Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
How do Christians grow? Few question the call of the Bible to grow in godliness, but the answer to exactly how this happens is often elusive.
In this audiobook, Dane Ortlund points believers to Christ, making the case that sanctification does not happen by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into the wondrous gospel truths that washed over them when they were first united to him.
Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages listeners to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||Dane C. Ortlund|
|Narrator||Dane C. Ortlund|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 20 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,111 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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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.