Book Recommendation from a Pastor
“From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott”
Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu
One of the greatest ways we can grow as a Christian is to grow in humility. Without humility, we cannot come to God, we cannot love God supremely, we cannot love and serve others genuinely, we cannot resolve conflict fully, we cannot resist our sin effectively, and ultimately we cannot become like Christ. One of the most helpful resources in this area is Stuart Scott’s “From Pride to Humility.” Not only does it describe helpful definitions of what pride and humility are but it also provides very practical ways to identify pride in one’s life. With key quotes from other resources, Scripture references, and heart questions to reflect upon, this 30 page pamphlet is a springboard for much genuine spiritual growth and is worth revisiting again and again in different seasons of life.
Here are some quotes from the book:
- “Pride is the epidemic vice. It is everywhere and manifests itself in many ways. As much as we may hate to admit it, we all have pride, each and every one of us. The question is not, “Do I have it?” but, “Where is it?” and “How much of it do I have?” (2).
- “A humble person understands the sinfulness of his own heart. He would never see himself better than others. This is true no matter who the other person is. He understands that he, in and of himself, is capable of the worst sin. He agrees with John Bradford who said, ‘but for the grace of God, there I go’ (Romans 12:16; Ephesians 3:8)” (19).
- “It takes humility to learn humility. That initial humbling of one’s self is a response to the work of the Spirit of God. Once we have rightly humbled ourselves before God there are things that we can do (by God’s grace) to stay humble” (23).
- “Pride does not die once, but it must die daily. The Puritan pastor, Thomas Brooks, admonished us well when he said, ‘Get humble and keep humble’” (25).
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