In what has become a spiritual classic since it’s first publication in 1996 Alistair Begg addresses some key issues in regards to the Christian life and how we are to live as those seeking to please God.
In ten short chapters Begg addresses issues and concerns that all believers will have to face, and he does so with wit and biblical wisdom. Begg addresses the importance of spiritual discipline, prayer, sacrificial living, marriage, vocation, suffering, holiness, the pitfalls of intellectualism and cynicism, humility and evangelism. I personally found his chapter on suffering most helpful. In that chapter Begg draws from Scripture illustrating the truths taught from both his experience and others. Begg notes, “Evangelical Christianity lacks a well thought-out, Bible-based, clearly articulated theology of suffering. If we had such a philosophy and acted on it, that would please God greatly and would be much to our spiritual and emotional benefit (p. 103).” And in that chapter does provide the reader with such an understanding.
Whether you are a new believer or have been following after Christ for decades you’ll find much profitable wisdom in this book. I would encourage pastors and ministry leaders to do everything they can to get this book into the hands of new believers, helping them read through it and using it as an aid in discipleship.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.