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As a Child: God's Call to Littleness

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Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children ..."

These are radical words. Potentially life-changing words. Yet how many of us truly believe that we need to become like little children? And how many of us have begun to take on board the implications of Jesus' words for our life and faith?

"As a Child" explores this call to childliken
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Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Lulu.com (first published April 22nd 2012)
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Stephen Gallup
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very comfortable, conversational presentation of an idea that doesn't get enough attention, i.e., the admonition by Jesus that a believer's proper relationship toward God is that of a child toward a loving parent.

The chapters are short and easily digested, which seems appropriate. A scholarly or theological treatise would hardly fit with the theme, although the author does remain closely grounded via a multitude of references to Scripture. Pulling off what he has done is quite an accom
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Peter Holford
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite impressive that someone could get a whole book of insight out of this well-known aspect of Jesus' teaching: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children ...' I liked the style and the approach: about 20 short chapters, each taking a keyword from scripture and expounding on it at some length, e.g. 'childish', 'blessed', 'obedient', etc. The style was simple, punctuated with scripture and illustrations from everyday life. Some chapters were better than others - or ...more
Michelle
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, I liked the comparisons of relationships between God and ourselves to everyday relationships and things that happen in life.One of my favourite books of the bible has always been Matthew, to which a lot is quoted. Well Done Phil you put it in a perspective that could be understood.
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I liked it. I didn't just read through it fast like some books. I would read and then stop to think about what i had read. It is written in very clear language and speaks to your heart and longing for a relationship with God. I am so glad I read this book. The poem sums it up beautifully
Denise Lilly
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is well written and interesting. Phil writes on a topic near and dear to my heart - childlike faith. He makes an important distinction between childish and childlike and makes a compelling case based on scripture for fostering the latter. The format (20 short chapters) makes it a good devotional read or a book well designed for anyone with a busy schedule. Phil paints a picture of what it means to approach God, life and faith through the unique view of child - it's a necessary book on ...more
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Phil Steer is the author of “As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness” which has been serialised by BRF in their prayer and spirituality journal, "Quiet Spaces". He is married with three children, lives in Romford, on the London/Essex border, and works with numbers in the London insurance market.

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“God sense little children to speak and act for him. In their simplicity and naivety they say and do things that we adults never would, but which can reveal deep truths about the way the world should be, if we only would have ears to hear and eyes to see... God sense children to speak into our world..” 1 likes
“God sends little children to speak and act for him. In their simplicity and naivety they say and do things that we adults never would, but which can reveal deep truths about the way the world should be, if we only would have ears to hear and eyes to see...” 1 likes
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