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Have you or are you struggling to believe like you once did? Are you struggling with guilt? Do you long for the peace that the Bible seems to indicate?
If so, you are not alone. And neither am I.
This is exactly what Greg Gilbert wants to address in Assured. No matter what the root of your struggle is, Greg is attempting to offer some hope for your discouragement.
So often, after becoming a Christian, we can try and justify ourselves before God. Perhaps it is even subtle. Yet, the very nature of the Gospel is good news because we are not in a position to justify ourselves, which Greg unpacks for you in this book.
One of the points I really appreciated about Assured is his argument against fears/worry. When fears attack you, his advice is to acknowledge them and combat it with, God still chose to love and save me. What an amazing truth this is, for us to be adopted by God as children and loved despite how often we sin against him.
“Paul knew his past sins were no match for Jesus’s mercy, his past life no reason to think he was not one of God’s children now.”-Page 117
“The blood of Jesus doesn’t barely sneak us into the presence of God; it actually gives us every right in the universe to be there–…”–Page 30 (Emphasis Mine)
My one critique for this book is the look of the book on the inside. I know, it may seem silly. Perhaps it is the color contrast. I prefer white background–this would seem to make it a little more modern. Perhaps more similar to his booked called, Gospel. But it is such a minor critique and it has nothing to do with the content. I will say, at first it seemed more like a sermon, but later on I was really enjoying the book!
All in all, I give this book 5 starts. If you are struggling with doubt/fear/condemnation/unbelief, pick this up. It’s a short read, under 150 pages (barely).