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Be Transformed by Christ’s Example “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5 A battle rages within every one of us every day. It’s the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God’s call to recognize that we’re really nothing without Him. It’s pride versus humility. And it’s a fight we can’t win without looking repeatedly to ChristBe Transformed by Christ’s Example “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5 A battle rages within every one of us every day. It’s the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God’s call to recognize that we’re really nothing without Him. It’s pride versus humility. And it’s a fight we can’t win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to daily, diligently, and deliberately weaken our greatest enemy (pride) and cultivate our greatest friend (humility). His thorough examination clarifies misconceptions, revealing the truth about why God detests pride and turns His active attention to the humble. Because pride is never passive, defeating it demands an intentional attack. The blessing that follows is God’s abundant favor. “This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit.” —Isaiah 66:2, ESV God clearly states that He is drawn to the humble. He’s also clear that He opposes the proud. These two, humility and pride, cannot coexist. Where one is fostered, the other is defeated. Which will you pursue? C. J. Mahaney paints a striking picture of the daily battle quietly raging within every Christian and asks whether you will passively accommodate the enemy of your soul, pride, or actively cultivate your best friend, humility. When you acknowledge the deception of pride and intentionally humble yourself, you become free to savor abundant mercies and unlikely graces. You will find a new life is yours—a life God richly favors. A God-glorifying life you don’t want to miss. “C. J. Mahaney is not humble. At least, that’s what he’ll tell you. And that’s one reason he’s so well qualified to write this book.” -Mark E. Dever, Senior pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Author, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church “A much-needed wake-up call on this important subject. I highly recommend this book.” -Jerry Bridges, Author of The Pursuit of Holiness “This is the right book from the right man at the right time.” -R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Story Behind the Book“Given pride’s pervasive presence in my life, I come to this book in holy fear, yet inspired by God’s promises to be humble and sobered by his warnings to the proud (Isaiah 66:2b, 1 Peter 5:5b). Scripture reveals to us that, while pride was the first and most serious sin, God is decisively drawn to humility and is specifically supportive of the humble. Only Christ has fully obeyed Isaiah 66:2b (“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word”), yet He did so as our representative! How marvelous that in our daily battle against pride we can rely on God’s grace, through the gospel, and thus bring honor and glory to God.” —C. J. MahaneyFrom the Hardcover edition....

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  • KC McCauley
    2019-02-10 14:54

    This book is a great resource that provides biblical and practical instruction and motivation on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility. I highly recommend this book as it is very timely and relevant to our prideful society. This was a much needed read for me, and it will continue to be a favored book in the future!Here is a list of suggestions from the book on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility.Always do this: - Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.As each day begins: - Begin your day by acknowledging your dependence upon God and your need for God. - Begin your day expressing gratefulness to God. - Practice the spiritual disciplines--prayer, study of God's Word, worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day's outset, if possible. - Seize your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture. - Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. As each day ends: - At the end of the day, transfer the glory to God. - Before going to sleep, receive this gift of sleep from God and acknowledge His purpose for sleep. For special focus: - Study the attributes of God. - Study the doctrines of grace. - Study the doctrine of sin. - Acknowledge what you lack skills in. - Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself. Throughout your days and weeks: - Identify evidences of grace in others. - Encourage and serve others each and every day. - Invite and pursue correction. - Respond humbly to trials.

