Book Review: Joyful Surrender by Elizabeth Elliot

My Review:

Previously published as Discipline Elizabeth Elliot covers this timely topic of the discipline of the Christian life. In an age of instant gratification and feelings that some view as fact, the Christian life is far from a walk in the park, instead demanding discipline in answer to God’s call to obedience.

Discipline doesn’t come naturally to many of us, we like to have control over our thoughts, possessions, time, feelings, and fears. The continual joyful surrender to God in His worthiness is a necessary step in our walk with Him, and a discipline in itself. Written later in her life, in this book she shares stories, memories, history, and scriptures from her vast learning and experience in answering God’s call in our individual lives no matter how mundane the task may appear at first.

Easy to read, yet not a “quick-read” in the sense that I often wanted to take breaks and think about various topics as they came. Rich in biblical truth, Ms. Elliot also gives the book personal touches, drawing humbly from her own life experiences.

Ms. Elliot edifies and encourages with Scriptural wisdom, whether conquering poor habits and attitudes to make them obedient to Christ or calling us to examine our heart’s response to God’s call. Timeless wisdom and encouragement for the Christian life. Well worth the read, and even more meaningful if you know her story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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