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Nestled in the simple rhythms of rural life, taking cues from forsythia, milkweed, and wild blackberries, Hannah Anderson meditates on the pursuit of peace and its natural companion, humility.

Part theology of incarnation, part stroll through fields and forest, Humble Roots reveals how cultivating humility--not scheduling or increased productivity--leads to true peace. By remembering who you are and Who you aren't, you can discover afresh your need for God and the rest that comes from belonging to Him.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .44 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414591
ISBN-13: 9780802414595

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Feeling worn thin? Come find rest.

The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through miles of rolling Virginia mountains. It’s a route made famous by natural beauty and the simple rhythms of rural life.

And it’s in this setting that Hannah Anderson began her exploration of what it means to pursue a life of peace and humility. Fighting back her own sense of restlessness and anxiety, she finds herself immersed in the world outside, discovering a classroom full of forsythia, milkweed, and a failed herb garden. Lessons about soil preparation, sour mulch, and grapevine blights reveal the truth about our dependence on God, finding rest, and fighting discontentment.

Humble Roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace.  "Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden," Jesus invites us, "and you will find rest for your souls."

So come. Learn humility from the lilies of the field and from the One who is humility Himself. Remember who you are and Who you are not, and rediscover the rest that comes from belonging to Him.

Author Bio

HANNAH R. ANDERSON lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she works beside her husband in rural ministry and cares for their three children. She is the author of Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God's Image and regularly writes and speaks about faith, culture, and spiritual formation. You can find more of her work at www.sometimesalight.com.

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  1. Kendra
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Humble Roots
    February 25, 2017
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Drawing illustrations from common things like tomatoes, milkweed and crocuses, Hannah Anderson "reveals how cultivating humility...leads to true peace." In a world where so many of us are stressed and busy, anxious and tired, Jesus calls us to come to Him and rest. To remember that He is God. To remember that we are not God. This is humility, Anderson says--the laying down of pride and remembering our creaturehood, which "frees us to flourish as the human beings we were made to be: to celebrate the goodness of our physical bodies, to embrace the complexity of our emotions, and to own our own unique gifts without guilt or feeling like an imposter." (pg. 12)

    I enjoyed and appreciated the way Anderson grounds her book both in Scripture and in everyday examples from her own life and the world around her. Humble Roots was very personable and readable, while communicating deep and challenging truths. My favourite chapter was probably "Natural Resources"--a discussion of our privilege/resources/gifts/blessings (however you want to name it) and how humility enables us to use those things responsibly, with gratitude and purpose. I would highly recommend this book.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding Rest in Humility
    February 13, 2017
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Apparently, in addition to all his better-known gifts, Thomas Jefferson was a gardener. His experimentation with horticulture added over five hundred new fruits and vegetables to the world, but he was never able to successfully cultivate a vineyard at Monticello, his beloved Virginia home. Here's why: the French varieties of grapes he coveted had no resistance to the tiny root louse which feeds on the roots of grapevines and thrives in North American soil. His dream of a beautiful vineyard was being, quite literally, cut off at the roots.

    Hannah Anderson shares Jefferson's gardening woes as an illustration of the effect of pride on the human heart. An infestation of pride not only cuts peace and joy off at the roots, but also heightens stress levels and causes the oblivious host to strive for levels of self-sufficiency and competence that we were never meant to shoulder. In Humble Roots, Hannah shares a number of definitions of humility that give structure to her words and that also reveal the important role that a humble heart plays in the formation of a soul that is both grounded and nourished.

    "Humility is accurately understanding ourselves and our place in the world. Humility is knowing where we came from and who our people are. Humility is understanding that without God we are nothing." (56)

    In directing our gaze to the lilies of the field, Jesus invites His followers to a humble dependence on His provision. With 75% of Americans reporting that they experience some level of stress on any given month (21) -- and all its attending health issues -- a humble acknowledgement of our need can be life-saving.

    "Humility is not feeling a certain way about yourself, not feeling small or low or embarrassed or even humiliated. Theologically speaking, humility is a proper understanding of who God is and who we are as a result." (103)

    This clear view of the self reveals that most of our struggles are rooted in a pride that exalts and prioritizes our own feelings over all else. It takes a certain amount of courage to agree with John the Beloved Disciple's assessment that God is "greater than our hearts." The humble admission that He "knows all things" -- and by extension that I do not know all things -- is a tremendous first step in admitting the limits of human reason and in acknowledging the truth that all is gift.

    "Humility remembers both your human limitation and God's transcendent power." (157)

    Proverbs 16:9 yields truth that eases my control issues with the knowledge of the choreography that exists between my decision-making and God's sovereignty, for indeed, plan as I may, it is God who directs my steps. How glorious that God invites me to dream, while also reassuring me that I need never lose sight of His ultimate control as the One who is writing the patterns for every figure of the dance.

