The 7 Resolutions: Where Self-Help Ends and God’s Power Begins – Karl Clauson

Karl Clauson, The 7 Resolutions: Where Self-Help Ends and God’s Power Begins (Chicago: Moody Press, 2022), 185 pp.

The self-help industry has grown over the years at a fevered pace and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The major problem with this movement is that change is only temporary without God’s grace and the gospel of his Son. Karl Clauson addresses this dilemma in his recent book, The 7 Resolutions: Where Self-Help Ends and God’s Power Begins.

Clauson rightly argues, “Self-help” is a threat to God’s children. The temptation to fight our battles in our strength and not with Holy Spirit power dates back to the Fall.” The commitment to depending on the triune God and the power of the gospel is at the very center of Clauson’s appeal in this book.

The author urges his readers to make a series of resolutions which include:

  1. Join God
  2. Think Truth
  3. Kill Sin
  4. Choose Friends
  5. Take Risks
  6. Focus Effort
  7. Redeem Time

Each resolution is carefully unpacked with biblical fidelity and winsomeness. Clauson is a master storyteller and utilizes his gift with appropriate personal illustrations throughout the book.

The ultimate aim of Christ-centered transformation is seen throughout as Clauson pleads his case. New Christians will likely benefit the most from the approach in The 7 Resolutions but seasoned followers of Christ will benefit from the timeless wisdom in this timely book.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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