  • Gail
    2019-01-20 11:16

    I'm going to hazard a guess that the people you respect most in life are humble. Understated, encouraging, gracious individuals can't seem to fly under the radar as much as they'd like because people are drawn to them. They're the best leaders, servants, friends, spouses, and parents.The book is divided into three parts. C.J. Mahaney defines what humility is and isn't in the first part of the book, makes a case for Christ being the humble answer to sinful pride in the second, and gives strategy on the pursuit of true humility in the last part. His question is not if you have pride, it's where it exists, and how it's being expressed in your life. That's because at the root of all sin is pride -- when human beings aspire to God's status and refuse to acknowledge their dependence on Him. Mahaney drives home a desperate NEED for a cross-centered life by pointing out Jesus' ransom -- a divine rescue for an undeserving people -- and the patient way he responded to many forms of pride in the Gospels. I had a "Is this me?" moment when I came to a passage the described life without Christ's ransom. "You would be self-sufficient, seeking to cultivate self-confidence for the purpose of self-glorification." Ouch. But luckily for me, Mahaney also had some good advice that I'll pass on.1.) Reflect on the wonders of the cross2.) Admit dependence on God every day3.) Study the attributes of God (it will give you a healthy view of who you are compared to who He is.) 4.) Grace leave no room for self-congratulation, so embrace it. 5.) Laugh! 6.) Thankfulness=being more aware of grace than my sin.7.) Correction and intentional accountability will keep you from being hardened, but give you a chance to be encouraged and encourage others in loving God and others. As a closing note, one of my favorite parts was Mahaney's note that sleep is a beautiful picture of how helpless we are. Every single day, we accept God's gift of sleep and our dependence on him to face the next day --- His mercies are new every morning.

  • Dkovlak
    2019-01-22 12:11

    This is a short but powerful book. We all battle with pride.We should read this book several times each year. He gives good practical tips on how to kill pride and become more humble. (For example, compare yourself to Christ. Compared to him you have to be humble.). He uses a lot of Bible verses and personal experiences to get his points across.At the end of the book, he summarizes the book by listing 17 things that we should do to help us become more humble. We need to work on these things our entire lives.

  • J.S. Park
    2019-02-03 09:12

    It's now impossible to read this book without being aware of C.J. Mahaney's current troubles with Sovereign Grace Ministries. After a 600+ page document outed him and his ministry with disturbing practices, he's taken a leave of absence to "re-assess" himself. The main word for his troubles: pride. So it's with a strange retrospect that I went through his seminal work on humility. The book, it must be said, is a strong work on its subject. But I felt two distinct undercurrents like fissures in his work: a low sense of God's authority and a tall order of legalism. Both these problems feed into each other. The biblical truth of humility is to know more and more of God's glory. This is the shortest section of the book and it is written poorly with shallow theology. The main bulk of the book is written with methods on humility. Therein is the root of pride: when you enlist methods to be humble, it can cause you to think you're more humble than you are. Then humility is "up to me," which demeans God's authority, and there begins a vicious cycle.So let's say we follow Mahaney's method of "listening to Scripture on audio during our commute to work." Then someone at work accuses you of pride. But you say, "No way man, I listened to the Bible on the way here." In essence you have bought your humility. That's hands down legalism. I can see how Mahaney fooled himself into thinking he was humble. That's the major (and not so obvious) slippery slope here. I would've even caught this whether Mahaney and his ministry were outed or not: any "advice" on humility is already self-defeating. Yet there is valuable wisdom here, particularly with the focus solely on God. God is absolutely opposed to the proud. He gives grace to the humble. We don't think of how drastic that Scripture really is. Mahaney begins to take flight when he emphasizes this, but alas he skims over this too quickly. Had he spent more time here, it would've been humbling indeed. Bottom line: Read with discernment. Doing Christian things will not make you a Christian nor humble. But Mahaney speaks enough truth here to recommend to those who struggle with pride.

  • Steven Hale
    2019-01-18 15:02

    This book gave some amazing perspective on what humility is. C.J Mahaney is a great communicator of the Gospel. I loved the way he prefaces the book by stating that he needs to grow in humility just as much as the next person. He also does a great job and helping the reader point out how pride can hide in many areas of life and have practical ways to not only spot it but fight it.Along with the practical ways of fighting for humility he helps the reader desire a heart for humility in light of the Gospel. Great book and I highly recommend it.

