Book Recommendations on the Subject of Sanctification
Somebody once criticised this blog for having nothing to say about Christian living. Well, I am not great at writing about Christian living, so I am going to recommend some books on the subject.
Victory in Christ by Charles Trumbull
A good short book. It shows that essentially, sanctification is by faith. Trumbull's classic Keswick approach can be summarised as 'let go and let God.' Admittedly, this is a little simplistic, but it is essentially the starting point.
He That is Spiritual by L.S. Chafer
This should be essential reading. It is a very in-depth study of all aspects of the Christian experience. There is so much rich teaching in here.
The only problem is Chafer's quirky denial of growth and maturity in the Christian life. He taught that one could acheive instant maturity, which is rather unbalanced.
The Complete Green Letters by Miles Stanford
Stanford corrects Chafer's fault by showing the progress of growth in the Christian life. Focused on the cross, which is God's answer to the flesh.
Balancing the Christian Life by Charles Ryrie
The strengh of this book is in the wide variety of topics that Ryrie discusses. Perhaps the problem with the previous books on this list is the tendency to ignore practical issues.
Ryrie is keen to address what he sees as a lack of balance in the classic Keswick approach to sanctification. Perhaps, Miles Stanford may be right in arguing that Ryrie goes to far in the opposite direction in overemphasising dedication in the Christian life.
This book addresses the vital issue of Lordship Salvation, which the author rejects.
Grace in Eclipse by Zane Hodges
Antonio might be disappointed if I do not mention any books by Zane Hodges.
One failing of so much writing on Christian living is the failure to show rewards as an incentive for holiness. This book is so inspiring in showing the importance of seeking rewards.
Short Papers by C.H. Mackintosh
This list would not be complete without some Brethren writings. Mackintosh provided a wealth of instruction in the Christian life.