My Most Impactful Book

If you could pick only one book in your life that you consider to be the most impactful, what would it be? Maybe the Bible or Pilgrim’s Progress come to mind as the two most popular books of all time. Aside from these two, what is your most impactful book?

This question was recently posed to me, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There is a book that has been the most impactful to me and is daily still impacting me.

It is not likely one you will recognize but one that I hope to expose you to in this short post today.

A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent. Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love Purchase Here

Why is a book that is less than 100 pages so impactful?

  1. Every page is rooted in the Bible. In 75 pages there are over 290 references to scripture, and they are all provided as footnotes to read with the book.
  2. The book is broken down into four parts. Part I is 31 reasons to rehearse the gospel daily. Part II is a gospel narrative in prose form, and Part III is a gospel narrative in poetic form. Finally, Part IV is the story behind the book. All four sections are easy to read but ever so compelling to digest and contemplate.
  3. Don’t we love bite-size nuggets that we can eat but are weighty enough to fill us. This is the beauty of Part I. Each reason ranges from one paragraph to five paragraphs with the majority of them one to two paragraphs long. Short enough to not take too much time but weighty enough to last you the whole day. Oh so good!
  4. In the foreword, Mike Bullmore says it well, “I felt like I had been given a handful of precious diamonds and I could not stop looking at them.”
  5. Finally, Milton Vincent says in the Introduction, “God did not give us His gospel just so we could embrace it and be converted. Actually, He offers it to us every day as a gift that keeps on giving to us everything we need for life and godliness. The wise believer learns this truth early and becomes proficient in extracting available benefits from the gospel each day. We extract these benefits by being absorbed in the gospel, speaking it to ourselves when necessary, and by daring to reckon it true in all we do.”

To whet your appetite further, here are some quotes from the book.

From Part I

“The gospel is so foolish (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart), that it is a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as I should. There is simply no other way to compete with the forebodings of my conscience, the condemnings of my heart, and the lies of the world and the Devil than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsings of the gospel.”

“As I habitually gaze upon the glory of the Lord revealed in the gospel, I can know that actual deposits of God’s very glory are attaching themselves to my person and transforming me from one level of glory to another.”

“I never have to do a moment’s labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God!”

“By preaching the gospel to myself each day, I nurture the bond that unites me with my brothers and sisters for whom Christ died, and I also keep myself well-versed in the raw materials with which I may actively love them in Christ.”

“Preaching the gospel to myself each day mounts a powerful assault against my pride and serves to establish humility in its place.”

“More than anything else I could ever do, the gospel enables me to embrace my tribulations and thereby position myself to gain full benefit from them.”

From Part II

“This wonderful God is the most supremely worthy Object of admiration, honor, and delight in all of the universe; And He has created me with the intention that I might glorify Him by finding my soul’s delight in Him and by living in joyful obedience to Him in all of my ways.”

From Part III

“And when I am sinning

God’s grace does abound,

Ensuring my justified

status is sound.

No wrath is awakened

in God at my sin,

Because Christ appeased it

(to say so again).

God’s heart pulses only

with passionate grace,

Which jealously wants me

back in His embrace.”

This is just a flavor of the drink you can enjoy over and over again. Buy the book in hard copy or e-book, and eat of it daily! Purchase Here


Union with Christ

What does Easter mean to the believer? How has the resurrection of Jesus changed those who follow Him? Why is this day so meaningful in the life of Christians?

Matt Maher helps us answer these questions in the opening verse of Christ is Risen:

Let no one caught in sin remain

Inside the lie of inward shame

We fix our eyes upon the cross

And run to Him who showed great love

Today I finished a book (Union with Christ) that I want to recommend to you. It answers the questions above and gives us so much more to chew on. Are you looking for a quick fix to your struggling life in Christ? Do you avoid discomfort or run from difficulty because Christianity should be easier? This book doesn’t promise to give you the answers to those questions that you might be looking to receive. The author (Rankin Wilbourne) instead points us to how Union with Christ is both our anchor and our engine. Kristian Stanfill in the song Jesus Paid It All captures this well:

‘Cause Jesus paid it all

All to him I owe

Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow

Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone

Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone

Because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross and the reality that He raised to life means we can be certain of our salvation (our anchor) as well as empowered to live in obedience to His joy-giving commands (our engine).

Union with Christ is packed full of truth and promises that our hearts need to hear over and over again as we remind ourselves of the absolute reality that we are eternally united to Jesus in this life and in the one to come. Click the link above to order your hard copy or kindle version to find out the way to know and enjoy God. You will not regret it. Each of us would benefit from renewing our minds of this truth found throughout scripture that we are united to Jesus Christ as those who have placed their trust and faith in Him.

The book is broken down into four sections. What is it and why do we need it? Where did it come from and where did it go? What problems does it solve? And finally, what does Union with Christ mean day by day?

As our lives encounter all sorts of challenges, we need a daily reminder that our lives are forever united to the King of kings, Lord of lords. So as we enjoy this day we celebrate our Risen Savior, let the following words from the song Hallelujah What A Savior ring true in your hearts:

Man of sorrows, what a name

For the Son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim

Hallelujah! What a Savior


Stand unclean, no one else could

In my place condemned He stood

Now his nearness is my good

Hallelujah! What a Savior


Hallelujah, praise to the one

Whose blood has pardoned me

Oh what a Savior, Redeemer and King

Your love has rescued me


Lifted up was He to die

“It is finished!” was His cry

Now in Heaven lifted high

Hallelujah! What a Savior


When He comes, our Glorious King

All his ransomed home to bring

Then anew this song we’ll sing

Hallelujah! What a Savior

Hallelujah! What a Savior