  • Jon
    2019-02-03 15:09

    This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit.–Isaiah 66:2. So needed. So timely. So beautiful. The humble man is layed out perfectly and plainly. A clear definition of what humility is, what pride is, what pride does, and how to daily cultivate humility. C. J. opens up a gorgeous picture of what true greatness is. He delivers the statement that the Greatest One that walked this earth was humble to show us how to be great. It’s done by death. Sacrifice. Pain. And our Savior leads the way in it. This is not society. This is not the norm. “True greatness is attained only by emulating the Savior’s example—and made possible only by the Savior’s sacrifice.” [p. 58]The more and more that I take in from Soveriegn Grace Ministries, the more I am refreshed. It is such a cold drink of water to hear a humble, honest testimony of the vastness of man’s depravity contrasted with the infinity of God’s greatness. God is doing some serious work in my soul right now over my inabilities. Through messages, this book, examples of godly men, difficulties, I am seeing more and more the truth that God only uses me when I come to the end of self-reliance. When I come to the end of my ability. C. J. expounds that our first step is admitting we need help. Admitting our inability before God’s all-sufficient ability.One of the most powerful segments of the book deals with what pride means to God. “Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge thier dependance upon Him.” Pride is “contending for supremacy” with God. [p. 31] Ouch. God hates that. He can’t look at it. He doesn’t reward it. It is vile to Him. That’s me. All the time. Doing things God hates. Ouch. God, help me to see the peril of pride that I might love humility with all my heart.A major deterrent from cultivating humility comes from the all around us. Everything screams to promote self. The world loves to talk about things that are great. Self-exalting skilled people are praised constantly, yet they are farthest from true greatness. Even in my church, not in the leadership, but in the body, it seems that humbling yourself is looked down upon. We get so self-righteous thinking that its not right to talk about where we missed it. We somehow forget that “confessing your faults one to another that ye may be healed,” is in the Bible. It is better to just put up a good looking outside that everyone sees. Vomit. C. J. describes a major problem in churches when discussing with a friend, Jim, why his experience with church was different...why his church split, “Right from the beginning, Covenant Life had...a strong emphasis on humility, especially among the leaders. Jim thought, Nope. That we did not have...When it comes to the values we live by, what will others say about us one day? Will they testify that humility charecterized our lives?” [p. 23] How I need God to work humility in me, that I may be an example to those I touch. It’s time to turn the corner of the norm, self-righteous pride to the truly great, broken humility.I loved this book. I loved every page. I loved it, but I hated it. The first half of it was a dagger at times, other times it was a sword, other times a big club. Ouch. But amazingly and wonderfully, the end of the book was a wonderful balm for those wounds. C. J. lays out a wonderful plan in the last half of the book. Super practical application of how to work it. Mornings, evenings, words, sports, parenting, trials. It is perfect. His word on sleep was great; I’ve never heard it put that way, but it is so good! Take a chapter a week and try to implement these things and they will go a long way to cultivating humility and weakening pride. How powerful.Pride takes inumberable forms but has only one end: self-glorification. That’s the motive and ultimate purpose of pride—to rob God of legitimate glory and to pursue self-glorification, contending for supremacy with Him. The proud person seeks to glorify himself and not God, thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to recieve.No wonder God opposes pride. No wonder He hates pride. Let that truth sink into your thinking.To learn true humility, we need more than a redefinition of greatness; we need even more than Jesus’ personal example of humble service. What we need is His death.There is only one thing I know of that crushes me to the ground and humiliates me to the dust, and that is to look at the Son of God, and especially contemplate the cross.MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

  • Brian
    2019-01-23 09:51

    This is truly become one of my favorite books. This is currently the only book I have read on the subject of Humility. I recommend it for all. A few sections are designed for parents but those that are not parents and have a desire to become a parent can start from day one raising your children the way God intended with the parenting tips that C. J. Mahaney gives in these sections. He also gives a few different lists that he recommends everyone follows. I know that no two people are identical and C. J. does too he even says that the lists are just a suggestion of things to follow since they are the things that he does or tries to do and they work for him. If you are wondering if C. J. quotes the bible like every good christian author should and the answer is yes. He doesn't just quote it a few times, but several times throughout the book. I believe he does this to justify his reasons for telling you what he tells you. As you can see in my rating of 5 stars I truly enjoyed this book as I hope many more will. The reasons for the 5 stars are above but one last reason for the perfect score is the fact that it usually takes me several weeks to get through one book of non-fiction and even longer a christian fiction book since I'm highlighting and taking notes as I read, but with this book I was only able to but it down 3 times. I finished it in 2 days and that is saying a lot for me. Overall it is a great book that I think every christian should read.

