How Does Sanctification Work?
“Sanctification is a life-and-death matter. What David Powlison offers in this book is no mere how-to manual on having your quiet time. Instead, behind this straightforward title lies an explosively powerful and practical theology of human transformation. This book is deep enough to instruct those who have spent their lives agonizing over how sanctification really works, and accessible enough to guide those who have never had the question cross their minds. In short, this book will leave you fundamentally changed for the better.”See All
director of counseling, CCEF New England
“Sanctification is essential to fulfilling our greatest calling in life: namely, to love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves. David has not only set forth the essential themes of this process but also described many of the spiritual nuances that guide our steps through this blessed transformation.”See All
founder, Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360
“In this book, David Powlison sets out a case against simplistic statements that sanctification can be reduced to a just do this or just believe that kind of process. Doing what he always does so brilliantly, he shows us how the riches of Scripture get applied to the details of life. Personal, practical, and bursting with fresh and important insights, here is a book to help Gods people become more like Christ.”See All
executive director, Biblical Counselling UK; Senior Pastor, Christ Church Cambridge
“Sanctification is a very long word. Though many Christians would be able to give a simple definition such as growing in holiness or becoming like Jesus, few have given much thought to the dynamics of how it happenshow it works. In How Does Sanctification Work?, Powlison helpfully identifies five ways our growth in holiness happens. The principles are grounded in Scripture and illustrated by a transparent look at how it has worked in his own life. And this is an encouragement for us to see how itno, how Gods Spiritis at work in our lives, too.”See All
Timothy Z. Witmer
professor of practical theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; pastor, St. Stephen Reformed Church, New Holland, Pennsylvania; author, The Shepherd Leader and The Shepherd Leader at Home
“When I think about wise men who have shaped my life and thinking, David Powlison consistently rises to the top. His thoughtful and incisive insight into the human heart and what makes sanctification work is something each of us desperately needs. David recognizes that for all the conversation and writing which have taken place on the topic of sanctification, what seems to be left out is you! David helps bring his personal story and others narratives into the discussion surrounding sanctification, and in so doing reminds us of the multifaceted way God works in peoples lives. Grab this book today, read it and soak it in, and join David and many others in the process of becoming more like our Savior.”See All
pastor of counseling, Parkside Church; author, The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship
“To know David Powlison is to know a man who is growing in the sweet fruit of sanctifying grace. To witness his ministry is to see one whom the Lord is using to sanctify many. That is why I am so grateful for How Does Sanctification Work? One of the most crucial areas of debate among Christians today concerns the doctrine of sanctification. Davids is a voice of sound, biblical wisdom in the midst of much confusion. If you are looking for a book on sanctification that is profoundly personal, biblically balanced, and deeply relevant, then this is it.”See All
associate pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville; executive director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors; author, A Theology of Biblical Counseling and Finally Free
“Every Christian leader or writer or pastor should have David Powlison whispering in his ear, Gods Word is deep and rich . . . dont just sit on one paradigmteach the full counsel of God. This book will do that for you.”See All
Paul E. Miller
executive director, seeJesus; author, A Praying Life and A Loving Life
“Theres nothing more invigorating in your walk with Jesus than getting up every morning and getting actively engaged in your own sanctification. To partner with the Spirit of Christ in your own change, growth, and maturity is a wonderful way of making it your ambition to be pleasing to him. And Im so excited that David Powlison shows the reader how to do just this in his remarkable new book How Does Sanctification Work? I give it a hearty thumbs-up!”See All
Joni Eareckson Tada
founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center; author, A Spectacle of Glory and Beside Bethesda
The process of sanctification is personal and organic—not a one-size-fits-all formula.
Many popular views try to reduce the process of Christian growth to a single template: Remember past grace. Rehearse your identity in Christ. Avail yourself of the means of grace. Discipline yourself. But Scripture portrays the dynamics of sanctification in a rich variety of ways. No single factor, truth, or protocol can capture why and how a person is changed into the image of Christ.
Weaving together personal stories, biblical exposition, and theological reflection, David Powlison shows the personal and particular ways that God meets you where you are to produce change. He highlights the variety of factors that work together, helping us to avoid sweeping generalizations and pat answers in the search for a key to sanctification. This book is a go-to resource for understanding the multifaceted, lifelong, personal journey of sanctification.
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