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Why is it so hard to trust God sometimes?   We say we trust Him with our mouths, but often not with our lives. We live like God can’t be trusted. Like He doesn't actually want what is best for us. Like He is just another person who, as Eve assumed in the Garden all those years ago, might hold out on us.   Bestselling author Jackie Hill Perry, in her much anticipated follow Why is it so hard to trust God sometimes?   We say we trust Him with our mouths, but often not with our lives. We live like God can’t be trusted. Like He doesn't actually want what is best for us. Like He is just another person who, as Eve assumed in the Garden all those years ago, might hold out on us.   Bestselling author Jackie Hill Perry, in her much anticipated follow-up to Gay Girl, Good God, helps us find the reason we don’t trust God—we misunderstand His holiness.   In Holier Than Thou, Jackie walks us through Scripture, shaking the dust off of “holy” as we’ve come to know it and revealing it for what it really is. In these pages, we will see that God is not like us. He is different. He is holy. And that’s exactly what makes Him trustworthy. As it turns out, God being “holier than thou” is actually the best news in the world, and it’s the key to trusting Him.  


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Why is it so hard to trust God sometimes?   We say we trust Him with our mouths, but often not with our lives. We live like God can’t be trusted. Like He doesn't actually want what is best for us. Like He is just another person who, as Eve assumed in the Garden all those years ago, might hold out on us.   Bestselling author Jackie Hill Perry, in her much anticipated follow Why is it so hard to trust God sometimes?   We say we trust Him with our mouths, but often not with our lives. We live like God can’t be trusted. Like He doesn't actually want what is best for us. Like He is just another person who, as Eve assumed in the Garden all those years ago, might hold out on us.   Bestselling author Jackie Hill Perry, in her much anticipated follow-up to Gay Girl, Good God, helps us find the reason we don’t trust God—we misunderstand His holiness.   In Holier Than Thou, Jackie walks us through Scripture, shaking the dust off of “holy” as we’ve come to know it and revealing it for what it really is. In these pages, we will see that God is not like us. He is different. He is holy. And that’s exactly what makes Him trustworthy. As it turns out, God being “holier than thou” is actually the best news in the world, and it’s the key to trusting Him.  

30 review for Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Holier than Thou by Jackie Hill Perry We know that God is good, and we know he is loving. But when was the last time you really considered his holiness? In Holier than Thou, Jackie Hill Perry helps us consider and rejoice over the holiness of God. Because it is his holiness—his being “other” than us, his perfect moral purity, his inability to do or be something other than good—that makes him able to be trusted at all times. Holy Justice was my favorite chapter. A notable quote: In an attempt to j Holier than Thou by Jackie Hill Perry We know that God is good, and we know he is loving. But when was the last time you really considered his holiness? In Holier than Thou, Jackie Hill Perry helps us consider and rejoice over the holiness of God. Because it is his holiness—his being “other” than us, his perfect moral purity, his inability to do or be something other than good—that makes him able to be trusted at all times. Holy Justice was my favorite chapter. A notable quote: In an attempt to justify their belief that God isn’t antagonistic toward sin, there are those that will say, “God is love.” They most likely don’t realize it but what they’re ultimately claiming is that God is unjust. Jackie’s voice comes through on the page in her dynamic style, but I suspect this would be even better on audio. Releases in two weeks, 8/17 from @bhpub. Thank you to the publisher and @netgalley for the advanced review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LA

    5 stars for my girl jhp. I always thought of God’s holiness foremost as defining him as set apart & different than me to the utmost degree, but this book through scripture has put a lot more richness & truth into my definition of “holy”. This in turn has informed my thoughts on what it means to “Be holy, as I am holy.” & finally to long for the day when “we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is”. Can’t summarize the book, but 10/10 recommend you to read it

