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It Is Finished: Why you can quit religion and trust in Jesus by Blaise Foret

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It is Finished Why you can quit religion and trust in Jesus Blaise Foret 2014 170 pages   I put off reading It Is Finished for a long time. It was lost on my Kindle among a hundred other unread titles. But it turned out to be a hidden gem. This book challenged my thinking, poked at spiritually sore spots, and prompted a shift in my spiritual life. I loved his writing style. He’s easy to read and slightly irreverent, saying things like “Jesus was an interesting dude” or “Jesus threw a keg party.” I found phrases like that amusing and refreshing because that’s the kind of casual talk Jesus would have used. From cover to cover, the book was about God’s grace. It delved into many misconceptions taught by churches today and he offered explanations from scripture to show the errors in modern thinking. Occasionally, the author said things that took me back a bit, but as he unfolded the truth...

Right-Brained Folks Will Love This Bible

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If you’ve read my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, you’ll know I devote a whole chapter to right-brained approaches to the Bible (and a whole chapter to left-brained approaches). So I’m glad to see the Christian community embracing these differences finally. There has been a growing movement of Bible journaling in which people draw, doodle, and color in their Bible. Right-brainers have always colored, or even color-coded, their Bibles. And a little bit of color makes even left-brain study methods more interesting for right-brained folks. This week, I received my Inspire NLT Bible, which I fondly refer to as “my coloring Bible.” It’s a compact size but it contains more than 400 illustrations of Bible verses to color. And look at the beautiful page edges done in butterflies and floral designs.       Every page has a wide margin, which contains either a...

Overcoming Negative Self Talk by John Strange

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Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with the Truth of the Gospel John Strange 2014 172 pages   Negative self-talk can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Author John Strange suggests we need to begin by understanding the gospel—the good news about Jesus paying our penalty to buy our freedom through His grace. As we apply the gospel to our lives, we will find the false beliefs at the root of our negative self-talk. The author advises us to acknowledge our pain and examine our beliefs. He suggests we make a list of the things we say to ourselves and read it to a friend. Address each comment to your friend as if saying it to and about her. Then watch her reaction. The look on her face will become a visual reminder for how we should feel about telling ourselves these things. You would never say that to a friend, so why are you saying it to yourself? After identifying negative...

Stop Trying to Fix Yourself by Eddie Snipes (@eddiesnipes)

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Stop Trying to Fix Yourself Learn to Rest in the Overcoming Power of the Spirit Eddie Snipes (@eddiesnipes) 2015 100 pages   Stop Trying to Fix Yourself is a book I wish I had written. And yet I don’t think I could have articulated the ideas as well as Eddie Snipes. The book explains some of the gross misconceptions taught in church and demonstrates how the opposite is actually true. For instance, instead of proclaiming the Good News, the church typically focuses on the bad news to evoke guilt for sin and fear of judgment. And instead of teaching believers to live in grace, the church teaches people to work harder at being a good Christian. I’ve known for a long time these ideas were in conflict in the church, but it was refreshing to hear someone say what I’ve believed for a long time. In addition, I picked up new ideas and fresh insights from the many points made by Eddie Snipes....

Mindscape by Timothy Z. Witmer

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Mindscape What to Think about Instead of Worrying Timothy Z. Witmer 2014 144 pages   Mindscape is the word used by Timothy Z. Witmer to describe the landscape of our minds. Is it a beautiful landscape full of pleasant thoughts or has it become overgrown by the weeds of worry and other negative thoughts? Worry weeds are stubborn. If something isn’t done they can overtake our whole mindscape and impact all that we do. . . . Our worry weeds can begin to take over our minds the way kudzu is taking over parts of the United States. (Timothy Z. Witmer, Mindscape).   The task of changing the landscape of our mind can seem overwhelming if things have gotten out of control, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can excavate the old and re-create a new landscape so we have a beautiful mind—the mind of Christ. It is not just enough to rip out the weeds of your mindscape—because you can be sure...