Joseph by Liam Goligher
Although you should never judge a book by its cover, I think that among the myriad of exceptions, you’ll find this book. It would be very unlikely that you would ever have spend to hours trying to find this book, minutes even. This book does stand out, on the outside and the inside as I’ll explain.
There is so much to say about this book, so many lessons learned, so many golden nuggets that I don’t have time or the fingers to put it into text – suffice to say that I have suddenly realised how much I have to learn in the Christian life, how little I truly know!
With any Christian book, the ultimate aim is to bring glory to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and this book doesn’t fail. After reading, I scoured my bookshelf for a book that would help me to gain this awe of Christ that Goligher spoke of, as the Bible demands again and again. I wanted to develop a greater understanding of the actual price that Christ and His Father paid on the hill Calvary.
This book shed light on my many hidden failures. I realised how envious I am as a Christian of my brothers and sisters in Christ who have gifts that far surpass my own. I’ve also learnt how I must deal with sin, using Joseph as an example and the brothers as a warning. Entertain or flee.
There were two massive comforts that I found. Firstly, the providence of God. The whole book centered around this theme. It inspired my awe of God, it overwhelmed me! Every tiny, seemingly insignificant, event in my life is in God’s plan. Goligher used the amazing story of Joseph to emphasise God’s part in my life, the whole 100% of it!
There is so much I could say, but I’m not going to save you the money of buying the book!
The second comfort was that change is real with God.
People can change, and God is in the business of making all things new.
It’s easy to fall into the pit sometimes of thinking that life will always be like this. “I’ll always be proud, arrogant, ignorant, etc. it’s part of who I am.” Goligher uses the story of Joseph to blow this totally out of the water. These character vices can seem like impenetrable caverns, or impossible mountains. Yet I saw, whilst reading this book, the exciting fact that God can change me and God will change me for the sake of His own glory, yes, but also for my future glorification. Agreed, I will struggle my whole Christian life with sin, but God during this time on earth will transform me to the image of His Son. But as Goligher explains, we can so often get impatient;
Usually this transformation is not an overnight event, although that is the kind of thing we all tend to look for in life… It is more often a work that takes place over the long term, as the Spirit of God does His work within us, gradually weeding out the roots of sin in our hearts and loosening our grip on this world and its values.
This definitely is a good read. Go and buy the book, read it, then leave your comments here!