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The Cure: What if God isn't who you think He is and neither are you? Paperback – April 18, 2016
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The Cure changed my life, my marriage, and the way I write music.
--Bart Millard, I Can Only Imagine Songwriter, Lead Singer MercyMe(Bart Millard)
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(Dave Dravecky)
About the Author
For over 20 years the team at Trueface has been writing, speaking, consulting and dreaming about how to help leaders trust God and others with them. We are still doing that while we passionately grow the diversity of voices who are bringing this freedom to the world.
With strong contributions from nearly a dozen men and women across three generations, this effort brings daily encouragement and application from the growing unity in diversity that grace can foster. To see more about the team on this book go to www.trueface.org
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God has used the teaching wisdom, global vision, and business skills of co-founder and President, Dr. Bruce McNicol, to help Trueface offer break-through experiences of grace for many thousands around the world. Leaders in all spheres of influence have found God's lasting resolution for their life issues and key relationships as they have journeyed with Bruce.
With degrees in finance law, theology, leadership and organizational development, Bruce’s gifting to write to diverse readers and leaders has proved true in the best-sellers he has co-authored: The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, The Kingdom Life, and High Trust Cultures. Audiences in various countries continue discovering hope and freedom from Bruce's story-driven, biblically-anchored teaching.
Having lived in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Phoenix, Bruce has gained a variety of interests through the years, including international cultural trends and needs, music, hiking, reading, comedy, and sports. His constant interest is his wife Janet, who is a home-maker, nurse, and mentor. Bruce and Janet have received extensive tutoring from their three wonderful children and spouses, Nicole, married to Kory, with grandchildren Willo and Elliott; Chad married to Erica; and Ryan.
As co-founder of Trueface in 1995, Bill Thrall’s wisdom has been penned throughout The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and High Trust Cultures.
Bill’s gifts and experience also shine as he helps leaders establish trust in all their key relationships and nurtures grace-based environments. CEO’s of international companies to heads of mission organizations and universities have repeatedly discovered a life-long gratitude for spending time with Bill.
Prior to joining Trueface, Bill founded and pastored the influential faith-community, Open Door Fellowship, for over 20 years. While there he developed an effective character development training program, which nurtured visionaries such as Kit Danley, founder of Neighborhood Ministries.
In his spare time, Bill can be found fishing, golfing, crafting furniture for his family in his woodshop, and cultivating fruits, herbs, and vegetables in his fertile backyard garden. Bill and his wife, Grace have three grown children, Wende married to Jim, Bill married to Charlotte, and Joy married to Joe, and nine grandchildren.
John Lynch taught himself Danish and German, and later obtained the degree of BA in these languages at the University of Newcastle. He has taught English in Danish and German schools and has also worked in Sweden and Iceland. After studying at the University of East Anglia, he was awarded the degree of MA in Scandinavian Studies. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship and his varied career included a spell as a college tutor librarian in Banbury. In addition to the present work, John has also translated works from Danish, including The Fantasists, a novel by Hans Egede Schack, published by Austin Macauley in 2013.
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Everything you already knew, which God has been telling you all along, is confirmed in the words of this book. You are not imagining it when you think to yourself, “the people at church are no doubt nice people, and I know many of them love the Lord and want to help, but something doesn’t seem right because the scripture seems to be saying something other than what they are saying it means.” The confusion comes from GOOD INTENTIONED PEOPLE TRYING TO MIX OLD COVENANT LAW AND NEW COVENANT GRACE, this is the very reason many of the epistles were written! That is the Judaizer religion then spoke and fought against.
Let go of the old covenant law, it was written for the Israelites at the foot of the mountain and no one else. That old covenant was broke and then replaced with God’s new covenant of grace, mercy, love and life by the spirit in and through the person of Jesus Christ and Him in you.
Trust Jesus and rest in his love. Relax and know he is for you and not against you. Have faith in him and not the judaizer religion, rules, laws or regulations that were passed down to you. They won’t save you, but Jesus THE SAVIOR will!
This is a masterpiece of truth, don’t pass it up.
Another couple excellent books to read are “The faith that pleases God - You don’t need to strive for what you already have” and “Classic Christianity.” By Bob George. They say the same thing as The Cure.
Other suggested readings are from authors Bob Christopher and Andrew Farley, “Simple gospel, Simply grace” and “The Naked Gospel” respectively.
There is still plenty in the book to like however. This one is absolutely full of highlighter worthy moments. Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“No one told me that when I wear a mask, only my mask receives love”.
“Bacterial infections often keep spreading poison until antibiotics are introduced. You can dress nicer and comb your hair all you want, but you’ll only be a well-dressed sick person with nicely combed hair”.
“If I follow the first path, I’m trying to change from who I was into who I should be. If I follow the second, I’m maturing into who I already am. In the first, I’m working toward becoming righteous. In the second, I’m already righteous, made right by God in the moment I believed”.
All in all, I’m a little torn on this book. I thought a lot of it was a slow read, but I also found many strong points in it as well. I do think we take for granted God’s amazing grace and few fully comprehend the transaction that took place through the cross and resurrection – Christ becoming sin and us becoming the righteousness of God. But there is a large contingency out there who are following a “hyper-grace” theology and while this book never dives completely into that camp, it could walk close to that line for those reading it who don’t have a firm biblical foundation. I don’t think this book is for everyone, and I don’t see it as a “must read” like many other reviewers have stated. I do however see value in the book and for some people it could certainly be of strong benefit.
Don't be fooled by this book's small size. It's packed with truth like few others; accessible by all and applicable to all.
Having been raised in a traditional religious system, I lived much of my life with an inaccurate view of God and of myself. Over the years, I've been able to fix the flawed foundation upon which my faith was built. However, a book such as The Cure would have saved me untolled years and struggles.
Without spoiling anything for the reader, I'll say only that if you believe that our sin separates us from our Heavenly Father, this book will be a godsend (pun intended).
No matter whether you consider yourself a new follower or a mature follower, your faith walk will benefit from reading The Cure.
Top international reviews
This is a well crafted parable and teaching in parallel.
It is so easy to hide behind the masks of other peoples and our own expectations. Missing the road signs or assuming where our journey should take us has left so many disalusioned in their journey with Jesus, having been misled by well meaning Christian friends and church leaders.
Don't be suprised if you see some of your journey mirrored in the journey of ??? There's odd, I don't recall being told his name!
So brutally honest, straight forward and simple a must for everyone who wants to make sense of life as a Christian in the fast changing and challenging world that we know today.
I also recommend using the workbook for group reading. The series is also supported by online video clips and podcasts which are fantastic also. In summary, don't just buy one, as you will want to give it to your friends.
(Note: This particular book when ordered on Amazon didn't include the DVD of the newest version in print ordered straight from TrueFace.)
It's necessary for all kind of people!
To live without masks today is a big challenge, but the love of Jesus encourages us ever and ever.
Meant for the church suitable for ALL.