What exactly is holiness? If shame is an internal fracturing within us, areas where we push away aspects of our own selves, then as the Lord Jesus Christ begins to heal us, those splinters begin to heal and re-form. Holiness, then, is wholeness within ourselves, a healthiness and completeness of all the pieces of ourselves.
If you long for holiness and healing, these are some excellent books on the topic of holiness.
The Holiness of God
Do you believe in total depravity of man, or do you believe everyone is basically a good person? If you want to challenge your beliefs, this book may very well accomplish that.
The Pursuit of Holiness
Joy is found in holiness. God created us to be holy. Bridges offers a Biblical perspective.
"Be holy, for I am holy." - 1 Peter 1:16
Holy in Christ
Murray was writing around the turn of the twentieth century, and all of his writings are highly recommended. The beauty of faith is about far more than conversion, it is about an ever-growing intimacy with our Father.
Humility: The Beauty of Holiness
Humility and utter dependence on our Father God is a fundamental grace of the Christian life. Though you may be persecuted, resisted, and taken advantage of, humility is the path to life.
Packer is another theologian and author who comes highly recommended. Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can become more like our precious Savior.
What are your favorite resources on the topic of holiness?