Look Inside. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy pride and cultivate our greatest friend humility. His thorough examination clarifies misconceptions, revealing the truth about why God detests pride and turns His active attention to the humble. Because pride is never passive, defeating it demands an intentional attack.
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The book is divided into three sections. Part one deals with the battle of humility versus pride, part two with our Savior and the secret of true greatness and part three with the practice of true humility. In the first part, Mahaney defines humility and shows how true humility is nothing less than a battle against the pride that lives deep within every heart.
This is precisely why true greatness can only be achieved by followers of Jesus Christ, for only they have had their eyes opened by the Holy Spirit to see the depth of their own depravity and the overwhelming holiness of God. Mahaney teaches, rightly I believe, that God hates the sin of pride above all other sin. This is a sin that plagues all humans, though it manifests itself in different ways. So the issue facing the believer is he examines his life is not if pride is present, but where it is present.
For most of us it is deeply ingrained in our lives and only a great amount of Spirit-guided self-examination can draw it to the surface.
In the second part, Mahaney defines greatness as Jesus did, showing that being great means being a servant to everyone. Just as Jesus came to serve, so must we serve with our lives. Christ lived as the perfect example of humble service. In the third and final part of the book Mahaney builds on the foundation he has built through Scripture to provide advice on the practice of humility.
It is far more than a false, monastic humility that is really no humility at all. Instead, he examines several different areas of life and shows how humility can be applied to all of them. From the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep and even while we are asleep we can practice humility. Whether we experience joy or pain, whether we are correcting or being corrected, we all have opportunities to practice humility every day.
Humility: True Greatness is a truly great book. I do not know of a person who shows no pride in his life, and thus I do not know of a person who would not benefit from reading it. I highly and unreservedly recommend this book.
I pray that it will be widely-read, that humility may be widely-practiced. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. Toggle navigation. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Search for Search. There is a certain irony in the pursuit of humility. We see a glimpse of that in the title of this book, Humility: True Greatness. Humility is true greatness. The pursuit of humility and the pursuit of greatness are one and the same, provided that we seek greatness as defined by the Creator.
I have never met C. Mahaney though hope to some day , but from all accounts he is well-qualified to write a book on such a difficult subject. And this is a difficult topic. After all, how can a person write a book on humility without sounding like he feels he is most qualified?
The truth is he can, provided he uses the Scripture as the foundation for his teaching. And that is exactly what Mahaney does. Sponsor Show Your Support.
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Humility: True Greatness
Which will you pursue? Mahaney paints a striking picture of the daily battle quietly raging within every Christian and asks whether you will passively accommodate the enemy of your soul, pride, or actively cultivate your best friend, humility. When you acknowledge the deception of pride and intentionally humble yourself, you become free to savor abundant mercies and unlikely graces. You will find a new life is yours - a life God richly favors.
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I noticed this from the way CJ would take a basic point — say, an attribute of God — and apply it to himself over and over, showing how much could be gleaned from it. This was a great reminder that the goal of doing theology is not merely to think new thoughts and acquire new knowledge — the goal is also to sit in the knowledge we already have and let it sink more deeply into our hearts. We should seek breadth in, as well as depth of, theological knowledge. Already within the basic truths of the gospel — the majesty of God, the ugliness of sin, the wonder of cross — are the resources we need for much spiritual victory. There is so much breakthrough already stored up in a fresh discovery of these truths we already believe — if we would apply them to ourselves with a humble heart.