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Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners Hardcover – Sept. 14 2021
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Pastor and best-selling author Dane Ortlund offers words of encouragement to those seeking to grow deeper in their faith, making the case that sanctification is not accomplished by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into Christ himself.
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“This lovely, easy-to-read primer by Dane Ortlund grounds our discipleship in the glowing center of Christianity―our Lord Jesus. It’s easy to think that as we grow as Christians, we move on to ‘higher things’ (whatever that means!), when in fact we simply need to learn the beauty and depth of Jesus and all that he’s done for us. That’s what Ortlund helps us do here. This book will bless you!”
―Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life
“That angst in your soul for more is a part of the growing process―a gift of hunger and thirst that Jesus, the inexhaustible well, will fill. In Deeper, Dane Ortlund reminds us that the angst is satisfied not by behavioral modification or some quick fix but by the beauty of friendship with Jesus and the peace more deeply accepted in our souls. If you are hungry and thirsty for more life, more joy, more peace, and more Jesus, this is a book for you.”
―Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel
“Jesus said that our greatest ‘work’ is to believe. As much as any living author, Dane Ortlund has helped me to believe again by reacquainting me with the stunning tenderness and beauty of Jesus. As I read his words, I can sense my heart growing in trust, devotion, and godly affections, grounded in the Savior’s love for me. In this incredibly helpful, pastoral book, Dane works out the implications of that vision of Jesus for personal growth, showing us how the key to going further with Jesus is going deeper in his finished work.”
―J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
“Having marinated in the wisdom, beauty, and encouragement of Dane’s new book, I totally understand why my friend chose deeper as the primary image for the title. How does God change us as his beloved daughters and sons? Think less of climbing a mountain and more of swimming in a deep ocean of the always-more-ness of Jesus. If you’ve ever wondered what the Bible really means by ‘fixing our gaze on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,’ this should be the next book you spend time with. Dane helps us understand that the gospel is more of a person to adore and know than theological propositions and categories to master.”
―Scotty Ward Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee; Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee
About the Author
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.
- Publisher : Crossway Books (Sept. 14 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433573997
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433573996
- Item weight : 369 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I heartily recommend this book to those who feel discouraged or confused in their journey in knowing Christ. Some Christians may think that sanctification depends on our own effort such as through taking theology courses or listening to sermon podcasts. Others may think that it is inconsequential whether there is any growth at all since we have already accepted Christ and have a free ticket to heaven. Ortlund argues that growth is natural and necessary for the regenerated believer and the good news is that we already have all we need to grow in Christ. The book does not attempt to cover all the different facets of sanctification but aims to pinpoint what is vital for a progressively transformed inner life filled with the joy and love that comes from the triune God. Readers will benefit greatly by heeding the author's call to dig deeper into what the Father has already given to us through His Son and experienced by His Spirit. We can grow when we take hold of what is most basic to the Christian faith such as savouring the gospel and its manifold blessings, meditating on Scripture, praying continuously, and fellowshipping with other believers. Nevertheless, we need to remind ourselves that our growth does not depend on our commitment or ability but on the love and faithfulness of God who desires for us to become more and more like Him.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.
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Let me attempt to make sense of all the author’s tips for the Christian to ‘go deeper.’ Basically, it seems to boil down to one key concept: “Look to Christ.” The problem is, as I see it, is that Jesus is invisible to us humans. Nor does he speak to us in verbal words as if we were having a conversation with another fellow human being. But, the author attempts to explain this problem with only one brief phrase, “I mean looking on him with ‘the eyes of your hearts’”. What this means or how a christian is to put it in to daily practice is never expanded on. Of course, he mentions the duty of daily bible reading, but it sounds pretty vague and easy. He also seems to ignore the entire Old Testament and all the difficulties with conflicts of the character of God. When to chop off a woman’s hand, for example. Then again, embarrassing accounts are normally ignored by theologians.
I find the book worthless because it does not lay out a practical, workable plan for the serious Christian, but rather is a poetic rendering of heart-warming platitudes. Perfect material for an elderly Christian living in an assisted living home with declining mental functioning.
Therefore, rather than just writing a nasty review of a simplistic rehash of a thousand other similar Christian books, let us develop a plan as to this business of going “deeper.” First point, what is our motivation to even care or bother? For that matter, what was the Lord’s motivation and plan to create the entire human race? This author’s answer is a beautiful ‘warm and fuzzy’ answer: “If you are a Christian, God made you so that he could love you.” The problem is that this answer assumes a rather self-centered approach to our own importance in the created universe. A little arrogance, without humility. Rather, perhaps our view should be that the goal of becoming ‘deeper’ is “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Eph 5:10) For example,
"He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
This search to find how ‘to please the Lord’ is difficult and life long by design of the Lord. It is a journey of effort and discovery. This concept was not presented by this author. Rather, his plan for the Christian was a vague, “…..Look to Christ…..direct your gaze to Christ…..looking to Jesus. If you look to him…..look to Christ…..Look to Christ……see who the real Jesus is…..collapsing into his arms.”
The most serious shortcoming of the author’s work is the missing message of the importance and actual requirement for the Christian to memorize as much of the bible as they can. This is the only way a Christian can meditate in wisdom on the truth of the Word. This is important for it is the only tool to “renewing the mind”. All the godly characters throughout the whole bible could often quote scripture as the need arose. This both pleases the Lord and builds a strong foundation for the future.
In addition to this shortcoming, the author neglected another extremely important motivational factor for the Christian. This would be the seeking for building ‘treasures in heaven.’ Obviously a much more ‘selfish’ motive, but well approved and promoted by Jesus himself. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;" Matthew 6:20.
After finishing this book, a person should wonder and question the condition of the evangelical intelligentsia.