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wolfe

    I took too long to review this because I had to sip slowly from the richness of this beautiful truth. I'm not going to lie: I went into this a little 'meh'. I've read several books about the holiness of God and sure, JHP is always good but... you know. No. I was wrong. This book is needed. It's 100% scripture and even quotes from those other books/theologians I've read and yet is fresh, poignant, and gut-wrenching in Perry's beautiful wordsmithing. It's just glorious. I think I highlighted half th I took too long to review this because I had to sip slowly from the richness of this beautiful truth. I'm not going to lie: I went into this a little 'meh'. I've read several books about the holiness of God and sure, JHP is always good but... you know. No. I was wrong. This book is needed. It's 100% scripture and even quotes from those other books/theologians I've read and yet is fresh, poignant, and gut-wrenching in Perry's beautiful wordsmithing. It's just glorious. I think I highlighted half the book. Succinct and yet piling image upon image Perry makes sure we GET it. Being full of the Bread of Life means we have no room for idols, including those not-God gods of our own wishful thinking. "One goal of this work you're holding is to prove that 'if' doesn't belong in front of 'God is holy.' Since He is, ... He can and will be trusted." "[T]he foundation of our idolatry, the sin begetting all others, is a specific belief about God. Our perverse sexual ethics, wild tongue, religious superiority, dark thoughts, legalistic posture, mean ways, impatient moods, greedy antics, intellectual arrogance, and rebellious tendencies come out of what we believe about the living God." In short, it matters. And we can never be reminded enough of who God is and what that means for us. Hallelujah. {I was provided an ARC to review by B&H Publishing Group through NetGalley}

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jera Brand

    So much wisdom! I want to start reading it again asap!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie Monson

    (3.5 because it’s trustworthy). It’s hard to review a book as unsatisfying, written by someone whose ministry I support and admire. I’d say the book is a charge to reverence, and a faith-filled reflection on many aspects of holiness. But as a reader I was bored, and as a learner I was frustrated. To me, the text felt choppy and unfocused — and that’s not because it is too poetic or literary as I have heard Perry say! I’d rather hear Perry speak on this topic. I struggled to concentrate because i (3.5 because it’s trustworthy). It’s hard to review a book as unsatisfying, written by someone whose ministry I support and admire. I’d say the book is a charge to reverence, and a faith-filled reflection on many aspects of holiness. But as a reader I was bored, and as a learner I was frustrated. To me, the text felt choppy and unfocused — and that’s not because it is too poetic or literary as I have heard Perry say! I’d rather hear Perry speak on this topic. I struggled to concentrate because it meandered through many topics under the enormous umbrella of God’s holiness. Being under 200 pages, the content necessarily became a basic primer on all-things-related-to-holiness — leaving me antsy to finish it and move on. Since this is the venue for my opinion, I’d go further to say the book would be improved if it kept a narrower focus on its thesis and subtitle: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him. I’m not sure I could answer that better after reading a book about it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LaTrice McNeil-Smith

    I devoured this book. There is so much I want to say regarding this masterpiece. I really feel like this should be some required reading study for all Christians. She will challenge you in your thought process towards your believe in God and His Holiness in a way that left my mouth on the floor. If I could highlight the entire book, I would. I will be rereading this 3 more times this year alone. It's that good! GET THIS BOOK! I devoured this book. There is so much I want to say regarding this masterpiece. I really feel like this should be some required reading study for all Christians. She will challenge you in your thought process towards your believe in God and His Holiness in a way that left my mouth on the floor. If I could highlight the entire book, I would. I will be rereading this 3 more times this year alone. It's that good! GET THIS BOOK!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel B

    3.5 stars I love that this book really is all about God; it's not fluffy. There is a ton of Truth here that reminds Christians of Who God is; I also think it could be helpful for those nonbelievers who want to understand why we Christians believe what we do. Perry's writing style is more flowery than I like, personally. I also think the book is a tad long for the content. The second half was repetitive and more of a slog for me to get through. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via N 3.5 stars I love that this book really is all about God; it's not fluffy. There is a ton of Truth here that reminds Christians of Who God is; I also think it could be helpful for those nonbelievers who want to understand why we Christians believe what we do. Perry's writing style is more flowery than I like, personally. I also think the book is a tad long for the content. The second half was repetitive and more of a slog for me to get through. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana Schnitzel

    I really like Jackie's emphasis on God's holiness necessitating his trustworthiness. Her style is fresh, and she communicates complex biblical truth with both beauty and clarity. I'm glad I read this one. I really like Jackie's emphasis on God's holiness necessitating his trustworthiness. Her style is fresh, and she communicates complex biblical truth with both beauty and clarity. I'm glad I read this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crosby Cobb

