Do you want to live an abundant life filled with the Holy Spirit's power? Do you want to learn the keys to a sanctified life? Do you want help in the journey of spiritual growth?
Then Eric Mason's latest book, Unleashed, is for you.
Mason looks deeply into the sanctification process in this book. He addresses the biblical components to growing as a follower of Christ. And he does so in a way that is approachable and gospel-centered and encouraging.
Mason splits up the book into ten chapters. Each one deals with a specific aspect of sanctification and spiritual growth. I found each of these topics to address sanctification in really wonderful ways.
Chapter 1: Gospel Growth
Chapter 2: The Holy Spirit's Role in Our Growth
Chapter 3: Faith and Repentance
Chapter 4: Grown by the Word of God
Chapter 5: Prayer
Chapter 6: The Role of Suffering in Sanctification
Chapter 7: Strongholds: Unleashed from the Hindrances to Growth
Chapter 8: Marriage and Spiritual Growth
Chapter 9: The Local Church and Spiritual Growth
Chapter 10: Conclusion: When It's All Said and Done
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Unleashed:
"Sanctification is the victorious struggle. Victorious in that Jesus has secured our sanctification, but a struggle in that we are called to be active pursuers of holiness." (page 1)
I've never read one of Mason's books before, so this was my introduction into his writing style. He writes with more of an academic style, using block quotes and referencing many theologians and theological phrases. But I enjoy that kind of writing, and I always appreciate someone who is learning from others and points the reader to other books and authors to learn more about the subject. Sometimes his transitions can be a bit abrupt when he turns from a quick story and relates it to the broader vision the section he is talking about. But other than that I found Unleashed to be a great read.
My favorite aspect of Unleashed is how Mason focuses on how the Lord is the one who works out our sanctification; we cannot be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit.
Overall, Unleashed was both challenging and encouraging, and in my opinion that's exactly what is needed for a book on this topic. This book will help you in your journey towards reflecting Jesus, and it will benefit any believer. Unleashed is a reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit, our mission as followers of Jesus, and the amazing grace of God that saves us and sustains us.
And you can buy the book here!
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*Disclaimer: I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.*
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.