Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

Would you believe that I don't know who wrote this book I just
finished reading? Really! I have no clue. But that's the point!
The author (who desires to remain nameless) wants to get a
message out about doing things for God's glory, not our own.

The author invites readers to become nothing in light of God's
everything. What a novel and noble idea! I love the book and
the concept behind the book.

True humility/ Christlike humility is never easy to embrace. Can you honestly say that you're simply satisfied and completely content with being unknown to the world and that you only care about the Audience of One? I know I have not quite arrived yet but I hope I'm getting closer to that goal. In our culture, people would think you're crazy if you voluntarily desire to be a nobody. This book challenges us to examine our heart's attitude...whether we seek to make God known or to make ourselves known. The world is chasing after success and significance. Are you willing to silently sacrifice, serve, and even suffer, instead?

I highly recommend this must-read book. Each chapter ends with thought-provoking discussion questions. Get ready to be challenged to anonymously live out Philippians 2:1-11 in an authentic way! Soli Deo Gloria!

"The trouble with you and me and the rest of humanity is not that we lack self-confidence (as we're told by the world) but that we have far too much self-importance." (p.10)

"That's what embracing obscurity is all about: being content with being 'relatively unknown' so that Christ can be made more known." (p.13)

"Serve Him by serving others. Meet others' needs out of the overflow He has given us, through our words, compassion, hospitality, wealth, courtesy, and all the menial tasks that get opportunity when people live in proximity to one another." (p.98)

GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of Embracing Obscurity!
Deadline: Oct.14th at midnight (Pacific time)
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. What is a Biblical or modern day example of someone who embraces himself or herself as small in relation to all God has done? Why is that person or example important to you? You can read about a great example of a humble servant here.

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Tea norman said...

I think Max Lucado and Bishop T.D. Jakes embrace obscurity. They are always encouraging others while not talking about what they have done for others. Both men seem very humble. I am sure their wives are the same way.

Tea norman said...

Had forgotten to leave my email address. Gave me time to look at the wonderful video. I would love to read Embracing Obscurity. Need help in this area.

Sunflower Faith said...

Following you on facebook!

Sunflower Faith said...

This is a reminder about Charles Spurgeon. He isn't modern as in, 21st century, but most of what we know about him, isn't through him, but from what we read about his sermons and what he shared through his was always about Christ.

There is a story that says so much about Galatians 1:10 and a link can be found to a version (since I'm not sure how true the story is, but still inspiring), Charles, His Wife and the eggs they sold and how its not about us, or the world but what is done in His name.

Jacob Plain said...

Naaman's servant girl could've gloated about Naaman's leprosy out of resentment for being taken from her country as a slave, but instead she gave her master the good news that saved his life. She is a great example to me of humility and selflessness.

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Anna said...

I would absolutely LOVE to have and read this book. True humility is something I have struggled with my entire life. Not that I would consider myself proud; I just tend to worry a great deal about what others think of me and I think in a sense that is a form of pride. You see it everywhere! Especially in some Christian circles - People striving to be at the top so THEY can have the Glory and Honor. This sounds like a really awesome book.

Sharon said...

I think Pastor Jentzen Franklin is a great modern day person that lives out his life in a quiet but loud way. He possess humilty and the love of Christ that inspire many

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Lynelle said...

what an awesome book. I just shared it on twitter, liked your pages and will add it on my blog.

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