~by Jim Robbins
Living free from religious guilt and the shame of not good-enough
About fully understanding the new heart and its new nature with the desire and ability to do God’s will, and discipleship and spiritual growth as a process of internal transformation rather than external behavior modification.
At times I felt that book oversimplified the journey of restoration, yet that was probably in order to keep the emphasis on the truth of a radically new heart. The author clearly intended to overcome the message of sinfulness of the heart and communicate that the heart of a believer is supernaturally changed at their new birth and by nature enlivened with the nature of God.
In a way, the book is very basic, yet the truths are profound enough to be life-changing for anyone who lives under the shame and condemnation of feeling that they continually fall short in their Christian walk. Sadly there are many Christians who do feel that way because it is the predominant message taught in most churches.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to begin to experience the reality of spiritual life lived out of the reality of a renewed heart. I also would highly recommend it as a basic discipleship book for new believers so that they can perhaps avoid the treadmill of religious performance that too many Christians find themselves on.
I believe strongly in the message of this book – that transformation in the life of the believer must be an outflow of the work of the Spirit within their reborn heart. In order for that to occur one must first have a clear understanding of the supernatural renewal of their nature and identity in Christ. That message is clearly spelled out in this book.
You can read more about the book and study guide on Jim’s blog.