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Book Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles

A Valuable Guidebook to Transforming Your Mind and Strengthening Your Faith

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by Tracie Miles


Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Publisher: David C. Cook
Length: 224pp
ISBN-13: 978-0781414364

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Publisher Synopsis

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle — especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.

For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.

In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds.

Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:

-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.


About the Author
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Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who’s spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She’s the author of Your Life Still Counts and Stressed-Less Living, and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.

 My Review

I’ll be the first to admit it — I don’t have unsinkable faith. Though I’d like to think I’m tough, when the waters of life start to rise, I start flailing. Like Peter trying to walk to Jesus over the sea, my attention is focused on anything and everything that could go wrong. Consumed with negative thoughts and worse-case scenarios, my own doubts, fears, and insecurities weigh me down like a sack of rocks tied to my feet. It’s only when I’m gasping for breath and nearly gone under that I finally remember to look to where my help is — Jesus.

Words have the power to heal or the power to harm. Similarly, our thoughts — essentially words we speak to ourselves (or sometimes words we’ve heard from others that we’ve internalized) — have the power to weaken or strengthen us. We can’t change our circumstances, but we can change how we think and respond. In fact, Miles uses support from neuropyschology to show us that science and God’s word are in agreement:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Our minds can be reshaped and remade! With Unsinkable Faith, Tracie Miles shows us that we already have the tools we need to change our thinking and renew our minds and live more peaceful lives. With work, we can find that unsinkable faith. Fortunately, all we need is already at our disposal. What are the two main tools to defeat negative thinking? Scripture and prayer.

Miles makes the process clear through conversational language and repetition through various examples and scenarios. It’s a three step process – 3 R’s: recognize, reject, and replace. First, be aware of the negative/false thought or belief when it occurs. Next, compare what you’ve been telling yourself is “true” to what God’s word says is true. Reject the lie as contrary to God’s truth and, finally, replace it with words from scripture that will buoy you rather than pull you down. And by all means, pray for help releasing what you need to let go of.

Miles is part of the Proverbs 31 ministry, and if you’ve read other books from Proverbs 31 authors, some of what you find in Unsinkable Faith will be familiar. And that’s okay, because it takes repetition to break down fallacies in our mindset and start to rewire our thinking. I believe Miles had this in mind when she structured her book. She uses three stories from different women to help illustrate her points with each chapter.

At the end of each chapter, Miles hands over the oars and lets your “row your boat” and do the work. She includes prompts for “mind transforming reflections”, “mind renewing memory verses” from scripture for you to write down and commit to memory, and “chapter challenges” that ask you to take action or find practical applications for the skills you’ve been learning.

Miles acknowledges that renewing our minds is hard work. Habits take time to break and we must recognize that embracing positivity is a lifestyle, a continued effort, rather than a destination goal that, once reached, blankets you with uninterrupted peace of mind. You’ll slip, you’ll slide, and you’ll fall. But remember to get back up, dust yourself off, and keep looking up.

Ready to banish negative thoughts? What are you waiting for? Think you’ll fail? Miles knows we’re going to mess up. So in what is perhaps the most valuable section of Unsinkable Faith, she aims to help us avoid common traps she calls “whirlpools”. She lists ten of these hazards giving examples and explanations, then provides a lifeline from scripture we can use to stay afloat should we encounter any of these dangers. So, with a little reflection, you can close the book already equipped with some weapons with which to slay your own personal dragons!

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

5 of 5 Hearts. A Valuable Guidebook to Transforming Your Mind and Strengthening Your Faith.

In Unsinkable Faith, Tracie Miles shows us that God’s word can help us overcome negative thinking and strengthen our faith even in the roughest waters.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank LitFuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of Unsinkable Faith in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Tracie Miles’ Unsinkable Faith Prize Pack Giveaway!

Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles’ new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

 

Non-Fiction Shelves – None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

A Balanced and Readable Christian Study of God

None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)
by Jen Wilkin


Publication Date: April 30, 2016
Publisher: Crossway
Length: 163pp
ISBN-13: 978-1433549830

Related Links:
Jen Wilkin’s Blog: The Beginning of Wisdom

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God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.

We’re not.

And that’s a good thing.

Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.

Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.


My Review

If you’re looking for some new feel-good aphorisms to tell you how special you are as one of God’s created beings, None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good thing) isn’t that kind of book. And that’s a good thing!

Wilkin’s aim with None Like Him is to help us “consider the majesty of a limitless God” and to make His “perfections” become “the most rational object of our reverence and awe” while asking us “to stare down our tendency to ask others and even ourselves to be what only God is”.

Jen Wilkin leads off by referencing a familiar female favorite, Psalm 31. She then describes two commonly invoked images of the “God-fearing” woman — the staunch, high-collared progenitor whose likeness might be captured in old ancestral family portrait; and the perpetually smiling, always optimistic ‘Suzy Sunshine’ who so dearly loves the Lord.

Luckily, Wilkin gifts us with a discussion of neither of these extremes. Instead, she anchors her analysis to a different verse of scripture: Psalm 111:10 : “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Next, she gives us a working definition for fear that draws a balanced picture of God encompassing both a Heavenly King and a loving Father. From there, to help her reader “learn a holy fear for a God like no other,” Wilkins uses the next ten chapters to explain “10 ways God is different from us”.

Each chapter begins with an anecdote and ends with a listing of verses (previously referenced in the text) for further reading, questions for reflection with space for written responses, and a prayer prompt to help you write your own prayer centered around the chapter’s thematic content. Having the Bible verses listed is a handy tool, as are the questions which help you synthesize and apply what you’ve read. Finally, ending with a prayer personalizes each lesson and take its message into your heart. Having this all in one place, rather than divided into a separate book and study guide/journal/devotional, not only saves space and money, but eliminates unnecessary duplication. I’d like to see this format used more often.

Excluding devotionals, in my experience reading books categorized as “Christian Living,” I’ve generally come across two kinds: theological discourse written by pastors, clergy, or scholars (more often marketed to men — often other clergy/theologians); and encouraging self-help/motivational texts supported by scripture (more often aimed at women and laypeople). I’ve always puzzled over why there appears to be such a divide: emotionally-driven materials are presented to women, while rational/logical arguments are directed at men.

Just as Wilkin sheds new light on the “God-fearing woman” of Psalm 31, she offers up a different, more balanced kind of text — one that combines a conversational, confessional tone with logical, scriptural argument while never getting too bogged down in theology. In essence, None Like Him is the happy medium that can be enjoyed by both the cleric and the layman. The result is a readable, yet never watered-down message that works to increase rather than dilute our reverence for the Lord.

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

5 of 5 Hearts. A Balanced and Readable Christian Study of God.

Jen Wilkin combines her conversational tone with rational argument while never overpowering her reader with lofty theological discourse. In essence, None Like Him is the ideal hybrid whose message can be received and appreciated by cleric and layman alike.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Flyby Promotions for providing me with a copy of  None Like Him in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 29, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

3.5 of 5 Hearts. An Engaging, Yet Somber View of Amish Life in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, 1842.

Jan Drexel gives the reader a carefully researched, historically rich look at the forces which may have led Amish settlers, including some of her own ancestors, to leave Lancaster County and travel westward to Indiana. Though somber, Hannah’s Choice never loses hope while carrying its message that nothing is more important than faith and family.

[Read the full review]






Tuesday:

Non-Fiction Shelves – You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide by Holley Gerth

5 of 5 Hearts. An Encouraging, Empowering, Scripturally-Sound Guide To Becoming the You God Created You To Be.

