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How to Keep Your Inner Mess From Trashing Your Outer World: Creating Peace from Your Inner Chaos Paperback – January 4, 2009

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"[This book] is a realistic, down to earth examination of our `inner mess' and the remedy God has for our `unwanted trash.' In these pages, my friend Bill Giovannetti, holds up a mirror to show us who we are on the inside and how we can apply Scripture to our inner world. You will not only want to read this book, but pass it along to a friend. The truth can't be told more clearly than this!" --Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church

"Life is messy, and the mess around us is compounded when we ignore the conflict within us. We need a spring cleaning! How can we handle the mess inside and bring back order and sanity? With outrageous humor and razor-sharp insight, Bill Giovannetti addresses head-on the core problems that mess up our lives. His practical, biblical guidance will help you tackle your Inner Mess and live the grace-filled, scripture-grounded, and Spirit-empowered life God has in mind for you."--Robb Redman, Dean, Tozer Theological Seminary

"An exceptionally insightful, supremely practical, and soundly biblical guide to dealing with the rowdy and dysfunctional characters that lurk in every human heart. Outstanding."--Dave Meurer, Author

"Bill Giovannetti's insightful perspectives on our Inner Mess and the strategy for clean-up made this not only a wonderful book to read, but also a great gift to pass along to friends who may be discouraged by the inner struggles they experience every day."--Ken Jones, Life Coach and Author

"Refreshingly different, insightful and best of all helpful."--Dr. Mike Schill, The Wellness Center at Simpson University

"Helps us deal with everything from our most severe temptations in our simplest everyday struggles. With incisive wit and powerful directness, Dr. Giovannetti offers real-world advice on how to clean up the mess within. I've discovered that applying this counsel to my daily life brings about tremendously positive results."--Donny Pauling, speaker, XXXChurch.com

About the Author

Bill Giovannetti has a doctorate from Fuller Seminary, is the pastor of a large church in northern California, and has served on the faculty of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. He contributes to publications from Walk Thru the Bible and Focus on the Family and is an experienced retreat and conference speaker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (January 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825462851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825462856
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lukowski on February 20, 2009
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Bill Giovanetti is an evangelical protestant pastor who provides the reader a balanced theological discussion within the context of contemprary story-telling narrative. He provides insight on the inner conflicts of human nature, and how critical believers must rely and depend on the grace of God.

In his book, Giovanetti carries the reader through a fictional story of bus travelers, each of whom boards the bus at periodic stops, and each of whom represents an aspect of fallen human nature. Giovanetti pauses between chapters, and provides insightful theological comments on the tension extent between the fallen human nature and the grace (and power) of God in the Christian life experience. The book culminates in the clash (or crash) of these characters in their interaction, and depicts with much drama the role and subsequent power of grace to prevail.
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Not for those who want an easy fix. This isn't a "self-help book".
This is a book that helps us understand why it has been so hard for us to change ourselves and then offers ways how to free up God's power to cause inner transformation. As a pastor/teacher of over ten years, I can't think of a book I would rather recommend to the Christian who really wants to change and grow...
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Bill Giovanetti has the gift of taking Biblical concepts and making them understandable for everyone. "Inner Mess" is witty, challenging and will make you think about that "other" side of your life. But, Bill does not just give general information, he goes further and gives solid Biblical and grace filled steps to evaluate your life and make the changes that are needed. This book will enrich your life and should be in every Christian's library (well marked up, at that. It would also make a great gift. You will read it and then read it again. It is that good.
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This book really hits home, with real life examples of our inner messes and how God has provided the way to clean it all up. I love the way Bill teaches grace, grace, grace. It is God's amazing grace that gives us the capability to embrace each messy character inside of us. This is a fabulous, funny, and insightful book with beautiful, authentic advice.
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I really like the way this book is written. It shows you things about yourself in a light hearted way but then it also shows you that its not to late. I think this is a really cool book that can help you.
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This book is OK and I agree with the author's conclusion. But there are to many stories and way to negative that this distracts from the message and over powers it. This is a great book if your like to hear someone rip others apart.
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He deals with the age old issue of sanctification in a fresh and engaging manor, yet still relies on Biblical truth and not pop psychology to deal with the challenge of living as Jesus would have us live. We have men's group studying it, and the book is getting the guys to talk about their challenges in the Christian walk.
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This book has transformed my life in ways that only the grace of God can. Finally a book that not only helps identify areas of our hidden "inner mess" but also gives extremely practical and biblical solutions in dealing with those areas that we thought were buried and yet resurface. You will walk away from this book with the renewed ability to live your life in freedom and with love. I've already handed out multiple copies of this book and have received positive and grateful responses.
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