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Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?

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Do you feel the tension between the pleasures of earth and the purpose of heaven? You want to enjoy life in this world--the beauty of God's creation and the rich love of deep relationships with others--yet you wonder if you were made for more. You long to be radically committed to Jesus, but you're not sure what that means for your everyday life.

Michael Wittmer explains how to bring your human and Christian lives together. When you grasp God's story, you'll understand that not only is it possible to serve Jesus and still enjoy your life, but it's the only way you can.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 205
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310516382
ISBN-13: 9780310516385
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If following Jesus involves a life of sacrifice and suffering, is it wrong for a Christian to seek purpose and joy in this world?

Many Christians sense a tension between their desire to enjoy life in this world—the beauty of God’s creation, the rich love of deep relationships with others—and the reality that this world is fallen and broken, in need of redemption. How can we embrace and thrive in the tension between enjoying creation and promoting redemption? By living out our God-given purpose.

As "worldly saints," created in the image of God, we are natural creatures with a supernatural purpose—to know and love God. Because we live in a world that is stained by the curse of sin, we must learn to embrace our nature as creatures created in the image of God while recognizing our desperate need for the grace that God offers to us in the gospel.

Writing in a devotional style that is theologically rich, biblically accurate, and aimed at ordinary readers, Mike Wittmer helps readers understand who they are, why they are here, and the importance of the story they tell themselves. In Becoming Worldly Saints, he gives an integrated vision that shows how we can be heavenly minded in a way that leads to earthly good, empowering believers to seize the abundant life God has for them.

Author Bio

Michael Wittmer is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at GRTS in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the author of Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Don’t Stop Believing, The Last Enemy, and Despite Doubt. He and his wife, Julie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their three children: Avery, Landon, and Alayna.

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    Heaven is great, but it is not the end of the world...
    December 16, 2015
    Bryon R. Morgan
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wittmer returns to the subject of a Christian's holistic worldview. While some of his previous work was clearly meant for a more scholarly audience, seminary prof's and grad students, this book is unabashedly accessible for the rest of us. Well worth the read--more worth the application. Wittmer is one of the most under rated gems of modern Christian thought and this little known book illustrates this sad fact well.
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    June 27, 2015
    alwaysreading
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    Meets Expectations: 2
    What is your first thought as you read the title? Probably the same as mind. However it's not. The author takes the first eight chapters to explain why Earth is our real home. God made the earth for man and in Revelation God creates a new Earth which we will dwell, ok I get it so I kept reading up until the middle of the book, still not see what the content has to do with the title. It wasn't until after the middle of the book that the content seem more in line with the title of this book. I do however have to warn you, the author takes a chapter to makes his case for "not having worldly things" and to just focus on God. Things such as Christians don't need to bring Jesus into every conversation they have (sorry some of these Christian God has just gifted that way) or you don't need a cross on your rear windshield so people know your a Christian. Your life should be your witness. I'm sorry for me it was downhill from there and I just skimmed the last half. If you chose to read it, maybe your opinion will be different and you will get more out of it, I hope so.

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