If you’re feeling lost, broken, unloved, imperfect, insignificant, overwhelmed, or all of these things, don’t fret. Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide can help. You might say it’s like a road map, or, if you’re directionally challenged like I am, a GPS for your heart. What’s more, it’s as comforting as chocolate, hot cocoa, coffee, or ice cream! My advice? Set down your burden, dry your tears, pour a cup of tea or grab a cookie, and sit down for a “talk” with Holley!

[Read the full review]

 

 

 

Thursday:

Christian Chapters: A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

5 of 5 Hearts. A Beautiful Testament to God’s Ability to Rebuild, Renew, and Restore.

A Reluctant Bride is not a fairy-tale romance or swoon fest, but it demonstrates clearly how God can take broken pieces of shattered hearts and create something not only beautiful but unbreakable. For that reason, it may just be the perfect love story.

[Read the full review]

 

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

Non-Fiction Shelves – You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide by Holley Gerth

An Encouraging, Empowering, Scripturally-Sound Guide To Becoming the You God Created You To Be

You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide
by Holley Gerth


Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Revell
Length: 201pp
ISBN-13: 978-1493403738

Related Links:
Holley Gerth’s Blog & Website (Loads of Videos and Other Resources)

You’re Already Amazing (BOOK)

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Publisher Synopsis

Embrace who you are and become all God created you to be.

Through her Wall Street Journal bestselling book You’re Already Amazing, Holley Gerth dared and empowered women to discover who God made them to be and pursue his purpose for their lives. Now Holley will help you build on that foundation and experience even greater life transformation.

In this interactive LifeGrowth study, Holley will guide you through an engaging process that will help you apply heart-freeing truths in every aspect of your life, from relationships to work to how you pursue your dreams. God’s plans for your life are better than you can imagine, and you’ll see them unfold in new ways as Holley encourages you to embrace this life-changing truth–that you truly are already amazing.

SIX SESSIONS
1. Who God Created Us to Be
2. What’s True No Matter How We Feel
3. Our Amazing Journey with Jesus
4. God’s Plan for Our Relationships
5. God’s Purpose for Our Lives
6. How We Can Thrive for a Lifetime


My Review

Have you ever felt like less than good enough? Like you need to be doing something different? Like you need to do more or be more? Do you look around and feel like your accomplishments don’t measure up to those of your peers? Do you worry that your talents are insufficient or your work is insignificant? I sure have! But have I got good news for you!

MaryE - Never Fit InTake a look at this cute graphic by artist Mary Engelbreit. It’s featured as the month of February on her “Attitude is Everything” 2016 mini calendar. I’ve been looking at it all month at work. And I’ve decided that with one tweak, the sentiment attached to her illustration would tie right in with what I’ve been reading and gleaning from Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide. “You were born to stand out” should be amended to read, “You were created to stand out.”

Studying the You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide, and the similarly titled book which it supplements, is like having a heart-to-heart chat with a dear girlfriend — the best kind of girlfriend. You know the kind I mean (and I hope you have one!) – that beautifully positive and encouraging spirit who is always there when you need her. Depending on your circumstances, she’s a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a partner in giggles, or a cheerleader to celebrate you. She always seems to know what you need to hear. Holley Gerth does all that because she’s got a knack for communicating God’s truth. If, like me, you’ve spent one too many days feeling like a hamster on a wheel, Holley’s LifeGrowth Guide will help you step off, catch your breath, and understand that you are already enough. You are more than enough. You are amazing!

Holley does a terrific job of helping unpack why we women can be so hard on ourselves, why we feel the need to compare ourselves to others or seek perfection. Why we find it hard to show ourselves the same mercy we so freely and willingly extend to others. Holley helps you break out of those negative thought patterns by teaching you to look to scripture in order to replace the lies (from others and yourself) that seem to be looping in your mind with God’s voice and God’s truth. For example, God’s answer to the enemy’s lie “You’re not pretty enough” is “You are much more than pretty…You are wonderfully made” (Psalm 139).

