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Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness
If we have a particle of sense, St. Augustine said, we realize that we all want to be happy. In fact, we were designed to crave happiness - human happiness was actually Gods original idea. Why is it, then, that it so often cannot be found? Are we looking in the wrong places? David K. Naugle begins with the biblical creation account, arguing that Gods plan for happiness was ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Naugle argues that people's desire for happiness is rooted in their (known or unknown) yearning for God. But in an effort to satisfy ourselves, we often turn to things that lead us away from God, leading to disordered lives. The disordered loves that lead to such lives need to be reordered, beginning with a right view of and belief in Jesus Christ. What I most appreciate about Naugle's work is his commitment (especially earlier in the work) to broaden the cultural pool from which he seeks out in ...more
This book covered so many topics it felt (at times) like the author was trying to rewrite the Bible. Lots of great insights, quotes and perspectives - just perhaps too many? But that might be because I was familiar with the topic at hand and have already read and enjoyed Desiring the Kingdom. For me, this book did not newly inspire nor inform but rather extensively reviewed what I already believed and have experienced. Probably would make a helpful resource for a new believer looking for a compr ...more
Well done synthesis of Augustine's understanding of disordered love as the root of sin with a broad Reformed spirituality. Includes an insightful look at the seven deadly sins, countered with a program of spiritual formation that focuses on the seven virtues. A chapter on the gospel is comprehensive, including a focus on the incarnation, the kingdom of God, the atonement and resurrection. The material on spiritual disciples is good, though there's nothing particularly new. Lots of great quotes f ...more
As a pastor and one who loves Augustine this is a fantastic book. If there was a fire and I had to grab 20 books this would be one of them. This book represents Augustine's thought about the core issue of the human heart; that of disordered loves. This book interacts with popular culture and is accessible to the average reader. Augustine feels a bit overwhelming for the average Christian but Naugle does a terrific job applying Augustine