Small Faith, Great God

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  • ISBN-13: 9780281063659
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Our Hope is in God, Not in Our Faith

    Small Faith, Great God by N.T. Wright is comprised of 20 short chapters that he had presented as sermons, but which have been compiled to create this book. The overall theme of the book is that it is less important how great our faith is than it is what our faith is in - the great God of the Bible.

    While I found every chapter to have at least some nugget of truth worth contemplating, the two chapters that impacted me the most and which I shall take away were the chapters on the story of Ruth and on Christian hypocrisy. The first reminding us to place our security solely on God and not on external factors, including how we like to have security in the way we do "church" with our familiar patterns of worship and our conformity to certain standards. The latter, on hypocrisy, pointed out that it is not at all certain that it is better to be sincere than hypocritical if by being sincere one means only doing what one feels like doing. This will just lead to unstable and unreliable people, whereas a certain amount of hypocrisy in the believer's life is necessary if we are to follow the example of Christ even when we may not "feel" like it. However, the author does examine some genuine hypocrisy in the church that is reminiscent of the way the Pharisees are in Matthew 5 and 6.

    Also, as I am not necessarily an advocate of the New Perspective on Paul (I say "not necessarily" as I am not that well versed enough in the debate to say whether I would endorse it or not) I can say that one does not need to agree with N.T. Wright on the matter to profit spiritually from this book. Indeed, after reading several chapters, I found it beneficial to begin my day with a chapter from the book.

    Finally, a prior reviewer gave the book a poor review because the book is not available on the Nook, but please note that the publisher has since made it available on that format - I should know as I recently finished reading it on the Nook. But here's hoping we see many more books by InterVarsity Press on the Nook!

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