  • Christopher
    2019-01-24 09:10

    Here are some notes I took on this book:Helpful practices for fighting pride and developing humility -Focus yourself to speak words of needy dependence and trust to God when you wake in the morning.Begin your morning prayerfully and meditating on God's Word.Redeem your commute by using it to listen to or memorize Scripture.Don't listen to yourself throughout the day, preach to yourself.At the end of the day as you fall asleep in your bed, don't worry about tommorrow, but review the day and give all glory to God for his grace. Consider Psalm 127, "God gives sleep to his beloved"Meditate on God's incommunicable attributes and the doctrines of grace and the doctrine of sin.Attempt difficult recreational activities that will humiliate and by God's grace humble you.Laugh often, laugh at yourself.Look for evidences of (special and common) grace in yourself and others.You cannot speak accurately to someone unless you speak to them with God's perspective on their life.Be an inquisitive, loving, and grateful conversationalist.Consider your mortality and death.

  • Stephanie Huish
    2019-02-02 07:48

    Humility is hard to grasp consistently in one's life. As soon as one thinks he is humble, POOF! It's gone. Mahaney's to-the-point writing makes for some good takeaway quotes:"When we humble ourselves each morning by casting all our cares on the Lord, we will start the day free of care. The humble are genuinely care free. " p75".. Only those who are humble can consistently identify evidences of grace in others who need adjustment." p100".. There's truth to be gleaned even from an enemy's critique. Humility doesn't demand mathematical precision from another's input; humility posture itself to receive God's grace from any avenue possible." P134

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-06 07:07

    Although good, for some reason this just isn't my favorite book on the subject. There were some helpful illustrations but I have found the Puritan writings on this topic more meaningful & exposing. I expect books on this topic to have somewhat of a branding iron effect on me & this one didn't quite hit the target. Don't highly recommend it.

  • Alan Alexandrino
    2019-01-19 09:06

    Bom livro! Merece destaque o capítulo sobre a importância da humildade em meio ao sofrimento.

  • Micky Tang
    2019-02-11 14:53

    I have to say that I am glad that this is the first book I finished in the new year. I think most people start the year with some reflection and because I did too, it was good to find this book and reflect upon growing in humility and patience--and being quick to look at my own shortcomings rather than finding that finger to wag in someone else's face. Why do we focus on other peoples flaws so much anyway?Why not begin the day by acknowledging our need for and dependence upon God as the author suggests (page 171)? Why not also start the day with some thankfulness?This is a good read to get our spirits in proper perspective. We begin where we are, reflect upon what we have and need from God and go from there.

  • Elizabeth Trader
    2019-02-08 07:11

    Sometimes, I really wish this app had the option for a 4.5 star reviews? I think I'm trying to save my 5 stars for books that make me go YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. But this was a really great, quick read! Mahaney discusses the topic of humility with great authenticity and conviction. I especially love how practical this book was; he made sure to discourage knowing more about humility without putting it into practice. I foresee myself re-reading Mahaney's advice many times in the future.

  • Brandon
    2019-01-17 08:11

    I would have liked a bit more direct exegesis. but the helps for cultivating humility and fighting pride were very helpful.

