The Beautiful Fight: Surrendering to the Transforming Presence of God Every Day of Your Life

Gary Thomas, Author . Zondervan $18.99 (268p) ISBN 978-0-310-27273-1

Bestselling author Thomas (Sacred Marriage ) based the title for this book on the way Orthodox Christian fathers translated Paul's words in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the Beautiful Fight.” Thomas is concerned that Christians often focus on “mere morality” and wants to introduce readers to a more experiential, compelling Christianity that focuses on transformation, not simply conduct. This Christianity emphasizes the ascension of Christ, the presence of Christ with us, the need to listen to God daily and the fact that God is already on our side—we do not need to earn his favor, although our actions can please him. Walking through this spiritual primer, Thomas addresses a range of attitudes and actions that contribute to Christ-like living. He draws on the stories and teachings of Christians past and present, including St. Francis, Teresa of Ávila, John Calvin, C.S. Lewis and J.I. Packer. Well written, this is largely very familiar evangelical teaching with a subtle shift. Thomas may have done better to focus more on his distinctions with traditional evangelical thought, though readers will likely welcome his valuable perspective on living the Christian life. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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