Humble Orthodoxy Review

 

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When I received Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris in the mail, I was surprised at how small the book was - I was expecting a full-size, full-length book, and instead found a little "pocket" book with four chapters.  But I have to say, those four chapters pack a punch!

In Humble Orthodoxy, Harris presents the idea that we, as Christians, need to be both humble and orthodox - and to have one without the other is not honoring to God.  We need to be humble in our presentation and attitude about biblical truth, but not so "humble" that we do not stand for the truth of God's Word.  We need to be orthodox, but not arrogantly, because orthodoxy isn't about how "right" we are and how "wrong" others are - its about taking God's truth directly from his Word and standing for it in a way that brings glory to God, not glory to ourselves.

Through every chapter of this book I felt convicted.  I probably tend to lead toward the side of being too arrogant in my orthodoxy than being too humble, and I've always known that I needed to be careful not to be too arrogant in my stand for God's truth because I could see how wrong it looked when others were.  But this book made me really think about my own heart attitude about biblical truth and how I present that to others.  It made me want to do "humble orthodoxy" better.

I especially enjoyed Harris's description of Heaven in the last chapter, and how he thinks we'll all spend the first ten thousand years apologizing to each other for the way we treated each other in our disagreements.  I think that's probably true, but it also made me want to work on making sure I have less to apologize for.  I want to remember that good theology is not about me - it's about God, and what is true about Him.

I'd highly recommend this book.  It wouldn't take more than a couple hours to read it front to back, but it'll have you thinking and make you want to live out your faith in a way that will bring more glory to God.  There is a lot of value packed into this little book!  Definitely worth the investment.

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

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