Humility by C.J. Mahaney


Be Transformed by Christ’s Example “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” —1 Peter 5:5 A battle rages within every one of us every day. It’s the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God’s call to recognize that we’re really nothing without Him. It’s pride versus humility. And it’s a fight we can’t win without looking repeatedly to Christ and the cross. C. J. Mahaney raises a battle cry to da...

Details Humility

Release DateSep 30th, 2005
GenreChristian, Christian Living, Religion, Theology, Christianity, Nonfiction, Faith

Reviews Humility

  • KC McCauley
    This book is a great resource that provides biblical and practical instruction and motivation on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility. I highly recommend this book as it is very timely and relevant to our prideful society. This was a much needed read for me, and it will continue to be a favored book in the future!Here is a list of suggestions from the book on how to weaken pride and cultivate humility.Always do this: - Reflect on the wonder...
  • Gail
    I'm going to hazard a guess that the people you respect most in life are humble. Understated, encouraging, gracious individuals can't seem to fly under the radar as much as they'd like because people are drawn to them. They're the best leaders, servants, friends, spouses, and parents.The book is divided into three parts. C.J. Mahaney defines what humility is and isn't in the first part of the book, makes a case for Christ being the humble answer ...
  • J.S. Park
    It's now impossible to read this book without being aware of C.J. Mahaney's current troubles with Sovereign Grace Ministries. After a 600+ page document outed him and his ministry with disturbing practices, he's taken a leave of absence to "re-assess" himself. The main word for his troubles: pride. So it's with a strange retrospect that I went through his seminal work on humility. The book, it must be said, is a strong work on its subject. But I ...
  • Dkovlak
    This is a short but powerful book. We all battle with pride.We should read this book several times each year. He gives good practical tips on how to kill pride and become more humble. (For example, compare yourself to Christ. Compared to him you have to be humble.). He uses a lot of Bible verses and personal experiences to get his points across.At the end of the book, he summarizes the book by listing 17 things that we should do to help us become...
  • Steven Hale
    This book gave some amazing perspective on what humility is. C.J Mahaney is a great communicator of the Gospel. I loved the way he prefaces the book by stating that he needs to grow in humility just as much as the next person. He also does a great job and helping the reader point out how pride can hide in many areas of life and have practical ways to not only spot it but fight it.Along with the practical ways of fighting for humility he helps the...
  • Alan Alexandrino
    Bom livro! Merece destaque o capítulo sobre a importância da humildade em meio ao sofrimento.
  • Connie Couto
    This book is so important. One that everyone should read.
  • Natalie Print
    I recommend that all Christians read this short book. It is easy-to-read and so helpful for challenging pride in our lives. C J Mahaney is very open about his own battle with pride, clear in his explanation of the Bible’s teaching on humility, and practical in how we can challenge pride and cultivate humility in our own lives. I can see myself coming back to this book again and again. Well worth reading.
  • Jon
    This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit.–Isaiah 66:2. So needed. So timely. So beautiful. The humble man is layed out perfectly and plainly. A clear definition of what humility is, what pride is, what pride does, and how to daily cultivate humility. C. J. opens up a gorgeous picture of what true greatness is. He delivers the statement that the Greatest One that walked this earth was humble to show us how to ...
  • Brian Gagnon
    This is truly become one of my favorite books. This is currently the only book I have read on the subject of Humility. I recommend it for all. A few sections are designed for parents but those that are not parents and have a desire to become a parent can start from day one raising your children the way God intended with the parenting tips that C. J. Mahaney gives in these sections. He also gives a few different lists that he recommends everyone f...
  • Christopher
    Here are some notes I took on this book:Helpful practices for fighting pride and developing humility -Focus yourself to speak words of needy dependence and trust to God when you wake in the morning.Begin your morning prayerfully and meditating on God's Word.Redeem your commute by using it to listen to or memorize Scripture.Don't listen to yourself throughout the day, preach to yourself.At the end of the day as you fall asleep in your bed, don't w...
  • Stephanie Huish
    Humility is hard to grasp consistently in one's life. As soon as one thinks he is humble, POOF! It's gone. Mahaney's to-the-point writing makes for some good takeaway quotes:"When we humble ourselves each morning by casting all our cares on the Lord, we will start the day free of care. The humble are genuinely care free. " p75".. Only those who are humble can consistently identify evidences of grace in others who need adjustment." p100".. There's...
  • Elizabeth Trader
    Sometimes, I really wish this app had the option for a 4.5 star reviews? I think I'm trying to save my 5 stars for books that make me go YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. But this was a really great, quick read! Mahaney discusses the topic of humility with great authenticity and conviction. I especially love how practical this book was; he made sure to discourage knowing more about humility without putting it into practice. I foresee myself r...
