- Series: Focus for Women
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Christian Focus; Revised edition edition (January 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845507754
- ISBN-13: 978-1845507756
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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I commend this fine, new book...with a prayer that we all read and follow her Biblical counsel to fully understand the condition we are in and flee quickly to the One who truly satisfies our deepest longings and our true desires. (Michael A. Milton ~ President and Senior Fellow at D. James Kennedy Institute for Christianity and Culture)
"With empathy and grounded biblical insight, Melissa Kruger shows us the path to abiding joy amidst life's varied 'ups' and 'downs'." (Lydia Brownback ~ Author of Contentment, Wheaton, Illinois)
"With I've-been-there understanding and been-in-the-Word insight, Melissa B. Kruger helps us to look beneath the surface of our discontent, exposing our covetous hearts to the healing light of God's Word." (Nancy Guthrie ~ Bible teacher and author of Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series)
"By focusing on Biblical truths and examples, Kruger opens our eyes to the scope and depth of covetousness in our lives, while also drawing us into the path of holiness and a life honoring and glorifying God." (Diana Lynn Severance ~ A historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries, Spring, Texas)
... the author loves Christ, shares her struggles honestly and writes with a sincere desire to encourage her sisters n Christ. (New Horizons Magazine)
"In an age and culture where we all tend to have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, this book makes a brilliant diagnosis that goes right to the heart of the problem." (Ann Benton ~ Author and family conference speaker, Guildford, England)
"Through biblical examples and sympathetic counsel we are pointed again and again to the delivering power of the Lord Jesus Christ." (Faith Cook ~ author of Troubled Journey, Derbyshire, England)
“By focusing on Biblical truths and examples, Kruger opens our eyes to the scope and depth of covetousness in our lives, while also drawing us into the path of holiness and a life honoring and glorifying God.“ Diana Severance, a historian with broad experience teaching in universities and seminaries, Spring, Texas. “I commend this fine, new book…with a prayer that we all read and follow her Biblical counsel to fully understand the condition we are in and flee quickly to the One who truly satisfies our deepest longings and our true desires”. Michael A. Milton, Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina. “Through biblical examples and sympathetic counsel we are pointed again and again to the delivering power of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Faith Cook, Author of Troubled Journey, Derbyshire, England. “With I've-been-there understanding and been-in-the-Word insight, Melissa Kruger helps us to look beneath the surface of our discontent, exposing our covetous hearts to the healing light of God's Word.” Nancy Guthrie, author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series. “In an age and culture where we all tend to have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, this book makes a brilliant diagnosis that goes right to the heart of the problem.” Ann Benton, Author and family conference speaker, Guildford, England. “With empathy and grounded biblical insight, Melissa Kruger shows us the path to abiding joy amidst life's varied ‘ups' and ‘downs'.” Lydia Brownback, Author of Contentment, Wheaton, Illinois.
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As I was reading this great book, I kept thinking about those mums. Many times we work on the outer symptoms of our inordinate desires, but we just can't remove that covetous heart. Kruger definitely met my expectations in a book that aims at Finding Contentment in a Covetous World. She identifies the heart of the matter, and presents the pattern of coveting as found in Scripture and our own lives: see, covet, take, and hide.
My favorite part of the book was the concluding thoughts. I just love it when conclusions are concluding thoughts, rather than just a summary of what I've already read. Kruger vulnerably shares an incident of her own struggling that she recently experienced after having written her manuscript. A friend emailed her to share the good news of a long-awaited longing that had been fulfilled. While Kruger was happy for her friend's blessing, she also was struggling with a similar situation that had not been providentially met by the Lord. Inevitably, she found herself crying inside her car. The way she personally shared this process made all that she had written before much more powerful. I had been reading the book, wondering how this writer had come to such a grand place of contentment that I may never reach (Is that coveting her contentment?). But by sharing her struggle, she modeled her teaching in practice. I will share it with you:
"My initial response to my circumstances was focused on what was lacking in my earthly situation. I had forgotten the riches of my heavenly situation. I had also failed to remember Christ's words to his disciples on the eve of His death: `I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world' (emphasis added). Our propensity towards forgetting His actual promises and our ability to hope in what God never promised leaves us open to the swirling tides of emotion. Our goal is not to live an emotionless life. However, we must govern our emotions in such a way that they lead us back to Christ, seeking Him in our places of longing.
My tears that morning expressed the overflow of my heart. In my lament, I joined with the psalmists of ages past as they cried out before the Lord. They sought Him and asked for relief from painful trials. Contentment is not the absence of struggling before the Lord; contentment involves struggle. In fact, just before Paul tells the Philippians that he has learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, he tells them, `But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.' Even as Paul was fully content, he strained onward, pressing on to win the goal of his faith. His words denote active struggle, not passive inactivity. Contentment will not suddenly descend upon us. We must actively battle the lies of the world, the flesh and the devil in order to find peace in Christ alone. In order to have present contentment, we must keep looking back to the cross and forward to heaven. The cross reminds us that Jesus loves us enough to shed His own blood. Since He has given the most costly thing He had to give, whatever He withholds is surely part of His goodness towards us. Heaven reminds us that one day all our current longings and struggles will be satisfied. Whatever is lacking here will be fully realized there" (250-251).
This book motivated me all the more to find my satisfaction in Christ, who is more than sufficient. It also reminded me once again that He is the one working on my heart. With that knowledge I can confidently press ahead.