The Godly Man's Picture
Summary: What does a Christian look like? Do you know the difference between a life of genuine godliness and a life built on hypocrisy? This book explains the difference in a very clear and pointed way, leaving no doubt about a godly man's picture. It's informative, but at the same time immensely encouraging. Each chapter picks up a characteristic (prayer, zeal, godly sorrow, sincerity, patience, thankfulness, love for saints, spiritual duties, etc.) and flushes it out. There is a lot of mention about the heart and the motives. But each chapter also spends a good amount of time on specific ways to grow in each characteristic.
Personal Thoughts: I have over 6 pages of quotes after reading this book. So much stood out for me. I was able to digest it slowly which was nice, as there is a lot of meat to chew on in these pages. I especially appreciated the sections that highlighted how to grow in each area. I know my spiritual life needs work and I was able to get good direction from this book. I really liked that the author stressed that a little grace is STILL grace. Christ will not crush or destroy a tender, weak saint, for the small amounts of godliness he shows is godliness that has come from Christ, and Christ will not destroy His own work. Of course the author goes on to say that this is NO excuse for sloth. One more quick thing; each chapter has many breaks which allow the reader to easily put the book down after a specific thought and pick it up again without having to get re-orientated with the topic at hand.
Quote: How odious it is for a man to be all fire when sinning and all ice when praying. --115
An unsound Christian will confess sin wholesale; he will acknowledge he is a sinner in general, whereas David does, as it were, point with his finger to the sore: 'I have done this evil.' Not I have done evil, but this evil. --pg. 98
The Jews did not spare any cost in their idolatrous worship. they were so zealous in their idol worship that they would sacrifice their sons and daughters to false gods. Were these so zealous in their sinful worship and will you not be zealous in the worship of the true God? --pg118