And that’s just what it is: classic Christianity—the great truths of the gospel distilled into simple yet vivid language.
It’s hard to get through one page of Classic Christianity without a memorable quote, illustration, or word picture. For example, here’s how George opens his chapter “Toward a Proper Self Image”:
The small boy, not quite three years old, skipped down the imposing corridors. Armed servicemen, the best of the best, took no notice of the child who ran past their assigned posts. The boy passed several staff members on his way, who likewise took little notice except for an occasional smile. Passing a secretary’s desk, the little boy did not acknowledge her wave, intent as he was on his goal. In front of the door stood another armed sentry. But the guard made no movement to hinder the progress of the child who opened the door and went inside. With a grin, the boy ran across the carpet of the Oval Office and climbed into the lap of the most powerful man in the world. Influential cabinet members had to wait to continue their discussion as President John F. Kennedy and his son, John-John, exchanged good-morning hugs and kisses.
The years of the Kennedy administration are memorable to me because they were one of the few times that there have been small children living at the White House. I remember seeing on the news how the president loved his children and delighted to include them in his day, even while attending to matters that concerned the future and safety of the entire world’s population. The contrast has always struck me: the most powerful man in the world, and the little boy who could stroll past secretaries, staff members, and security guards and bound into his father’s arms.
Can you imagine someone objecting? “Now, wait just a minute! Don’t you know who that man is? He is the president of the United States, the leader of the greatest nation on earth. You can’t just waltz in here anytime you want. And you certainly can’t be sitting in his lap! Who do you think you are?” John-John would have just looked up at his challenger with a surprised look. Then, with a grin of total confidence, he would have said, “He’s my daddy!” You see, John-John knew who his father was, and he knew who he was.
He goes on to describe what many Christians know all too well: that struggle to truly accept and enjoy the fact that we are God’s beloved children. And then he unfolds the Scriptures to help readers truly embrace the new life they’re offered in Christ.