Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review - Humble Orthodoxy

This is the latest from well known (and respected) Christian pastor and author, Joshua Harris. When I saw it offered on the Blogging for Books site, I jumped at the chance to read it.

This is a short book, easy to read in one sitting if you were so inclined. But it's so much deeper than that: you'll want to focus on it and think about it for awhile. There is a study guide at the back to help you do that. I could see this book being an excellent choice for a small group or adult (or teen) Sunday School class since it's divided into four easy chapters.

The main point of the book is that there are three easy errors and one biblical alternative: Arrogant heterodoxy (bad doctrine, bad behavior), arrogant orthodoxy (good doctrine, bad behavior), and humble heterodoxy (bad doctrine, good behavior) which should be contrasted with Biblical thought and practice: Humble orthodoxy (good doctrine, good behavior).

Don't be scared off by big words like orthodoxy. Harris makes this easy to understand. Christians should be speaking the truth in love, defending Biblical truth, without wielding truth or doctrine as a blunt weapon.

I'll confess: one struggle I had while reading this book was thinking something along the lines of, "That's excellent! You know who really needs to read this?" and then filling in the blank with someone I know who could use a dose of this book.

Which means I was missing the point: Humble Orthodoxy is about getting it right myself. It's about my humbly embracing the truth of the Bible while still loving others.

Great book and, since it is small and not expensive, I highly recommend it to you.

(Just don't read it and think something like "I can totally see why Karen needed this book". Then you'd be missing the point too.)

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Opinions are my own.

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