Pure Joy Paperback
Rediscover your conscience
by Christopher Ash;
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'This book is about the joy of a clear conscience in every day of living and in the day of death,'' enthuses Christopher Ash.
'With a clear conscience, we can enjoy not just the stuff we think of as "spiritual", but all sorts of things like sleep, sport, friendship and holidays. With a good conscience none of these things ever leaves a sour taste in our mouths.'
Christopher is eager to get all of us thinking about conscience again: 'I want you to take your conscience out of the cupboard, dust it down, bring it back into daily life and discover its power to do you good.'
Pure Joy by Christopher Ash was published by IVP in June 2012 and is our 28340th best seller. The ISBN for Pure Joy is 9781844745852.
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Pure JoyMargaret Walker, via The Good Book Stall
As the sub-title implies, conscience is something that often gets waylaid, buried or even forgotten.
Self-examination, which used to be seen as a pre-requisite before receiving Holy Communion, is now often relegated to being a minority exercise, which we may think of doing, perhaps in Lent.
This well presented 200-page paperback, with good bibliography and scriptural notes, aims to encourage readers to let Christ’s light sine into their consciences, to clean and liberate them. The four parts of the books look at what conscience is, what it tells you about yourself, how you respond to a guilty conscience, and how conscience can guide you and give you the blessings of joy following full and free forgiveness.
Although delving deeply into the subject this book is given added readability by the many fictional, but none the less realistic scenarios of people and their consciences (or lack of!) At the end of each chapter there is a helpful list of questions for personal study or group discussion.
However I found this book to be a journey of rediscovery of a very personal nature, as conscience is a most personal thing, which only you can examine. If you are prepared to go on this journey I would hope that you would find the route enlightening and, as a result, be helped to recalibrate your conscience according to God’s word.
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'Pure Joy will attune you to your own inner voice of conscience as well as revealing its limitations and showing how you can bring you conscience more in sync with God's will. It's great to see this neglected area being so helpfully explained and I'm sure this book will be a blessing to many people.' - Tim Chester
'This rare treatment of a complex practical issue shines clear Biblical light into the dark areas of our thought and behaviour, with lucidity and great pastoral relevance. It will make you think and do you good. I warmly commend it.' - David J Jackman, Past President of the Proclamation Trust.
'In an age when so much attention is paid to our physical well-being, here is a liberating and nourishing book that addresses the urgent need of our souls. Whether we are haunted by past failure, paralysed by sinful habits, hardened by disobedience, or longing for the joyful freedom of a conscience cleansed and a life lived by Godís grace, we all need to engage with this timely book.'- Jonathan Lamb, Director, Langham Preaching; Chairman, Keswick Ministries
'Few things are worse than a troubled conscience. Christopher Ash peels back the layers to understand the mysteries of the human conscience. This book will help you to be happy inside, inviting you to come to Christ and enjoy the warmth of his sunshine. This book doesn't just take the reader for a suntan, for skin-deep spirituality, but aims to shine the light of Christ all the way down to our conscience.' - Dave Bish, UCCF Team Leader
'Over the past few decades we have witnessed a revival of expository biblical teaching in our churches. Now we need a renaissance of biblically-shaped pastoral care and counsel which takes that Word into the furthest corners of the human heart. Of course we can still learn from, and integrate, the best that psychology and psychiatry have to teach us. But the pages of scripture rustle with insights into the human 'heart' and with 'cures' for the aching soul. Christopher Ash's book on conscience, full of practical wisdom and advice, is an important stepping stone toward realising this vision. I hope it will inspire and equip a new generation of 'doctors of the soul'.' - Glynn Harrison, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Bristol
Details for Pure Joy
|Page last updated||23rd October 2016|
|Author / Artist||Christopher Ash|
|Publisher||IVP (June 2012)|
|Number of Pages||208|