- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; 2/28/11 edition (March 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310327903
- ISBN-13: 978-0310327905
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative and pacesetting church meeting in multiple locations around the United States and globally online, which also created the popular and free YouVersion Bible app. He is the author of several books, including Divine Direction, Liking Jesus, Fight, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Visit www.craiggroeschelbooks.com
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Pastor Craig pulls no punches. There is no easy-believism or warm fuzzy Christianity here. In fact, if you are comfortable in your Christian life, don't read this book. However, if I want to be challenged and grow in your walk with Christ, then by all means, read this book.
Pastor Craig doesn't shy away from difficult topics. He deals with thorny issues like time management, money, sex, and relationships. I was convicted often as I read through this book. Some of the stories in the book will break your heart, others will make you laugh out loud. In my opinion, one the best things about this book is Pastor Craig's vulnerability. He isn't afraid to admit that he has fallen flat on his face at times and that he continues to struggle in some areas. I think Christians (I have been guilty of this at times) have a tendency to elevate pastors. We put them on a pedestal and tend of think of them as super Christians. It is so easy to forget that pastors are just as human as they people in their congregation.
This book is incredibly practical. Pastor Craig doesn't simply resort to a "just do it because the Bible says so." He offers many practical hints and suggestions about HOW to live out the teachings of Scripture. There is no brow-beating or judgement here. But I believe, that if the reader is open to it, the Lord can use this book to change your life. I know reading it has certainly changed mine. Christians are often accused of being weird. Sometimes that label is justified. But Pastor Craig will show you in a compelling way how being weird or different in the eyes of the world can be a very good thing and something to strive for. But in the end, it's not about us and our effort. It's about God and His work in our lives and hearts. He is the one that changes us. We just have to be willing to let Him.
I got the book because I heard him interviewed on NPR and was impressed. I was not disappointed. Craig is young, married, has several children and is a pastor and author. He often uses humor
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I chose this one and am so glad I did! Many of the concepts in this book will not be new to you if you read and study the bible but the way he brings them all together and applies them to our society today is what makes this book a potential life changer.
I finished it on my last flight and my copy is now riddled with underlines, notes, and smiley faces.
So glad I got it in a hard copy because my husband is reading it now.