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Holiness Without The Halo
Finding Unexpected Joy and Freedom In Holy Living
by Stuart and Jill Briscoe
What I like most about this book is the ‘groundedness’ of it. Yes, it's a very scripture heavy book with a strong biblical viewpoint running through it, but what it isn't - despite this - is heavy on the jargon or holier than thou attitude, which is probably just as well given it's called Holiness without the Halo!
It's a practical book on holiness, real holiness, the holiness you are meant to practice everyday not the seen to be holy type: rather the ordinary skill of living a good life, righteous in our dealings with others and yes, ourselves too. The type of holiness that was meant when Jesus said 'My yoke is easy, my burden light'. The authors really do manage to convey this well.
I also love the format of this book, each chapter is largely written by Stuart and they are very much studies on aspects of holiness. These are then rounded off with a considered prayer, usually dealing with addressing how we might have done wrong things and how we can change. Then there is a lovely little consideration from Jill, a personal note, that is almost a practical case study from her own life and experience followed by end of chapter questions – really good ones that can be used for personal study or could be tailored for group use too.
It’s an easy to read book that covers an important subject and is certainly worth reading if you want it made clear that being holy and living in holiness is not the same as being stuffy, staid or serious but instead is the best way to living a life full of joy and happiness everyday.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (26/09/12)