A special 30th anniversary commemorative edition of True Spirituality, featuring a new foreword by Chuck Colson and an introduction by Dr. Jerram Barrs, director of the Schaeffer Institute, is a treasure trove of wisdom for Christians trying to discover what true spirituality looks like in everyday life.
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Blue Dome Mimi
To me this material is wonderful and amazingly easy to understand.The narrator is absolutely perfect for this material! I couldn't stop listening once I'd begun, and I immediately listened to it again. (I'm listening to "He Is There and He Is Not Silent" right now.) There is much in this material for everyone, and it's presented in a way that allows you to take it into your heart and begin right in the moment to change and to see who you are meant to be. Some of the insights are so striking to me and answered questions that I've had most of my life. You may be thinking that I'm pretty ignorant, but you'd be wrong. I've studied the Bible my whole life and I'm 71 years old. I've written Bible lessons that are going into many parts of the world, which I tell you to impress on your heart the need to listen to this material. I honestly believe that everyone who hears Schaeffer's message will make the world a better place. I'm not a member of the same church as Schaeffer was, but he has converted my heart to his way of thinking and living. And I'll add that I've had a sensation of joy and peace that I haven't known for many years since listening to this audio book. As you can imagine, I'm very thankful for the gift of this message.
A clear reminder that our Christian lives from start to finish is by faith in the gospel of Christ dying for us and we dying in Christ, being buried with Christ, and being raised with Christ. We live a life worthy of the gospel.
The first seven chapters were doctrinal and the last seven practical
Find Christ / Find Life
Just a very rewarding book that helps me put my daily life in focus
Schaeffer brings such a great balance to Christian living. I find myself yearning for a deeper walk with Christ after reading True Spirituality.
The author emphasizes our relationship with the personal God. This relationship is not burdensome but easy and delightful. We see the Person of Jesus Christ to be as close as our very thoughts and feelings, but tempered by the God Word, and examined by the Holy Spirit, which also makes God's Word understandable. The personal relationship comes by identifying with the life, rejection, crucifixion, resurrection, glorification, and ascension of the Lord, and prompts us to to put Him first in all things, and furthermore prompts us to long for His return.
I listened to this book in an attempt to prove wrong a "heretical" gospel I recently read. Bless Mr. Schaeffer in his sincerity for he and others are sincere, but the heretical gospel I read makes all the orthodox teachings seem wholly incomplete and profoundly misinterpreted. "True Spirituality" had great reviews by Christians. However, this book only made the orthodox interpretation of Christ's teachings and of the Bible seem pale and shallow. I've also listened to "Mere Christianity" by CS Lewis and others by the greatest teachers of the orthodox or mainstream interpretation of Christianity. I have gone to a Bible focussed church for the past year and a half. I have read or listened to dozens and dozens of books on Christianity by the liberal side and the conservative side. I have looked for the best teachers. As Jesus said, Matthew 7;7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
After reading "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear their teachings seem profoundly wrong. "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" uses the Bible itself to show what Jesus taught, not what the Romans who crucified him wanted you to believe. It answers the largest questions that for 1500 years have been left unanswered by mainstream Christianity. First, why would God forsake the literally billions of people who have lived and died and are living who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel? Second, why would a loving God allow so much discrepancy in the way we are born; that is, why are some born of extreme illness or poverty and in countries where Christianity isn't even allowed or taught while others are born into extreme privilege, comfort and health? Certainly, so that the ill can glorify God is not answer enough for the honest person, especially those who do not sit in the seat of privilege. What Christian would be okay with this interpretation? It's not what God and Jesus taught, and the Bible teaches otherwise too.
Jesus is a great shepherd. He would never allow only a few to enter God's kingdom and still consider himself a "good shepherd". We are all the prodigal son, all of us; God wants us all back and that is his Biblical plan. If you really want to understand the "good news", the gospel, for "all" and for yourself read "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Puryear. You will see the light Biblically pointed out from the words of Jesus. God's plan, and our salvation are far more beautiful and loving than you have been led to believe.
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