Glory Hunger

| March 11, 2015

J.R. Vassar. Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015. 144 pp. $14.99.

To be human is to love glory. The human soul, Christian or atheist, thrives on recognition and praise. For many, it’s what gets us up in the morning and keeps us up at night. It solicits our affections, drives our decisions, and carves our paths in life. In short, we are hungry. We have an appetite for glory, and we want the desire satisfied. But we don’t have to live long to figure out that the recognition and praise of man is cheap. Not because it’s necessarily disingenuous, but because it never satisfies. We gladly receive any honor that comes our way, but it’s not long before the stomach of glory growls for adulation once again.

Many Christians are intensely aware of this desire. We feel it frequently and fully. We understand it as sinful, and we desire freedom from its bondage. We want to slay pride and walk in humility. But what if we learned this desire for glory is actually good? What if we learned that by the nature of the creation itself, we were designed for praise? And what if we…

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