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A book for anyone who cares deeply about the future of the church.
Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . . irresistible. But that was then. Today we preach, teach, write, and communicate as if nothing has changed. As if "The Bible says it," still settles it.
It's time to hit pause on much of what we're doing and consider the faith modeled by our first-century brothers and sisters who had no official Bible, no status, and humanly speaking, little chance of survival.
What did they know that we don't?
What made their faith so compelling, so defensible, so irresistible?
Buckle up . . . you're about to find out. More importantly, Andy will invite you to embrace the version of faith that, against all odds, initiated a chain of events resulting in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen. A version we must embrace if we are to be salt and light in an increasingly savorless and dark world.
This expanded, softcover edition includes a helpful Q&A where Andy answers several common--and controversial--questions including:
- What is the role of Scripture in the Christian life?
- How should we use the Old Testament in discipleship?
- How do you avoid "burying the lead" in evangelism?
- What are the differences between the Old and New Covenants?
- Why should we make love the focus of our faith?
Andy also shares thoughts on how to make the New Covenant the basis of your preaching and some ideas on how to begin in sharing your faith with others. This bonus material is a helpful complement to the message of Irresistible and useful in conversations and discussions about the book.
"More than any other book I've read in years, Irresistible has stretched my view of Scripture. I can't hear or read a passage from the Old or New Testaments without thinking about Andy's provocative insights. If you and I take this book seriously, our lives and our churches will never be the same."--Kara Powell, PhD, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and coauthor of Growing Young
"Irresistible is like a once-in-a-generation shot across the bow. Andy Stanley takes a lifetime of accumulated insight and wisdom about the Christian faith, history, and why the church isn't connecting with our current culture, and combines them together in a masterpiece work."--Carey Nieuwhof, author and founding pastor, Connexus Church
"Warning: This book will set you and your ministry back--back to the first century and the approach to advancing the gospel modeled by Jesus and the apostles. Andy reminds us that the resurrection was at the center of the first-century apologetic. Then he challenges twenty-first century believers to reclaim it as the center of ours as well. I agree with Andy--this approach changed the world once. I'm convinced it could do so again. Read and apply now "--Frank Turek, Christian author, public speaker, and radio host
"This book challenged me to rethink my thoughts about the Old Testament, discuss with fellow believers what I was learning, do more connecting and less correcting of others, and be salt and light, making things better and brighter. I love how Andy loves people . . . ALL of them."--John Maxwell, author of The 360 Degree Leader
"It's time for the church to rethink how it presents a timeless gospel to this generation. In Irresistible, Andy Stanley challenges us to make sure we handle the Scriptures with the kind of integrity that compels everyone to seriously consider following Jesus. Any Christian who reads this book will suddenly find themselves embracing the mission of Jesus with a new passion."--Reggie Joiner, author; founder and CEO of Orange
"Andy Stanley takes you on a historic journ
Sarah Young's Jesus Calling has drawn millions of people around the world closer to Jesus. Now Life in His Presence calls us to a new experience reflecting on the truths of Jesus Calling as we take another step on our spiritual journey.
Each entry in Life in His Presence includes an excerpted devotion from Jesus Calling alongside a key Scripture verse, as well as thoughtful journaling prompts and memorable quotes. Beautifully designed callouts accentuate the reading and journaling experience. Although suited for individual use, Life in His Presence also lends itself to prayer partners and intimate small groups.
Combining biblical wisdom, beautiful design, and the encouraging words of a beloved author, Life in His Presence is a wonderful reminder to each of us that God loves for His children to draw near.
New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn't turn out like they expected.
Life often looks so very far from the reality we long for. Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands. But she's also discovered that whether we're dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we wrestle well between our faith and feelings.
This book offers a safe guide, fresh biblical insight, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. With grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, Lysa helps readers:
- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train themselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so they can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give them more than they can handle.
- Shift their suspicion that God is cruel or reckless to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing them.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help them navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.
