Thursday, October 22, 2015
The Christian Life (Review)
This review is for the book "The Christian Life: Cross or Glory?" by Steven A. Hein. In this book, the author does have a decidedly Lutheran take on the Christian life, but I really enjoyed this book. Hein definitely draws his view of theology off of Luther, but I find it very interesting. Basically, Hein is trying to show Christians that the bottom line of salvation is the fact that Jesus died on the cross for us. Yes, faith without works is dead, as stated in scripture, but the bottom line is that all that is needed for salvation is your belief. If you believe, that is the requirement for your salvation. We often busy ourselves doing the "work of Christ", but that does not make us "more" saved or more likely to get into heaven. Grace is about being rescued from our sin. We will then want to act for God and have grace for others. The love of God will work in us to want to love others and then ourselves, whereas before we were saved, our love of self came before all other things.
I enjoyed this book. Hein writes in a way that it is easy for the average person to read and understand.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.