Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Utter Relief of Holiness {Review + Giveaway}

My Review:
When I received the offer to review John Eldredge's newest book The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God's Goodness Frees Us From Everything That Plagues Us, I responded immediately. I knew this was a book I did not want to pass up. John Eldredge has had a deep impact on my life through three of his other books, Wild At Heart, Waking The Dead and Walking with God. I knew this new book would add to what I've learned and I am so thankful I had this opportunity to read and review it.

John starts out the book with Ephesians 1:4... 

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, 
God had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, 
to be made whole and holy by his love. (TM)

God's heart for us is restoration, holiness, wholeness. I have been broken by sin, but there is a way to live the life God created me to live. There is a way to know goodness in my own life. And isn't that something we all crave? Don't we all want to know and live goodness? Don't we want to know what Jesus had in mind when He said "I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)" (John 10:10 AMP)?

In this book, John spells out why Christians living today do not know more of wholeness and holiness in our lives. And he spells out how we can. It's possible. And it's God's heart for us. Isn't that so very exciting?! It's starts, of course, with repentance and renouncing my sin, renouncing the agreements I have made with the enemy. And it continues with loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, making Him my treasure. Then loving everyone else as I love myself. 

I love the way John writes. He gives real life examples of how people have struggled, what they pray to break off the sin, agreements and strongholds and the words I can use to do so in my own life. It's so practical and absolutely applicable for right now.

The Utter Relief of Holiness is a profound book that I hope you will not miss.

Right now Ransomed Heart is offering a fabulous deal on this one, get one FREE. Buy one and get one to give to someone else! 

Giveaway Details:
And guess what?! I have one copy to giveaway!!! To enter for a chance to win a copy of The Utter Relief of Holiness, please leave one comment below telling me if you've read any of John's books and which one you enjoyed/learned from the most. And if you have never read any of his books, no worries, just say so. Also, please include your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway is open to US and Canada and will close February 8, 2013 at 11:59pm ET.

About the Author: John Eldredge has written 12 books, including Beautiful Outlaw and New York Times bestsellers Wild at Heart and Captivating (written with his wife Stasi). His books have sold more than 8 million copies. He is the Director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. It has become a grassroots phenomenon with millions of followers.

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  1. Never read any of his stuff but I would love to :) My in laws are planning to come visit us at some point so if I per chance win, I can get it from them :)

  2. I haven't ever read his books, but would love the opportunity. I think reading this book would be most helpful right now. I am on a journey to become closer to God this year. Thank you for sharing this giveaway.
    God bless,
    Tracey M.
    tlm swt 2000 (at) msn (dot) com
    * Please remove spaces and replace words with @ and . symbols in e-mail. Thanks a bunch!

  3. i have not read any of his stuff yet but my MIL loves him and i would love to start with this one! thanks

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  4. I have not read his books, but I would love to! In fact, I'd love to win this book to read and pass along to a friend that I think would be blessed by it. Thanks for the opportunity!

    wendy (at) hiphomeschoolmoms (dot) com

  5. I have read Wild at Heart, and it's an amazing book! I would love to read this one as well!

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