Book Review: Daily Open Windows: Excerpts from the messages of T. Austin-Sparks
“The Kingdom is so much bigger than conversion.”
366 meditations on Christianity from the writings of a largely forgotten early twentieth-century British Christian evangelist. Each reading is self-contained and sufficient for both the dedicated worshiper and the inquirer, but assumes the reader a Christian. Exhortation over evangelism; holiness before works.
“The key to faith is this dividing of soul and spirit, or, in other words, the complete abnegation of self-interests.”
Austin-Sparks basic message involves Christian growth after conversion. He represents the strand of western Protestantism which returned to the basic Christian message or divided the church, depending on point of view. His ministry had a global impact.
“What, in the thought of God do Christians exist for? What does the Church exist for? There is only one answer … to be an expression of Christ. It is a reproduction of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Man cannot make, form, produce or ‘establish’ this.”
Quibble: the publishers seem to have been driven by a quantity-first measure. Many passages wander. Several could have been divided in two.
“So long as we are in line with God’s purpose His work can go on in us. What matters is not first of all our activity. God is more concerned with what is done in us than what we do for Him.”
(This review is of the paperback, but the cover shows on the kindle edition only.)
Thanks, a nice review!
Hey Ron, part 2 of your review is back this morning. Good news!
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