Christ Centered Contentment

Christ Centered Contentment December 8, 2010

Book Review: Christ Centered Contentment

I just finished the book Christ-Centered Contentment by Rob Kuban and really enjoyed his insight about the topic of contentment.  Rob is an author and founder of Dollars and Doctrine and has written extensively on the subject of Biblical doctrine and financial stewardship. In his latest book, Rob tackles the issue of contentment and challenges you as a reader to explore areas in your life that may need to be addressed.

What is Contentment?

For many, the mere definition of what contentment is and is not prohibits them from experiencing the true joy that comes from being content in Christ.  Kuban explores the definition of contentment by addressing the fallacies that are associated with idea of being content.  Backed by Biblical truths, he outlines how we should approach contentment and explains how worldly contentment is different from the contentment we have in Christ.

Divided into two parts, Christ Centered Contentment uses the first half to address the definition, convictions and difficulty of finding contentment.  The second half focuses on the daily application of making contentment a part of your life.  I found this second part to be very thought provoking and an excellent challenge.  Throughout the book (and especially in the first half) Kuban provides multiple scripture references to back up his teaching.  If you are one who finds it difficult to read through multiple references like these, stay strong because the second half contains down to earth principles that will help you live a life of contentment.

Living Contently

From living a simpler life to confronting jealousy and busyness, Rob doesn’t sugarcoat the path to contentment.  “Busyness is a choice,” as Rob says, emphasizing the fact that we need to be conscientious of how we spend our time and also to devote time for rest.  Sometimes it takes a few direct chapters like these to help us realize the importance of simplicity and rest – a challenge that I’m working on every day.

The decision to pursue contentment requires you to make a choice to be thankful or to complain.  Rob put it best when he quoted his dying father saying “You can choose to be thankful or you can choose to complain.  At any given moment you have fuel for both fires – it’s up to you to choose which one you feed.”

Overall, Christ Centered Contentment was a powerful book that challenged me to really look into where I find fulfillment in life.  Everything on this earth is temporary, but the hope we have in Christ is eternal and is the very center of contentment.

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  • I’m currently reading this book as well – about half way through. My wife has a nasty habit of taking books that I have sitting out to read and putting them away back on the bookshelf where i can’t find them. That happened to this book. What I’ve read so far I enjoyed however, and it does give a great look at how our culture has a twisted view of contentment, one that can never actually be fulfilled. Instead we need to turn our faces towards Christ where the only true fulfillment and contentment can be found.

    • Tim

      Haha, I understand – I have the habit of stacking up books and they seem to get shuffled around..

      You bring up a great point about the book. Rob really does a fine job in making that distinction between worldly contentment and true contentment through Christ.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Pete!

  • Thanks for the kind words guys. Most of my research for this book came from reading old stuff (Spurgeon, Ainsworth…) There was such a different mentality back then. Christian stuff written a hundred years ago has such a different “ring” to it than stuff now-a-days. I love the old stuff. Reading all that helped me see the distinction between the kind of things they were saying and our “modern America consumption-oriented culture”. Dont’ get me wrong, I love America, but reading the older stuff helped me to see how much in the modern age, IRONICALLY, even our sense of contentment revolves around consumption! Again, thanks for the kind words.