The Quest for Character by John MacArthur is a small book perfectly suited for anyone looking to dig into the scripture on the subject of character. Well written and logically arranged as you would expect from John MacArthur, pastor of Grace to You ministries.
Not your standard small hardcover gift book, Quest for Character contains glossy pages with beautiful images and graphics. It is a beautiful book but this doesn't compete with the wisdom includes inside.
There are four parts with 41 chapters, each focusing on a section of Scripture. Other Scriptures are also referenced and other authors are quoted adding insight and illustration.
Part One focuses on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. MacArthur establishes the foundation by describing character in light of the Beatitudes. The topics covered here include humility, meekness, and maintaining a pure heart as well as many others.
Part Two discusses the issue of discipleship and drawing from II Peter. These chapter teach character as it relates to our actions and deeds. Topics covered in this section include: virtue, self-control, and godliness.
Part Three moves on to discuss the blessings and benefits that flow from those who first know the truth about character and the discipline required to live a life of character. Without trying, these blessings flow out of a person. These are the blessings of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Part Four discusses love, and not the wishy washy watered down version of what some understand as love. From I Corinthians 13, MacArthur relates that love is a choice. Making the choice to love, especially against our own ideas about what is right, is to triumph.
This is a short book but filled with wisdom, just what you expect from John MacArthur. I truly enjoyed reading this book. I am sure you will too.
Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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