Accidental Pharisees by Larry Osborne - Review

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Book Description

Zealous faith can have a dangerous, dark side. While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be more passionate about their faith, the down side can be a budding arrogance and self-righteousness that “accidentally” sneaks into our outlook.
In Accidental Pharisees, bestselling author Larry Osborne diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare Christians on the road to a deeper life of faith. Rejecting attempts to turn the call to follow Christ into a new form of legalism, he shows readers how to avoid the temptations of pride, exclusivity, legalism, and hypocrisy.
Larry reminds us that attempts to fan the flames of full-on discipleship and call people to Christlikeness should be rooted in love and humility. Christians stirred by calls to radical discipleship, but unsure how to respond, will be challenged and encouraged to develop a truly Christlike zeal for God.

My Review

You've heard folks talk about the outside or the inside of the cup... well, this book talks about cleaning the cup. In other words, it's the kind of book that talks about blind spots and perspectives. The main goal is to look at your own heart with self-examination, leaving you with a compelling feeling to cry aloud, "Is it me, Lord?"

If you've ever felt that the church of believers holds to their higher standards that you just can't measure up to achieve, or perhaps you wish more Christians were like yourself and maybe you're hoping that Jesus isn't in shock when you act up, then you'll probably want to read this one. It's outstanding and should be on every believer's book list and in their home library.

5/5 stars. Highly recommend. I really liked it!

Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith


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