Corrie ten Boom, for those who don't know, is a Holocaust survivor and a highly respected Christian speaker. This book details various occasions in her ministry when someone offered or needed forgiveness and found peace.
Nadia May did a beautiful job of the narration. She has a Dutch accent to match Corrie's and I found her tone to be very calming.
Corrie ten Boom writes in such an humble manner with such simplicity that this book would be easy to understand for a beginning Christian. It was a great source of encouragement for me and a reminder that I should always seek to surrender more of myself to God. It would not be reaching to say that I will remember some of these stories for the rest of my life.
My favorite part of the book was when she compared the Bible to chocolate. You'll have to read it to really understand the comparison, and you won't regret that you did.
This is a really good book about dealing with sin and embracing holiness. The last two hours (or second half of the book) were more meaningful to me. The first part has more to do with why we should deal with sin in our lives and why we should seek after holiness. The second half deals with how to deal with sin and how to pursue holiness.
This book would not necessarily rank up there with the top ten spiritual books on my shelf, but it is valuable enough that I may refer to it again. I felt that the best points made by the author were about approaching sin and holiness with prayer, and I liked that the author provided specific examples of prayers for specific topics.
John Eldredge doesn't pull any punches, but he is decently encouraging about our ability to succeed. The juxtaposition of sin and holiness was necessary and well defined in his discussion of approaching God and living a life free from the anxiety that accompanies sin (otherwise known as leading a holy life).
The author's approach is to explain the reason for repentance, to peel away the layers of exuses that often accompany the habit of sin, to get the reader to recognize certain thought patterns (he calls them "agreements"), and to prayerfully banish them from the life of the reader, and finally, to teach the reader to approach every day with prayers that are designed to fend off temptation and thank God for the amount of holiness that is already possessed in the reader's life.
Overall, it was a good treatment of a difficult topic. The author is the narrator, and he has a good reading voice, although I thought his cadence was a bit repetitive. He is a slow reader, so I began by reading at 3x speed, but that was too fast to really take in the concepts he presented, so I slowed it down to 2x by the second half of the book, which may have been why I got more out of the second half.
If you are struggling with sin, what it is, how to deal with it, and how to pray about it to succeed in living a holy life, this book is a good resource.
I've been looking for this book for a long time - I just didn't know it.
I've been looking for a book about how to draw nearer to God, how to find out what God wants, how to live a life that will please God.
I know...I know...just read the Bible. I do. I also find that supplemental material from other Christians is very useful.
This is the most useful book about Christianity other than the Bible that I have ever read! After the Bible itself, this would be my number one pick for my bookshelf. Yes - it would even supplant some C.S. Lewis material.
John Piper examines it all - prayer, purpose, and life. He does so under the spotlight of joy - God's joy and our joy. He takes the discussion away from the clutter of theological terminology by focusing on joy - that often overlooked aspect of our faith.
Don't get me wrong. This book is comprehensive and well researched - he often quotes other authors (including C.S. Lewis), and his teaching is Biblically based. He just keeps it focused by concentrating his efforts on the topic of joy. His style is not as conversational as that of some other authors, but he strikes the right chord.
I would recommend this book for anyone. I will be listening to this book again many times over because I think I've just become addicted to true joy.