    Jackie Hill Perry’s writing is just so so good. This book is a treasure! Read it if you (like me) have a legalistic heart that often fails to see the goodness in God’s holiness or if you (also like me) fails to see the holiness in God’s goodness. A treasure!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tori Tutt

    Love love love this book. Super easy to read & packed with thought provoking truth. Really changed my view & desire for holiness! Highly recommend!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allison Cantrell

    I LOVED this book. Jackie draws on deep theological truths and writes in a way that’s beautiful, God-centered, and yet doesn’t sugarcoat the hard truth. I listened to the audiobook so I don’t have an abundance of quotes, but one that stuck with me is: “Somewhere, lurking at the bottom of our unbelief, is the thought that God isn’t holy.” “It is good news that the maintenance of God’s righteousness is independent of our faith in it.” “Believing what God has said is parallel with who we believe God t I LOVED this book. Jackie draws on deep theological truths and writes in a way that’s beautiful, God-centered, and yet doesn’t sugarcoat the hard truth. I listened to the audiobook so I don’t have an abundance of quotes, but one that stuck with me is: “Somewhere, lurking at the bottom of our unbelief, is the thought that God isn’t holy.” “It is good news that the maintenance of God’s righteousness is independent of our faith in it.” “Believing what God has said is parallel with who we believe God to be.” Her language on beholding God as beautiful and holy will stick with me for a long time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    Jackie Hill Perry has a new book coming out and it’s all about helping us learn to trust the Lord. How does she approach it? Through the lens of God’s holiness. In Holier Than Thou: How God's Holiness Helps Us Trust Him, she writes, "If God is holy, then He can't sin. If God can't sin, then He can't sin against me. If He can't sin against me, shouldn't that make Him the most trustworthy being there is?" The same way children trust their parents because they know them, have experienced their love a Jackie Hill Perry has a new book coming out and it’s all about helping us learn to trust the Lord. How does she approach it? Through the lens of God’s holiness. In Holier Than Thou: How God's Holiness Helps Us Trust Him, she writes, "If God is holy, then He can't sin. If God can't sin, then He can't sin against me. If He can't sin against me, shouldn't that make Him the most trustworthy being there is?" The same way children trust their parents because they know them, have experienced their love and believe they hold their best intentions at heart, is how our Father God has acted toward us, but with unwavering faithfulness and perfect love. She traces the holiness of God through creation, the fall, and redemption, defines his moral perfection-which illuminates our own sin and exposes the deceit in our hearts-and, describes his transcendence-the infinitely different ‘otherness’ of his character. Now, this may sound like a lot of technical theological words (which they are) but she breaks it down for us, her readers, in simple, practical language helping us to learn more about the character of God and what it means for us as believers: “because God is holy, all that He says is true and all that He does is good.” She contrasts the holiness of God and idolatry, “idolators don’t want the real God; they want to be him,” and because the gift of salvation in Christ, a holy vision of our sanctification becomes a real possibility. This Christ-likeness is an active process. So often, “we have supposed that the way to help people be holy is to just tell them to “stop sinning,” when in fact, lasting transformation is a spiritual consequence of “beholding the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18).” To believe him and know him we must learn how he has revealed himself to us in the Word. If you are struggling to trust God and you aren't sure you can, one place to start is by learning more about who he is. God is holy. He's not like us. He doesn't love imperfectly, he doesn't plan haphazardly, and he doesn't stand for sin, ever. “The holy, holy, holy God owes us nothing, but His compassion is what He’s given us anyway” and isn't that just amazing!! The gospel is lifesaving. This book is seven chapters teaching us about what it means that God is holy. I'd really recommend it! Quick Stats # of pages: 208 pages Level of difficulty: Moderate (for theological concepts) but explained in accessible language My Rating: 5 stars! A big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to post an honest review! (full post at https://www.amberthiessen.com/post/wh...)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So here I am, writing. The premise of this one is super simple and straightforward: God is TRUSTWORTHY because God is holy. Or rather God is holy, holy, holy--therefore God is trustworthy. We can trust him in any and every circumstance because of WHO he is. The first five chapters of Holier Than Thou focus on GOD--his character, his attributes, examples from First sentence: Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So here I am, writing. The premise of this one is super simple and straightforward: God is TRUSTWORTHY because God is holy. Or rather God is holy, holy, holy--therefore God is trustworthy. We can trust him in any and every circumstance because of WHO he is. The first five chapters of Holier Than Thou focus on GOD--his character, his attributes, examples from Scriptures on why God is trustworthy. The last two chapters focus on MAN--how does an UNholy man become holy? What is this doctrine called sanctification? How does one go about "becoming holy" and "being holy"? Her answer is the Holy Spirit from start to finish, essentially. (Though she does point out it is not a passive sitting but a Spirit-filled doing.) In the introduction she points out that she wrote the book she wanted to read. She, for whatever reason, read up on the subject of holiness--God's holiness and sanctification--and found them lacking in some way? But here's the thing, the best parts of Perry's books are when she is quoting others. She quotes a LOT of Sproul and a LOT of Tozer and a LOT of Charnock. Perhaps the focus on how holiness relates to God's trustworthiness is more unique to Perry's book than any other book on holiness. But that is the only thing that really makes this unique in any way. To those less familiar with the subject, this may serve as a good introduction. (I have no doubt it will have an audience.) But if you've read other books on holiness, you will find familiar friends in this one. Because she quotes from all the books you may have already read. In some cases, I could SPOT who she was quoting one or two sentences into a multiple paragraph quote. I could even tell you the book. Keeping things positive, finding old friends helped me feel confident in Perry. If I wasn't familiar with those she quoted, it would be an excellent starting place to go onto read other authors. Another positive, she focused almost exclusively ON SCRIPTURES. This wasn't filled with personal stories, more personal stories, and even more personal stories. She kept God central. There were definitely some thought provoking statements in this one. For example, Starting a gospel presentation with “Do you know that you’re a sinner?” is the wrong way to begin. Sinners may very well know that they are such because of their conscience or religious memories, but they will not know why being one should terrify them into silence. When sharing that good, good news, we should—dare I say must—begin with “Did you know that God is holy?” As you travel through the story, then, venturing into necessary subjects like sin and judgment, God is the context by which both land.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Martinez

