Pure Joy

Pure Joy

Rediscover Your Conscience

We hardly speak or think about our conscience. She is left behind while we get on with the party of life.

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Conscience is the Cinderella of the contemporary world. We hardly speak or think about our conscience. She is left behind while we get on with the party of life, untroubled by any serious self-examination. And yet conscience is a God-given part of being human, with tremendous potential for good - if it is cleansed and kept clean - or for harm - if it becomes hardened or calloused.

'This book is about the joy of a clear conscience in every day of living and in the day of death,'' enthuses Christopher Ash.

'With a clear conscience, we can enjoy not just the stuff we think of as "spiritual", but all sorts of things like sleep, sport, friendship and holidays. With a good conscience none of these things ever leaves a sour taste in our mouths.'

Christopher is eager to get all of us thinking about conscience again: 'I want you to take your conscience out of the cupboard, dust it down, bring it back into daily life and discover its power to do you good.'

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  • Introduction: Clean inside!
  • Part A: Conscience as guide
  • 1. The inner voice
  • 2. The unreliable voice
  • 3. The indispensable voice
  • Part B: Conscience as symptom
  • 4. The guilty conscience
  • 5. The awakened conscience
  • Part C: The choice we all face
  • 6. The hardened conscience
  • 7. The cleansed conscience
  • Part D: Developing a Christian conscience
  • 8. The calibrated conscience
  • 9. The clear conscience
  • Appendix: Four snapshots from history
  • Afterword: Why I wrote this book


Author Christopher Ash
ISBN 9781844745852
Format Paperback
First published 2012
Dimensions 138mm x 215mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 208
Publisher IVP

Pure Joy will attune you to your own inner voice of conscience as well as revealing its limitations and showing how you can bring you conscience more in sync with God's will. It's great to see this neglected area being so helpfully explained and I'm sure this book will be a blessing to many people.

Tim Chester

In an age when so much attention is paid to our physical well-being, here is a liberating and nourishing book that addresses the urgent need of our souls. Whether we are haunted by past failure, paralysed by sinful habits, hardened by disobedience, or longing for the joyful freedom of a conscience cleansed and a life lived by God’s grace, we all need to engage with this timely book.

Jonathan Lamb

Director, Langham Preaching; Chairman, Keswick Ministries

Few things are worse than a troubled conscience. Christopher Ash peels back the layers to understand the mysteries of the human conscience. This book will help you to be happy inside, inviting you to come to Christ and enjoy the warmth of his sunshine. This book doesn't just take the reader for a suntan, for skin-deep spirituality, but aims to shine the light of Christ all the way down to our conscience.

Dave Bish

UCCF Team Leader

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