  • Jeff Jones
    2019-01-23 06:54

    Back in 2005, thanks to Sovereign Grace Ministries, I was one of 50 bloggers blessed with the opportunity to preview a (then) not-yet-released book: “Humility: True Greatness” by C.J. Mahaney. In the interests of full disclosure, I was given, free of charge, a copy of the book in order to complete the review. I was not required to write a positive review.Below is the review I wrote at the time on my personal blog.SummaryIn short, I loved this book. I will go over the reasons why in more detail below, but for now, I wish to say that I strongly recommend this book. Much of Christian publishing these days is filled with man-centred philosophy and little Biblical theology, and the Gospel of Christ Jesus is increasingly a rare focus. I was happy to find that Humility was not only biblically solid, but that it was absolutely centred on the Cross and Gospel of Jesus. The author’s enthusiasm for the Cross jumps from every page – a beautiful sight to behold.About the authorThe author, C.J. Mahaney, is a founder of Sovereign Grace Ministries, a growing network of evangelical churches founded in 1982. They may not be very well known, but the musical arm of their ministry has written some very popular songs in contemporary worship music today, such as "Stand in Awe" and "How High and How Wide." Mahaney himself was, until recently, the pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and serves on the Council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.I had not read any of Mahaney’s works, such as The Cross Centered Life or Sex, Supremacy, and the Glory of God, until I read Humility. Now that I know what I've been missing, I fully intend to.HighlightsMahaney is a very skilled and engaging writer. The reading level of Humility is such that any adult Christian would have no trouble reading the book. It was a joy to read – Mahaney keeps the book down-to-earth, avoiding heavy theological language while introducing and defending deep doctrinal concepts. The language is smooth and flowing, almost conversational in tone. The author’s use of stories – particularly personal anecdotes – easily and effectively introduced and illustrated the points he made.As suggested by the title, Humility is a Christian examination and guide to the issue of pride and humility. Mahaney begins with a look at Isaiah 66:2, which reads:But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.Mahaney’s central theme in the book is that true humility draws the attention and favour of God. He helpfully (and biblically) defines humility as "honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness." This understanding is key to his whole thrust – the idea that all men are sinners, and have nothing to be prideful about. We stand before a perfectly holy and all-powerful God, having nothing of our own that God did not Himself give us – save our own sinfulness. And it was this stress in Mahaney’s work that I truly appreciated, because this humiliation of man before God, this stress that all we have and are is from Him alone, is often missed in our self-centred, experience-driven Christian subculture.Pride, Mahaney tells us, was the first sin, and indeed is the root of all sin. Sin is rebellion against God, and rebellion is the practical result of rejecting our dependence on God. The author quotes John Stott making the point that pride is not merely just another sin, but is indeed the essence of all sin. Put in this light, all sin is really an expression of human pride and hubris. And, Mahaney says, this is why God so passionately HATES pride.The book moves from this definition into God’s solution to this problem – Jesus Christ. Mahaney repeatedly stresses that true greatness is servanthood and humility, and points to the only One who perfectly modeled these qualities: Him who died, innocent and pure, in the place of proud and haughty sinners. Mahaney contrasts Christ’s sacrifice with the pride and ambition of his own disciples James and John, who are jockeying for a place of honour in His kingdom. If Christ’s own disciples, the future apostles themselves, fell to such pride, how are we any different?The Cross, Mahaney points out, was true greatness defined because it was true humility displayed. And so the author takes a whole chapter describing the Cross and the good news of freedom from sin in light of Christ’s humility. This chapter was beautiful, a far more powerful and eloquent presentation of the Gospel than I have seen in any tracts and altar calls. In relating his whole book, every theme, to the Cross and Gospel of Christ, Mahaney truly glorifies God.Having laid a firm foundation at the foot of the Cross, the rest of the book is largely practical advice. His first suggestion is constant meditation on the Cross of Christ – regular, unceasing consideration of true humility and true greatness. From there, Mahaney effectively ties humility as a spiritual practice into other spiritual disciplines. Without being dogmatic, he introduces several practical ways in which a Christian can increase his own awareness of the pride in his life and strive for humility in his walk. While emphatically stating that he is only giving suggestions, he prescribes beginning each day with acknowledgement of our need of God, and thanks for what He has done. He examines daily prayer, worship, and Bible study as means of increasing our awareness of God’s greatness and our own insufficiency. In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner, he even recommends taking up golf as a way to humble yourself!Mahaney also succeeds where all too many have failed, giving a clear, coherent, PRACTICAL motivation to study theology and doctrine. In particular, he describes three areas of particular importance for developing spiritual humility: study of the attributes of God (his omnipotence, eternity, omniscience, etc.); the doctrines of grace (God’s sovereignty in salvation and our dependence on Him for it); and the doctrine of sin, where we discover how truly needy and unworthy we really are. Without falling into heavy words and concepts, he points out what a humbling and revitalizing effect on one’s spiritual life can result from in-depth study of theology.Tiny little quibblesI only had two minor quibbles with the book, neither of which detracted from the author’s aim or my enjoyment of and edification from the book. They were not disagreements or issues of substance, merely questions of emphasis. First of all, Mahaney stresses that humility will bring grace to him that practices it. This is a biblical message, to be sure – God gives grace to the humble. Humility brings the approval and blessing of God, for it gives Him His due. I just felt that the author might have reinforced his point further by stressing that humility in a sinful person, like faith and repentance, is itself a work of God’s grace in his heart, and that it is indeed impossible without it. Mahaney does touch on this issue, of course, in explaining that only Christ perfectly fulfilled Isaiah 66:2 and in mentioning man’s depravity; I only thought he could have emphasized further the role of God’s grace as not just a reward for, but also the necessary precondition for, humility. Humility as God’s gift - that, truly, is a humbling truth.Secondly, a stress on humility bringing reward detracts somewhat from the truth that the most sincerely humble heart is motivated by love. A Christian is humble not simply because God deserves it from him – although that certainly is enough – but also out of love for God. We deflect praise and honour to God not just because He alone deserves it, but because our love for Him compels us to see Him glorified. Mahaney could have emphasized this point, having laid an excellent foundation for a detailed look at a relationship between love and humility. Maybe in another book…Why you should read this bookThose minor points aside, I found that the book forced me to be aware of a problem that I grapple with (as do we all). I fight pride on a daily basis. Mahaney points out that the Bible says, "Knowledge puffs up;" and as I am the type of guy who expresses enthusiasm for a subject by reading everything I can get my hands on about that topic, I find I’m particularly prone to this kind of pride.Perhaps my favorite of Mahaney’s list of practical suggestions is to "look for evidence of grace in all others." Not just Christians – God has showered grace on everyone. And as a recently married man, this challenged me to look at the things I said to and noticed in my wife’s life. Pointing out to someone that "I see God’s hand on you, in this way" is unbelievably encouraging to that person.There are many more gems like this one in Humility: True Greatness. It comes out in late October. Trust me - this one is worth buying, folks. You will not regret it.

