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The hole in our holiness is that we don't care much about holiness. Or, at the very least, we don't understand it. And we all have our reasons too: Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. Maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in your already overwhelming life. Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual. Or maybe you've been trying really hard to be holy and it's just not working! Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too ...

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Overview

The hole in our holiness is that we don't care much about holiness. Or, at the very least, we don't understand it. And we all have our reasons too: Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic. Maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in your already overwhelming life. Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual. Or maybe you've been trying really hard to be holy and it's just not working! Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too many don’t seem all that concerned about it.

This is a book for those of us who are ready to take holiness seriously, ready to be more like Jesus, ready to live in light of the grace that produces godliness. This is a book about God's power to help us grow in personal holiness and to enjoy the process of transformation.

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What People Are Saying

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“This book is vintage DeYoung—ruthlessly biblical.”
John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary

“My heart resonated deeply when I first heard Kevin speak on this subject. His message is a wake-up call to God’s people—timely, prophetic, and desperately needed in our day. As a gifted theologian and thinker, Kevin tackles many of the biblical intricacies and nuances of true holiness. As a pastor, he evidences sincere compassion and concern for the condition of the flock. As a fellow pilgrim, he gets to the heart of ways of thinking and living that keep us from reflecting our holy God in this dark world. As a servant and lover of Christ, he holds out a vision of the beauty and power of personal holiness.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

“Holiness was once a central component of following Christ. But for many today, the Christian life is little more than a celebration of cheap grace and pseudo-liberty, with a high tolerance for sin. In this well-written and much-needed book, Kevin DeYoung thoughtfully points us to an unpopular yet strangely liberating truth—that God is holy and expects us to be holy. With no hint of legalism or drudgery, Kevin offers a balanced and engaging view of law and grace. Kevin DeYoung is one of my favorite writers, and this book demonstrates why. I repeatedly said 'Yes!’ as I turned these pages. I’m convinced that Christ-followers desperately need to read, discuss, and live out the timely, God-exalting message of The Hole in Our Holiness!
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, If God Is Good and Heaven

“Grace is too amazing to save us from sin’s guilt only to leave us under its cruel tyranny. In this book, Kevin DeYoung reminds us that the gospel is the ground of our justification and sanctification. At the same time, he reminds us of the many exhortations in Scripture to pursue godliness as the fruit of our union with Christ in the power of the Spirit. The Hole in Our Holiness offers important reflections on a crucial topic in the ongoing conversation about the joys and struggles of the Christian life.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life

“One might expect a book about holiness to be heavy on finger-pointing, leaning toward legalism, and embarrassingly out-of-touch. But The Hole in Our Holiness is none of those things. Instead, Kevin DeYoung gets specific about what Spirit-infused, gospel-driven effort toward holiness looks like. Going way past ‘try harder’ and ‘believe better,’ this book implants in readers not just a longing to be holy but real hope that it could happen.”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

“J. C. Ryle wrote his classic Holiness out of a concern that ‘practical holiness and entire consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians in this country.’ It is with the same prescient concern and pastoral insight that my friend Kevin DeYoung has written what I consider to be the modern equivalent, urging a new generation of Christians to obey God's command to ‘be holy, for I am holy.’ May The Hole in Our Holiness do for our time what Holiness did in a previous age: promote gospel-centered holiness in Christians and churches around the world.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

“I have loved being under Kevin's teaching during my college years, specifically on this matter of holiness. This is indispensable reading material for all who desire a life of piety. Though we are fallen people, Kevin points us to our potential for godliness and how our progress in this area is of the utmost importance. Get your highlighter ready!”
Kirk Cousins, former starting quarterback, Michigan State University; quarterback, Washington Redskins

“The strength of this book lies in its biblical understanding that all great renewal is founded upon knowing the goodness and holiness of God. We are commanded to be holy because he is holy, and only in Christ can we be trained accordingly: ‘For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age’ (Titus 2:11). I pray that Kevin’s words would be read widely and that the church might be known as a people ‘zealous for good works’ upon seeing the Father’s holiness and Christ’s redeeming work.”
John M. Perkins, President, John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433533341
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He is the author of several popular books, including Just Do Something and Why We Love the Church.

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Table of Contents

1 Mind the Gap 9

2 The Reason for Redemption 23

3 Piety's Pattern 31

4 The Impetus for the Imperatives 49

5 The Pleasure of God and the Possibility of Godliness 63

6 Spirit-powered, Gospel-driven, Faith-fueled Effort 79

7 Be Who You Are 93

8 Saints and Sexual Immorality 107

9 Abide and Obey 123

10 That All May See Your Progress 137

Study Questions 147

General Index 151

Scripture Index 156

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Good read

    Kevin DeYoung is the the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. Kevin is the author of several books including his most recent, The Hole in our Holiness.

    The title of this book is of course a play on words the “hole” that exists in our holiness is that the average Christian doesn’t seem to care much for holiness, or the real crux of the matter is that they don’t understand it. Who knows why this happens? Maybe the pursuit of holiness seems legalistic? Maybe it feels like one more thing to worry about in an already overwhelming life? Maybe the emphasis on effort in the Christian life appears unspiritual? Or maybe people have been trying really hard to be holy and it’s just not working?

    Whatever the case, the problem is clear: too few Christians look like Christ and too many don’t seem all that concerned about it.

    Hole in our Holiness is a book for those who are ready to start taking holiness more seriously, it’s for people who are ready to be more like Jesus, and it’s for people who are ready to live in light of the grace that produces godliness.

    As a pastor I am always critiquing books based on how “heady” and “weighty” they come across. I am always looking for books to recommend to the congregation and I am pleased to say that Kevin’s voice is very sociable. Listening to Kevin’s voice is like being in a conversation with a friend. This book is not a brow beating where the author rakes you over the coals and scorns you for not being “holy enough.” Rather, DeYoung writes a book that is both to the point and inspiring that I think most people will find refreshing.

    Thanks so much to Crossway who provided this book for a fair and honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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