When I began reading this book, I began to realize that the person in the mirror is actually the person that I had least confronted and have known the least about. I thought about John Eldredge’s example of being in an elevator, but no one really being able to be intimate because we don’t know how to deal with our ‘own’ selves.
Imagine the world we live in, a world we know, think about what you really know about yourself, and the things you believe in. How are we to be true to others and decipher situations if we don’t know ourselves. How can you believe if you can’t see what is right in front of you. You can find where holiness should be dispensed, and to for the direction you might want to move in to pray and where to change, simply by really looking at yourself.(Chapter 9 is a great example) In so many ways, we are our own stumbling stone, not the challenges set before us and John Eldredge paints a crystal clear picture of what the bible is actually saying through interpreting everyday experience with a propulsion of the Bible stories clearly illustrated in to every example.
If you are searching for a way to meet up with God’s promises, search no further than this well-written, book that will lay out an entire overview of what is right in front of you is what will get you there theme! Bravo. There are no holes in the holiness as set forth in this book and through reading it you will be intrigued to the level of friendliness felt because it felt as though someone is next to me counseling, speaking and interpreting rather than talking at me!(Chapter 10, p.129 a true discussion at the grass roots of why… and a good look ‘into’ will provide the reason for demise) The book is a discussion, a spring board and a great way to begin, finding ways to work Christ into their lives through their actions and reactions. Holiness will heal.
I thank John for this book because as I read I found myself actually wanting to continue on because the thoughts were thoughts I have had, but never really allowed myself to think out loud, especially like the un-comfortability on an elevator. A true look into the empty mirror of reality! If you look, you will see, if you see, you can heal, and if you heal you have seen and holiness shall follow.
TO quote the author, Page 18, “Take the things you struggle with and ask yourself, What would life be like if I never struggled with this again?” ~ John Eldredge. The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us -Written by John Eldredge
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