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"The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value." Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to C "The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value." Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to Christ. Consider the cost. Then take up your cross. And follow Jesus in the only life worth living.


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"The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value." Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to C "The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value." Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to Christ. Consider the cost. Then take up your cross. And follow Jesus in the only life worth living.

30 review for The Cost of Commitment (IVP Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johannes Ardiant

    Wonderful small book that has really strengthen me. It talks about the cost of following Christ. The suffering which results from it. It's not a suffering because of our own sins and stupidity. It's not suffering arising from our disciplinary training. It's a suffering because of our loyalty to Christ. We might seen it to be very distant - being able to live in a country with very much freedom in religion, far from persecutions - but it's something that we must be ready at any time.. How much fa Wonderful small book that has really strengthen me. It talks about the cost of following Christ. The suffering which results from it. It's not a suffering because of our own sins and stupidity. It's not suffering arising from our disciplinary training. It's a suffering because of our loyalty to Christ. We might seen it to be very distant - being able to live in a country with very much freedom in religion, far from persecutions - but it's something that we must be ready at any time.. How much faith do we have? If we were ever to face those conditions faced by the early Christians in the Roman Empire, would we stand by our faith in Jesus? Some quotes from this book that are dear to me:- "God suffers with you. If you grasp that, and if you can really trust him that he knows what he is doing and that you are in very competent hands, the pain will not go away entirely, but it will be reduced by half. Fear doubles pain. Trust halves it." "'Take up your cross' means something similar to 'take your life in your hands.' It means: 'be prepared to carry your own noose around with you, to run the risk of anything, even death itself. Don't seek death. Avoid it if you can, and get the gospel message to anyone who will listen.'" "You learn best with the little waves right in front of you. Ask God to show you which they are. Commit yourself to learning on them." "Some pig-headed enthusiasts 'witness,' not with courtesy and out of love, but from a need to triumph. They win arguments but lose people." "God has permitted human political power to exist even though it is demonic. Insofar as the State opposes the advance of the kingdom, civil disobedience is sometimes called for." "Social action in itself will never enlighten people. Therefore, the proclamation of the truth must always be our prime focus." "We fear because we are unable to trust. Intellectually we know all the biblical answers. We could counsel someone else with the same fears. But because of our unbelief, our doubts remain."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Page

    A brief little book that states in plain language a few simple truths about what it means to follow the Way of the Cross. Noteable for being written by a doctor and steadfast Christian, not necessarily a theologian.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    Good book with some refreshing themes. The author has a clear sense of Gods call and what it means to follow Christ. There were times I wished he explored certain themes more thoroughly, for example the topic of civil disobedience in the name of Christ is intriguing, there were moments I felt like I wished I could have asked him to explain more. Today I think a simple call to following Christ *at all* seems more appropriate than a call to follow "at all costs". The world no longer professes to be Good book with some refreshing themes. The author has a clear sense of Gods call and what it means to follow Christ. There were times I wished he explored certain themes more thoroughly, for example the topic of civil disobedience in the name of Christ is intriguing, there were moments I felt like I wished I could have asked him to explain more. Today I think a simple call to following Christ *at all* seems more appropriate than a call to follow "at all costs". The world no longer professes to be a Christian world. if indeed it ever did. Great discussion questions although at times very personal

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudine Munoz

    A Small book which you can easily finish with one sitting but instead I paused from time to time, pondered and meditated words that struck me. Good read indeed, it has given insights and motivated me to serve with my all heart.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe Marlin

    heard this book mentioned once in a sermon, had to read it. was the absolute best thing i could of read on the eve of our journey to africa as a family. this book deserves a revival in our generation. you just need to check it out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    White doesn't mince his words in this book discussing the cost of committing one's life to Jesus. Straightforward and concise, this book is a quick read but gives one plenty to think about and act on. White doesn't mince his words in this book discussing the cost of committing one's life to Jesus. Straightforward and concise, this book is a quick read but gives one plenty to think about and act on.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Good book, but it didn't really grab me. I did learn from it, and I did like his stories. Good book, but it didn't really grab me. I did learn from it, and I did like his stories.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Mcclean

    The quote from the Communist in this book changed my life direction as a young Christian and gave me a vision of commuting my life to God no matter what the cost would be.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  11. 4 out of 5

    Venus

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt Busch

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

  14. 5 out of 5

    Philip Wong

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angelo Calaunan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bigpicture

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bintang Gemilang

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott Wagner

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Anderson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elise Lincicum

  22. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  23. 4 out of 5

    Resmy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Norris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Paul-Graham

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meggie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

  28. 5 out of 5

    David

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew William

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

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