    This is the kind of book that you could read in a sitting (or two) but that will stick with you for a long time. I really enjoy following Jackie Hill Perry on social media, and when I saw that she wrote a book about God's holiness, I was so excited to get an advanced copy! If you don't follow Perry on social media, her writing might seem wordy and confusing, but I found myself reading this in her voice. Because the sentence structure makes more sense if you read it as though someone is speaking, This is the kind of book that you could read in a sitting (or two) but that will stick with you for a long time. I really enjoy following Jackie Hill Perry on social media, and when I saw that she wrote a book about God's holiness, I was so excited to get an advanced copy! If you don't follow Perry on social media, her writing might seem wordy and confusing, but I found myself reading this in her voice. Because the sentence structure makes more sense if you read it as though someone is speaking, I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had listened to it on audiobook (which I believe she narrates). Perry relies heavily on Scripture in this book, and I really appreciated the way that she explained, drew connections, and looked to the original text (even sometimes in Greek). You can tell that this book was well researched and prayed over. If God is holy, then he is wholly trustworthy and wholly deserving of my life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ryan elizabeth

    RTC! Many thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Huguenard

    Just so well written! Jackie’s humble willingness to learn and share information learned is felt throughout the book. She takes a weighty topic and makes it tangible!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Jackie writes in a way that is attainable yet still gives you cause to pause and think. God’s holiness has been a theme that has popped up multiple times this year and this was a really great book to dive deeper. I love her voice and her heart for the Lord.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Showalter

    Jackie kills it every tiiiimmmmeeee. Not beating around the bush and never sugar coating truth. Some books about God’s holiness make God seem lofty and out of touch, but this book does the complete opposite. It is refreshing. 10/10 recommend

