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Review of The Weakness of God by Christian Book Reviews explores the writings of author Frederick L. Cuthbertson in his book about the dilemma of comtemparary Christian men and their struggles to live the Christian life as described in the Bible.
Weakness of God
Author: Frederick L. Cuthbertson
Reviewed by Christian Book Previews
In the New Testament, Christians have a somewhat detailed example of how to live through the actions of Christ. Yet, if we are honest, most of us do not practice His principles in our own lives. We buy into the concept of being Christ-like, and it stops there.
The book, Weakness of God, argues that men need to leave their “macho” lifestyles and thinking and instead embrace the character of Christ. The title is meant to reflect society’s view of men who follow Christ’s example, weak, simpering pushovers. And throughout the book, Mr. Cuthbertson convinces his readers that it actually means being strong yet compassionate, a leader yet dependent on God’s guidance. He states: “To posses such qualities does not make a believer ‘soft’ as the world perceives, but displays strong godly character. Also as Christian men we strive to be temperate in all things. Exercising the principles of Christ will develop us as well-rounded and disciplined individuals who can succeed in meeting the challenges of life.”
The phrase “weakness of God” is drawn from 1 Corinthians where Paul is contrasting the wisdom of man to the insurmountable wisdom of God, and the strength of man to the all powerful cross of Christ (the weakness of God). So the title is not meant to be pulled in context, but simply used to stress Mr. Cuthbertson’s point.
He gives many biblical examples of how Jesus responded along the lines of sensitivity and patience, amply supporting characteristics of a godly man. His main point throughout is not to accept traditions or cultural norms as biblical guidelines; instead use God’s word as the source.
Unfortunately, due the awkward writing and frequent punctuation and grammatical errors, it is arduous reading at best, and even the well-intentioned reader will struggle to understand it.