By Elisabeth Elliot
Finding freedom and happiness in divine surrender
In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is often overlooked. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all times. She shows you how to
- discipline your mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings
- overcome anxiety
- change poor habits and attitudes
- trust God in times of trial and hardship
- let Him have control in all areas of life
Elliot masterfully and gently takes you through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations to help you discover the understanding that your fulfillment as a human being depends on your answer to God’s call to obedience.
(Back cover summary from Revell)
Elisabeth Elliot’s book is full of practical advice for believers, particularly when it comes to surrendering our whole lives to Christ.
I enjoyed the timeless quality of her insight in this book. Though she’d written these words and disciplines years ago, they still hold true.
The writing style of this book was a bit different from previous books I have read from her. It didn’t feel quite so conversational and was a bit harder for me to get into. And just from my personal opinion, at times there were things that she said we should do that were more preferences than actual commands from Scripture. Not to say they weren’t good ideas, just still preferences. There were also several areas that felt a bit off-topic to what the book and chapter were intending to discuss.
Overall, I found it a little more difficult to engage and track with her in this book. That being said, I did have many good takeaways from her insights into God’s Word and examples from her own life.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity and The Journals of Jim Elliot, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.
(Biography from Revell)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.