The Heart of Christ
Summary: Have you ever thought, and I mean really considered, how much Christ loves sinners--yes, you and I? And what is it that draws him to us? Do you know? Goodwin says that it is our afflictions and--almost unbelievably--our sins. The language is strong, the explanations are grounded in Scripture. You will find the book at times intense, and I daresay the only response is to fall to your knees. Christ loved His people while on earth; he loves them today as he sits in heaven. If you take the time to thoughtfully and prayerfully read this book I promise you that you will come out of it calling your Christ precious--so very, very precious.
Personal Thoughts: I have read this book 3 times now. In a nutshell the book talks about how, despite Christ now being in heaven, still has a great love for His people--based on Hebrews 4:15. This year I read it for the second and third time. I was determined to sit and wrestle with it until I understood the concept. I took this book everywhere--to the church, to Boston Pizza, to the bush, in the shop, to piano lessons... I pored over this book, I prayed over this book, I even made notes and marked up this book--and I do NOT write in books! I bought this copy especially for that purpose. If you opened the book you would see words written in the margins that say, 'Prove it Goodwin! I don't believe you!' You would see giant stars marking key paragraphs and individual underlined words. You would see Scripture references scrawled out and large question marks beside bold statements. The cover is a little battered--proof, I suppose, that I spent a good deal of time with it. In this book Goodwin does an amazing job of exposing the tender heart of Christ towards his people. Every second on this earth was traveled out of love for us. I am convinced of the Savior's love for me. I no longer see His death as simply a duty that had to be done. The language is strong; the explanations are grounded in Scripture. The book is, at times, intense and I found myself needing to shut it because it was simply too much to take in--almost painfully so. I have never had a book that made such an impact on me. Christ loved His people while on earth; he loves them today as he sits in heaven.
Quote: I pray not for the world', says he (John 17), I will not open my lips for one son of perdition; but I employ all my
blood, my prayers, and my whole interest with thee but for those thyself hast given me. And, says he, though thou hast given me a personal glory, which I had before the world was, yet there is another glory, which I account of almost as much, and that is, in their being saved. 'I am glorified in them', says he (vs 10), 'and they are my joy (vs 13)