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Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible

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I’ve always coped with difficult life circumstances by saying, “Well, God either caused it or allowed it so either way that settles it.” Yet, I’ve always been uncomfortable with knowing when to accept something and when to press in through prayer to seek healing. I’ve had trouble reconciling the role of prayer in my life, knowing that God’s going to do whatever He wants. “Lazy theology looks at what’s in front of us and assumes that some boundary or some obstacle is God’s will by default.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Faith So when I began reading Breakthrough Faith, I was in for a bit of a jolt. It rocked my boat and made me reconsider faith, prayer, and life circumstances. Author Larry Sparks weaves through the book the biblical example of the paralytic whose four friends lowered him through the roof (Mark 2). They brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus but couldn’t get to him...

Living by Faith, Not by Sight by KP Yohannan

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Living by Faith, Not by Sight K.P. Yohannan 2014 51 pages   K.P. Yohannan never disappoints and this short book was bulging at the seams with Bible verses about faith. But it was more than a litany of Scripture. The author dug in to organize the Bible’s thoughts and explain the depth of meaning for our lives. The stand-out “a-ha” moment for me was his explanation of Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). How could faith be substance? Yohannan explains, “Faith is so real it is called substance. Substance is the material of which something is made, the building blocks of it. Your faith is the substance, the building blocks of God’s promises!” He goes on to explain the Greek work for substance, hupostasis, and how it is used in other instances in the Bible. This is a well-thought, well-documented book that is not mere...

Shauna Niequist (@sniequist) on Learning to Swim in the Surrender of Faith

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I wanted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life (because I loved the cover), but Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way was the one on sale so I picked it up instead. I’m glad I did because my life is going through a bittersweet phase right now. I had never read (or heard of) Shauna Niequist but if I had any doubts about her or her book, they disappeared when I opened to the first essay and discovered to my delight she used my favorite metaphor for faith. Faith is like floating on water. Unfortunately, I tend to flail around like a drowning person. But if you relax and trust the water to hold you, you will float effortlessly. Here’s an excerpt from “Learning to Swim.” Book Excerpt I learned about waves when I was little, swimming in Lake Michigan in navy blue water under a clear sky, and the most...

A Quest for More by Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp)

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A Quest for More Living for Something Bigger Than You Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) 2007 217 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback and ePub editions. I read the Kindle edition.   There really is no place for Christ in many people’s Christianity. Their faith is not actually in Christ; it is in Christianity and their own ability to live it out. –Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More, quote from Chapter Eight: In the Center of It All.   Never before have I encountered a book that stripped me of everything I believed without making me feel naked and forced me to see myself for who I am trying to be so I could better see the image of who God wants me to be. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You kept me awake at nights thinking about what I had read and how it applies to my life. It was like God...

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

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When God Breaks Your Heart Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances Ed Underwood (@edunderwood) 2008 224 pages Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, and audiobook download. I read the Kindle edition.       But your need for safety and your fear of surprises will rob your life of the astonishing interventions with which He wants to fill your days. –Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Part II, “The Misery.”   Ed Underwood is a remarkable man, dealing with severe lymphoma causing his skin to fall off, leaving raw, oozing sores reminiscent of the trials of Job. Those of us who have experienced faith-shattering trials know the depth of spiritual trauma ongoing crisis can cause. In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of...