What else will you take away from the LifeGrowth Guide? Plenty! Holley’s a counselor and life coach. She’ll help you take a look at yourself, your strengths and skills, your emotional style, your social strengths, and much more. She offers professional development, self-assessment, affirmation, and empowerment, all from a Christian perspective. Along with biblical analogies (For instance, she likens where you are in your journey to different stages of the Israelites’ migration from Egypt to the Promised Land.), Holley uses examples from her own life and from her friends and clients, written in an easy, conversational tone. As she suggests, you’ll feel like you’re sitting down one-on-one for coffee. And at the end of your little chat, you won’t merely walk away with feel-good aphorisms and a fleeting smile on your face. You’ll step out in faith and confidence with a set of tools, a renewed sense of purpose, a LIFE (Love Is Faith Expressed) Statement, and a firm belief that you are already amazing! (Don’t freak out! The LIFE Statement can be a rough draft; it will probably change. And that’s okay because God’s goal for you is growth, not perfection.) So keep walking side-by-side with God toward the ‘Promised Land’ of your wildest hopes, dreams, and prayers. And should you get stuck or feel like you’re ‘wandering in the desert’, take heart: I’m right there with you!

— Dawn Teresa

Verdict

5 of 5 Hearts. An Encouraging, Empowering, Scripturally-Sound Guide To Becoming the You God Created You To Be.

If you’re feeling lost, broken, unloved, imperfect, insignificant, overwhelmed, or all of these things, don’t fret. Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide can help. You might say it’s like a road map, or, if you’re directionally challenged like I am, a GPS for your heart. What’s more, it’s as comforting as chocolate, hot cocoa, coffee, or ice cream! My advice? Set down your burden, dry your tears, pour a cup of tea or grab a cookie, and sit down for a “talk” with Holley!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Holley Gerth for providing me with a copy of the LifeGrowth Guide and DVD in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 2nd

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Kids Corner: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron




4.5 of 5 Hearts. An Uplifting, Inspiring Magical Fantasy. Pick up a copy of The Lost Years and embark on a journey with Emrys, a young man on his way to becoming the famed Merlin the Magician. Like Odysseus before him, Emrys is not a hero without flaws. He has much to learn. But with the help of some interesting friends and some troublesome foes, he’s on his way to understanding the meaning of words like friendship, love, sacrifice, heroism, and home.  [Read the full review]

 

Wednesday:

Non-Fiction Shelves: Beatleness by Candy Leonard

 

 

4.5 of 5 Hearts. An Outstanding Sociological Study of Beatlemania from the Fans’ Perspective. A rarity among the thousands of books written about the Beatles, Beatleness is required reading for anyone, fan or otherwise, who wants to learn exactly what the Fab Four meant to their fans, and how, in a mere half-dozen years, they were able to rock the establishment and help thrust the world in a new direction.  [Read the full review]

 

Thursday:

Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 2: Courage

ReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

Second Magical Word: Courage  [Read the full article]

 

Saturday:

Kids Corner: A Plague of Unicorns by Jane YolenPlague of Unicorns, A

 

 

4 of 5 Hearts. Strong Medieval Historical Fiction with a Sprinkling of Fantasy. Simultaneously entertaining, edifying, and inspiring. In addition to teaching a bit of history and a few Latin phrases, Yolen’s A Plague of Unicorns demonstrates to children that even the smallest of us has the capacity to be heroic.  [Read the full review]






That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

Non-Fiction Shelves: The Pirates Own Book by the Marine Research Society

As Exciting and Grisly as a Pirate Raid!


The Pirates Own Book
by the Marine Research Society


Reprint Edition: May 24, 1993
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Length: 469pp
ISBN-13: 978-0486276076

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In these delightfully melodramatic accounts, originally published in an extremely rare 1837 volume, you’ll find true stories of the diabolical desperadoes who plundered ships on the high seas and murdered their passengers and crews.


