Monday, August 08, 2005

The Beauty of Modesty

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The Beauty of Modesty is a wonderful new book by David and Diane Vaughan. I found it to be biblical, thorough, enlightening, and challenging. While many books on the subject of modesty only delve into outward dress, this book starts with the heart issues because "if the heart is changed, then the body will follow."

The authors make certain that all aspects of modesty are discussed because "a woman (or man) may have her entire body covered and yet act or speak in an immodest way." Immodesty can rear its ugly head in the forms of ostentation, androgyny, sensuality, and brand name association.

The book explores reasons for immodesty among God's people and discusses way that we, as parents or leaders in the church, unknowingly foster immodesty in both dress and demeanor.

The Vaughans particularly study the causes of immodesty in the worship setting, citing the trivialization of God as being at the heart of this travesty. According to A.W. Tozer, "the low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us...It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate." The Vaughans state that if we, as God's people, want to restore virtue in the church, we must first restore God as the center of all we do - privately and publicly.

We are called to be a people that is holy and set apart. We are to wear robes of righteousness. It is high time the people of God dressed and behaved like the people of God. This is definitely a MUST READ book.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Thanks for the book review.