  • Issabella
    2019-02-02 07:00

    It was an enjoyable, humbling book that I really enjoyed and will definitely read again, I would recommend it. However, when reading it you should be familiar with the controversy surround the author, the first two chapters have a few theological flaws that should be kept on the lookout for, but other than that it is a sound book.

  • Megan Larson
    2019-02-15 14:06

    Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool;what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be,declares the Lord.But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.-Isaiah 66:1-2"It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself." -John Calvin"And Jesus called them to him and said to them, 'You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.'"-Mark 10:42-44Humility is true greatness, Jesus says. God the Father will not even accept worship that is offered without it. Without humility, our view of God, ourselves and the people around us is hopelessly skewed. And yet, without God's grace and discipline, everything we are fights against this precious quality. This book, written by "a proud man pursuing humility by the grace of God," is valuable because it is full of sound, appropriate, and poignant truths (both from Scripture and from wise Christian teachers) that help sanity to prevail in a naturally prideful heart. This is a book you don't just read--you sit with it. You mark it up, you practice little bit by little bit of big-brotherly advice for keeping right views of God, self, and others before you always (and there are a good many very practical tips that are helping me, by God's grace). And, although C.J. encourages the reader to have a list of disciplines for mortifying pride and to be faithful to do them, I never got the sense that he was proposing this as a magic formula for humility. As in any spiritual discipline, it is only as good as the genuine, loving submission of the believer and the grace supplied by God. I recommend this sweet, goodness-filled little book to any believer. It was, and continues to be, a blessing to me.