My Review

Okay. You’ve spent the day talking like a pirate, now it’s time to read about pirates! The Pirates Own Book is a great place to start. Subtitled Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers, the book is packed with adventure, high-sea ambushes, life-or-death moments, bloody killings, and yes, executions — because pirates didn’t generally get to retire and live peacefully off their booty. Nearly every famous pirate’s story is told: Captain Kidd, Black Beard, Jean LaFitte, Anne Bonney, and a score of other maritime bandits. The illustrations, reproduced from the original, do an excellent job of depicting the violence and mayhem of a pirate’s life, and the terror and destruction suffered by his unfortunate victims.

And should you want to sing like a pirate, there’s a song for you, too:

To the mast nail our flag, it is dark as the grave,
Or the death which it bears while it sweeps o’er the wave….

Yo-Ho-Ho, indeed!!

— Jennifer Michelle

Verdict


4 of 5 Hearts. As Exciting and Grisly as a Pirate Raid!

Not for the faint of heart, The Pirates Own Book will shiver your timbers! Argh, matey!

 

Book Review: One Way Love by Tullian Tchvidjian

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One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace For An Exhausted World 

by Tullian Tchvidjian

Description from Amazon.com:
Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.

Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God’s inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. 

In this “manifesto,” Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.

My Review:

Those who know me well know that Tullian is one of my favorite religious leaders and speakers. I enjoy watching Coral Ridge Presbyterian services online, and I read and heartily enjoyed Tullian’s recent work Jesus + Nothing = Everything. So, when offered the opportunity to read and review this new book, I jumped at the chance.What did I think? I loved it. Why? Let me tell you. It’s neither a self-help book nor a pretentious, stuffy theological treatise. Make no mistake, Tullian is well-educated and trained, and the theology is sound. However, this book is written for the modern, every-day person, not just for pastors and theologians.Tullian’s introduction presents an exhausted, broken world filled with frustrated, hurting people. And in this book, he explores two questions: “What is the cause for our exhaustion?” and “What is the cure?”In short, the answer to the first question is that “we are trying to save ourselves” through good works and performancism (defined by Tullian as “the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance”). In discussing performancism, Tullian defines and discusses law, both “big-l Law” and “little-l law.” The first, being God’s biblical law, and the second being society’s laws and expectations.

The answer to the second question (“What is the cure?”) is, to oversimplify, Jesus — grace.

Tullian’s examinations of law and grace, as well as discussions of justification by works versus justification by faith brings the reader to a greater understanding of grace. Before you think, “Oh, this is going to rationalize lazy Christians,” pause and reconsider. As Christians, we all intellectually understand what Christ did for us. The gospel was preached to us as the Good News that brought us to the Lord. But, unfortunately, once we get to Jesus, we tend to forget what He did for us. Instead, we begin to try to earn our way to Heaven. Tullian’s book uses both real-life examples — many from his own life — and biblical support to illustrate what grace, or “one-way love”, looks like. Of course, grace cannot be fully understood in an intellectual manner; rather, it is felt or experienced.

Tullian has experienced this one-way love, and is passionately dedicated to declaring the gospel to the world. Because we continually forget what Jesus did for us, he preaches grace and the message of the gospel again and again.

Reading this book can be a liberating experience. It will remind you that “It is finished!” So stop running on that hamster wheel. Stop trying to fix everything and everyone, including yourself. Lean instead on Christ who succeeded that you might be free to fail.

About Tullian Tchvidjian: 

While you may not be familiar with Tullian Tchvidjian, Senior Pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chances are you know his grandfather, the Reverend Billy Graham. In additon to his pastorial duties, Pastor Tullian lectures at Knox Theological Seminary and is the founder of LIBERATE.

Pastor Tullian and One Way Love on the Web: 

Below, view a sermon on the topic of the book:
Please disregard the butchering of his name by the gentleman who introduces him. His name is pronounced TULL-ee-an cha-VIDG-in. (As Tullian says, it rhymes with religion.)

Excerpts available here:

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received the above book for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
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