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The Owner's Manual for Christians: The Essential Guide for a God-Honoring Life Hardcover – June 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084990191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849901911
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.

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Format: Hardcover
Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture, a bike, or a barbeque that required instructions? Did you try to assemble the item with or without reading the instructions? Be honest.

Let's face it. All of us skip the owner's manual and instructions from time to time thinking we can do it on our own. And while that principle may work when it comes to assembling a small item like a blender or lamp, it doesn't hold true when it comes to putting all the pieces together in something as large and complex as life. We need an owner's manual. We need someone who knows how it all works --- inside and out. God gives us His Word, the Bible, and invites us to read, study and discover Him and how life is meant to be lived.

Charles Swindoll believes the Bible is the only true "Owner's Manual for Christians" and the only source of reliable truth from God. In his latest book, this bestselling author encourages readers to view THE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR CHRISTIANS as a "quick start guide." It is designed to be an easy-to-read, essential guide to some of the most foundational passages of Scripture.

Swindoll begins the book by looking at God's character and the foundation of faith, diving into topics such as grace, love, joy, fellowship and God's will before tackling the idea that what is true about God also becomes true of you. He invites readers to look at the importance of intimacy with God, prayer, humility, surrender and self-control as they grow in their knowledge of God. Yet the journey of growing in God doesn't stop there. We must also learn to develop a Godly moral compass, overcoming the failures, suffering, temptation and guilt that come with living in a fallen world. We must learn to move beyond shame and doubt, and what it means to live sacrificially.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacobus on February 27, 2011
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I have a very strong disgust for the practice of "copy, paste, and publish" carried about by many Christian authors and publishers. This book is very obviously a great "Exhibit A." With the exception of maybe the forward, every word of this book has been copied and pasted by several other previously published books. This makes for a unorganized, uninspired, unimpressive book.

You might as well read "The Grace Awakening" from which the first chapter on grace and the appendix on "Living Free" are both taken from. You might as well read "Intimacy with the Almighty" from which chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 14 are taken from. And you can read, "A Life Well Lived" from which chapter 11 is shamelessly taken from.

Needless to say, the whole book is a shame. I wish I could get my money back. I wish others would speak out about the shameless practice of "copy, paste, publishing" that continues to spoil many purchases I have made as of late.

Ugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Koovie on May 31, 2010
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Once again Chuck has been able to simply put christian living into words. God certainly uses him in so many ways, but I love his writings.
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By kydebster on March 12, 2013
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The book is a wonderful and great book. The company got it to me in a timely fashion. If you are looking for a great book.
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More About the Author

Dr. Charles R. Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series. Chuck and his wife, Cynthia, live in Frisco, Texas.