I would like to first say that I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to just about anyone. The book discusses the journey from self-centered lives to servant-leadership, and anyone pursuing a life with Christ will find themselves on this continuum. This book is very focused on developing Christ's character and freedom, and he lays this out in a very organized way. This was very helpful for my brain. This book is structured around three "quests":
- the quest for honor: from pride to humility -> integrity -> courage
- the quest for nobility: from greed to gratitude -> wholeness -> generosity
- the quest for enlightenment: from foolishness to faithfulness -> perseverance -> wisdom
There is a lot to think about and apply in each chapter of this book. The challenge is not to rush ahead without having dealt with in the previous chapters. I want to be someone of courage, but that comes through the development of humility and integrity.
I also thought this book has a Biblical balance of God working verses me working. Life with Christ is not self-help as proliferated in our culture. The character of Christ cannot be developed in me solely by my own doing. But the life of Christ isn't just a case of God on the field and me on the sidelines. I am entrusted with responsibility, and what I do does matter. My decisions and actions affect me and other people. I think McManus speaks accurately to life with Christ being difficult and requiring a lot of work, but as it's done with God, being possible and incredibly life-giving.
So again, I would definitely recommend reading this book. It would definitely be a good one to read over Lent (start 2/25). I'll have more comments about individual chapters/themes soon!