  • Doug Sullivan
    One of those times a book strikes you funny, and you have no patience for it. Judging by the many positive reviews, I know I stand corrected. But it seemed mechanical, and I'm not sure humility can be broken down and analyzed. It is truly a byproduct of becoming more like Jesus. Should we notice someone by their humility, as C.S. Lewis said, or by their lack of self? One is trying to be something, and the other is becoming less of something. May ...
  • Kathleen
    Although good, for some reason this just isn't my favorite book on the subject. There were some helpful illustrations but I have found the Puritan writings on this topic more meaningful & exposing. I expect books on this topic to have somewhat of a branding iron effect on me & this one didn't quite hit the target. Don't highly recommend it.
  • Matt
    Started out strong, but lost momentum when he started to describe the practical application.
  • Rhiannon Sacco
    Pride is the root of all sinI learned long ago that humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking more of others.What C.J. Mahaney showed me in "Humility" is that humility is so much more. It is a blessing of God cultivated through a mindful and intimate relationship with God.
  • Brandon
    I would have liked a bit more direct exegesis. but the helps for cultivating humility and fighting pride were very helpful.
  • Lindsay
    A powerfully challenging little book! I desperately need to grow in this area and this book gave me some practical ideas and rich quotes to meditate upon. Highly recommend!
  • Jeff Jones
    Back in 2005, thanks to Sovereign Grace Ministries, I was one of 50 bloggers blessed with the opportunity to preview a (then) not-yet-released book: “Humility: True Greatness” by C.J. Mahaney. In the interests of full disclosure, I was given, free of charge, a copy of the book in order to complete the review. I was not required to write a positive review.Below is the review I wrote at the time on my personal blog.SummaryIn short, I loved this...
  • Issabella
    It was an enjoyable, humbling book that I really enjoyed and will definitely read again, I would recommend it. However, when reading it you should be familiar with the controversy surround the author, the first two chapters have a few theological flaws that should be kept on the lookout for, but other than that it is a sound book.
  • Megan Larson
    Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool;what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be,declares the Lord.But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.-Isaiah 66:1-2"It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously con...
  • Dave Courtney
    A really easy read but memorable. C.J. Mahaney lives near Washington/Balitimore and acts as ministry support to Churches in the surrounding areas. He presents himself as knowledgeable in the are of theology and has a grasp of pastoral experience. While he clearly has a passion for Christian leaders, this book is geared towards the Christian life in general. Built on the idea that pride is both our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend. ...
  • John
    CJ has once again provided a theologically sound yet practically rich work. This little book, as is typical for Mahaney, left me with several soundbite gems that have already convicted and affected me. He begins by building the case that God pursues and provides grace to the humble (Is 66:2). It is the contrite in spirit that draw the gaze of the sovereign God, thus equipping us to achieve true greatness through servant leadership in the Kingdom....
  • Joshua Foote
    Good bookIt was a good book on humility "in my humble opinion" It was a very fast read also the only think I did not like is it seems like every chapter he was recommending a new book.
  • Phil Whittall
    Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney, is a good little book. It won't take long to read, it doesn't demand much in the way of brain power while demanding much of your character. It can be summed up fairly neatly, in that 'in the light of the sacrifice of Jesus there's not much for us to be proud about' or for a more positive summation, 'in the light of Jesus' sacrifice we have much to be humbled by'.Mahaney sees at the root of every kind of sin...
  • Linda
    Just discovered how powerful C. J. Mahaney's writing is, particularly because he is so simple, yet so transparent in his weaknesses. Yet again, this small book has impacted me in thinking about what "true greatness" is, which is humility, and servanthood, as defined in Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve.Pride as defined by Mahaney is contending for supremacy with God and the chief purpose is self glorification and attempting to rob Go...
  • Linette Soberay
    This was an excellent book that offered a true and open perspective on biblical humility. There were so many places in this book that my eyes were opened to so many things in my life. The fact that this book reiterates the fact that only Jesus lived a perfectly humble and never proud life was great. I also really liked how this book didn't only point out pride and how it manifests itself it also was excellent that it gave ways to really focus on ...
  • Nathanael
    Charles Zimmerman, professor of practical theology at Biblical Seminary (PA), summed up much theological truth with the (quoted) phrase: "God is God. And I am not." I heard this from him a few times, several years ago during a few conferences he keynoted. The phrase, due to its simplicity, stuck with me.God is God. I am not.Much of the Christian life happens in realizing the depth and impact of those words. In this short book, Mahaney captures mo...