Recommended Reading

August 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

There are several good books of living a life of pursuing purity.  There are a variety of books listed below. Some focus on sexual purity, others on women’s issues, and still others on spiritual maturity.

I am also a book reviewer.  My reviews of these books are posted on my Book Review site, The Vessel Project, as well as several other consumer sites. To read my review of the recommended resource listed below, select the ‘… read more …’ hyperlink at the bottom of the resource description.

Suggestions for other good resources are welcomed and appreciated. Please leave the name of the book in a comment to this post.

The Purity Principle

by Randy Alcorn

“A short book full of wise advice, straight to the point stating the obvious but often overlooked message that ‘Purity is smart  and Impurity is stupid’ – can it get any simpler than that?” […read more…]

Spiritual Maturity

by Bruce Baker

The basics of the disciplined life are discussed in this book and one would do well to read (and reread) it. Spiritual Maturity is a thought provoking read.”  [ more...]

Purity:  A Godly Woman’s Adornment

by Lydia Brownback

“Unique and to the point, this is a devotional for women who want to see God by focusing on purity in several areas of life.” […read more…]

Love Notes:  A Biblical Look at Love

by Ryan Dalgliesh

“If you are a Truth seeker, evaluating all things in subjection to God’s Word, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.” […read more…]

Seeing Through the Lies

by Vonda Skelton

“”I would consider this book to be a recommended resource for any woman’s library, one to keep on hand and refer back to from time to time.”” […read more...]

My Utmost for His Highest

by Oswald Chambers

“This is my go-to devotional book. Read many times over several years, I am always challenged by the faith of Oswald Chambers.” […read more...]

Dug Down Deep

by Joshua Harris

“Your theology matters. Why does doctrine and sound biblical truths do matter?  Because it is the basis of from which you will walk out your days if you truly are a Christian.” [… read more…]


Who Are the Pure in Heart?

August 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

In the Bible the heart stands for the seat, source, reservoir and instigator of our thoughts, attitudes, desires, character and motivation. It is synonymous with our modern use of “mind,” since the mind is where we hold knowledge, attitudes, motivations, affections, desires, likes and dislikes.

God describes the pure in heart in the following verses. Read and think on these verses and find the freedom pursuing purity brings to your life.

– those that see God often (Matthew 5:8)
– those that think on pure things (Philippians 4:8)
– those that carefully screen their associations (I Timothy 5:22)
– those that follow after righteousness (II Timothy 2:22)
– those that discern purity (Titus 1:15)
– those that draw near to God (Hebrews 10:22)
– those that compelled to love those God loved (James 1:27)
– those that seek wisdom of God (James 3:17)
– those that obey God (I Peter 1:22)
– those that welcome instruction (II Peter 3:1)
– those that continue to examine themselves (I John 3:3)
– those that hate what God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19)
– those that care about their witness (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
– Psalm 139:23-24

Pursuing Purity Quotables

August 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Absolve me, teach me, purify me, strengthen me: take me to Thyself, that I may be Thine and Thine only.
– Joseph Barber Lightfoot

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
– Christian Nestell Bovee

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
– Thomas Kempis

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
– Thomas Kempis

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
– Fisher Ames

Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.
– Georges Bernanos

The virtue of paganism is strength: the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
– Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth

Purity is the feminine, Truth the masculine, of Honor.
– Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth

Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God‘s image.
– William Ames

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
– Hugh Blair

The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.
– Matthew Henry

Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is opened.
– Henry David Thoreau

The pure in heart need no lawyers.
– Judge Danforth, the Crucible

Live pure, speak true, right wrong, follow the King — Else, wherefore were you born?
– Lord Alfred Tennyson

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