Review of The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers

 Book Details:
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849920000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849920004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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About The Book:


It's time for a return to Radical Holiness.

Welcome to the 21st century where you can now purchase and exchange personalities, depending on mood and circumstance; where you are told that you can be anyone you want to be, and identity is no longer based in a sense of self but rather in the imagery you choose at that moment.

The Bible contains a radically different way of understanding our identity. The path that God has chosen for us to discover who we really are is the path of holiness. The most exciting thing is that this path is not for otherworldly saints, rather it is a path of earthy, gutsy holiness. It's a path that is not about basing your life on this world or of shunning your desires. Instead, it is about bringing your hopes, your dreams, your brokenness, your desires, your humanness under the Lordship of Christ. By doing this we don't just discover a new way of living out our faith, we discover a liberating, revolutionary, life-embracing way of being truly human.

Book Review:


There were two main points that I read right from the beginning that invited me to keep reading this book on how biblical faith can help us discover who we are in an age of self-obsession.  One was that the Greeks (yes, I am Greek) looked to a greater good, an essence or standard of good, to define their lives. In today's fast paced life , media-drenched landscape that surrounds us, vanity (it's all about me) is celebrated to the hilt and deceptively embraced as a virtue. Mark calls this horizontal view one that elevates performance above character (being a super star). Plus, the author expounds on the roller coaster ride of constantly reinventing your identity in finding a sense of self... (who are you really?)


The second point that Mark makes in his awesome, eye-opening book, is that "Christianity asks you to be who you are and who you are not at the same time." The author uses a compass, if you will, (horizontal and vertical self) to map out clearly that finding your identity in Christ will produce holiness, a desire to follow and obey precepts that will bless your life in learning things, giving you more self-confidence in honoring your talents. When we "take on Christ", we find life.


This book is worth reading for those who are seeking a deeper relationship in their walk with God. To those who are exhausted with life's messages being thrown at them at a fast, constantly changing pace of reinventing yourself to discover a truer identity of you, this book is worth buying. C.S. Lewis wrote it so simple: "The goal towards which He is beginning to guide you is absolute perfection; and no power in the whole universe, except you yourself can prevent Him from taking you to that goal."


The Vertical Self was provided for review by ThomasNelson Publishers. I am thankful for the opportunity to have read this great book.

The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in An Age of Self Obsession. 5/5 stars!

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