Monday, September 06, 2010
Book Review of CHRIST FORMED IN YOU
My favorite chapter was Chapter 4 on The Heart. As Scripture pulls no punches in its indictment of the fallen, human heart, neither does Brian. He begins the chapter with the declaration that we all inherit monstrous hearts. Unless our distorted, disordered hearts change, we don’t change. In this chapter, Brian drew on insights from David Powlison about how our hearts are the seat of desires, aspirations, cravings, motivations, and murmurings. The heart is also the seat of worship, and this chapter develops the idea that we worship that which controls us—you worship that which you serve. One thing that made this chapter my favorite was Brian’s listing of “ten affections of the heart that God both requires, and gives.” There are years-worth of reflection (and the scripture references to consult) on the implications of these ten affections and the struggle we have to keep them centered on the Trinity. Even in light of all the competitors, I highly recommend this book. It is available at Amazon for pre-order here: Christ Formed in you @ Amazon
Confession of Bias: I have been a fan of Brian Hedges for awhile having read his Light & Heat blog for more than two years. I don’t know which I’ve enjoyed more: his first book or his blog, which you can read here.