  • Dave Courtney
    2019-01-29 08:59

    A really easy read but memorable. C.J. Mahaney lives near Washington/Balitimore and acts as ministry support to Churches in the surrounding areas. He presents himself as knowledgeable in the are of theology and has a grasp of pastoral experience. While he clearly has a passion for Christian leaders, this book is geared towards the Christian life in general. Built on the idea that pride is both our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend. He is adamant that learning how to deal with the pride that was set in play back in the garden of eden can only be found in the truth that God has called us to something greater. Much of the practical advice found in these pages is built around daily spiritual discipline. How one begins the day and how one ends the day can go far in recognizing the pride that sits in each of us. None of us are immune and all of us are called to be active instead of passive. Humility is not about perfection, we are all fallen beings, but rather about moving the focus from ourselves to Jesus as the only one who can save.Humility remains a difficult subject to grapple with. It is difficult to admit brokenness, but yet it is in our brokenness that humility gains power. The advice tabled here is simple to understand but hard to implement. It begins with declaring God's attributes and our dependance on Him in everything. It then follows that we must align our lives with His vision for our lives. We do this through prayer, devotion, meditation, study and worship. It is through this that we can then strive to put in to action the markers of humility: recognizing grace and gifting in others, operating in words and an attitude of encouragement daily, inviting spiritual edification and correction in to our lives through trusted individuals, and ultimately responding humbly in all circumstances. If we can put this cycle in play, the idea is that it can work to make some great changes on the inside where pride often hides. Humility: True Greatness is a book not about who we make ourselves but about who God has made us to be. Mahaney has a very accessible writing style, and if you are willing to allow these things to really sink in this could be a valuable read for anyone.

  • John
    2019-01-17 10:09

    CJ has once again provided a theologically sound yet practically rich work. This little book, as is typical for Mahaney, left me with several soundbite gems that have already convicted and affected me. He begins by building the case that God pursues and provides grace to the humble (Is 66:2). It is the contrite in spirit that draw the gaze of the sovereign God, thus equipping us to achieve true greatness through servant leadership in the Kingdom. Pride is ultimately a battle for supremacy with God so cling to the cross and there is no room for arrogange. From there, Mahaney provides a litany of very practical tactics, disciplines, and habits to help cultivate a life of humility and ultimatley, holiness. Three that particularly struck me were: 1) Quoting Martin Lloyd-Jones, he reiterates to spend more time talking to yourself versus listening to yourself. Proactively attack the lies that are rooted in our conciense. 2) Identify evidences of grace in others. This will not only exercise a desire to be casting your cares and observations outside your own mirror but also bless brothers and sisters around you. 3) And maybe most humbling, in his chapter on pursuing correction and accountability, he asks of these sessions: "Are you hoping to avoid correction? Do you experience a certain perverse relief when your sin has gone undetected? Are you regularly informing others of your temptations and sins, or do you present to them a carefully edited and flattering version of yourself?" Wow. Guilty on all counts! CJ ends with some wonderful parenting advice on how to cultivate a biblical understanding of Greatness vs. what professional sports, Corporate America and Hollywood celebrate. An easy but greatly helpful read!

  • Joshua Foote
    2019-02-12 07:47

    Good bookIt was a good book on humility "in my humble opinion" It was a very fast read also the only think I did not like is it seems like every chapter he was recommending a new book.

  • Linda
    2019-01-19 07:06

    Just discovered how powerful C. J. Mahaney's writing is, particularly because he is so simple, yet so transparent in his weaknesses. Yet again, this small book has impacted me in thinking about what "true greatness" is, which is humility, and servanthood, as defined in Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve.Pride as defined by Mahaney is contending for supremacy with God and the chief purpose is self glorification and attempting to rob God of all glory and praise, which only He alone is worthy to receive. My favorite chapter is called Legacy of Greatness which reminds us that parenting is really all about preparation for our children's future, when they give an account before the Lord. He asks us as parents if we are more interested in temporal recognition in our children rather than in their eternal reward in heaven, and if we are truly celebrating godly character, servanthood, and humility in our children, more than we celebrate academic achievements, or athletic awards.Truly convicting and powerful. A book that I will have to read again and again.

