This is a book about what Watchman Nee would call the Normal Christian Life and most of us would call radical Christianity. Now the key question here is always, how to approach this subject? It seems we all know the radical demands of the gospel. We also know the lures of the world. So how are we going to energize people from the one to the other, to make different choices than the comfortable ones?
Chan starts of by describing the greatness of God in creating the galaxies, trying to instill awe. He proceeds through the omni's to establish God's worth and greatness and how He is entitled to our praise. Then he continues by making clear how most of us are really like the church in Laodicea. In other ways, no Christians at all and straight on our way to hell.
After painting the true demands of the gospel, he makes abundantly clear how we fail miserably.
It seems to me that, though he denies it, he basically uses the approach of the whip. I'm wondering, when he writes about himself, if he has done enough in his own life not to be reckoned among the Laodiceans.
All in all, the demands of the gospel are made clear. But the reason for loving God and neighbour, God loving us first, barely emerges and it is not made clear how we move from one phase to the desired one. Let alone what the role of grace is. Pity.
Added: come to think of it, if Chan were a holiness preacher, we'd call it the "holiness or hell" approach. Now there is no denying God seeks holiness and full surrender. The question remains, how to preach that?