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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578567041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578567041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""It is my passionate prayer that God will use this book to save thousands of relationships, marriages, small groups, and churches from the destructive damage of dishonesty."

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Our souls long for an elusive freedom?the freedom of truth. And our world desperately needs it, now more than ever.

Dare to Be True doesn?t downplay the difficulty of living honestly in today?s world, but it doesn?t throw in the towel, either. In this challenging but encouraging book, Mark Roberts introduces a bold plan to practice complete honesty in every area of our lives?in what we say, in how we live, and in who we are. Combining biblical truth with real-life stories and plenty of practical applications, Roberts helps us experience the rewards of truthfulness?personal wholeness, healthy relationships, and deeper intimacy with God. Set out today on the adventure of truthful living, if you dare!

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The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a pastor, author, retreat leader, speaker, and blogger. Since October 2007 he has been the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, a multifacted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas. Before then, he was for sixteen years the Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in Irvine, California (a city in Orange County about forty miles south of Los Angeles).

Mark studied at Harvard University, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in the Study of Religion, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins. He has taught classes in New Testament for Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Mark writes an "almost-daily" blog, found at www.markdroberts.com. He also writes a devotional for The High Calling of Our Daily Work, a website associated with Laity Lodge. His "Daily Reflections" can be viewed online or sent as a daily email (www.thehighcalling.org).

Mark serves on the editorial board of Worship Leader magazine, where he publishes articles and reviews, including his regular column "Lyrical Poetry." Additionally, he has published dozens of articles in leading magazines and journals. He often speaks for churches and other Christian groups, and has been interviewed on over seventy-five radio programs nationwide.



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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Norris on September 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Perhaps, like me, you have often read titles on Christian ethics and felt that the author did not really live in the real world the rest of us face each day. In "Dare to Be True" Roberts has tackled a difficult subject with a healthy balance of scriptural instruction combined with tangible illustrations from everyday life. The world needs more books on practical Christian ethics for the layman, I enjoyed this book greatly, and will recommend it to both my believing and non-believing friends.
Roberts' approach to a difficult topic - being truthfull in all that we do - is refreshing and convicting, and his examination of the components of being a true and honest person are challenging. There is much to be tackled in these pages that bares careful reflection. Roberts also shows candor in relating his own struggle with anger as a parent - insight I find wonderfully refreshing.
I would suggest this book as a fine focal point for Bible study or small groups. In a time when the Church needs to be more introspective toward its (sometimes weak) witness in a watching world, this work provides a catlyst for honest thought.
Finally, in the interest of full disclosure and being truthful, I should add that I have been a good friend of Mark Roberts for almost 20 years, and I should add that he is a faithful pastor, thoughtful theologian, dear friend, and has a great sense of humor. However, his golf game is abysmal. See, I am already doing better at being truthful!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Milton Jantzen on October 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Honesty is the best policy" is what we've been taught since childhood. But I would add "it may come with a price." When you read Mark Roberts' latest book it will challenge you in ways you may find surprising!
Perhaps it was the title that lead me to the initial idea that perhaps Dr. Mark Roberts had taken "a little time off" from the theological depth of his earlier books. "Everybody knows what truthfulness is and how to be truthful" was perhaps what I was thinking. Then, as I read I began to see that Truth is not so simple; this book was going to reach me at both the intellectual level and in my heart.
Since you're reading this review, like me you probably see yourself as a "truthful" person. Be prepared to be challenged by the bright light of truth that Mark Roberts' writing will shine on you. That's the "price." But the value is the added freedom that you will discover as you more fully commit to letting God show you truth.
And don't be afraid that you will be attacked by the author's words. This is not some "fire & brimstone" sermon. But gentle words and personal examples as used by Mark can be very powerful. They were for me.
The title is well chosen; this is a "Dare" well worth accepting!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "suarmstrong" on October 7, 2003
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I could hardly put this book down until I had finished it. This is a deep but accessible book containing the truth about truth. I read it hoping to gain insight about others in my life who aren't so truthful, and found more applications to my own life than I expected. Mark Roberts is an excellent, gifted writer. His tone is gentle and confessional, but he holds nothing back about the biblical imperative for truth with God, with others and with ourselves. He shares wonderful, pertinent examples from his own life and the lives of others about how God has honored their truth-telling and truth-living.
This book has made a difference in my life and has prompted me to go back and make some things right--to live a life of truth and transparency before God and in the world. It would be excellent for a Sunday school class or Bible study group as well as for individuals. The concepts Roberts presents are foundational to our freedom in Christ. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to experience more of that freedom.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2004
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Dare To Be True: Living In The Freedom Of Complete Honesty by Mark D. Roberts (Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, Irvine, California), is a spiritual self-help guide especially appropriate for Christians struggling to remain truthful in a spin-saturated world that punishes honesty and rewards well-crafted lies. Offering a plan to cultivate an honest credo in relationships (including the one shared with God, improve one's feelings of self-worth and straighten one's character), Dare To Be True draws upon the wisdom of scripture to encourage improvement in one's life and soul.
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