  • Linette Soberay
    2019-01-16 10:46

    This was an excellent book that offered a true and open perspective on biblical humility. There were so many places in this book that my eyes were opened to so many things in my life. The fact that this book reiterates the fact that only Jesus lived a perfectly humble and never proud life was great. I also really liked how this book didn't only point out pride and how it manifests itself it also was excellent that it gave ways to really focus on God's humility and gain humility in yourself. The part about having cream cheese on your face and how others can see the sin in you more than you can see it in yourself was so true. I honestly can't wait to talk to some of my best friends because as Mahaney pointed out God has placed them in my life for the reason of being able to help correct me. I honestly hope and pray that I can practically apply these suggestions in my life and am so glad that I read this book.

  • Nathanael
    2019-02-15 11:56

    Charles Zimmerman, professor of practical theology at Biblical Seminary (PA), summed up much theological truth with the (quoted) phrase: "God is God. And I am not." I heard this from him a few times, several years ago during a few conferences he keynoted. The phrase, due to its simplicity, stuck with me.God is God. I am not.Much of the Christian life happens in realizing the depth and impact of those words. In this short book, Mahaney captures most of that key step: realizing the truth of God and self daily. He uses the term 'humility' to encapsulate most of life as a Christian. We continually realize the power and presence of God, and almost by necessity, realize our weakness and undeservedness outside of God.For people like me, easily distracted by life, incorporating Mahaney's suggested practices into daily routines will be valuable.

  • Luke
    2019-02-07 11:12

    Devotionally, this book is the type a person would be well served to read once a year. It is tender in its simplicity and challenging in its message. It frames the central component of human accomplishment and earthly greatness as 'power under control' and servanthood. Each of these themes is powerfully portrayed through the words of Jesus in Mark 10 and all through the Gospels. I have some reservations about these ideas unfairly penalizing doers and those who seek to accomplish, but the book is something my soul greatly needed.

  • Doug Sullivan
    2019-02-09 12:48

    One of those times a book strikes you funny, and you have no patience for it. Judging by the many positive reviews, I know I stand corrected. But it seemed mechanical, and I'm not sure humility can be broken down and analyzed. It is truly a byproduct of becoming more like Jesus. Should we notice someone by their humility, as C.S. Lewis said, or by their lack of self? One is trying to be something, and the other is becoming less of something. May He increase, and I decrease!

  • Laura
    2019-02-07 10:52

    Downgrading this title because I’m struggling to reconcile the content and author with realities of SGM. Was 5-star, but can no longer bring myself to recommend it. I don’t trust the author. Previous: I've developed a pattern of reading this book twice a year: right before I plunge into mid-year and year-end performance review season. A practical tool to assist with keeping an honest perspective in a corporate ladder environment.

  • Jill
    2019-02-06 11:51

    Maybe my expectations were too high. I wanted the author to more actively engage me. It seemed like sometimes he backed away from the challenge I (and maybe he as well) needed to take from the Bible references he uses. Also, I wanted him to go ahead and admit that the issues are as complex as they are. Some ideas felt too simplified.

  • Evan
    2019-02-05 10:14

    Thought he had some good points, didn't love the more emotional writing style, did love that the gospel was completely infused. Didn't think it went very in-depth into humility, but stuck with the root cause: not clearly looking at the gospel, the cross, and our sin. Gave a practical list of things that help him stay humble.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-12 14:51

    A great reminder on where we should place our thoughts. I found the latter portion of the book to delve in to pride versus humility. The beginning was overview with numerous recommended further readings.

  • Michelle Mccauley
    2019-01-27 07:16

    Great book that discusses the war of pride and humility in our lives. Very practical and easy to understand. Mahaney describes what true biblical greatness really is and gives insight on cultivating a servant's heart. I highly recommend it!