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This is a really good book about dealing with sin and embracing holiness. The last two hours (or second half of the book) were more meaningful to me. The first part has more to do with why we should deal with sin in our lives and why we should seek after holiness. The second half deals with how to deal with sin and how to pursue holiness.
This book would not necessarily rank up there with the top ten spiritual books on my shelf, but it is valuable enough that I may refer to it again. I felt that the best points made by the author were about approaching sin and holiness with prayer, and I liked that the author provided specific examples of prayers for specific topics.
John Eldredge doesn't pull any punches, but he is decently encouraging about our ability to succeed. The juxtaposition of sin and holiness was necessary and well defined in his discussion of approaching God and living a life free from the anxiety that accompanies sin (otherwise known as leading a holy life).
The author's approach is to explain the reason for repentance, to peel away the layers of exuses that often accompany the habit of sin, to get the reader to recognize certain thought patterns (he calls them "agreements"), and to prayerfully banish them from the life of the reader, and finally, to teach the reader to approach every day with prayers that are designed to fend off temptation and thank God for the amount of holiness that is already possessed in the reader's life.
Overall, it was a good treatment of a difficult topic. The author is the narrator, and he has a good reading voice, although I thought his cadence was a bit repetitive. He is a slow reader, so I began by reading at 3x speed, but that was too fast to really take in the concepts he presented, so I slowed it down to 2x by the second half of the book, which may have been why I got more out of the second half.
If you are struggling with sin, what it is, how to deal with it, and how to pray about it to succeed in living a holy life, this book is a good resource.
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What made the experience of listening to The Utter Relief of Holiness the most enjoyable?
Life changing !!!! Not much else needs said.
What did you like best about this story?
I have never felt closer to God than I have after Jesus sending me to the books of this author.
Have you listened to any of John Eldredge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Began with high expectations since the first one " The Beautiful Outlaw " and once again Eldredge has over delivered :) Praise God!
I love you Jesus!!! :-)
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
How he explains the real ways that God , Jesus, and His Spirit works the process in us to bring us to wholeness and Holiness. What to pray to bring change that we all desire.
Any additional comments?
Thank you Mr. Eldridge !!
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