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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,023 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Andrew Murray served as the first president of the Young Men's Christian Fellowship (YMCA), was the author of over 240 books, and was also a man of great prayer. Through his private devotion with the Savior, he learned that laughter and fellowship were two of life's most important activities.
He often prayed, "May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light,
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 1st 1974)
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Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"All these searchings and hungerings and longings that are in your heart, I tell you they are the drawings of the divine magnet, Jesus Christ."

"When God gives the Holy Spirit, His great object is the formation of a holy character." You mean it's not for marginalizing people and condemning people we disagree with? Hmmmm...

"That there are differences of opinion does not trouble me. We do not have the same constitution and temperament and mind." Wow! If only we took this kind of thinking to heart
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing! Absolutely mind altering. Highly recommended. Borrow it or buy it, whatever you do, get this book and carefully read every word. Take notes. Dwell on it. Let it soak in and consider the challenge and call that is presented before you.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An extraordinary example of this type of literature. Vastly better written than many contemporary exhortations toward Christian living.

Murray thrived in South Africa over a century ago, but his many works on theology and Christian living reverberate with today’s readers. His scholarship and doctrine are at the same time orthodox and lucid. This particular edition was “revised for readability and clarity,” greatly improving the accessibility of Murray’s original text.

Murray's counsel is arranged
Brian Eshleman
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He absolutely held attention as long as he asked for it, and he rewarded that attention with Heaven-sent reminders and engaging analogies. He challenged without scolding.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is powerful, convicting, and encouraging all at the same time. I am ordering myself a hardcopy so I can highlight and reread easier.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book three times over the past couple years and finally made it all the way through. I guess I was just ready for it this time. Absolutely amazing and clarifying stuff on sanctification and grace and how God works on/in people.

Murray's point: it's coming to a point of helplessness in ourselves, that empties us for Christ to fill us --- and then true fruit can be born, from his strength, not ours. It's not our trying that sanctifies us or allows us to do "kingdom work", but a
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember when I came out of the army, came back to Canada and found this book in a used bookstore. I never heard of Murray before...but the title attracted me. I could not put it down. And when I reached the chapter "Kept by the power of God", I cried. Knowing what a failure I am and how much of remaining sin was still in me this book was a breath of fresh air, even though Murray is a bit perfectionistic in some of his teachings. I could not believe that coming and continuing in a relationship ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rarely do I come across a book that has such value that it impacts from the first few pages of reading. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray is one of those books. The depth and richness of the challenges set forth by Murray are of such caliber that every Christian should read this book and could you benefit from making it a yearly habit.

Murray sets forth the premise that Christians are living life without the power and grace of God because they are not fully surrendered to him; absolutely
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book and great as long as you realize that God accepts us totally in Christ because of His absolute surrender for us on the cross. Our absolute surrender is the only appropriate response. Also, our surrender to Him is active obedience (Romans 12:1-2) and trust in Him. John Owen's little book "the mortification of sin" would be a good follow up to illustrate that we will always be putting to death the flesh by the power of the Spirit. It's not something you can do in an afternoon, but I ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wonderful encouragement!
Jennifer Drake Johnston
I typically do not write reviews until fully completing the book. However, this book is LIFE CHANGING and I am only through chapter 3.
Christopher Garner
We've all heard the expression, "you have to respect the classics." I first heard it from one of my uncles while driving down the beautiful west coast of California. He was talking about music, but the appeal is obviously broader that just music. All of the arts have classic pieces that deserve respect. And this idea extends even past the realm of art into the realm of taste. What's one of the primary factors that critics say enhances the quality of alcohol? Age, right? The older the better.

Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Recommended to Megan by: Paige Timberlake
Workers, take your place every day at the feet of Jesus, in the blessed peace and rest that come from the knowledge—I have no care, my cares are His! I have no fear, He cares for all my fears.

This book is amazing. Seriously. It's been taking my community by storm, and for good reason. Here lies the issue with so many of today's Believers, myself included. We love the Lord, we follow Him (or try to) and we go to church, but we do not succeed as Christians, we fail daily, and our strivings come
Savio Sebastian
A beautiful book urging Christians to absolutely surrender to God. It's what God desires for your life - for his glory and your good. It's the best thing that can happen to you.

