Book Review: The Sinless, Sickless, Deathless Life by Frank Neiman Riale (Three Stars)

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Book Review: The Sinless, Sickless, Deathless Life: God’s Glory-Goal for All by Frank Neiman Riale

(Three Stars)

“Man was not made to die … but to be ‘clothed upon’ with glory that cometh down from on high.”

A seminal work in modern Christian mysticism, published in 1913. Riale argues that the hereafter begins now for the believer and that not only is sin forgiven, but sickness and death defeated. (Riale died in 1935.)

“The second coming of the Lord has already begun in me the moment I have accepted by faith that by his indwelling and outworking Spirit I will, by God’s Spirit, be over all the great race foes forever triumphant.”

Many contemporary Christian movements hark back to Riale’s thesis, if not his writings. Like moderns, he quoted from then-contemporary secular works to buttress his arguments.

“The Spirit of life that raised Christ from the dead swells in us to life us into the same almighty triumph also.”

Quibble: Understandable that Riale quotes from the King James Version of the Bible, less excusable that he occasionally writes as if he lived in the seventeenth century.

“All that I desire I shall have. God withholds nothing from the child of his likeness and the child of his love.”

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Sinless, Sickless, Deathless Life by Frank Neiman Riale (Three Stars)

  1. I pray for God’s will, not his favor. It’s what keeps me sane, and believing. He knows what I need and what I want; if He chooses not to spoil me (and he does that plenty), it is not for lack of knowing what I want, but because His way is the right way. It is my job to ask in prayer, His to give me what I really need and don’t even know.

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