He was seen as 'the teacher. If you want to be encouraged, learn more about what the Christian life is supposed to look like, and be intellectually stimulated with theology, this is a must read. Nee has a wonderful way of getting to the core of an issue. I wish I could put this book in the hands of every new believer and make them read it and understand it. The author then illustrates thusly: if we have but a few coins, we may carry them lightly with little concern as to whether we lose them. After much prayer, he felt that because of the need in the mainland for the witness of Christ, he was to stay and continue to minister in that area. I bought it because of the frustration trying to find passages for reference and quoting.
I will definitely be reading more of his books. You will begin to understand that the supernatural is not just for the super spiritual. Nee attended no theological schools or Bible institutes. His many books include The Spiritual Man, Spiritual Authority, and The Release of the Spirit. For example, the last chapter is entitled, 'The Goal of the Gospel' and concentrates on the action of Mary who took the alabaster box of precious 'spikenard', broke it and anointed the Lord. Definitely not a light-reading type of book.
How can we obtain this full knowledge of God? These are messages given mainly from 1934 to 1938 in various cities of China. In fact, I pretty much go along with it, and it is a very freeing truth. I have no problem with that. It is discerning the truth, and not trusting one teacher, whether that is Paul, Peter or Watchman Nee. Truly astounding what a difference this book has made in my perspective. At Jesus Culture Sacramento we are in pursuit of what we are calling the normal Christian life! I will be returning to this book often, I know. This message comes through loud and clear in the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
My first Watchman Nee book. Nee methodically goes through Romans 6-8, pointing out the deep truths revealed in these chapters and challenging the reader at every turn. It was difficult to narrow the book down to just a few points. Whether my experience proves it or seems to disprove it, the fact remains unchanged. He also has chapters on the Body of Christ, the soul and its part in our walk, bearing the cross daily, and the goal of the Gospel. He has other tendencies that remind me of liberals like Tim Keller too. Whew, a very deep book; I couldn't read more than a few pages before having to sit and think about what I'd just read.
It's not that Nee is preaching a Gospel we've never heard; it's only that he is uncovering the depth of it in a way that our superficial and shallow culture today tends to neglect. I was under the impression that Nee was an imbalanced Charismatic he is in some cases with not much to offer, but he does have some very good insights. Here are my favorite quotes: 1. Jesus Christ is the only One who ever lived the Christian life, and I have found that by letting Him express His life through us, by faith, we experience the Christian life as God intends. Like others using this site, I own a lot of books but I don't treasure and revere all of them like I do those Nee wrote.
A must-read for any Christian. We have our own Dalai Lama. Read The Normal Christian Life. He also has chapters on the Body of Christ, the soul and its part in our walk, bearing the cross daily, and the goal of the Gospel. It appears in the works of many Christian authors throughout the Christian centuries. There is absolutely nothing flawed in it.
I usually can only read a paragraph or two before I have to stop and reflect. Nee concentrates on this idea of 'waste'. His message on the Holy Spirit--tho Oh. Full devotion to Jesus Christ. The normal Christian life consists of realizing and acknowledging the divine fact that Christians were not will be crucified with Christ in the first century A.
Nee to ask God for a personal revelation that would shock me and show me how much I depended on God to rid me of my sinful nature. Of all of his books, The Normal Christian Life is probably the most well known. Several times, I was very close to putting the book down and not finishing. But when we come to live our life in the Spirit and by the Spirit, though we still use our soul faculties just as our physical faculties, they are now the servants of the Spirit; and when we have reached that point God can really use us. Hunger has to be created, and it can be created in others only by those who carry with them the impressions of God. Some have called Nee's theology gnostic and that's what appealed to others.
It talks about the power of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection in setting us free from being servants of sin, and not our power or will can do that. Overall, the book is probably worth reading. The narrator for this book was well chosen and he is very easy to listen to. I must say a lot of weight fell off my shoulders after learning about the normal christian life. Nee methodically goes through Romans 6-8, pointing out the deep truths revealed in these chapters and challenging the reader at every turn. I would say this book has impacted my life more than any other book, except the Bible. Seriously, all Christians, and maybe all people, should read this.