Speak the truth in love

20 Apr

Humble OrthodoxyBook Review: Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the truth high without putting people down, by Joshua Harris

You can sum up the theme of Joshua Harris’ short book, Humble Orthodoxy, with the phrase, “Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). If we speak truth without love, we become self-righteous and critical like the Pharisees. If we speak love without the truth, we never take a stand and address issues. We need both right thinking and right attitudes.

The book is really an expanded chapter from another of Harris’ books. Counting the 20 page study guide, it’s only 80+ pages in length and can be read in an hour. The author spells out his thoughts in four chapters:

  1. Your attitude matters—Don’t be a jerk with the truth. Humble orthodoxy combines both humility and right belief.
  2. With a tear in our eye—It’s hard to be proud about your doctrine when you realize salvation is an act of Jesus’ pure grace!
  3. Repentance starts with me—Trying to live whatever truth you have will do more to deflate your arrogance and self-righteousness than anything else.
  4. Living for God’s approval—Rather than seek the approval of others, we should keep our focus on God and what he thinks.

Harris’ theme is similar in nature to Larry Osborne’s recent book, Accidental Pharisees. Harris’ book is more doctrinal in nature while Osborne’s felt more practical. Harris explains why it is important while Osborne spells out what happens when we don’t as well as how to correct the problem. Both books cost about the same, but Harris’ thoughts are explained in 60 pages while Osborne uses 200 pages. While both are good, I tended to like Osborne’s book better and found it more helpful.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 20, 2013 in Books, Character, Theology


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