Monday, August 18, 2008

Hidden in Plain Sight by Mark Buchanan

Built on the Bible verse 2 Peter 1:1-9, Buchanan outlines the seven virtues listed by the apostle Peter, and then goes into depth explaining how they unlock the “secret of more” in our lives if we learn to have these qualities “in increasing measure“.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he’s nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he as been cleansed from his past sins.” - 2 Peter 1:1-9

I really soaked this book up. I’ve read this verse in the past, and had a sense of it’s importance, but I never really went on with it from there. It got forgotten. But now I don’t think I’ll look at it the same way ever again! This book was just chock-full of quotes that I’m going to take away from it, and really mull over. ;o)

Some favorite quotes:
p.118 - “Learn to pray before you react…

p.147-8 - “Real love loves us, not just as we are, but so that we can become what we are meant to be.

p.212 - “The only way from here to there is ‘a long obedience in the same direction‘. It’s by making our acts intentional until they become habitual and instinctual.

Rated: B+

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