It has sat on my bookshelf for almost 6 years. Every time I saw it, I knew I should read it. But, frankly, I had no desire to. What possessed me to buy that book? Out of all the books in the Covenant Life Bookstore, why this one? I’m well aware that I need to be content. I’m convinced it’s one of the hardest things to be. Why do I want to read a book that makes that painful fact even more of a reality? AND it’s written by a really smart, old guy…it’s not going to be easy to read.
Have you ever avoided a book you know God wants you to read? I have. I’ve done it twice before…The Holiness of God and When People Are Big and God Is Small. What amazed me is that God used both of those books in amazing ways, in my life. They are on the top 5 books that have greatly affected my Christian walk (the Bible being number 1). I’m not amazed that the books affected me, because they’re incredible! I’m amazed that God allowed them to affect me after I had ignored His prodding for years. It once again proves that I have an amazing God that doesn’t work like I would. And I’m so glad!
I am in that place again. For many years I have stared at this book sitting in my wardrobe. Knowing I should read it, but having absolutely no desire to do so. I decided to pick it up last week and I’ve fallen in love with it. It is so gracious and yet so convicting at the same time. But, it’s not a “aahh, I can never change” kind of conviction. It is the “wow, I’m not like that, but I really want to be” kind of conviction. It’s the kind you know that you cannot achieve on your own, but you realize that by God’s grace, you can/will. I have also been very surprised to find it easy to read. Nowhere near as difficult as I expected.
So, if you’re wanting to read an amazingly well written, grace-filled, convicting book (that is only $5.40)…order The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs, today!!! It’s well worth the $5. You can purchase it HERE.
Still not convinced? Check out these excerpts.