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- I don’t remember the day I thought about it and i my coffee was iced or warm. What I know is that what I thought, and what I thought of, I wanted an answer for: “If God is holy, then He can’t sin. If God can’t sin, then He can't sin against me. If He can’t sin against me, shouldn't that make Him the most trustworthy being there is?” WHAT'S HOLIER THAN THOU ABOUT? The impetus for this book came from that above thought—a ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- I don’t remember the day I thought about it and i my coffee was iced or warm. What I know is that what I thought, and what I thought of, I wanted an answer for: “If God is holy, then He can’t sin. If God can’t sin, then He can't sin against me. If He can’t sin against me, shouldn't that make Him the most trustworthy being there is?” WHAT'S HOLIER THAN THOU ABOUT? The impetus for this book came from that above thought—although as she notes, one of the goals of the book is to remove that "if" from the phrase "If God can't sin." If He, and He alone, is really worthy of that trust—how should that impact our lives? What a "blessed" assurance it is to understand and embrace God's holiness as an intrinsic part of His nature and to then remember his promises are "Yea, and amen." On the one hand, that might seem kind of obvious, nothing worth writing a book about. But if you stop and think about that for a minute, what all the implications of it are, how it can (and should) shape our lives? That's when you remember that that profundity is often hidden in simplicity. From this jumping-off point, Perry spends the five chapters looking at the holiness of God from various perspectives—as a characteristic of God, as His moral perfection, as His transcendence—what the implications of God's holiness mean that when it comes to sinful men, and (in a great angle) what it would mean for Creation and Humanity if God were not holy. Then she follows that up with two chapters on the sanctification of believers—how we reflect that Holiness. THE GOSPEL One thing that I found reassuring and impressive throughout the book was that while the point of the book was to remind us about the holiness of God, how He should be seen as perfect in distinction to the fallen humanity we see all around us. She never uses that as a way to induce fear and despair, never tells the reader to give up—or to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps to a makeshift righteousness (a futile effort, anyway). Instead—she points to the Gospel. There is always the promise of Christ's work for His people, His redemption in the midst of this—our only hope. SANCTIFICATION The other strength of this book is the way that Perry uses two chapters to address the believer's response to God's holiness in their own. The first chapter is what will separate her from most books on the topic—following John Owen, she talks about sanctification as the immediate* work of the Spirit through the work of rebirth/regeneration and the changing the nature of the believer. * that is, "acting or being without the intervention of another object, cause, or agency;" not "instant." (definition from Merriam-Webster.com). That established, she can then move in the next chapter to the transformation of the believer through beholding the Holy One of Israel, believing in Him, and thus becoming like Him as we follow His ways. Keeping the horse before the cart on this topic is so essential, and so often overlooked. THE COVER This isn't something I usually address, but I have to take a moment to talk about the cover design—it's just brilliant. It may be difficult to see in the thumbnail above (it probably is, but I have the paperback sitting next to me, so it's impossible for me to not pick up the details on the .png file), but there's this faux-distressed, bent cover, well-read/reread look to it. The book looks like I've read it a few dozen times—and carried it with me for a couple of moves, probably had it stacked under something for a few months. I absolutely love it (sure, when I pulled it out of the box, I was initially annoyed when I saw the condition it seemed to be in, before I realized it was supposed to look beat up and worn). SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT HOLIER THAN THOU? God’s holiness is essential to His nature and fundamental to His being. His holiness is what makes Him good, and loving, and kind, and faithful. Without holiness, God wouldn’t be beautiful, and so because of it, He is eternally attractive. Think about the opposite of it being present in Him and you may see my point. If He were sovereign, but wicked, with no inner righteousness to restrain His hand, I wouldn't be surprised if the world was no more. If He had all power without love, our refusal to love Him back would result in cosmic abuse or maybe a million more floods with no rainbow to promise His relent. If He were an unholy God, what would salvation even mean? What is deliverance to a self-centered “savior”? Thankfully, our God is incomprehensibly holy and therefore completely beautiful in all of His ways and works. This is why we are invited to worship Him as such, and in so doing, we become just as beautiful as He is. This is a terrific review or refresher on this vital topic. It can also serve as a wonderful introduction to it for those who need one. And for everyone, using the works Perry footnotes and alludes to would be a great way to follow up on this book. For myself (and this is why I'm rating this low for a book I just described as "terrific"), I didn't learn much—if anything. It felt like a retread of a lot that I've read before. It could've been a little deeper and still qualified as a retread. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's near-underwhelming. However—her starting point for this book really impressed me, although I'd have preferred another chapter or two working out that idea after the rest of the book. But it's Perry's prose, her style, her near-lyrical* descriptions and depictions of ideas, events, and concepts—that kept me going. There are paragraphs that demand to be re-read—and occasionally to read aloud—I absolutely loved this aspect of her writing, and it's going to be why I gladly recommend this to others, why I'd likely buy it for others, and why I'll likely be quick to buy her next book. * How not-at-all-surprising for a poet and hip-hop artist to have lyrical prose.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michele Morin

