When I read the biography of Francis Schaeffer, the author referenced True Spirituality as Francis Schaeffer’s most refined statement of his message: that the Bible is True in all of life and makes a difference in everything we think and decide, not in a legalistic or moralistic way, but in a personal and spiritual way.
It is an excellent book. Because it is written more in a conversational style than an academic, I’d think it would make a good choice for an audio book, especially since Schaeffer’s conversational style is rather idiosyncratic in places.
What do we pray for?
Is it not true that our thoughts, our prayers for ourselves and those we love, and our conversation is almost entirely aimed at getting rid of the negative at any cost – rather than praying that the negatives might be faced in the proper attitude?
Ouch. It is so true. Rather than praying for the patience, love, faithfulness – you know, the fruit of the Spirit God actually wants us to have – to deal with life as God is sending it, we usually pray that God will change the life He’s sending to make it easier and nicer.
But God’s will for us is our sanctification, not our comfort.
[True spirituality is] to love Him enough in the present world to say ‘Thank you’ in all the ebb and flow of life.
That is, love and trust God’s providential care enough to be thankful even for the hard and difficult and annoying and grating bits. This is easy to affirm and demanding to live out. It is the path of sanctification.
My Book Bag
- Theology: True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
- Science: Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim (prereading!)
- History: The Ancient Near Eastern World by Amanda Podany (prereading!)
- Humanities: The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges
- Whim: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (just finished)
- Fiction/Memoir: Pelican at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse and The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton (on audio in the car)
FYI: The Man Who Knew Too Much was an Audible whispersync deal snag.