Humility is not a popular concept in the American Christian church. The humble mind-set no longer exists in Christian culture, Hutchinson says. (339/5784) He recognized the centrality of humility in his new life shortly after his conversion to Christianity. (219/5784) He encourages us to return to that ancient path of humility, both individually and as the corporate church.
Humility is not some personality trait we add on to our Christian life. Hutchinson writes, “I believe humility to be at the very heart of Christian faith and even to be the best paradigm of all proper thought regarding God, oneself, and others.” (283/5784)
Hutchinson explores what true humility is and is not. He helps us understand how we grow in humility (suffering is a part). He gives the characteristics of humility (speak only to bless, for example). He also looks at what humility means to the corporate body, including leaders, unity, doctrinal issues, etc.
I really liked the first part of the book as it concentrated on what humility is and how one grows in it. The latter part of the book dealt more with the church and would appeal more to pastors and church leaders. Laypeople might find that part of the book tedious, as I did.
This is a very important book and I highly recommend it. I agree with Hutchinson that American Christians seem to have lost humility as a core aspect of the Christian life. Reading this book is certainly a challenge to follow the example of Jesus and the teaching of the New Testament.
Food for thought: Be a bold nobody.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Christopher Hutchinson is Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a graduate of Duke University (A.B.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Prior to entering the ministry, Hutchinson served in the U.S. army. He and his wife have two grown daughters.
New Growth Press, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.