    Jackie Hill Perry has a compelling message, and she has dug deep in her study and preparation for HOLIER THAN THOU. No reasonable person would argue against God’s holiness as a formative attribute, but most of us have an incomplete grasp of God’s infinite worth and how his holiness should shape the way we think about God, relate to God, and trust him in our everyday life. In her stentorian writing voice, Perry helped me to see that God’s holiness is far richer than moral purity. Since the root of Jackie Hill Perry has a compelling message, and she has dug deep in her study and preparation for HOLIER THAN THOU. No reasonable person would argue against God’s holiness as a formative attribute, but most of us have an incomplete grasp of God’s infinite worth and how his holiness should shape the way we think about God, relate to God, and trust him in our everyday life. In her stentorian writing voice, Perry helped me to see that God’s holiness is far richer than moral purity. Since the root of the word “holy” implies cutting or separation, it points to God’s complete other-ness. He is in a category alone in that he is uncreated, completely sovereign, and utterly immutable. Every single attribute of God is infused with holiness, which is great news, for God’s holiness stands as ultimate reassurance that he will never sin against me. All his work is good, for “God himself is the standard by which all right and wrong is determined,” and in the moments when that does not appear to be so, it is my own perspective that needs altering. Many thanks to B&H Publishing for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which is, of course, offered freely and with honesty.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sakeenah Graham

    This one gets the rare 5 stars hands down!! I have tried to read A.W. Tozer, J.I. Packer, C.S. Lewis, I made it through Delighting in the Trinity but honestly I have no clue what they are talking about. Bits and pieces yes but the full scope of God’s holiness I couldn’t comprehend. JHP writes in her introduction that she wrote a book she wanted to read. And I think she wrote the book I wanted to read as well! It was theologically sound (based on my limited, non-theologian mind), it was clear and This one gets the rare 5 stars hands down!! I have tried to read A.W. Tozer, J.I. Packer, C.S. Lewis, I made it through Delighting in the Trinity but honestly I have no clue what they are talking about. Bits and pieces yes but the full scope of God’s holiness I couldn’t comprehend. JHP writes in her introduction that she wrote a book she wanted to read. And I think she wrote the book I wanted to read as well! It was theologically sound (based on my limited, non-theologian mind), it was clear and easy to understand and best of all it was poetic! I read each page out loud with the cadence her words demanded and stopped myself dozens of times to reread lines to let them soak in deeper or scream out loud at how profound, convicting, and empowering her words described our most holy God. I didn’t want the book to end. Well, well done! Excellent job!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kyleigh Dunn

    I only paged through this, not read it in depth, but wow. I read Matthew Barrett's None Greater earlier this year and have been on the hunt for a less academic book that would dive into God's simplicity, aseity, and some of the other attributes that are often neglected. Holier Than Thou is that book. Perry's focus is on God's holiness, but that demonstrates how God is the greatest conceivable being, and how He needs to be who He is in order to be good and be able to save us. And because of simpl I only paged through this, not read it in depth, but wow. I read Matthew Barrett's None Greater earlier this year and have been on the hunt for a less academic book that would dive into God's simplicity, aseity, and some of the other attributes that are often neglected. Holier Than Thou is that book. Perry's focus is on God's holiness, but that demonstrates how God is the greatest conceivable being, and how He needs to be who He is in order to be good and be able to save us. And because of simplicity, His holiness is intertwined with all His attributes, making Him not just the greatest being, but also the most trustworthy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Holier Than Thou, the new Jackie Hill Perry book is seven chapters on what it means for god to be holy. What does holy mean? What does it mean for God to be holy? What does it look like when we truly treat God as holy, when we truly believe that He is who He says He is. This is a book about learning about sanctification (transformation). If you are yearning to know more about the holiness of God, this is a good book to add to your reading list. It wasn't a long read, it stayed on topic, it was p Holier Than Thou, the new Jackie Hill Perry book is seven chapters on what it means for god to be holy. What does holy mean? What does it mean for God to be holy? What does it look like when we truly treat God as holy, when we truly believe that He is who He says He is. This is a book about learning about sanctification (transformation). If you are yearning to know more about the holiness of God, this is a good book to add to your reading list. It wasn't a long read, it stayed on topic, it was practical and not too academic in its text. I found it an interesting read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    4.5 - A lot of Charnock, Tozer, and Sproul blended into art in JHP’s lyrical prose. Dips into many common texts on God’s holiness such as Isaiah 6 and 2 Samuel 6. Full of beautiful meditations on and applications of God’s attributes, including aseity, simplicity, righteousness, justice, and mercy—ultimately bringing the reader to the foot of the cross. Looking forward to walking through this one again more slowly, or whenever I need gospel truth preached to me by a friend. Thankful for these tru 4.5 - A lot of Charnock, Tozer, and Sproul blended into art in JHP’s lyrical prose. Dips into many common texts on God’s holiness such as Isaiah 6 and 2 Samuel 6. Full of beautiful meditations on and applications of God’s attributes, including aseity, simplicity, righteousness, justice, and mercy—ultimately bringing the reader to the foot of the cross. Looking forward to walking through this one again more slowly, or whenever I need gospel truth preached to me by a friend. Thankful for these truths to be (hopefully) passed on to a new audience.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Becker

