Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian

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  1. Douglas Wilson Douglas Wilson says:

    Really good I think I read it many years ago but listened to it again on audio Really good

  2. Jeff Short Jeff Short says:

    This is an excellent little book on the place of the mind in the Christian life Far too many professing Christians have followed a charismatic mystical emphasis on experience and focused on headheart distinctions to the point we have lost our minds no pun at all intended Stott does an excellent job considering scriptural teaching and practical application Sure you will find some points of disagreement here and there but I highly recommend it

  3. Kevin Halloran Kevin Halloran says:

    Stott presents what you’d expect him to in this lecture turned booklet a biblical and insightful look at the mind presented in a clear and compelling way More needed today than ever

  4. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    Although I am somewhat familiar with the author's work 1 I was made familiar with this book by the recommendation of a friend of mine  The appeal of this very short book which is the text of a lecture with a couple of forewords is pretty obvious to me and probably to most of the readers of my reviews  Stott defends rationality and intellect from what he sees as a variety of threats of anti intellectualism including the sentimentalism of contemporary culture the appeals to spiritual experience of Pentecostals and the ritualism of Catholicism  I'm an intellectual Christian something I don't think I could hide if I tried and so obviously this book's central idea about the legitimacy of appeals to the mind and the acuisition of knowledge that can be lived and practiced is something that appeals to me greatly  It is no wonder to me why this book is considered an IVP classic and it's something I can support without any difficulty whatsoever not least because the author manages to put his obvious pro intellectual appeal in a balanced worldview that clearly counteracts the defective views of the mind that he criticizesIn a bit less than 90 pages this short book consists of four chapters  The author opens with a discussion of mindless Christianity where he criticizes the lack of active intellect and the shallowness of faith that much of what passes for Christianity demonstrates 1  This is the place where the reader is going to know whether they place themselves among those who have a great deal of respect and regard for the mind or whether they are among those the author is criticizing  After this brief discussion the author spends time looking at why it is necessary for believers to use their minds 2 in a demonstration of the importance of the intellect and appeals to the mind in the Bible's approach to evangelism and apologetics  Then the author turns to examine the mind in Christian life 3 in part by contrasting the biblical view with various false views about positive thinking and a faith that is blind that can be common among certain circles within our culture  The author then concludes with a discussion of knowledge leading to action by pointing out 4 that the believer is not to acuire knowledge for its own sake but rather knowledge that is lived out in obedience to GodIt is ultimately in that balanced discussion of the author's high view of intellect as being the fuel for zeal according to knowledge that God wants in our lives that makes this book ultimately worthwhile  The sort of knowledge that God wants from us 2 is not mere intellectual knowledge but rather the knowledge of experience of God's ways a knowledge that is combined with a commitment to obedience  Of course this obedience reuires knowledge but also than knowledge alone  There are some people who have a great longing to obey God and only need accurate knowledge of what God expects of us to obey  There are others who have a great deal of knowledge about what the Bible says and therefore what God wants from us but lack the will and commitment to follow up on that knowledge in action  Most people lack both the interest in knowing what God wants and the commitment to following up on that knowledge with obedience  Yet this author has clearly laid to believers a challenge that deserves to be taken up in our times of shallow belief and rampant disobedience to the clearly expressed general will of God in scripture1 See for example2 See for example

