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Wrestling With Faith, Love, and Gators: Overcoming Barriers to Fully Loving God Paperback – February 9, 2016
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"Chad Young's Wrestling with Faith, Love, & Gators serves to remind us that the basic elements of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is found in the framework of the Great Commandment. Through personal stories, Scripture, and the words of an eclectic cadre of writers, Young provides insight and encouragement for those seeking to sort out the hard issues of life in the Light of Gospel Truth. Here's a book you'll want to share with your Bible study group or that skeptical friend who is seeking authentic answers to life's tough issues."
--Rick Brewer, PhD, president of Louisiana College
"Winsome, vivid, practical, insightful, sometimes hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always wise: this is a good friend's guide to what Jesus called the most important thing in life. Join the adventure!"
"This book stirs the heart, informs the mind, and motivates the soul! Chad's ability to communicate truth via riveting stories and true-life accounts is what makes this book such a perfect work for the times in which we live. I highly recommend it."
--ALEX MCFARLAND, director of Apologetics and Christian Worldview, North Greenville University
"Wrestling with Faith, Love, & Gators is a winner! Whether you're young, old, or in-between, you'll love Chad Young's style of writing. He mixes biblical truths while sharing his own life experiences, some of which will make you shake your head and ask, 'What was he thinking?' Reading it is more like sitting around the dinner table swapping stories than reading a book. In fact, by the time you finish reading this book, you'll probably want to invite him to dinner!"
--Lillian Duncan, author of the Deadly Communications series
"Wrestling with Faith, Love, & Gators is a medley of scriptural anchors, modern day perplexities, inspirational testimonies, and Chad's self-deprecating anecdotes that all work together to serve as powerful, point-driving guidance. Each chapter put together help make this book both refreshing and eye-opening whether one is new to the faith or a long-time believer in need of renewal."
--Trent Fasnacht, freelance home renovator/TV host --American Rehab Charleston, Blogger--Blood, Sweat, and Pig's Ears
Chad's life perspectives in his book make you want to pursue Jesus and trust him enough to jump into an empty swimming pool, believing the Lord will fill it as you jump. His wisdom through Scripture and story makes you respond with, 'Well, of course. Why wouldn't I wholeheartedly surrender to Jesus?' --Roger Hershey, Cru missionary, speaker, and author of The Finishers
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"Chad, jump on the gator's back!" In a split second, a decision had to be made. Did Chad love his future brother-in-law enough to help him control a powerful seven-and-a-half-foot alligator? Ultimately, there was a subconscious devotion that affected his decision. We all face decisions every day. Some of them are small, but others are potentially life-altering. What you decide to do in those split seconds comes down to this: We all have beliefs about life and love, about what is most important, and we all act on those beliefs. In this book, Chad Young addresses what many Christians are missing: being in love with God. The lack of genuine faith and love in the church is the main reason why 59% of college students who grew up with a Christian background are leaving the Christian faith. Chad uses his own faith journey and humorous stories to call you to a deeper, legitimate love for God.
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In his familiar and funny style, Chad reveals his struggle with sin and joy in repentance. Loving God with all your heart, soul and mind means so much more and must be an intentional, continual and prayerful effort. This book will challenge you to consider important questions and being “all in” to start doing just one or two of the many practical suggestions to draw closer to God.
Because of his work and ministry, Chad often references students. I’m nearly 40 years past that point in my life. I would suggest this book is for anyone wrestling with barriers to fully loving God. That’s me and if it’s you too, pick up this book and begin your journey.
Whether it is a literal alligator he found himself struggling with or a spiritual issue, he wraps up the truth of God’s Word and the success we can have AS Christians when we learn to seek the Scriptures for answers. As we follow after the examples in the Bible, as we get ourselves connected with other believers, we can learn how to absorb faith as our own strength; extend love as He does and no longer have to give into failures.
Chad gives us practical pointers, a few “gasps”, a tear or two and many delightful chuckles, all the while sharing principles that lead to a solid faith-based foundation to stand upon. Thank you, Chad, for allowing God to use you in this way!