**Product received for review. All thoughts are my own.
Ah, social media. It can be a really great thing, can't it? It allows us to keep up with our friends and family who live far away. It allows us to make connections with new friends. It allows us to seek advice and support from friends who've been where we are. It allows us to ask for prayer and have friends all over the country come together when needed. It allows us to learn and expand our horizons. Yes, it truly can be a GREAT thing.
But, it can also have its negative points. It sucks in our time. It makes it easy to give in to gossip or drama. It keeps us from living our real life to its fullest at times. But more than anything it feeds into our culture of keeping up with the Joneses. We strive to have the pinworthy parties and homes. To have the most retweets or likes. To take the best selfies. We see everyone putting their best foot forward...and strive to keep up! It can be exhausting...and a little bit narcissistic, right? In Glory Hunger, pastor JR Vassar takes a deeper look into that culture and hunger for glory. Take a look:
Everyone wants to be significant. To a certain extent, this is natural and good--evidence of our God-given desire for meaning and purpose. However, our longing for significance can easily twist into an insatiable craving for approval, recognition, and praise--and, if left unchecked, this craving will enslave us.
In Glory Hunger, pastor JR Vassar challenges Christians to reevaluate their priorities when it comes to leaving a legacy, pointing to the gospel as the key to freedom from the bondage of narcissism and insecurity.
Addressing cultural obsessions such as physical beauty and the goal of cultivating a "perfect" digital reputation via social media, this book will help readers refocus on what really matters: living a life marked by the passionate pursuit of God's glory above all else.
Now, social media may throw a spotlight on the issue of seeking approval, but its not the root of it. As the book points out, this need for approval has been there since the very beginning. It's part of our human nature. Even the pastor himself admits several times throughout the book, several instances where he himself felt the glory hunger. He uses real life instances, pop culture references and most importantly lots of biblical references to back up his points and really encourage us to reconsider our glory seeking ways. I found myself throughout really relating to everything that was written and evaluating my own self. I could certainly tell that this was written by a pastor, as it read very much like a great, well-researched sermon.
That's not to say that I agreed with everything that was written 100%. In fact, in an effort to give a truly unbiased review, I'll admit there were a few points later in the book that I found went against some of my own personal views. (Seemingly making it sound as though our freewill is not truly freewill and that all Christians were already predetermined to be believers...) This could just be my own interpretation of what I was reading being off, of course. But I did find myself scratching my head a bit.
Still, overall, the points made were very good and gave me a lot to ponder personally...and the most important message came through.We must become less so that God may become more. We need to worry less about receiving glory ourselves, and more about giving glory to God. It's certainly worth the read! The good news is, it was a fairly quick read too! I was personally able to finish it in a weekend!
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