Instead of trying on your own strength to surrender, pray and depend on Christ to give you the power to surrender and love.
Dan Wolgemuth
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Murray has become my source of great conviction and inspiration. Absolute Surrender was more of the same. Powerful, rich and keenly insightful. An important book for every follower of Christ who wants more faith and fruit.
Jack WIlkie
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read. Something every Christian needs to understand but is so rarely taught - we can't be what God wants us to be if we're dependent in any way on our own strength.
Olatomi Afilaka
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many concepts to grasp in this book that I would like to go through it slowly and study it at least once a year
Chris Whitehead
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great classic read. Abiding in the Vine (last chapter) is one of the best sections.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were numerous good sections but once again I feel like as a whole the book could have used some trimming.
Mark Harris
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very small number of statement he makes, I have to research to determine their biblicality, but for the most part, he appears spot on, and Andrew Murray is so refreshing. Read him regularly to re-set your eternal perspective.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good for what it is: a quasi-devotional. It was certainly readable, though I often felt I was being told a lot without really being told anything. Murray writes with a lot of imagery, which isn't bad in itself, but rather than using the imagery for clarification that's all it was. This made it very hard to ascertain what, if anything, his words really mean. He writes quite poetically, which I think is meant to stir the emotions, but once one comes down from the emotional high and ...more
Jason Mccool
Absolute Surrender is a must-read classic for any Christian. Even though this short book was first published in 1895, it really is timeless. Andrew Murray discusses the need for us to surrender ourselves to the will of God and hold nothing back. He does a wonderful character study of Peter, looking at the amazing transformation from the man who denied Jesus 3 times, to the man who would become the rock the church was built on. Mr. Murray really makes the case of the struggling Christian in ...more
Kristin Spencer
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I really think that every Christian should read this book. Instead of telling you why you should read this book, here is a quote that blew my mind.

"The great hindrance to trust is self-effort. As long as you have your own wisdom and thoughts and strength, you cannot fully trust God. But when God breaks you down, when everything begins to grow dim before eyes and you see that you understand nothing, then God is near. If you will wait upon God, He will become all you need. As
Katy Sammons
This book is short, easy to read, and encouraging. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Peter. However, I gave it three stars because Murray makes living the Christian life sound so easy--that you can do this thing with little sin if you just have enough faith and spend enough time with the Lord. This can be misleading, especially to new Christians who have yet to encounter any real trials. My thinking has been heavily influenced by John Newton, and I believe it is always better to err on the ...more
Jonathan Kirby
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book. Yes, God demands absolute surrender. Romans 12.1,2 makes that very clear. It takes many many years before Christians realize that 'God gave ALL, and He demands ALL'. We will never understand God and Christ till we surrender ourselves absolutely, totally, fully to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am going to read this book again! Been reading The School of Obedience by Andrew Murray and it is cutting me deep in my heart. That's how powerful this book is; and that makes me want to get back
Morena Caleb
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved the baptism of the Holy Ghost 34 years ago without ever reading the book. Just the cover and title was sufficient to convert me. Always praying that same prayer through the years; Lord, I surrender all. I finally decided to order the book and this time I started reading it. I am almost to the end. How much pain could I have saved myself if I had read it when it was first given to me. Awesome book that all who seek a relationship with God should read. There is so much joy and peace ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christian books are a dime a dozen, but given enough time, a special few rise to the top of the heap. Absolute Surrender will remain one of the most encouraging and compelling books for a believer. It's bold without being harsh, like a grandfather's admonition. Murray was anointed when he wrote this one.
stanley Philippe
MUST read

This is another great short book by Andrew Murray. Every believer should read it. Every worker, pastor and/or church planter should read it at least twice. It will definitely be a blessing to you and the ones you are serving. You will learn the most important spiritual discipline. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Get it, read it and pass it on.
Rachel Murphy
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Murray is such an inspiration to me. Reading him is always challenging and encouraging.
Nathan Albright
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I am at least somewhat familiar [1] with the writing of Andrew Murray, and this book falls along the same lines as the previous books I have read by him. There are some aspects of the thought process of the writer that are a bit strange to me--his striking use of the word shunted, for example, is remarkable--but overall this is an author who tends to be very direct and straightforward. In reading a
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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
“God has a plan for His Church upon earth. But alas! we too often make our plan, and we think that we know what ought to be done. We ask God first to bless our feeble efforts, instead of absolutely refusing to go unless God go before us.” 41 likes
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