Thursday, February 25, 2010

Book Review: Humility: True Greatness

I've recently been accepted into the ChristianAudio Reviewer's program to download some audiobooks, listen to them, and write a short review. Here is what I think about C.J. Mahaney's Humility: True Greatness.

I've always thought that few people could write a book about humility with a straight face and a clear conscience. Apparently C.J. Mahaney is one of them. Throughout the book Mahaney never expresses himself in a prideful or arrogant manner, and I can attest to that as an expert in exemplifying both those characteristics (hence my desire to listen to this audio book).

In the foreword by Joshua Harris of "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" fame, we learn that Mahaney helped train up Harris to take his place as pastor. For a pastor to serve as long as Mahaney has and to pass off the reins to a much younger man takes a servant’s heart.

Throughout the book Mahaney gives sound pastoral guidance in understanding humility and pride, giving practical advice, especially when it comes to rooting out the sin of pride and developing humility in your spiritual walk. It is not a theological treatise void of application, though theology is expressed throughout in a way that is neither overbearing nor bland.

Sean Runnette does a great job narrating and carries forward the pastoral tone inherent in the book. Even if the narrator weren’t as good, the book would still be worth getting—so I consider it an added bonus that the narrator fits the book so perfectly.

To buy a hard copy, visit http://www.amazon.com/.
For the audio book, visit http://www.christianaudio.com/.

2 comments:

Steve said...

You might find the following blogs of interest about C.J. Mahaney and the group he leads, Sovereign Grace Ministries:

www.sgmsurvivors.com
www.sgmrefuge.com

They tell another side. Hope this helps.

Andrew Wencl said...

Steve,

I only commented on the book, which is a great one on humility. Regardless of how one personally feels about CJ Mahaney or his ministry, the book is definitely worth the read. The Church is divided enough as it is. Let's try to sow some seeds of reconciliation instead.