This is my review of the book A Life Worth Living by Nicky Gumbel which I finished a couple of days ago. (though I have read it before in a previous decade!! oh that makes me feel old). This book is a study on the New Testament book of the Philippians. The Philippians was written around 2000 years ago by the Apostle Paul and expands on the theme that Jesus Christ had made his (that is Paul's ) life profoundly worth living. As we find in the book Paul then goes on to expand why this is the case.
Though Philippians only has four chapters – A Life Worth Living has nine and they all explore different aspects of how our lives change once we know Jesus Christ. The chapter heading are
Each chapter expands a short passage of scripture by looking at historical examples along with the practical implications of what the text might mean to someone today. The themes and context are easily understood and relevant both to the original text they are referring to along with everyday life. The book is very readable and inspiring, which is probably why it has been reprinted on numerous occasions.
The book is also marketed as a follow up to the Alpha course - Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. www.alpha.org , though it stands as a good book to read on it's own even if it is not following on from an Alpha course.
The book is packed with quotes and I will recount just one that appealed to me – so often people are full of self importance,”One such VIP who was full of his own self-importance was irritated by what he considered to be incompetent service from his new steward at his club 'Do you know who I am?' he thundered. No Sir' was the reply, 'but I will make enquiries and then come back and let you know'”
Paul's take on this is
Phillipians 2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Anyway I won't get distracted and spoil the book for you if you read it yourself. (You can listen/watch Nicky Gumbel giving the series of talks on which the book was based on the Alpha website)
This was book 15 week 12 fiction 13 (audio books 3) non fiction 2
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