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Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292200
  • 140 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292217
  • 140 pages
  • $6.99
Hardcover Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292286
  • 178 pages
  • $28.99
Rene Lafaut
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Contrasting Humility and Pride: Bearing Good Fruit or Bad Fruit
This book attempts to understand healthy humility and how it can move us to caring for and loving those people different from ourselves. It does not attempt to give new lists of sins but attempts to set up a paradigm of thought that is faithful to the person of Jesus and the Christian Scriptures that helps us to not demonize any person or any people groups. This book comes out of me working a process of inner transformation as outlined in my book called, "Dismantling the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil Within So Love Can Thrive". It answers questions that I asked myself that were necessary for me to renew my mind and actions so that I could move to more healthily imitate Jesus in His meekness, gentleness, love and compassion.
Reviews
Lafaut (To Be Broken Into Freedom) explores humility from a Christian perspective in this introspective guide. Asserting that humility is the key to profoundly loving others, he encourages readers to examine their good deeds and emotions to determine whether the right motives are driving their behaviors. In the process, he strives to break down and illuminate complex biblical concepts, such as differentiating Old Testament law from moral law and interpreting Bible parables, all through the lens of humility as the stepping stone to “wholesome love.” Lafaut bases his analysis on the Gospels’ Sermon on the Mount, singling it out as the quintessential lesson on biblical love.

Readers will immediately sense this is intricate material, and Lafaut is upfront about the difficulty in mastering such a multilayered topic, writing that “knowing what humility is does not mean we are practicing it.” He uses the parable of the prodigal son to illustrate how pride can block love, and draws from it the lesson of the need to stop judging others in the name of religion. He also emphasizes that pride is based on outward appearances and control, whereas humility should be the pursuit of mutual respect and empathy. Lafaut argues that Jesus is the ultimate model of humility, urging readers to forgive others and avoid violence, in order to “[build] bridges on common ground.”

Although the text can be challenging, Christian readers will appreciate Lafaut’s reverence for biblical writing: he examines several beatitudes as they relate to humility—particularly the need to extend mercy to others and be willing to give freely—and dedicates plenty of space to clarifying the concept of salvation. Most importantly, he offers readers hope while normalizing the process of change, declaring that “all people have different degrees of humility.” Hands-on learners will appreciate the included quiz that measures their motives behind loving others.

Takeaway: An elaborate analysis of how to achieve humility, based on Christian principles and biblical writing.

Great for fans of: Robert D. Jones’s Pursuing Peace, Gregg R. Allison’s 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith.

Production grades
Cover: C
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: B

News
06/03/2022
Reviewed By Philip Van Heusen for Readers’ Favorite

Rene Lafaut shares his views on Christianity in Contrasting Humility and Pride: Bearing Good Fruit or Bad Fruit. He presents being humble and doing good as only being based on the power of Jesus Christ, which comes from abiding in His Word. Lafaut rejects the Penal Substitution Theory of redemption. In his view, Jesus was not punished for the sins of mankind, but His death was an act of love from the Father. Victory over sin does not come through keeping rules but from abiding in the True Vine, Jesus Christ. Throughout this book, Rene dwells on the fact that Christians need to abide in Christ and allow the victory over sin to come from this relationship. Some of the ideas in this book may seem new and strange to the reader, but the way they are presented is thought-provoking.

How does one become humble? If you strive to keep all the laws and do good things, will you be humble? Humility is not something people can truly achieve on their own. It is only attainable by abiding in Christ and letting Him control our lives. This is also true of all the fruit of the Spirit. We do not live the Christian life by striving in our own strength but by abiding in Christ. Rene Lafaut does not just accept the thoughts of others. He wants to know how things relate through his searching and researching. Rene presents the results of his study of Christianity and the Bible in Contrasting Humility and Pride. He concludes that only as one abides in Christ will one be able to live a Godly life. Read this book with an open mind and come to your own conclusions.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292200
  • 140 pages
  • $13.99
Ebook Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292217
  • 140 pages
  • $6.99
Hardcover Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781778292286
  • 178 pages
  • $28.99

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