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How to Keep Your Inner Mess From Trashing Your Outer World: Creating Peace from Your Inner Chaos Paperback – January 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (January 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825462851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825462856
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book] is a realistic, down to earth examination of our `inner mess' and the remedy God has for our `unwanted trash.' In these pages, my friend Bill Giovannetti, holds up a mirror to show us who we are on the inside and how we can apply Scripture to our inner world. You will not only want to read this book, but pass it along to a friend. The truth can't be told more clearly than this!" --Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church

"Life is messy, and the mess around us is compounded when we ignore the conflict within us. We need a spring cleaning! How can we handle the mess inside and bring back order and sanity? With outrageous humor and razor-sharp insight, Bill Giovannetti addresses head-on the core problems that mess up our lives. His practical, biblical guidance will help you tackle your Inner Mess and live the grace-filled, scripture-grounded, and Spirit-empowered life God has in mind for you."--Robb Redman, Dean, Tozer Theological Seminary

"An exceptionally insightful, supremely practical, and soundly biblical guide to dealing with the rowdy and dysfunctional characters that lurk in every human heart. Outstanding."--Dave Meurer, Author

"Bill Giovannetti's insightful perspectives on our Inner Mess and the strategy for clean-up made this not only a wonderful book to read, but also a great gift to pass along to friends who may be discouraged by the inner struggles they experience every day."--Ken Jones, Life Coach and Author

"Refreshingly different, insightful and best of all helpful."--Dr. Mike Schill, The Wellness Center at Simpson University

"Helps us deal with everything from our most severe temptations in our simplest everyday struggles. With incisive wit and powerful directness, Dr. Giovannetti offers real-world advice on how to clean up the mess within. I've discovered that applying this counsel to my daily life brings about tremendously positive results."--Donny Pauling, speaker, XXXChurch.com

About the Author

Bill Giovannetti has a doctorate from Fuller Seminary, is the pastor of a large church in northern California, and has served on the faculty of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. He contributes to publications from Walk Thru the Bible and Focus on the Family and is an experienced retreat and conference speaker.

More About the Author

[Visit Bill at http://billgiovannetti.com ]

Bill is the son of a hard working, middle class Italian/Hillbilly family (he says that lovingly) and the product of a Chicago public school education (he says that proudly). His upbringing in a small, fundamentalist church led him to an early decision to devote his life to God. It wasn't until young adulthood that he began to appreciate how much God was devoted to him.

Surrounded by the high energy and vivid personalities of an urban jungle, Bill received a street-level education on human nature. His early love of reading, his hunger for the Bible and theology, and his early struggles with legalism and self-worth form the foundation for Bill's writing. He also has a deep love of Chicago sports teams and Chicago pizza.

Bill entered full-time ministry at age 20 as a children's and youth pastor. He served for eight years before planting a church in Chicago and becoming its senior pastor. During that sixteen-year ministry, Bill finished his seminary degree, urban ministry training, and his doctorate. He met and married his wife, Margi, and started his family... two kids, two dogs, one hamster, and one fish that survived.

After a two-year stint as a suburban teaching pastor, Bill and his family headed to the snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes of northern California, where Bill serves as the senior pastor of a rapidly growing Church.

Bill has established a reputation for speaking to the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys delivering God's Word with both depth and practicality. He aims to encourage instead of tear down. He strives to free others from guilt, shame, and legalism, and help them discover life and love through God's amazing grace.

For resources for your life and growth, visit: http://billgiovannetti.com

Bill's favorite Bible verse is:
Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
(Jeremiah 9:23, 24, NKJV).

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The better way is to allow Jesus to live through us and allow His grace to flow through our lives.
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He interjects a lot of humor, which is especially welcome in a book on such a weighty topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lukowski on February 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bill Giovanetti is an evangelical protestant pastor who provides the reader a balanced theological discussion within the context of contemprary story-telling narrative. He provides insight on the inner conflicts of human nature, and how critical believers must rely and depend on the grace of God.

In his book, Giovanetti carries the reader through a fictional story of bus travelers, each of whom boards the bus at periodic stops, and each of whom represents an aspect of fallen human nature. Giovanetti pauses between chapters, and provides insightful theological comments on the tension extent between the fallen human nature and the grace (and power) of God in the Christian life experience. The book culminates in the clash (or crash) of these characters in their interaction, and depicts with much drama the role and subsequent power of grace to prevail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Jayne Zoch on January 7, 2009
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Bill Giovanetti has the gift of taking Biblical concepts and making them understandable for everyone. "Inner Mess" is witty, challenging and will make you think about that "other" side of your life. But, Bill does not just give general information, he goes further and gives solid Biblical and grace filled steps to evaluate your life and make the changes that are needed. This book will enrich your life and should be in every Christian's library (well marked up, at that. It would also make a great gift. You will read it and then read it again. It is that good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2009
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Not for those who want an easy fix. This isn't a "self-help book".
This is a book that helps us understand why it has been so hard for us to change ourselves and then offers ways how to free up God's power to cause inner transformation. As a pastor/teacher of over ten years, I can't think of a book I would rather recommend to the Christian who really wants to change and grow...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Beard on January 27, 2009
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This book really hits home, with real life examples of our inner messes and how God has provided the way to clean it all up. I love the way Bill teaches grace, grace, grace. It is God's amazing grace that gives us the capability to embrace each messy character inside of us. This is a fabulous, funny, and insightful book with beautiful, authentic advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PhillipB on January 10, 2009
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This book has transformed my life in ways that only the grace of God can. Finally a book that not only helps identify areas of our hidden "inner mess" but also gives extremely practical and biblical solutions in dealing with those areas that we thought were buried and yet resurface. You will walk away from this book with the renewed ability to live your life in freedom and with love. I've already handed out multiple copies of this book and have received positive and grateful responses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Baker on February 9, 2009
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This book is a winner. At last, a road map for navigating through life and suggestions on how to control all the little inner idiots, brats, pervs, control freaks etc. that lurk in us all. Through this book, you will learn to stop beating yourself up over those times when your inner mess rears its ugly head. Dr. Giovannetti uses humor, coupled with sound biblical teaching, to shine a light on the areas of ourselves we would rather not admit exist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wooten on February 28, 2009
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This book is AWESOME!! I have been recommending this book to everyone I know. I love how it relates to everyone, no matter who, what, and where you are in life. It is great to read on your own, or with all your personalities, and/or you can use it in a study group setting. This book is versatile in meeting the needs of many people. Thank you Bill Giovannetti!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 12, 2009
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This is a must read book! Bill Giovannetti is a gifted teacher and knows how to minister to my heart and mind so clearly using God's Word. He encourages me in my Christian walk and can do the same for you. I highly recommend this book!!
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