J. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992) was born and died in New Zealand. He became the director of the China Inland Mission and in his lifetime wrote over forty books. To pastoral students his best known work is Spiritual Leadership. This book falls into the same category but the emphasis is on personal spirituality. I have always found Sanders to be very practical and in an orthodox way. He does not lean toward the higher life view, but continually stresses the believer’s responsibility in sanctificaton. He says, “The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is sovereign, but it will progress only insofar as we cooperate with Him. There is a human as well as a divine part in the cultivation of Christian Character. . . There is something which God alone can do, and something which man alone can do. . . Divine grace must be supplemented by human endeavor” (p. 74-75). Small but good book.
Cultivation of Christian Character
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