The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self : How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Self Obsession

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It's time for a return to Radical Holiness. Welcome to the 21st century where you can now purchase and exchange personalities, depending on mood and circumstance; where you are told that you can be anyone you want to be, and identity is no longer based in a sense of self but rather in the imagery you choose at that moment. The Bible contains a radically different way of understanding our identity. The path that God has chosen for us to discover who we really are is the path of holiness. The most exciting thing is that this path is not for otherworldy saints, rather it is a path of earthy, gutsy holiness. It's a path that is not about basing your life on this world or of shunning your desires. Instead, it is about bringing your hopes, your dreams, your brokenness, your desires, your humanness under the Lordship of Christ. By doing this we don't just discover a new way of living out our faith, we discover a liberating, revolutionary, life-embracing way of being truly human.
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  • Paperback | 197 pages
  • 139 x 213 x 16mm | 204g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0849920000
  • 9780849920004
  • 125,412

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Mark Sayers has a real knack for diagnosing our Western bone cancers and provoking us to recover true life. If there’s a crisis in the Western church, he says, it’s not a crisis of church formatting but a crisis of discipleship. The basic Christian life, the very place where the power of Christ ought to be so visibly at work, is becoming stunted and shrivelled in our culture. We don’t know who we are because we’ve bought into the Horizontal Self, trying to build out identity on the mess of labels provided by our culture. But aren’t we made in the image of God and being re-made in the image of Jesus? That’s the most basic element of Christian identity! Yet so often, Christians will parrot this idea without it being reflected in their lives -- and I can see the same kind of split personality in myself. What we need is a recovery of the Vertical Self, an identity derived from and directed towards God. And when God is the destination, the road is holy living. The Vertical Self is an invitation to take that step. There are perhaps a couple of things missing. The ‘means’ of holiness would surely include the work of the Spirit and the Christian community, neither of which get a mention. Yet the invitation is out there. Will you step off the hamster wheel and start living the true human life? (I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)show more
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