Book Review: Holy Ambition – What It Takes to Make a Difference for God

HOLY AMBITION: What It Takes to Make a Difference for God by Chip Ingram focuses on living beyond the normal Christian life. This book review was written by Hank Griffith of South Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota. This book is good for those who are interested in living for more than the normal Christian life.

When I was in the midst of a difficult ministry transition in the summer of 2006, a brother in the Lord, a man I didn’t really know very well, gave me this book, and I’m glad he did! It was just what I needed at that point in my life. I needed to be able to trust God to do some new and different things in and through me. Holy Ambition: What It Takes to Make a Difference for God by Chip Ingram, pastor in California, is a simple and practical study (223 pages) of a couple of lesser known Old Testament characters, Asa and Nehemiah.

The author explains the purpose of his book in the introduction:

“This book is about living beyond Christianity 101. It’s about moving beyond what the Christian subculture tells us is right and holy and acceptable. It’s about the truth we’ve lost that the God of the universe is actually looking for regular people like people like you and me to accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams. It’s about holy ambition. What God is seeking, what’s He’s looking for are people who are willing to live on the edge. People who long to have a life of significance and impact. People who are willing to believe that what God has said is true and will step out in incremental steps as He leads.”


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