- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Csm edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764209183
- ISBN-13: 978-0764209185
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Dare to Turn Faith Into Action
Would you like to be closer to God? Sometimes it's not enough to just take in more information about the Christian life. When your faith is dry, you want something to do--practical steps to get your heart in the right place.
40 Ways to Get Closer to God is a day-by-day action plan that will stretch your faith. Each chapter asks you to complete a unique and enjoyable challenge that was carefully designed to bring new energy to your walk with God. You can use this book as a 40-day journey or choose individual exercises in areas where you most need to grow. Either way, you will come away transformed.
About the Author
Jerry MacGregor has written more than two dozen titles, including two books that hit #1 on the best seller lists in their category. Jerry earned his master's degree from Talbot Theological Seminary and did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon. Jerry lives with his wife in Hillsboro, Oregon
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Top customer reviews
Some of the suggested activities made me a little uncomfortable ... not because of anything morally (or otherwise 'wrong') with them, but because they would lead me rather far out of my comfort zone. This is surprising from one point of view, because the author does not ask you to go from mild-mannered reader to bionic Christian soldier when you close the book. You take 40 small-ish suggested "God actions", and (my thought) spend as much time as you need to feel comfortable with it, then move onto the next one.
I may follow the suggestions in the book on this slower basis and blog about my results. If anyone would be interested in joining in such an enterprise, let me know.
I suppose it's 'just coincidence' that I come across a book about spiritual growth when I have just decided my unofficial 'one word' for 2017 is STRETCH, and by that I meant intentionally stepping outside my comfort zone. Or maybe it's not coincidence at all.
I believe 40 Ways has a lot of valuable information for readers of faith, and look forward to the first (and any subsequent) rereads.
In 40 Ways to Get Closer to God, MacGregor and Wyatt-Kent offer a practical (and very doable) plan for recognizing that the something more we want is an up-close and personal relationship with God, and that yearning for a connection to our Creator in our daily lives requires action--not from Him, from us.
Readers are given an opportunity in the form of a 40-day challenge to become active in their own transformation from one who lives distant and one who works to close the gap. While God's love is constant and unconditional, our relationship with God is two-part: His and ours. It's our part that is the focus of this insightful book, and it is in those insights we find keys to our personal spiritual advancement.
Steeped in Scripture, shared wisdom from those who have previously made this journey, and from Macgregor's personal journey, this book issues an open invitation to any who choose to embrace it. That invitation is to make your own personal journey. And should you accept, at its end what you discover is a new beginning. One where you have spiritually grown and you grasp your innate need to continue to grow. A path where you walk closer with God.
Note: This book is practical not preachy. It's conversational not authoritarian or lofty; more like a chat over coffee with a good friend than an instructional guide. The challenges inspire, make you eager to tackle them, not overwhelmed at the prospect or intimidated into doing nothing. It's a book you'll read and assess, then read again and again to digest. For in its apparent simplicity is a wealth of wisdom.