- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: NavPress; 2 edition (December 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984757708
- ISBN-13: 978-0984757701
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 437 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cure: What if God isn't who you think He is and neither are you? Paperback – December 13, 2011
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"These days I recommend The Cure more than any single book in my library." Stephen Hayner, Ph.D. President; Columbia Theological Seminary
"No other resource has had such a profound impact on my life, other than the Bible." Dave Dravecky Retired Major League Pitcher San Francisco Giants
"This is the rarest of books." Roberta Hestenes International Minister of World Vision
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We thought we were cured. We thought so, but most of us unwittingly carried an old, dead outlook into our new life. We couldn't measure up to a standard we created, so we convinced ourselves it was God's. We read his words through our grid of shame and felt ourselves fall farther and farther behind. We took it out on each other, judging, comparing, faking, splintering. Some of us retreated from the whole charade, becoming cynical, mistrusting, jaded from hope. Our marriages, churches, families, friendships, our marketplaces, our culture... they all need the cure.
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This short read of a book, through rich narrative, helps believers to examine whether they are trying to please God or attempting to trust God. At it's core is the recognition that we will never be perfect - no matter how hard we work at it. Recognizing/accepting this will relieve us of the urge to desperately try to please God by becoming hamsters on wheels, spinning and spinning, thinking we are accomplishing, earning His approval. That's wrong thinking and a set up for continual failure: when we approach our relationship with Him in this way, it's because we don't trust that His Grace is enough. Why waste that time and energy which could be applied to simply being in a peaceful, rewarding relationship with the One who loves us.
We don't do good works to please God so that we may get to Heaven; as believers we do good works out of a grateful heart, in partnership with God who has already saved us (that's what I take from this book and Ephesians 2:8-10).
I highly recommend reading The Cure while asking yourself, "Do I live in The Room of Good Intentions, or do I live in The Room of Grace?"
May the Father continue to bless you richly!
We were a desperate bunch, hiding behind masks and playing "church" - we barely knew each other or how to move forward (in spite of our knowing each other for years). But they started to talk about something else - a "Room of Grace" - a place where we could be truthful and honest about who we really were, that we no longer had to try and please God because He was already pleased with us in His Son. That He was crazy about us, that we didn't need to impress Him. That He didn't count our sins against us, but rather stood with us and we sorted through our sin. That we were not sinners, but saints who sin. That sin didn't define us, He did. And we didn't need to hide in our shame of who we thought we were still, but who He says we are now.
We needed to trust Him.
We sat at the back of the room and wept as the Holy spirit moved in us.
When we went home we decided to live this out.
There was something that the TrueFaced [TF] Experience conferences had - a dynamic and deeply personal story - that was incredibly helpful in understanding and moving toward living in grace. It was these conferences & the original TrueFaced books that we continued to bring teams to and talk about as a Community. Along with the original TrueFaced books, in the last couple years, the TF team put out another book called Bo's Cafe (also excellent) - a fictional story based in and telling of the principles of living in a community of grace. It was in this story that the heart of TF was explained and shown in a incredibly simple way - one that connected to many within our Community and moved a lot of folks out of the "Room of Good Intentions". It put the concepts of the conferences/books into a everyday context that was honest and helpful. This fall, The Cure (or TF 2.0) came out, and it put into words so much of what we had heard in different contexts and places from the TF team, embodying the further telling of the story in a consistently personal and theological way (the footnotes alone are worth the price of admission). It delves deep into what it looks like to live out our lives out of who He says we are. I'm excited to have this tool to help our folks continue to grow in their knowledge of who we are in Christ.
The real core of what The Cure talks about are the many things that are expounded through the lives of John, Bruce, Bill, David & the folks at/around around the TrueFaced ministry. It is a distillation of the conferences, books, podcasts and blogs that have talked about/modeled extensively Who He is, and His love for us. This is what makes it so helpful. It isn't just a book that you will read and think - "Man, I would love to live that way - but I have no idea how to get there - so why bother?" Instead, it is based out of lives lived in the Room of Grace - and because of that - it will startle you with it's honestly and frankness on the struggles to live out a life really trusting Him. It isn't a solo effort, and because of that the TF team offers a community of folks and a ton of resources that will help you on the journey.
It's powerful and simple. It will change how you see Him & yourself. It will change everything.
Bill Moe, Shepherdshouseministries.org