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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What would happen if you lived out your faith every day, in every situation?

Jesus came to give us abundant life. So why are so many of us living with worn-out faith, struggling just to get by? What if there was something more? What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?

The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge for women who want to develop a new habit of focusing on God's ways and daily awareness of his presence. It is for women who are tired of ho-hum living and want to break the pattern of self-reliance and people pleasing by putting their trust in God alone and living to please him. This personalized study guide, including daily readings, affirmations, and challenges, help you live in the power of God's Word.

Whether you do this with a group of girlfriends or by yourself, the next 30 days can change your life. If you're ready to discover what it looks like to live out real faith every day, open this book and take the challenge.

I dare you.

"Faith--we all want more, but we're not sure how to get it. Whether alone or with others, dare to grab hold of this book to take you farther on your faith journey."--Elisa Morgan, publisher, FullFill™, www.fullfill.org; president emerita, MOPS International, www.mops.org

"I've had the pleasure of working with Debbie Alsdorf not only as a speaker but also as someone I call a close friend. I dare you to go through this 30-day challenge. I know you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith."--Renee Johnson, Devotional Diva™; speaker

"Debbie Alsdorf's heart is to see women's lives transformed by the power of Jesus and The Faith Dare is another tool to accomplish just that--life transformation through Christ. You will gain much from the incredible challenge Debbie has laid out for us."--Kelly Minter, author, speaker, singer

Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper and A Different Kind of Wild. She is founder of Design4Living Ministries and Design4Living conferences. A popular conference speaker and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Debbie is on the ministry staff at Cornerstone Fellowship as the director of women's ministries. She lives in California.

About the Author

Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper and A Different Kind of Wild. She is founder of the popular Design4Living Conferences and speaks with Hearts at Home. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is director of women's ministries at Cornerstone Fellowship, where her Bible study is attended by hundreds of women every week. Alsdorf lives in Livermore, California.

More About the Author

Debbie Alsdorf was born and raised in Redondo Beach,California. After becoming a Christian in college she set out to be pretty, perfect and polished for Jesus. She likens the first part of her Christian life to a Stepford Woman reality. She learned how to say and do the right things and had lots of biblical head information, but very little real-life transformation. Then in her thirties, as a young pastor's wife, the Stepford woman crashed and burned. Real life hit and so did depression, discouragement and the stripping away of anything pretty, perfect or polished in her life. She was sure that God could never use her life again.

But instead of giving up, she started over.She began to get real with God about her brokenness and went back to the basics of His Word in order to build a new foundation based solely on His love for her. Step by step she began coming out of the depression, discouragement and fear. Most importantly she began to realize she was God's treasured possession--His woman.

Her hearts desire is to lead other women in the sacred journey of Christ Centered Living. Affectionately known as a cheerleader of hope, she holds out biblical truth in a way that leads women into life change. She serves in the local church community as well as the larger worldwide Christian community as a writer, speaker, bible study teacher and biblical lay counselor.

In addition to writing and speaking she is the founder of Design4Living Ministries, a ministry dedicated to encouraging women to Live Up! with hearts and minds set on the truth of who they are in Christ.

She and her husband Ray have raised four children who are all now grown and married. In 2013 they became grandparents welcoming two grandchildren into their family.They live in Northern California in their empty nest with three little dogs.

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I would HIGHLY suggest this book if you are doing a women's Bible Study group or small group study.
Cherie Hill
Debbie Alsdorf makes it clear how great the love is that God has for us and how we can experience Christian living at its fullest.
Grubby
I have recommended this book over and over again since that study to anyone who wants to be challenged in their faith.
Stasia Nielsen

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Debbie Alsdorf and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Faith Dare" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Debbie Alsdorf's book "The Faith Dare: 30 Days to Live Your Life to the Fullest" found me at the perfect time. I started reading this beautiful devotional when I found a lump in my breast and began the process of having it diagnosed. The daily readings, encouragement and challenges bolstered my faith and reminded me that God is not frivolous - He is determinedly purposeful.

