Dare to Be Holy in This Secular Age
ENDORSEMENTS Clive Brook has written an important series of biblically and theologically sound devotional reflections on various aspects of the calling to be holy in Jesus Christ in this secular age. They have certainly captured my attention and...
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Clive Brook has written an important series of biblically and theologically sound devotional reflections on various aspects of the calling to be holy in Jesus Christ in this secular age. They have certainly captured my attention and challenged my attitudes at times. Clive's 44 devotional pieces (and his final chapter) are not ones to be read through and passed over but rather they are to be read, perhaps re-read and chewed over before one makes a decision to act on them. Clive invites us on a journey of recognition that we may become who God has called us to be as Christians, holy.
If you are wanting a Christian book to read straight through in one sitting, then maybe this one is not for you at the moment. However, if you are wanting a challenging, thought provoking and encouraging devotional that you can come back to time and again then I recommend Dare to be Holy in this Secular Age.
- Rev Bruce Cornish - Uniting Church Minister
"Dare To Be Holy" is an amazing compilation of messages that covers so many facets of what it means to be "holy" or set apart as a follower of Jesus Christ. As you read these messages, you will laugh, maybe even cry, but certainly you will be challenged to reflect on your life and its effectiveness in being the salt and light in this ever-darkening world. Clive's broad life experience, wisdom and discernment gained through years of pastoral ministry to people from varied backgrounds and cultures come to life and is evident as you read and meditate on his messages.
- Paul Smith, Manager, YWAM base, Butuan, Philippines.
Christians are not just repentant sinners: we are called to become something greater. We are called to be saints. The word "saint" means "holy": we are called to be holy. In this book we are challenged to be holy and to show that holiness in our lives and in our hearts.
In a number of beautiful vignettes Fr Clive takes examples from the Bible and stories from life in our present time to challenge us to accept God's love fully. In so doing we are challenged to be holy. Being holy should - must - change our lives. The short chapters of this book are full of common-sense expositions on this. You may not agree with all the points made, but you will still be deeply challenged.
In particular Fr Clive challenges our ready acceptance of the dominant values of our culture - the materialism, individualism and dependence on worldly success which we so often accept uncritically. This is a real challenge to Christianity which must offer the loving and glorious alternatives founded on the person of Jesus. In this book Fr Clive responds to these challenges and in turn dares us to be holy. May you be challenged and blessed by the words of this book.
- Keith NQ
The Right Revd Dr Keith Joseph
Bishop of North Queensland
Palm Sunday 2019
Born at Nagambie in Victoria in 1937, Clive grew up on a sheep farm. He has worked with sheep, and in retail in Shepparton, also in an office in Melbourne. He was trained for the ordained ministry by the Society of the Sacred Mission, an Anglican Monastery. He served in Gympie, Roma, Wondai, Noosa, and West Bundaberg in the Diocese of Brisbane, then in Bamaga (North Queensland) with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Clive Brook has ministered over 54 years with a variety of people and cultures. The Lord has led him in counselling, healing and, prayer ministry. Clive has led many people to faith in the Lord and praises the Lord joyfully in worship.