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Stop Your Complaining: From Grumbling to Gratitude Paperback – September 1, 2015
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My friend Ronnie Martin has written a convicting, challenging book that deserves wide reading in a world of plenty of complaining. He writes as a pastor who hears a lot of grumbling, but he does not ignore this problem in his own life or even among fellow pastors. You might not initially think you should pick up a book about grumbling. You might have a friend or family member in mind who needs it more (good luck handing the book out as a birthday or Christmas gift). But I suspect you need the book more than you realize. I know I did. --Collin Hansen, Editorial Director for The Gospel Coalition and author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church
I am a complainer. I think my mother told me to 'quit complaining' as often as she corrected me about anything. I am adept at finding the downside in things. So reading Ronnie's book was a bit like jumping into a frigid lake. It knocked the wind out of me, was uncomfortable, and then was deeply refreshing. I needed to read about the heart behind my complaining and take a look at why I enjoy being negative so much. Martin reveals truth and digs into the reader without preaching or nagging or condescending. Instead he shares stories, his own and others. He asks questions and invites us to do the same. Stop Your Complaining is a book that would benefit anyone but the most ardent optimist. --Barnabas Piper, Author of The Pastor's Kid and Help My Unbelief & co-host of the Happy Rant Podcast
We tend to think that complaining isn't a particularly serious sin. After all, everyone does it! We complain about the weather, our sports teams, and how long we have to wait in line at the grocery store. But Martin shows us that complaining is a deadly serious sin, and he points to the biblical path for change. Don't let complaining conquer you. Read this book! --Stephen Altrogge, Author of Untamable God: Encountering The One Who Is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine
About the Author
Ronnie Martin is lead pastor of Substance Church in Ashland, Ohio, a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition and EFCA Today Magazine. Before graduating from Grace Theological Seminary, Ronnie spent 20 years as a well-known recording artist in the Christian music industry, releasing over 15 critically acclaimed albums and touring extensively both nationally and internationally.
Martin is an emerging voice in the 'young restless and reformed' movement that has swept the states in the past decade and has introduced the world to theological leaders such as Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, Leonce Crump, David Platt, Daniel Montgomery and Eric Mason, to name a few.
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So it took me only a couple of hours to read through it....but it's provided a lot conviction that I'm going to be dwelling on for quite some time. Thankful that Ronnie points me to God's grace in Jesus Christ, both for the forgiveness for my complaining heart, and as the fuel to overcome my complaining tendencies.
Gratitude does not come easily to me. It should. I live an easy, convenient, first-world life. I have been given innumerable blessings, not the least of which is the gift of salvation. But still, I like to complain. I like to apply my powers of perception and discernment to the people and situations around me and to discuss their inevitable shortcomings. It’s not complaining, right? It’s just honesty. It’s just observation. Somehow I always feel like I am justified in it. It’s like the book says: “Complaining is more than just a cute adjective to describe us on our bad days. In all of its various forms and functions it’s become a lifestyle, a way of existence and a daily routine that is as natural to us as breathing, walking and eating. It’s built into the foundation of our communication, bridging cultures together as one of the few ways we know how to relate to one another.”
That’s exactly why I pulled this book out of the pile that showed up this month. I know I have a bit of a problem here. I’ve been aware of it for some time and have been working on it. But I was eager for a bit more guidance. And I’m glad to say that Martin’s book delivered admirably.
I found two significant ways that this book shifted and sharpened my understanding of complaining. First, Martin emphasizes the sheer evil of complaining—at least, the kind of grumbling, self-centered complaining that I am prone to. He says rightly that “complaining is a slow, subtle poison that builds in our systems and usually goes undetected. It may be one of the least discussed sins in churches today.” It’s sheer prevalence may make it an acceptable sin, but that does not diminish its ugliness or seriousness. At heart, complaining is casting blame on God, suggesting that he has not provided what I am sure I need. That is a serious charge, a serious offence.
Second, Martin emphasizes that complaining is not so much something I do as something I am. Complaining goes far deeper than words. Words, after all, are simply an overflow of the heart. In that way, complaining exposes an inward dissatisfaction and an inner conviction that I deserve better than what God has provided in this moment (or in that moment when I walked into the voting station.)
But, of course, Martin does not simply describe and define the problem. He also offers a solution—the Bible’s own solution. He points to repentance and gratitude, both flowing from and related to the gospel, as the keys that can overcome this ugly problem.
If you read a book like this one and come away with two simple things—a deeper disgust of complaining and a heightened desire for gratitude—your time has been well-spent. And I think that is what you will find if you read it. Stop Your Complaining is short but not trite, light but still significant. It’s exactly the book I needed today.