“Chazown” By Craig Groeschel (a Review)

I like the book Chazown by Craig Groeschel.  In my estimation the book is written primarily for Christians who are hoping to develop self-discipline in their lives.  Groeschel has an engaging style that is reminiscent of Andy Stanley.  The premise of Chazown is similar to that of Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven® Life, though Chazown by nature comes off as more of a Christian insider book.  There are also a few places in the book where the author takes on a voice similar to Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God and asks the reader to see where God has been working.

Though I am a fan, I do have a major reservation about the book.  The message of self-discipline is one that is deeply needed, especially in our culture and it is biblical.  However, I’m afraid that an emphasis on self-discipline apart from an adequate portrait of Christ can lead to a works based righteousness view of sanctification.   I don’t think that was the author’s intent.  Again, I sense that the book was written for Christian “insiders” and so a lot was perhaps taken for granted.

Overall I thought the book was great.  The website that accompanies the book is great and the book is one of the best I have ever read on how to practically develop self-discipline in crucial areas of your life.  I highly recommend this book for believers who are looking to develop godly habits in their lives. The retail price of Chazown is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $10.19. I gave it four stars.

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50 Reasons: To Absorb the Wrath of God

The other day I mentioned that I would be reading Piper’s book “50 Reasons why Jesus Came to Die” between Easter and Pentecost. You can get the scoop here.

Today is Easter and day one of the journey. If you haven’t done so already, you will want to read the introduction.

To Absorb The Wrath of God

I was reminded today that my sin is not trivial. The bible tells us that we have all sinned against God and that sin has a consequence. Because of our sin we are defective. We were made to glorify God, but instead seek our own Glory. Though we are made in the image of God we are broken. We are not only broken, we are offensive. We spend our whole existence not only failing to Glorify God, but also with an audacity to love other things more.