In Success from the Inside Out, corporate executive and leadership speaker Nona Jones takes you on a personal journey to discovering the difference between success that empties, and success that fills.
Many of us aspire to achieve position, wealth, and notability in the hopes that those things will erase the pain of the past. But for those like Nona Jones who have experienced trauma, success requires more than a changed mindset--it requires repairing a broken spirit.
Nona was appointed to an executive role with a Fortune 100 company at only 23 years old. Since then, she has led award-winning initiatives in public affairs, brokered multi-million dollar business deals, addressed the United Nations, and championed juvenile justice and education policy reform in the halls of Congress--all under the age of 35.
Then in one of the largest wake-up moments of her life, Nona realized that her past battles were waging a present war. Though she tried to push away the memories, her childhood trauma continued to affect her emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically--until she made a pivotal decision.
Success from the Inside Out charts the course of Nona's breakthrough--a course that can also lead you out of the storms of your past or present. Through her own remarkable story and insights, Nona helps you:
Claim victory at the place where the defeat happened
Recognize ways you use work to cover up inward brokenness
Still the voices in your head that say you aren't good enough
Choose not just empty success but fulfilling success
Map your mile-markers toward your biggest goals
Push through from brokenness to breakthrough
As Nona writes, "I've discovered that the only thing stronger than the power trauma has to change you is the power you reclaim when you acknowledge its effect on you." Success from the Inside Out is an empowering guide to finding healing from the past so you can move with freedom and hope into the future.
What exactly is manhood? How do guys get there?
Tim Brown won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and starred in the NFL for seventeen seasons. He left the game as a Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders legend and one of the most respected men in sports. Now "Mr. Raider" shares his amazing journey--the triumphs, the heartbreaks, the struggles with women, Al Davis, and God--as well as the principles and priorities that made him the man he is today.
Much more than a sports memoir, "The Making of a Man" reveals how faith, family, honor, and integrity have everything to do with true manhood and a life well-lived. Whether you are a rabid fan or have little interest in football, a young boy or already facing the fourth quarter of your life, these pages will both challenge and inspire you to become the man you've always known you could be.
From New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff, the creator of the popular Dream Big conferences, a wildly inspiring yet utterly practical blueprint for helping readers find and reach their biggest dreams.
Bob Goff is on a mission to shake people into the version of their lives they dreamt about before someone told them it was impossible or incorrect. He wants people to reconnect with the seat of their passion and their person. He wants them to dream big.
In this revelatory new book, Goff takes readers on a life-proven journey to rediscover their dreams and turn them into reality. Based on his popular Dream Big workshop, Bob draws on a lifetime of living and dreaming large to help guide readers to reaching their larger-than-life dreams. In Dream Big he shows us how to:
- learn to define clearly your dreams for yourself,
- identify the obstacles holding you back,
- come up with a specific plan for reaching goals, and
- develop the tools that will help you act on the plan.
Dream Big is the only book you need to uncover the wild and exciting dream for your life you've hidden from yourself--and help you take the steps necessary to achieve it.
Love Talk is like no other communication book you've ever read. The fruit of years of research by two foremost relationship experts (who also happen to be husband and wife), this book forges a new path to the heart of loving conversation. You'll begin by identifying your security need and determining your personal communication style. Then you'll put together everything you discover to learn how the two of you can speak each other's language like never before.
This very day, you can begin an adventure in communication that will draw the two of you closer, and closer, and closer...consistently, in a way that creates the depth and connection you long for in your relationship.
Love Talk includes:
- The all-new Deep Love Assessment
- The secret to emotional connection
- When not to talk
- A Communications 101 primer
- Practical help for the "silent partner"
Designed for use with the companion men's and women's Love Talk workbooks (sold separately).
Happy is good. Holy is better.
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy?
Sacred Marriage doesn't just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today's marriages.
Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God's presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more.
The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men's and women's roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster read without losing the depth that so many readers have valued.
Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.