Item description for The Perfected Self by Marty Boller...
Overview In our noble efforts to become more Christ-like, we Christians spend an inordinate amount of time, energy, and resources just trying to be good for Jesus! In the process, we tend to reduce our Christianity into an ongoing, labor-intensive work of sin management. The Church seems to exasperate the problem by promoting a wellintentioned but poorly planned smear campaign against sin with a "Just Say No" theme. As a result, our public service announcements use a heavyhanded smorgasbord of Scriptures that scream "die to self-you sinner!" The end result? We bring more frustration to Christians and non-Christians alike without offering people many practical options of escape. Folks, something has to change! How much simpler could our Christian life be if we began focusing on the root of the sin problem? Just think how effective we might become if we began encouraging folks to a better understanding of the major temptations surrounding the issues of self. So it is in the life and ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. As the chosen representative of God's perfect plan of redemption, Jesus of Nazareth comes to teach and model for us a fully reproducible, Kingdombased lifestyle of self-control: The Perfected Self.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1591602815 ISBN13 9781591602811
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Perfected Self?
Seeking the Holy Spirit Jan 18, 2004
This is a very instructive book for those seeking the Heart of God. It provides a series of easy to understand steps that take us running toward Him.
Along the way, we are treated to powerful scripture that provides the basis of the teaching. And the author has compiled a number chapter lead-in quotes that are arrestingly insightful, from the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Dwight L. Moody, Angelique Arnauld, Leo Tolstoy, Xenophon, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, Harry Truman, and Billy Graham.
The book presents its ideas simply, in an informal style that turns out to reveal, remarkably, God's perfect Spirit.
Enlightening for both Christian & non-Christian seekers Dec 15, 2002
"The Perfected Self" was one of those books that changed my perspective on spiritual matters. Without condemning our previous beliefs about sin, the author gently guides us down a scriptural path to increased enlightenment.
Using the Gospel of Luke as his main text, Pastor Boller shows example after example where Jesus taught and exemplified discipleship as Spirit led self-management moreso than sin-management. The idea of it shocked me at first - but after reading this book and further scriptural study it's not shocking at all. It helped me to understand why following Christ can be so tough since we focus on Christ and sin-elimination instead of Christ and self-submission to God.
Pastor Boller highlights three areas of selfishness that Christ demonstrates His power over - self-preservation, self-promotion, and self-perpectuation - and provides chapters examining each. Also, the author gives ample time to discussing how God planned for us to overcome these areas of self by discussing the roles of God's gifts of our Self-Existence and God-Dependency.
At times it's an easy read, and at others it requires re-reading passages to absorb weighty points, but overall The Perfected Self is a book that improved my understanding of scriptures and of how God wants us to focus on surrendering self when the enemy wants us to focus on eliminating sin. I highly recommend reading this book and perhaps using it as a Bible Study or adult Sunday School curriculum.
After the book ends, it lists the address (URL) to their website where there are free study materials for the first three chapters of the book.