If you haven't already, you need to pick up any book by NT Wright. He is not only one of the leading scholars on the New Testament, his experiences in life have led him to write some of the most inspirational books I have ever read. I am a huge fan of his writings specifically, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, & After You Believe (Justification, Scripture & the Authority of God, Paul, Evil & Justice of God are next on my list). I just recently finished After you Believe and could not have been more impressed with the level of writing and knowledge that just bleeds from the pages.
This book was dedicated to showing the average christian that is merely not enough to declare you are a christian, but there are action steps that must take place afterward in order for us to truly be set apart from this world. There are aspects of our past life that must be in stark contrast of our new life, if we are going to call ourselves sons and daughters of Jesus Christ. It is really a refreshing book that doesn't state that he has it all together or even all of the answers, but merely reminds us of the standard that we are called to live by, most specifically reflecting the love of Jesus Christ in our daily lives.
If you are a reader and are excited about reading books that push your spiritual growth and mental growth then grab this book and anything else Wright has published and get reading. I am excited for the rest of the books on my list as well as any future writings that he puts out.
till another day,