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The Cost of Commitment (IVP Classics)

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"The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value." Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to C ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by IVP Books (first published 1976)
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Johannes Ardiant
Feb 29, 2012 Johannes Ardiant rated it it was amazing
Wonderful small book that has really strengthen me. It talks about the cost of following Christ. The suffering which results from it. It's not a suffering because of our own sins and stupidity. It's not suffering arising from our disciplinary training. It's a suffering because of our loyalty to Christ. We might seen it to be very distant - being able to live in a country with very much freedom in religion, far from persecutions - but it's something that we must be ready at any time.. How much fa ...more
Graham
Dec 13, 2012 Graham rated it really liked it
Good book with some refreshing themes. The author has a clear sense of Gods call and what it means to follow Christ. There were times I wished he explored certain themes more thoroughly, for example the topic of civil disobedience in the name of Christ is intriguing, there were moments I felt like I wished I could have asked him to explain more.

Today I think a simple call to following Christ *at all* seems more appropriate than a call to follow "at all costs". The world no longer professes to be
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Joe Marlin
Mar 18, 2013 Joe Marlin rated it it was amazing
heard this book mentioned once in a sermon, had to read it. was the absolute best thing i could of read on the eve of our journey to africa as a family. this book deserves a revival in our generation. you just need to check it out.
Laurel
Aug 07, 2016 Laurel rated it it was amazing
White doesn't mince his words in this book discussing the cost of committing one's life to Jesus. Straightforward and concise, this book is a quick read but gives one plenty to think about and act on.
Jon
Sep 04, 2007 Jon rated it liked it
Good book, but it didn't really grab me. I did learn from it, and I did like his stories.
Johnny Mcclean
Jan 01, 2013 Johnny Mcclean rated it it was amazing
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The quote from the Communist in this book changed my life direction as a young Christian and gave me a vision of commuting my life to God no matter what the cost would be.
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John White was an Evangelical Christian author, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a pastor of Church of the Way.
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