Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson

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Humble Roots
by Hannah Anderson

ISBN-13: 9780802414595
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Released: October 4, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
A lot of books these days are trying to diagnose our discontentment and exhaustion. While many of us could do to simplify, peace is not about productivity, saying no, or any other external. It's about saying yes to our dependence on God.

The reason many of us feel so unsettled is that we are attempting to be something we were never intended to be—it's an internal issue. We need to recover a theology of creaturehood that leads to true abundance, and Humble Roots is the perfect place to start. Exploring various texts from the Gospels, Hannah Anderson reveals:

*The cause, nature, and dangers of busyness and self-dependence
*What humility is (and isn't), and why it's essential to our identity
*How Christ modeled humility through His incarnation
*How to learn humility and walk in dependence on God

My Review:
Humble Roots explored how we can find rest for our souls through a humble heart--through acknowledging our dependence on God. The basic idea is that God is God and we're not. She looked at a number of ways we might try to be god and not realize it. Our culture teaches and even glorifies some things that are counter to the understanding that we're not God. She also looked at how humility can be shown in how you care for your body and emotions, treat knowledge, resources, and desires, respond to the brokenness of this world, and face suffering and death.

The author focused on the Bible for answers and provided insights into the verses and our culture. She used gardening analogies to help illustrate certain points. I never felt condemned (like any good Christian ought to have this down), just "Arg, she's right! How have I been missing that?" I have felt more rested and less worried after reading this book. I'd highly recommend this book to any Christian.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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