I read the daily verses aloud as an act of praise when I was unable to think straight. I was encouraged by the supporting scripture and the author's commentary explaining the daily concept and its life application. I even accepted a few of the "dares" that were provided as a step of faith to apply that day's reading to my life. The book also contains an area for journaling - usually where healing begins for me. The prayers to recite were wonderful primers for my faulty prayer pump that got me really talking to God in many cases.

This would be a great resource to use alone or with a group for accountability. It is completely centered in the Word of God with great practical application. Whether you're going through the best or worst of times, this book will encourage you to build your faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany C. on July 18, 2010
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The Faith Dare is a devotional book by Debbie Alsdorf. It's divided into four parts. The first part explains faith and why it's important. This section also explains why testing our faith is part of the walk of a believer.

The second part of this book begins a thirty day challenge. Section two is about a personal relationship with God. It's in a daily devotional format. Each day begins with a verse and a little story or topic or some such thing to convey an idea or teach a lesson. Then there is a praise/prayer usually coming from Psalms. Next is a series of verses called "today's truth" which relate to the topic for the day. Alsdorf also uses this section to teach more about God's word and how it applies to us today. After the teaching comes "today's dare" which are challenges on how to apply the teaching and scripture to life in practical ways. Then there is a journal section for each day consisting of three questions to make it stick. The last two parts include a short prayer and finally a summation of the lesson/application in one or two sentences.

Although all of that sounds like a lot, each day is only around five pages. It definitely takes time but is do-able.

Part three and four of The Faith Dare continue the challenge in the same format as part two. Part three is about surrendering self; part four is about our relationship to others.

This is a good book, encouraging us to plod along, learn from our experiences, form new habits, and live to please God alone, trusting in His Word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Kendall VINE VOICE on July 20, 2010
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There are no accidents with God and it is no accident that this book came along when it did. I was just living my own Faith Dare with my dad being very ill in the hospital and then getting him ready to move across the country with us; all the while keeping him healthy. I had The Faith Dare with me in Phoenix and was amazed at how practical it was for me at that time.

I have become quite fond of Debbie Alsdorf's writing because she always seems to speak right to me. The Faith Dare is not a book to just mindlessly read and forget about. It is an interactive book that makes the reader really think and digest God's word and how it applies to our faith. Each daily reading is relatively short, but not too short, and each reading has bible verses, journaling space, affirmations, and prayers. I felt very comforted by God and by Debbie's words as I dealt with this situation with my dad and I am thankful that I had this book with me to remind me to turn to God.

You don't have to be experiencing a particularly difficult time to get a lot out of The Faith Dare. We all hit those low spots in our faith and need that little boost to remind us how important it is to seek God always. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to another book by Debbie Alsdorf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stasia Nielsen on December 8, 2013
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What an amazing book. We used Faith Dare as a group study and everyone was so inspired by the stories and devotional content. I have recommended this book over and over again since that study to anyone who wants to be challenged in their faith. Debbie Alsdorf has a smooth and inspirational writing style plus she easily connects with her audience. I highly recommend this book not only for individual study but for a church or small group project. High Five Stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Syandra Ingram on October 21, 2013
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This book is a gold mine of precious nuggets of truth. I looked forward to reading each day's dare, highlighted to my heart's content (on my Kindle Fire HD, which allows me to highlight in four different colors-- love it!), and made copious notes.

I liked the outline structure of each day's dare: Scripture, Praise/Prayer Scripture, Truth, Dare, Closing Prayer, Closing Scripture, and concluding with Today I Believe.

I am so appreciative of the author's willingness to be transparent and to share what she has learned in her own crucible of fire. This book is a blessing to the Body of Christ, and I recommend it to all Christians who want to be rooted and grounded in faith. I plan to do the Faith Dare at least twice a year.

Finally, I will just say that, although I've never personally met Debbie Alsdorf and knew nothing of her until I started reading this book, I began to feel a strong spiritual connection to her as I read; most likely because she writes from the heart. I think many (if not most!) Christian women who read this book will feel the same way. By the way, that does not mean I don't recommend this book to men -- I most certainly do!

This book is a treasure!
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