Dr. Hein comes from a Lutheran background that sees Christianity not a vain search for glory but more a simplistic way of life that prevents one from being puffed up. In Hein’s perspective and there is merit to it: holiness is internal not external and it begins with reflection on the crucified Christ.
The author’s view of grace reflects his theology on Lutheranism & how grace works. No, not that a person’s works is a part of the equation, but that grace gives power and therefore grace works! It develops desire & fuel for personal spiritual growth and is the cause for the effect of personal holiness.
Hein’s goals in this book are not to inspire or entertain readers – but to bring about cause for personal reflection and evaluation on the motives for living the Christian life.
There are some very good thoughts and implications in this book, but chances are readers won’t agree with Hein on every stance. Yet, the book is worth exploring.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.