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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  2,065 ratings  ·  173 reviews
HUMILITY..... The deepest humility is the secret of the truest happiness, of a joy that nothing can destroy. Andrew Murray Audio excerpts download Color timeline Illustrated Detailed indexes Author biographies A thorough study guide Sensitively revised in modern English One of an expanding collection People of great ability, confidence, and power are also people of great a ...more
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Published December 8th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published March 9th 1895)
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Jan 17, 2008 Kristi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, but especially those in ministry
Shelves: god-stuff
This is a powerful book for me, and I've read it several times. Murray (a late 19th c. pastor, very Christ-centered) writes, "When I look back at my own religious experience, or on the Church of Christ in the world, I stand amazed at the thought of how little humility is sought after as the distinguishing feature of the discipleship of Jesus." This book is both convicting as to my own lack of humility and encouraging, making humility seem very enticing. Humility is "the mark of a soul that has s ...more
This is a really amazing book about why being prideful is so terrible when we are Christians. It talks about the relationships between humility and holiness, sin, faith, death to self, happiness & exaltation. It also gives some wonderful examples about how Jesus displayed humility, as well as the examples of humility & lack of humility of his 12 disciples. There are so many important lessons here about being humble before God, but most importantly being humble in our everyday life among ...more
Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

Is it any wonder that the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christ life is neglected, is unknown? Is it any wonder that the joy of salvation is so little felt, when that in which Christ found it and brings it, is so little sought? Until a humility which will rest in nothing less that the end and death of self; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone: w
Brian Eshleman
WOW! A fairly accurate indicator of how I enjoy and digest a book is how many quotes I keep. I picked up more of Murray's phrasing than I probably have from the last five books I have read. And this was a very short book.

He looks at humility as primarily a vertical issue, the major indicator of one's relationship with God. The likes of How to Win Friends and Influence People can teach the outward habits of seeming humility, but Murray is not so easily satisfied. Real humility, he argues, require
Don't get me wrong. Murray is dead on when he talks about humility being the key aspect of holiness, with pride being the terrible hindrance to holiness. About halfway through I thought Murray started repeating himself and it got a little harder to focus as he talked about 'humility and ____' for several chapters.

I wish everyone would read Murray's treatise though, because humility is not only lacking in the church but in the world as a whole. As one of my (agnostic) friends says: "It's nice th
This book was formative in my thinking and life several years ago. It was good to read through it again and be reminded of the centrality of, the path to, and the blessings of humility.

Some meaningful quotes from the book:

As God is the ever-living, ever-present, ever-acting One--who upholds all things by the Word of His power, and in whom all things exist--the relationship of man to God could only be one of unceasing, absolute, universal dependence. . . . Man need only look back to the origin of
p. 12 to present itself an empty vessel, in which God can dwell and manifest His power and goodness.
Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature. In fact, it is the root of every virtue.
p. 13 Jesus Christ took the place and fulfilled perfect humility. His humility is our salvation. His salvation is our humility.
p. 16 And let us believe that, when we are broken down under a sense of our pride, and of our
Patrice Tyler
No one wants to think of him/herself as an arrogant, prideful, conceited person, but after reading this book, one will have no other choice, but to admit that the "number one virtue" eludes our understanding. The one thing the body of Christ needs to imitate is the one thing we refuse to practice...humility. The bragging, overlooking each other and boasting is idolatry.

I have shared this book with several friends. Their responses were comments. Nothing was said after they claime
"The call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because it's true nature and importance has been too little apprehended. It is not a something which we bring to God, or He bestows. It is simply the sense of entire nothingness, which comes when we truly see how God is all and which we make way for God to be all."

"In the life of earnest Christians, of those who pursue and profess holiness, humility ought to be the chief mark of their uprightness."

This book accurately defines true
Humility by Andrew Murray is an excellent devotional on the subject of humility and a must read for every Christian. It is in the public domain. So the price is perfect. Below is the Table of Contents.

Preface: Why Focus on Humility?
1. Humility: The Glory of God’s Creation
2. Humility: The Secret of Redemption
3. Humility in the Life of Jesus
4. Humility in the Teaching of Jesus
5. Humility in the Disciples of Jesus
6. Humility in Daily Life
7. Humility and Holiness
8. Humility and Sin
9. Humility and Fa
At the beginning of my edition (Bethany House 2001, also pictured in the thumbnail), Susan Nikaido says: "This is a book to be underlined, mediated on, quoted, prayed over, and read again and again."

Don't read this book too fast--if you do, go back and think about what you've read. It's short but packed with precious nuggets of truth that deserve meditation and reflection.

My second time reading it, the words are just as challenging and piercing as when I first encountered this little gem. Excell
Andrew Murray has repetitively been an author I'll read during a spiritual retreat. He keeps me on the rails, and corrects blind spots that I've ignored.

I think the key message I got out of this book was to look at opposition as an opportunities to not take myself so seriously, to prefer others over myself, and allow space for Jesus to vindicate me.

As the song goes: Humbly thyself in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.
T Martin Bennett
One of the most useful and powerful books I've ever read and reread. Simple yet profound. I would consider this must read material for any serious seeker of the kingdom of God.
Juli Slattery
I read this book every six months. It's like a spiritual detox from all the self-help messages of the world.
David Gregg
Note: This review discusses an unintentional effect of the book upon my personal history. I will, for now, leave the discussion of the book's content to other reviewers.

