Book Review: The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

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Have you think about those “signature books” of great Christian authors? What I mean is those single written works that gave them prominence in Christianity? There are great examples. Well John Bunyan has his “Pilgrim’s Progress”, John Wesley “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection”, J.I. Packer with “Knowing God”, Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest” and so on and so forth. As for Chinese Bible teacher and leader, Watchman Nee (Nee To-sheng) “The Normal Christian Life” gave him a place in Christian literature and to thousands of hearts who wants authentic Christian life.

With all clarity and great expository, “The Normal Christian Life” by Watchman Nee unpacks the essentials in spiritual growth. Robust and vibrant, Nee tackles chapters from Ephesians and Romans which is the heart of the Christian walk. From justification to sanctification, this exciting work of Nee is what God intended Christians to live. This book won’t settle for something superficial Christian but will let the readers pursue Christ. Every pages of “The Normal Christian Life” shouts “Put Christ in your life!”

Looking at this book I can see its spiritual power with the likeness of E. M. Bounds, J.C. Ryle and Andrew Murray’s works (although the Preface indicates this is a compilation of spoken messages by Nee). Angus I. Kinnear made and outstanding translation of this work that you’ll enjoy reading over and over again.

Well written, clear and has a great flow of topics, you don’t have to wonder why this book is over 1 M in print and will still matter in the 21st century. Whether you’re a seeker, a new believer or already walking in Christ, you’ll find this book handy in your Christian journey. Experience genuine and fresh Christian life in Nee’s “signature book”, “The Normal Christian Life”.

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