Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Never Ever Be the Same - A Book Review and Giveaway

From time to time, I will do a book review and giveaway in order to share resources that come across my desk.

Below is a an excerpt from Christian Authors/Speakers, Kathy Collard Miller and her husband Larry Miller's new book, Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today.

I hope you enjoy the article, and for those who comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy hot off the press!  Just tell me why you might want to read this book, and I'll pick a winner.  Be creative!

Blessings,
Kristi

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When Are We Like the Rich Young Ruler?
by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller
Do you want to see Jesuscompassion and patience in action? Its in Jesusencounter with the rich young ruler.
In one way or another, were all like the rich young ruler of Matthew 19:16-22. We just each have a different sinful strategy to cope with life. The young rulers sinful strategy was self-sufficiency through keeping the law and commandments. And when he talked to Jesus, he most likely expected Jesus to suggest he follow those rules for gaining eternal life. And Jesus at first stayed at the level of the Law by challenging him, You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself(verses 18-19). Evidently the young man thought that was the easy answer on the quiz because he claimed he had done those things.
He had no clue that Jesus was referring to that to-dolist as a barometer of the heart. This young man's behavior seemed obedient but evidently, he hadn't attended the class entitled Sermon on the Mount(Matt. 5-7). Because there Jesus explains it's all about the heart not just the behavior. Jesus in his compassionate way was gently guiding this young man toward truth, even knowing he would walk away.
The young man then asks, What else do I lack?You have to give him credit. He seems determined and he knows there's something more. Jesus says, If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me(verse 21).
This was a specific soul care interaction designed exactly for this man. We have no record that Jesus ever told anyone else to do that same thing. Why? Because other recorded interactions didn't include a person who idolized and suffered from a strategy of self-sufficiency.
Interestingly, Zaccheus evidently didn't suffer from this strategy or he quickly repented from it, because even though Jesus didn't tell him to go, sell,Zaccheus did it of his own accord (Lk. 19:1-10). His heart was supernaturally healed and deliveredfrom the inside out; the fruit was generosity to others and commitment to Jesus.
The rich young ruler's heart was not changed. When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions(verse 22). His possessions were his god and he did not want to surrender his strategy of self-sufficiency. It must have felt impossible and he ended up choosing eternal death, thus not finding the eternal life he sought from Jesus.
We love how Jesus compassionately and patiently tried to woo this young man to believe. Can we hear Jesuswooing us, calling to us to abandon our insufficient efforts at providing for ourselves?

This article is excerpted from Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today (Leafwood Publishers) which offers Christians hope that they can change their destructive patterns of behavior through identifying their sinful self-protective strategies and then being empowered to trust God instead. Authors Kathy and Larry Miller  include biblical principles, insightful stories, and helpful instruction. It also provides discussion questions that can be used by individuals or groups.

Kathy Collard Miller is the author of 50 books and has spoken in 31 states and 8 foreign countries. Kathy and her husband, Larry, have been married 44 years and he is a retired police lieutenant who also speaks and writes. Larry and Kathy speak often together and individually on a variety of topics. They live in Southern California, and have two grown children and one grandson. Visit them at www.LarryAndKathy.com and www.KathyCollardMiller.com.

Never Ever Be the Same is available at your local Christian bookstore and in both print and digital versions at:
CBD: http://bit.ly/1AuJZSX
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1BJz3lC



7 comments:

  1. Kristin, thank you for featuring our new book. Larry and I are especially pleased to think of one of your readers getting a copy of our book because we know the stress of law enforcement. Larry retired from law enforcement after 31 years and when we'd been married 7 years, we almost we one of the statistics in divorce from the stress from the job. Only because we both turned to God did our marriage survive. We know that not every spouse facing that stress makes that right choice. And that is truly tragic. Now we've been married 44 years and we trust we have much to share that will benefit your readers. Thanks for the important ministry you have!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. Appreciate your testimony! Blessings...Kristi

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    2. Oh Kristi, I just noticed that I somehow put in "Kristin." i'm sorry about that.

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  2. I would love a chance to read this book. I have many of Kathy's other books in my library and this would be a welcomed addition. Thank you for the chance to win. GOD bless.

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    1. Wow, thanks so much for your encouragement. That blesses me to no end! And thanks for putting your name in the drawing.

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  3. After putting all names (from this site and Facebook) in a hat, the winner is Jeanette Hull - Expressions of the Heart!! Congratulations, Jeanette. :)

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  4. Really? That is so awesome. Thank you so much. I'm so excited!!!!!

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