* The righteousness that's needed to walk with God does not come from following rules---it comes from following Christ! Frangipane's penetrating study of the human heart and how God prepares it for his glory reveals the habit of humility, the spirit of grace, and the purity of heart that are the marks of a devoted disciple. 160 pages, softcover from Charisma.
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Review 1 for Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God: A Penetrating Look at the Human Heart
This book is by an obviously talented evangelical minister, who, for some reason, seems to have very little confidence in his own insights. The book begins promisingly enough, with the observation "true holiness does not come from following rules; it comes from following Christ." As a committed follower of Jesus, I could not agree more. What I expected from the book, however, did not happen. That sort of inspirational concept, which receives some development by the author, is confined largely to the capsule introductions at the beginning of each chapter, these when stated in the author's own words. The main body of the book, however, is irritatingly stuffed with proof texts. Someone who is capable of a compelling expression of the Holy Spirit, such as I believe the author to be, does not require, and need not resort to, quotes from Scripture and the troweling in of ideas which distract from major points. Just as one of many examples, the author says: "We may have ideas, we may possess fairly accurate scriptural knowledge, we may have had visions and dreams, but everything we think we know is but straw compared to the actual reality of the presence of God." (Ch. 14). Fine; the implication is that neither Scripture nor personal insight can ever hope to capture the reality of God. So, what result? At the very least, humility and, ultimately, full trust in Jesus must guide us. But the author, instead of stopping here, goes on: "The Lord is bigger, more wonderful, more powerful that the sum of everyone's knowledge about him [you just said that, and far more eloquently than this redundant restatement]. He is God and 'He does whatever He pleases' (Psalm 115:3)" [completely off-point, and effectively buries the insight in the first part of the statement; my brackets]. I spent a lot of time searching for the flowers among the weeds. There are a few, and they are inherently worth discovering. The undertaking will, however, tax even a patient reader.
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Review 2 for Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God: A Penetrating Look at the Human Heart
Date:January 12, 2012
This is one of the best books I've ever read, hands down. It confronts the reality of your heart, drawing you to the threshing floor of repentance and transformation. I found myself brought to my knees many times, crying out to the LORD in repentance, while other times, I found myself crying and laughing tears of joy at the immensity and intensity of God's love for His Bride. Francis Frangipane did an awesome job at exposing the lie of religion, and the truth of Christ and His Kingdom. This is one of those heavily-enriching truths that must be read more than once to really take root. This is a good read for the new convert AND the person who's been saved their whole lives'. I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly wants God and His heart and will in your life. God bless~
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Review 3 for Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God: A Penetrating Look at the Human Heart
Excellent through and through
Date:April 15, 2011
You find meaning thoughout this book pretaining to life and godliness. It's like looking at a mirror and seeing the real you for the first time with undenying truth of just who you are and how the grace of God can bring about change when you embrace the truth you're confronted with.Holiness, living life through the knowledge that it's not by our merits but by submitting ourselves to the one who died for our sins.Inspiring and life changing-a must read.