I want to tell you about a book that, if you are a human, you need to pick up. If you’re not a human, then please, stop reading. If you are a human being, then like the rest of humanity you probably struggle with a little thing called YOU. “YOU” could also be called “self” or “flesh” or “arrogance,” but you and I both know it is there. It’s that propensity you have (I have it too my friend) to put yourself before and above others.
Thank God for someone confident and authentic enough to write this book. People who cringe at the subject of humility automatically crack-wise when they see Mahaney’s title: Humility: True Greatness. But if you realize that you need humility, then grab this book as soon as possible and take the 3 hrs necessary to read it cover to cover.
The book is organized in 3 sections:
1) Humility vs. Pride (definitions and introductions)
2) “The Great Reversal” (focusing on how Jesus re-defined greatness through His humility)
3) The Practice of True Humility (practical tools and habits to form)
Mahaney starts by defining both humility and pride.
“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness” (p. 22).
“Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him” (p. 31).
From here he breaks down both subjects, quoting numerous Scriptures, and everyone from Charles Spurgeon to John Calvin to John Stott and beyond.
In the second section he examines a variety of Scriptural texts on humility, specifically focusing on the life and teaching of Jesus in the Gospels.
The final section takes up most of the book and gives the reader practical application. Mahaney goes through his personal spiritual disciplines in this section in regard to humility, things he has tried and found to be helpful, rather than simply hypothetical suggestions. He explains and illustrates every point with precision and clarity, summarizing it all at the end of the book for quick reference.
I won’t give any further content details–because you need to pick this one up. We’re reading it through as a staff right now at LifePoint, and we’re loving it!