The Faith Shaped Life by Ian Hamilton (Book Review)

The opening words sets the tone for the book, “the Christian life is a faith-shaped life. Not only is faith the instrument that unites us to Christ, it is the reality that shapes how we live in union with Christ “

Truer words have never been spoken as the rest of the book shows us that it is indeed a reality. It is not just something we acknowledge, but lived out everyday. The rest of the book looks at how faith extends different areas of the Christian life such as trusting in God in dark times to loving our neighbor.

One thing I appreciate in the book is the constant calls to unity and fellowship, even if your denomination is different from mines. Oftentimes, we tend to stay in our camps rather than fellowship with others. Will we agree on everything? No, but we can agree to disagree unless it’s heresy. Hamilton lays that out for us, especially for us Reformed folk! It’s easy to get caught up in debates and squabbles while forsaking love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Like The Gospel Shaped Life, it is a small book yet densely packed in it’s short chapters.

This book is small yet densely packed with 43 chapters in which one can use as a devotional. Both books are so much more than your typical devotional as it implements theology on an informative and practical level. Go get it.

Rating- 4.5/5

Some highlights

“My concern rather is to make the point that faith, to quote Prof. John Murray, is ‘essentially extraspective’. Murray’s telling phrase highlights the primary movement of true faith. It does not look into self, it is not ‘introspective’; it looks out and away to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the focus of faith. Who He is and what He has done is the place where faith casts its anchor for the soul.”

“We must see beyond ourselves to all who are fighting the good fight of the faith and warring against our great enemy, the devil. We must cultivate a brotherly spirit towards all who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity and truth”.

“This is the ultimate issue, it seems to me, in the life of faith; when faced with a choice, will we believe the testimony of our circumstances, or will we believe the character of the God who is love, and who loves His children with a love that ‘spared not his only Son but gave Him up for us for us all’?”

Published by Blessed Are The Forgiven

"Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered". -Psalm 32:1

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