This little book was seminal for me. It is, I think, the earliest theological book I ever read. I say it is a "theological book", but to clarify: it is devotional theology, rather than academic theology — that is, it's chief interest is in changing you, rather than convincing you.

It set me, from the beginning, to squaring my theo
There is, it seems to me, that there is a tension in the Bible between loving and accepting oneself and humbling/denying oneself. We are told on the one hand to love our neighbors as ourselves (implying that we DO love ourselves) and we are told on the other hand to deny ourselves and follow Christ (who denied Himself as co-equivalent with Father and Son in order to experience the indignity of human existence and death in disgrace). In Humility, the distinguished pastor/author of yesteryear, And ...more
Jeff Nardoni
This book is great as long as you don't mind reading past the language of old :). It's not that bad. It is certainly written about humility though. Here is one quote near the beginning of the book that sets the tone of the rest of it: "The life God bestows is imparted not once for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the crea ...more
Humility isn't a very popular virtue these days, either inside or outside of the church. Some might even question whether it is a virtue. But the importance of humility is brought out over and over again in Scripture, especially in the New Testament. (i.e. "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6 -- one of a multitude of Scriptures cited in this book.) I think the contemporary Christian church could use a good dose of humility; I ...more
"Humility: the Beauty of Holiness" is a powerful little book; less than 100 pages long, but full to overflowing with awesome insights into one of the Christian's most over-looked character qualities. One of the most convicting quotes for me is "...the only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignificances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, becau ...more
Mark Clements
I've had the book for a while and have started and stopped on a few occasions. Yes, it was challenging but mainly I stopped because it was hard to read stylistically. However, I listened to it as an audio book and found it easier to understand and was very encouraged.

Murray's premise seems to be that if you make more of Christ in your life, pride will begin to lessen and humility will be the ensuing fruit. It's a very simple idea that makes an awful lot of sense. He doesn't give a lot of "how-to
Mike E.
I read a version from 1896 scanned by Google. It's available for free at Google books.

The Lord used this book to open my eyes to the foundational nature of humility. I had never thought of humility as the root of all virtues.

In chapter one Murray writes, "Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is, from the very nature of things, the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue."

This book will challenge the Christian to see trials and unwelcome life ci
Sarah Reifel
This book gave me refreshing insight on the importance of humility in the life of a Christian. Murray explained how the incarnation, life, death on the cross, and resurrection of Jesus were all examples of the fulfillment of Christ's humility. He continued to assert that humility is the root of all of the other virtues of a Christian's life. With out humility it is impossible to display love, joy, peace, patience, and all of the other fruits of the Holy Spirit. I learned how important, basic, be ...more
Bob Price
While this may not be the most academic, or even the most pastoral work on humility, it is a powerful read that will help people gain perspective in their Christian life.

Murray is much more biblically and theologically oriented against a more practical approach. But Murray's theology does impact how one pursues humility.

Murray's basic approach is that humility is the key to spiritual growth. Taking his example from Jesus and Paul, Murray demonstrates how their lives can be explained as living
An excellent challenge to give humility the central place in the Christian life it very infrequently gets. One interesting point he makes is how often pride is talked about, but how infrequently humility is talked about. I'm not sure what I thought the opposite of pride was!

One qualification: Murray teaches that humility ultimately means complete denial of self. This is a teaching Christian hedonism opposes: God never commands us to sacrifice anything, except for the end of gaining something gre
It hurts so much. Suffering. I can be blase about it. Love hurts and when it remains it still hurts. The pain endures living with it and living without it. And without him I think I am not aware of existing, as if I've evaporated into nothing, as if I am as clean and purified as air but composed of the essence of life, that thing that we call when we're thinking coherently, not the impulse you know, what I call spirituality. Then I find myself again. When I write I find myself. I find my existen ...more
"It is pride that made redemption needful; it is from our pride that we need above all to be redeemed."

On Christ's chief characteristic: "It is his humility. What is the incarnation but his heavenly humility . . . ? What is his life on earth but humility . . . ? And what is his atonement but humility?"

"True humility comes when, in the light of God, we have seen ourselves to be nothing, have consented to part with and cast away self, to let God be all."

If you take the cross as a premise, this mak
Dec 15, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: believers as a devotional
Just as God resists the proud, so humility is the key to get all the blessings of God, so this resource is invaluable! Murray has put together and amazing exhortation that is challanging, convicting, and encouraging on almost every paragraph of every page. His style will be more appealing to readers who like to take it slow and meditate, even pray, through every concept. It may be a little slow for those who prefer to read straight through. If you really want the Lord's blessing this will not di ...more
Debbie De la huerta
Humility is something we all think we possess.
This book opens eyes to see what hinders us from really "getting it". I love what the author said concerning Paul as he was "given" a thorn in the flesh to humble him. The lesson he learned from the trial was this....instead of simply enduring it, he gladly gloried in it; instead of asking for deliverance, he took pleasure in it. He had learned that the place of humiliation is the place of blessing, power and joy. - a quick read with some great insig
There are moments within ones travels when you feel an internal prodding beckoning you deeper into a fuller relationship with the Almighty that did not exist. I suppose the signs were there and the appearance of this text should not surprise, but it did. For with most things there is always an element of the unexpected with our Lord. And yet it was a necessary entrance; a loving intrusion which motioned the time had come for me to move further in Him.

It's with that recognition that I embarked u
David J
This book has given me a whole new perspective on humility
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Murray was Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Murray became a noted missionary leader. His father was a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, and his mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans. This background to some extent explains his ecumenical s
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