You're Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God's Design and Why That's Good News

You're Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God's Design and Why That's Good News

by Kelly M. Kapic


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Work. Family. Church. Exercise. Sleep.

The list of demands on our time seems to be never ending. It can leave you feeling a little guilty—like you should always be doing one more thing.

Rather than sharing better time-management tips to squeeze more hours out of the day, Kelly Kapic takes a different approach in You're Only Human. He offers a better way to make peace with the fact that God didn't create us to do it all.

Kapic explores the theology behind seeing our human limitations as a gift rather than a deficiency. He lays out a path to holistic living with healthy self-understanding, life-giving relationships, and meaningful contributions to the world. He frees us from confusing our limitations with sin and instead invites us to rest in the joy and relief of knowing that God can use our limitations to foster freedom, joy, growth, and community.

Readers will emerge better equipped to cultivate a life that fosters gratitude, rest, and faithful service to God.

Praise for You're Only Human

"Written with beauty and clarity, You're Only Human is a library of wisdom and virtue. This book isn't just about the limits of being human—it's a celebration of being human."—Karen Swallow Prior, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

"In this most necessary book, Kelly helps us understand and find relief in the truth that God is God and we are not. Especially for those who have forgotten this and grown tired, I can't recommend You're Only Human highly enough."—Scott Sauls, senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church; author of Jesus outside the Lines and A Gentle Answer

"A page turner! Just have a pen handy—there's a lot to underline in You're Only Human."—Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California; author of Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

"This book is a hopeful gift."—John Swinton, University of Aberdeen

"Kapic offers us something compelling and refreshing. He graces us with a mature, winsome, theologically steady, and pastorally gentle invitation to receive with gratitude and rejoice once again in the triune God's good gift of finite creatureliness."—Leopoldo A. Sánchez M., Center for Hispanic Studies, Concordia Seminary

"As this book helped me to see the manifold ways in which we live in denial about the goodness of limits, I made fresh commitments to seek new, healthier habits. I cannot value and recommend a book more highly than that."—Daniel J. Treier, Wheaton College; author of Introducing Evangelical Theology

"In You're Only Human, Kapic once again shares from his own personal journey and at times confronts his own questions in order to reveal the beauty of God's intended rhythm for life in a world that is driven by deadlines, goals, and extremes. He asks hard and searching questions in order to reveal the beauty of God's created order and Christ's peace that passes all understanding."—Bishop Julian M. Dobbs, Anglican Diocese of the Living Word

"To receive our human limitations as a gift rather than a liability is indeed a great blessing! Kapic shows us why and how in this uplifting work."—Ruth Haley Barton, founder, Transforming Center; author of Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

"I love this book. Kapic has given us biblical wisdom that is not only profoundly deep and rich but easily consumable and practical. With enthusiasm, I will recommend this book to all the pastors and ministry leaders I mentor."—Paul David Tripp, author of New Morning Mercies and Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

"Reading this book is like taking that first breath of fresh air after being underwater for too long. Kapic makes a paradigm-shifting case regarding God's gift of finitude, or having limitations, that reveals the best of what our Creator God designed us to be."
Julius J. Kim, president, The Gospel Coalition

"No hastily prepared, cheap-fix antidote, You're Only Human is the product of years of reflection and concern, the work of a mature Christian theologian and a fine teacher. It belongs among the books Francis Bacon famously said should 'be chewed and digested; . . . read wholly, and with diligence and attention.' It is a love gift to the church."—Sinclair Ferguson, Reformed Theological Seminary

"I'm already breathing a bit easier after reading this exceptionally honest and hopeful book."—Chuck Degroat, Western Theological Seminary and Newbigin House of Studies

"Kapic has written a daring book, teaching us to embrace our God-given limitations in a culture that screams for more of everything. It's a rigorous yet personal exploration of a startling, liberating truth."—Mindy Belz, international journalist and author of They Say We Are Infidels

"Kapic weds rock-solid theology to wise guidance for Christian living. This is a book we desperately need in our frenetic age."—Beth Felker Jones, Northern Seminary; author of Practicing Christian Doctrine

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587435102
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/18/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 989,610
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King's College, University of London) is professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where he has taught for twenty years. He is an award-winning author of more than fifteen books, including Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, winner of a Christianity Today Book Award. Kapic, a popular speaker, has been featured in Christianity Today, World magazine, and The Gospel Coalition and contributes to the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care and various other journals.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Particularity and Limits
1. Have I Done Enough? Facing Our Finitude
2. Does God Love . . . Me? Crucified . . . but I Still Live
3. Are the Limits of My Body Bad? Praise God for Mary
4. Why Does Physical Touch Matter? Images, Trauma, and Embodied Worship
5. Is Identity Purely Self-Generated? Understanding the Self in Context
Part 2: Healthy Dependence
6. Have We Misunderstood Humility? Joyful Realism
7. Do I Have Enough Time? Clocks, Anxiety, and Presence
8. Why Doesn't God Just Instantly Change Me? Process, Humanity, and the Spirit's Work
9. Do I Need to Be Part of the Church? Loving the Whole Body
10. How Do We Faithfully Live within Our Finitude? Rhythm, Vulnerability, Gratitude, and Rest

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