    "Humility teaches us to find rest in confession. Rest from the need to hide, the need to be perfect. We rest by saying, both to God and others, 'I am not enough. I need help.'" (186)

    Life here outside The Garden means that no one is immune from brokenness and fallibility, but humility alleviates some of the sting, for when we freely confess our brokenness to God and others, we are free to grieve it, to stop hiding it, and to take grace.

    There is irony in Hannah Anderson's choice of a title for her book, for it quickly becomes clear that it is pride that lives in the roots of humanity. Thus, it becomes the lifelong journey of the Christian life to uproot all that is harmful (or, depending on one's perspective, to cooperate with God in His uprooting) and to transplant (by grace) all that redeems. In the meantime, having read and allowed the truth to land on plowed soil, I'm enjoying the message that "God raised Jesus up because this is how God responds to humility." (199)

    And on this February day in which my refrigerator is playing host to two tomatoes that can only be described as "plastic," my gardener-soul is nourished by this lovely sentence:

    "A sun-ripened tomato is one of God's clearest acts of common grace." (118)

    In Humble Roots, Hannah Anderson has drawn a clear connection between the cultivation of those sun-ripened beauties and the pursuit of soul-nourishment, peace, rest, and an end to the ceaseless striving. Using metaphors as earthy as our clay-based bodies, she cooperates with the Word of God to reveal that the quality of life we most desire will not come to us through power or reason or productivity or any number of quick fixes, but, rather, through roots that are sunk deeply into a theology of need and answering grace -- and a humble acceptance of a life that is lived close to the ground.

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    This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. contemplativereflections
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Humble Roots
    February 4, 2017
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    In "Humble Roots," Hannah Anderson discusses the path to humility for the weary, downtrodden Christian. The premise of the book is that humility is rooted in recognizing our inadequacy in the presence of our all-powerful God. Anderson argues that regardless of how highly we think of ourselves, we are only dust and vapour that depend on Christ as the source of our life. It is the sufficiency of Christ who took on the ultimate act of humility through His incarnation that relieves us from the anxieties and worries of our lives. In each chapter, the author uses a different plant analogy to illustrate how our many attempts to control our lives originate from the pride, deceit, and sinfulness that is deep within our hearts. For example, Anderson describes how vine plants in France struggled immensely against phylloxera which originated from America. These insects killed off the French vines which had no immunity against these foreign invaders. The solution was to graft the French vine branches to the roots of American vine plants allowing the former to acquire protection against the insects and became fruitful again. Using this analogy, the author states that we also need to be grafted to Christ as the vine that gives us new life. Without His power to sustain us, our efforts to be productive will eventually wither from life's trials and temptations. Besides the intriguing content, I also enjoyed Anderson's fluid writing style and choice use of words along with her personal examples which helped make the material accessible and relatable.

    I recommend this book to all Christians as humility is a virtue that all of us can learn more of. The irony lies in that the harder one tries to be humble, the harder it is to be genuinely humble. Anderson points out that our efforts to be humble are often a cloaked form of the pride that Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden. When we submit our inadequacies and insecurities to Jesus, the perfect God-man, we can find true rest that frees us from the yoke of pride. Thus, the best way to learn humility is to focus on Christ as He exhibited perfect obedience to the Father. Being humble is not simply imitating Jesus using our own strength as this would push us towards pride again; we find true humility when we cling on to Christ Himself. May we find our rest and peace in Him who bore our sins and weaknesses thereby giving us freedom from trying to do everything ourselves.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Moody Press in exchange for a book review.
  4. Terry
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Relaxing and grounding...
    January 19, 2017
    Terry
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    Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson was a relaxing, grounding sort of book. This is good because it is exactly what you would expect with the subtitle How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul. This simple book places its anchor in two profound truths. First, we are not God we are created in His image, but we are not Him. Therefore, we neednt pretend we are (aka pride). Second, we need to instead walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) by learning humility that will eventually free us from stress, competition, and other vicious, cyclical behaviors.

    The author also weaves in references to the natural world and includes drawings with each chapter; drawings of plants, flowers, vegetables, etc. provide a nice tie-in with both the title and the cover art. At first, I wasnt sure I was seeing the point of linking mostly personal examples and some theology to nature. However, after the first few chapters, I see that this is the authors attempt to not only ease into but also to provide a metaphor for some biblical truths that might otherwise seem esoteric without grounding them in some reality.

    I would not necessarily consider this book exciting or enthralling, but if you are looking for some gentle reading that will speak to your soul and help you in areas of spiritual growth, you might want to consider this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review.
  5. beloved569
    Sterling, CO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Yes, I Needed This
    October 23, 2016
    beloved569
    Sterling, CO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Instantly the description of this book resonated with me, but, I didn't realize how much the message of this book I would need until I started reading it. My pen has been used often throughout each chapter underlining.
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