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The Purity Driven Life: God's Call to Character and Integrity by Mike Maxwell is a beautiful addition to inspirational Christian literature, a reminder of God’s invitation to everyone to live in His image by embracing a life of purity. Readers will be immediately attracted to the author’s deep sense of humility, which comes across in the opening pages of the book as he shares his personal journey towards a life of purity, a journey filled with challenges. There are very important and powerful points that come across in this book: 1) a life of purity is God’s design for every man and woman; 2) living in purity doesn’t come easily; 3) God’s grace gives us the strength to live a life that conforms to His will.
The author makes references to relevant scriptures that highlight the theme of purity, explore the human psychology about purity, and propose a path that readers can travel to embrace union with God by living chaste lives. I loved how the author explains the trap into which most people — including myself — are lured, the erroneous logic that purity is impossible and that God’s grace saved us so we don’t need to do anything. Just as Rainer Maria Rilke points out in Letters to a Young Poet: that something is difficult is enough reason for us to do it. Living according to God’s will isn’t easy, and that is where His grace becomes powerful, enabling us to muster the strength and courage to live the values of our calling to a life of grace. This is a powerful message to a world that idolizes sex and carnal sins, a well-written book that comes across as a tool of inner liberation for many of us. You should read The Purity Driven Life: God's Call to Character and Integrity by Mike Maxwell if you want your encounter with Jesus to be a meaningful and fulfilling one.