    Absolutely excellent, I love the way JHP writes and delivers what’s true. It’s a quick read but still impactful in every chapter, it helped me to slow down and read bits at a time and sit, pray and enjoy God’s presence. I think one of my favorite things about this was that what she said she aimed to do in the intro was exactly what she delivered on: proclaiming, focusing on and beholding God. Gave me a ton to keep thinking and praying about. Thankful to have read this while also reading Deuteron Absolutely excellent, I love the way JHP writes and delivers what’s true. It’s a quick read but still impactful in every chapter, it helped me to slow down and read bits at a time and sit, pray and enjoy God’s presence. I think one of my favorite things about this was that what she said she aimed to do in the intro was exactly what she delivered on: proclaiming, focusing on and beholding God. Gave me a ton to keep thinking and praying about. Thankful to have read this while also reading Deuteronomy and Hosea lately.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin Langford

    More like 3.5. I so appreciate her perspective and the premise of this work. It takes me a while to get into the rhythm of her writing. In a sense, it strikes me that I feel the same way about her writing that I do about Shakespeare...it’s better heard than read. That said, once I was able to shift my reading of style, I was challenged and encouraged by this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Jackie Hill Perry wrote another fantastic book, this time on God's holiness. While being theologically deep, her prose is poetic. Her words stay with you, causing you to reflect and think throughout the day on God. I highly recommend this book to any who want to grow deeper. Jackie Hill Perry wrote another fantastic book, this time on God's holiness. While being theologically deep, her prose is poetic. Her words stay with you, causing you to reflect and think throughout the day on God. I highly recommend this book to any who want to grow deeper.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan Wolgemuth

    What a remarkable work. Insightful and inspirational. Certainly comprehensive in how it approaches the subject of holiness. Fresh and new is drawing the reader to the love of Christ without condemnation. This is a project that will stay around for a long time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerod Starkey

    Best read/study/inspiration in a LONG time. It's spiritually eye-opening to study holiness the way Perry lays it out, but it's also how she writes. Poetic and moving, I highly recommend it for any believer walking through the current culture. Best read/study/inspiration in a LONG time. It's spiritually eye-opening to study holiness the way Perry lays it out, but it's also how she writes. Poetic and moving, I highly recommend it for any believer walking through the current culture.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chipego (pagedbypego)

    If you are here looking at reviews wondering if you should read this book, here's my 2cents READ THIS BOOK Christian or non Christian, doesn't matter. READ THIS BOOK I realise that's not much of a review but I'm willing to bet that even if you don't enjoy it you'll certainly appreciate it and her writing style is refreshing. I didn't appreciate her style of writing in her earlier book "gay girl, good God" but it certainly worked beautifully here. READ THIS BOOK. If you are here looking at reviews wondering if you should read this book, here's my 2cents READ THIS BOOK Christian or non Christian, doesn't matter. READ THIS BOOK I realise that's not much of a review but I'm willing to bet that even if you don't enjoy it you'll certainly appreciate it and her writing style is refreshing. I didn't appreciate her style of writing in her earlier book "gay girl, good God" but it certainly worked beautifully here. READ THIS BOOK.

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