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Number of Pages: 136
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
|Publication Date: 2008|
The person who approaches R.C.s Sprouls newly revised small volume, Five Things Every Christian Needs To Grow might be tempted to place this book in that category because of its similar size and title. But they would miss out. This work is, in 135 concentrated but highly readable pages, a simple outlining of the five disciplines every Christian must pursue to grow in their faith and life in Christ. While the book contains all the common hallmarks of this genre interesting stories and personal anecdotes, illustrations from Bible stories retold in contemporary language Sproul deftly lays out why the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and stewardship are essential to the life of a believer (Col. 1:10). For those who are new to the Christian faith, Sproul simply and clearly presents the reasons why each of these disciplines is essential to the faith, and winningly describes the blessings to be derived from them.
Those who are older in the faith and skeptical of reviewing these one more time, will also be blessed by Sprouls pointed reminders of why these disciplines are so important. For example, to those who struggle with or are frustrated by a particular portion or book of Scripture, Sproul admonishes us to consider that [i]f I dont like something I read in Scripture, perhaps I simply dont understand it. If so, studying it again may help. If, in fact, I do understand the passage and still dont like it, this is not an indication there is something wrong with the Bible. Its an indication there is something wrong with me. The final Question and Answer chapter offers common questions Sproul hears in relation to these disciplines, and are clearly and compellingly addressed.
This small book offers great insight for Christians new and old alike. -- Rachael Starke, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com