by Mary Ann Froehlich
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
Released: June 1, 2014
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Am I gentle? It’s not a question we typically stop to ask ourselves. But God cares about the answer. Gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that is supposed to mark the words and actions of every Christian. Scripture clearly indicates it is not an absence of strength or determination. Courageous Gentleness helps us to understand gentleness through the lens of the Bible and consider practical ways that gentleness speaks to a watching world. Cultivating it in our lives can transform relationships with family members, neighbors, coworkers, and even enemies.
Courageous Gentleness is a study on biblical gentleness. The author examined what the Bible says about gentleness and whether Jesus is gentle. She discussed why gentleness is desirable (now that you understand that gentleness is strength under control) and pointed out that American Christians don't have the reputation of being gentle. Then she showed how other fruits of the spirit are linked to gentleness and how to express gentleness along with a quiet spirit, self-control, kindness, humbleness, patience, and in our communication.
I've read some good studies on the Fruit of the Spirit, so I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of this study. But I gained some new insights from this author. I felt that she made many good points, and her overall tone was encouraging (rather than condemning). At the end of each chapter, she included questions that make you think more deeply about the ideas presented in that chapter. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand gentleness and to become more like Jesus.
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