Friday, January 7, 2011

The Books #25: Humility, True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney

Who doesn't like a book on humility? Actually, because of our sinful nature, I am sure none of us love a book that confronts our pride. And this book, Humility: True Greatness, by C. J. Mahaney is one of those books that confronted my pride. Let me clear up one thing at the very beginning. This book did not make my top 31 list because he says one of the cures of pride is to play more golf. Specifically, he says, "play golf as much as possible. Yep, golf. In my athletic experience, I don't think there's a more difficult or more humbling sport. Rather, make that humiliating--because if you play at all, you know all about those shots that result in laughter from your partners and humiliation for you" (94). Not sure if I know of those shots, but I do know how it humbles me. But that is not why this book has so impacted me.

I think it has so impacted me because Mahaney writes in a very simple yet straightforward manner on how terrible pride is and how precious humility is in our life. I think it so impacted me because I needed it at the time and I still need it now.

He defines humility as "honestly assessing ourselves in light of God's holiness and our sinfulness" (22). If we do that, there is not one person that can stand boasting. He says, "the sad fact is that none of us are immune to the logic-defying, blinding effects of pride. Though it shows up in different forms and to differing degrees, it infects us all. The real issue here is not if pride exists in your heart; it's where pride exists and how pride is being expressed in your life. Scripture shows us that pride is strongly and dangerously rooted in all our lives, far more than most of us care to admit or even think about" (29).

His cure for pride (and developing humility) is to take a long look at the cross of Jesus. The cross is what we need because Jesus went to the cross because we couldn't do it on our own. "It was humanly impossible for the disciples to free themselves from their selfish pursuit of self-exaltation, just as it's impossible for us to free ourselves from the very same sins. But God accomplishes that which is humanly impossible! He pays the price for our freedom, and that price is the sinless Son of God's substitutionary sacrifice on the cross" (53). For me, it is impossible to really sit and reflect upon our sins and the cross without falling down in humility. That is why I love this book. That is why it has impacted me. He reminded me once again of the importance of the cross in my life.

TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY! Okay, this is the first time I have done this during the list of books. I have dealt with seven books so far. All of these books are great, but at this point, I want to give away THIS BOOK. I have one copy of Humility by C. J. Mahaney that I want to give away to someone. Here is the deal. All you have to do is to comment on the blog. The winner will be chosen at random at 5pm on Sunday night. That gives you a couple days to make a comment. The winner will be announced at the bottom of Monday's blog post (The Books #22).

One last word. Some of you are right now saying, "I don't need that book." If those thoughts came into your mind, you need to read this book. So, why not try to get it for free? Here's hoping you win. And whether you do or not, I pray that in 2011 the Lord will deal with your pride as He deals with mine!


  1. A big pull for having this book on my shelf is because it is packaged so nicely. :)

    - Heather C. (It isn't letting me post using my google account)

  2. Sounds like a great book...look forward to reading it sometime!

  3. Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger. (Zep 2:3 NAS)

  4. Hello, Books are nice, I have room on one of my book shelves. Your new office has been cleaned out as of yesterday.

    from Ray in Ohio

  5. Love to read all the reviews. No more excuses for not knowing what to read. This sounds like a one that I will dive into.

  6. I could have JoAnn read it to me.
    Mike Brothers

  7. William Bates writes about Humility as "the peculiar grace of Chritians,so becoming our state as creatures and sinners; the parent and nurse of other graces, that preserves in us the light of faith, and the heat of love; that procures modesty in prosperity, and patience in adversity; that is the root of gratitude and obedience, and is so lovely in God's eyes, that "He gave grace to the humble."


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