One of the best books on Christian living that I’ve read in 2015 is Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (Theologians on the Christian Life) by Tony Reinke.
Reinke does the research to glean Newton’s pastoral letters and his book is full of practical, God-centered, Christ exalting instruction. It will give you those much needed gut punch reminders, while gently pointing you back to Christ and our need for the gospel.
Below are some of my favorite quotes and highlights from the first five chapters. I urge you to pick up a copy and enjoy the combo of Reinke and Newton.
“The Christian life is not comfortable. God makes us no promises to remove difficult circumstances, or alleviate our pains, or protect us from suffering, but he does promise sufficient grace for all our wants and needs.”
“Grace sustains the bruised reed, binds up the broken heart, and cherishes the smoking flax into a flame. Grace restores the soul when wandering, revives it when fainting, heals it when wounded, upholds it when ready to fall, teaches it to fight, goes before it in battle, and at last makes it more than conqueror over all opposition, and then bestows a crown of everlasting life.”
“All scenarios we face in this life are navigated by a Scripture map which always seek to point the Christian soul to the all-sufficient Christ.”
“In ourselves we are all darkness, confusion, and misery; but in him there is a sufficiency of wisdom, grace, and peace suited to all our wants. May we ever behold his glory in the glass of the Gospel.”
“Sometimes we open the Bible and everything just seems flat and dull. At this point we engage in a fight for joy, a fight for faith to cling to what is true and what is supremely satisfying.”
“Nothing undercuts the Christian life like Christ-amnesia — thinking we can live safely for a moment without Christ, without his atoning blood, and without renewed communion with him. ”
“When we fail to trust God, the difficulties of life loom larger, sting harder, and weigh heavier.”
“The job of the sin-sick Christian is to repent and turn from sin and press into Christ for continued healing. In him we find our Infallible Physician for our sin-sick souls.”
Physician of my sin-sick soul,
To thee I bring my case;
My raging malady control,
And heal me by thy grace.
May you find healing and be strengthened to fight on as you journey through life while clinging to God’s Word and his amazing grace.