develop greater holiness and become more like their Heavenly Father.

    ~Eunice C. Reviewer/Blogger~

    August 2021

    Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion based on the review copy given by the publisher.
  4. PV
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Reminder of God's Holiness
    August 9, 2021
    PV
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In the introduction of her book Holier Than Thou, Jackie Hill Perry explains that while she had read many of the classic books on Gods holiness she still had questions and so she set out to write a book on Gods holiness that she would want to read and she ended up writing a book that will bless everyone who reads it. The purpose of this book is to behold. To set our sights on a higher love. To see who Adam hid from, who the psalmists sang to, who the prophets spoke for, who the disciples walked with, and who Jesus made known (8).

    Perry begins by beholding who God is as a holy God and how God's holiness is seen in all of His attributes. She reminds the reader that in the morning, when the sun stands up and shines on your part of the world, look toward it if you can and know that the Holy God is more brilliant than that (30). While His brilliance is seen in all of His attributes, Perry focuses on God's righteousness and transcendence to grow the reader's definition of who God is so that it reflects how Christ has revealed Him to us. After giving the reader a full picture of who God she challenges the reader that if they are brave enough to actually believe that God is who He says He is, we are left with one choice: worship (50). Before exploring how God's holiness affects the reader's life, she takes the time to acknowledge the temptation which we face to make a god...in our own image and then expect Him to behave just like us (76) and the futility in worshiping idols because we are expecting them to give us what is beyond their reach" (85). Since we are only able to reflect what we have actually seen (153), Perry finishes her book by reminding the reader of how the Holy Spirit helps them not only see God but through this vision of Christ, we are also taught the way of Jesus (164).

    If you have ever heard Jackie Hill Perry speak or rap, you know that she is a gifted communicator who uses words to make ideas come alive, and she writes just like she speaks. An example of this is how she brings to life the experience of Mt. Sinai to show the reader the awe of God's holiness:

    This God expects nothing less than an awful* (*Awful: filled with awe; deeply respectful or reverential Merriam-Webster) obedience from you and everything else, and you know it. The plagues sit in the back of your mind as a reminder of what kind of King youre about to meet. One that can use rives and bugs and reptiles and nature itself against you. Like your hands, the mountain shakes. Like your heart, it cant get still because now, finally, in the midst of the thunder smack, the fire-lit sky, and the trumpet blast, descending on the mountain in fire is God. If you didnt know it then, you know it now, that this God, this King, is holy. (13)

    The entire book is filled with similar moments where Perry helps the reader sit in a concept of God's holiness by pointing out the grandeur of what it means or the comfort or challenge it brings to their life. Her clear, real-world explanations of who God is and her honest reflections on them are a blessing to the reader regardless of if this is the first book they have read on the holiness of God or if they have already read the ones she lists in the beginning of her book. She shows the joy and wonder, as well as the struggle, which one experiences as they learn more about who God is that it is clear to the reader that she is writing from experience with and love for this God.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to know more about who God is as He has revealed Himself in Scripture or who has wondered how knowing God affects their life.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishers through their book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  5. kim
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Holiness clarified
    July 15, 2021
    kim
    What we believe governs how we behave. What we gaze upon with our eyes and dwell upon with our thoughts, we will become. Misplaced faith informs our life (pp. 1440) We are made in the image of God and His children are to be (come) holy as He is holy. Before the how, Jackie shows us the why by exploring the Scriptures that speak of the living God who is a consuming fire as well as the very means of our transformation. This writing sharpened and makes me long even more to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel . Set apart for God alone. Holy.
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