  5. Lucas Lucas says:

    This book was short but better than several lengthier versions I have read on the topic John Stott always does an incredible job of covering a ton of ground in his bookssermons I have a hard time getting into his books but they always increase in interest towards the end It is worth sticking with it for his last few pages alone or just skip and read the last chapter My only issue was John addresses arguments against faith and belief He titles one section as Faith Illogical Belief in the Improbable based on a uote by HL Mencken and addresses several mainstream arguments for a feel good superficial attitude of positive thinking or positive mental attitudes He goes on to argue against these definitions of faith because they are thoughtless and without object there is no object to the faithchokengtitiktitikchokeng 51 Dr Peale recommends as part of his 'worry breaking formula' that first thing every morning before we get up we should say 'I believe' three times but does not tell us in what we are so confidently and repeatedly to affirm our beliefbelieve what? believe whom?In my reading Stott rejects objectless faith and then argues for a seemingly objectless thought To be fair Stott certainly argues it implicitly with several bible uotes see pages 56 58 but he fails to define the object of our thought The Word The Truth The Christ explicitly This oversight is no different than W Clement Stone's I feel happy I feel healthy I feel terrific self confidence faith Without a sure and explicit focus on Christ as the object of our thoughts we may as well chant self assuredly and arrogantly I know I am happy I know I am healthy I know I am terrificStott is spot on with the how and the why the middle and end results of Christian thinking and using our God given minds but he skips past the what or who the beginning To skip past the beginning is to miss the one who was in the beginning The Word The Christ and by doing so Stott misses the mark if only slightly

  6. Mitch Hamilton Mitch Hamilton says:

    Stott argues that Knowledge is essential for faith and that we should invest in our understanding of God so that we can love God deeper Knowledge is a means to an end the end of a greater relationship with the Creator He helpfully warns against the dangers of Anti intellectualism but also reflects on how hyper intellectualism is just as problematicOne should let their knowledge of God drive their love of him and others Not letting it puff them up void of actionI would give this book a 455 but I think it is 5 than 4 thus I give it a 5I am still wrestling with the accuracy of the the idea that Stott writes that time should be spent of learning than on ministering he expresses this in the second last chapter However when we focus so much on ministering to others without growing our on personal relationship with God we are really doing a disservice to those that we are ministering to I think that Bonhoeffer add's helpful things about Time alone and Time together in his book 'Life Together' I also think of the insight from Brother Yun in his testimony titled 'The Heavenly Man' where he describes his times in prison as the way God gave him times to restore his personal relationship through Prayer and meditation of scripture which he failed to upkeep during his ministering

  7. Martinus Martinus says:

    Is faith irrational? Intellectualism something to be avoided? Should we look at theology with distaste and distrust? NO argues John Stott in this 60 odd page booklet Our minds play a vital role in Christian faith Opinions indeed are stronger than armies Knowledge wisdom discernment and understanding are foundational to Christian living in worship faith holiness and in our service and love to the other A great answer to ritualism radical ecumenicalism and the emphasis on individual experience as substitutes for the vital role of teaching hearing and preaching in knowing God

  8. Eddie Bryant Eddie Bryant says:

    A short read but an important one This is billed as an 'IVP Classic' and the book truly deserves that designation As Stott notes at the end of the book he seeks to sketch six spheres of Christian living in which the mind plays an essential part Those six areas are Christian worship faith holiness guidance evangelism and ministryEach section is given a concise treatment that leaves the reader with food for thought and enough references to guide one into further studyThere's little fluff here and that is most appreciated as Stott gets to his points uickly and succinctly Though small in volume this book would still be a great choice for small group study

  9. Kris Kris says:

    A great summary that emphasizes the mixture of the intellect and emotion in the Christian life My complaint is that it could have been longer deeper fleshed out and thorough I didn't really learn anything new it just reiterated good points everyone should already know

  10. Solomonjh Solomonjh says:

    Good book just find it a little skewed towards the intellectual which is hard to account for episodes in the bible that reuires stepping out prior to total understanding

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Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life (Ivp Classics) ➳ [Reading] ➶ Your Mind Matters: The Place of the Mind in the Christian Life (Ivp Classics) By John R.W. Stott ➩ – Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service writes John Stott If we do not use the mind which God has given us we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality While Christians have had a Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life Matters: The PDF ↠ and service writes John Stott If we do not use the mind which God has given us we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality While Christians have had a long heritage of rigorous scholarship and careful thinking some circles still Your Mind PDF/EPUB ² view the intellect with suspicion or even as contradictory to Christian faith And many non Christians are uick to label Christians as anti intellectual and obscurantist But this need not be so In this classic Mind Matters: The Place of PDF/EPUB or introduction to Christian thinking John Stott makes a forceful appeal for Mind Matters: The PDF ↠ Christian discipleship that engages the mind as well as the heart.