Committed but Flawed: Seeking God in the Midst of Our Imperfections  -     By: Cecil Murphey
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Committed but Flawed: Seeking God in the Midst of Our Imperfections

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In Murphy's ongoing search for a deeper commitment, he practiced the standard methods of spiritual growth, such as Bible reading, prayer, and active involvement with other Christians. In the Bible, he became aware of spiritual qualities committed-but-flawed people exemplified. Each day he prays for God to help him cultivate those characteristics.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0899573789
ISBN-13: 9780899573786
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In his search for a deeper commitment, Cecil Murphey writes of his ongoing hunger for more of God in his life. He practiced all the standard methods of spiritual growth-Bible reading, prayer, and active involvement with other Christians, yet the hunger persisted.

As he continued studying the Bible he realized that God's people though flawed, often demonstrated overriding commitment in certain areas. Each character exemplified a specific spiritual quality, a feature that stood as a spiritual strength.

In his search for spiritual growth, Murphey found an intriguing method that works for him. Each day in prayer, he focuses on a specific quality in one of God's committed people, a quality he finds lacking. Then he prays for God to help him cultivate that attribute in his own life.

Barnabas is viewed as a sponsor of champions. In Murphey's prayer he states, "I am Barnabas, the sponsor of champions." He calls this a shorthand form of prayer.


             I am Barnabas, I see abilities in others and I sponsor them.

     Then I walk away so they don't have to share the spotlight with me.

                  I also stand with them when they fail.

      Thank you, God of grace, that you help me to help others.

Author Bio

CECIL ("Cec) MURPHEY  served as a missionary in Kenya, East Africa for six years, a pastor in the Atlanta area for fourteen years, part-time professor in a Bible College for eighteen years, and full-time writer most of his life.

He has written, co-written, or ghostwritten more than 95 books. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, written for Dr. Ben Carson has sold nearly two million copies. Murphey's ghostwritten autobiography of Franklin Graham, Rebel with a Cause, won a Gold Medallion Award. Recent books include, The Relentless God, The God Who Pursues, and Seeking God's Hidden Face.

Committed but Flawed: Seeking New Ways to Grow Spiritually is the latest book out by Cecil Murphey. This book speaks to the problem many Christians feel, that is, even after years of following Christ, they do not feel close to Him. Mr. Murphey says the old answers to the question of how we can get closer to God did not cut it with him. He tried but still felt lacking.
Mr. Murphey has written some wonderful books, including the biography of Dr. Ben Carson. Cecil Murphey served for six years as a missionary to Kenya, East Africa, a pastor in the Atlanta area for 14 years and a professor at a Bible college for 18 years. He has written over 95 books, some under pen names, many ghostwritten.
In his writing you can sense that he is no run-of-the-mill Christian. He follows hard after God and has learned how to grow. He studies Biblical characters, looking at their attributes as well as their faults. He then prays to have that person’s desirable characteristics.
Each of the book’s 25 segments encompasses a different person, and ends with a prayer. Mr. Murphey calls this the “shorthand method” of prayer. Here is one example: “I am John Mark. I have failed and made mistakes. I am also forgiven and I am loved. Remind me that when I confess my failure, You forgive me and make me stronger for the next test.”
The book is easy to read, the method is well presented, and I found it made me re-examine the way I think about persons in the Bible. I now look for the traits that I should admire and try to be Christ-like by following His followers. I would recommend this book to any Christian who is frustrated in his walk with God—who finds himself yearning for more godliness in his life. It could also be adapted for use as a group Bible study book for teen and adult men. – Elece Hollis, Christian Book

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2007
    Pat Shufford
    The title of the book is what captured me, but I must say that after reading the first few chapters I began to think is this biblically correct. I understand the message the author is attempting to convey, however I did not feel comfortable, neither did I see it as being scriptural to pick out the one good quality in someone and aspire to be that. When you say I am Jacob, you take on all of Jacob, the good and the bad. Didn't God change Jacob's name to Israel? So why would I say I am Jacob? I can embrace the love of God, the same love He had for Jacob without saying I am Jacob. I couldn't get past the thought of making an image of the person in my mind as the author said he did, so that I could see them and be like them. The book did not work for me.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 7, 2007
    Lisa Greer
    Committed But Flawed is a spiritual growth book that youll want to refer back to time and again to enhance your prayer life and make that divine journey closer to God. Weve been told all our Christian lives that well never be perfect like Jesus, even though thats what we are to strive for. As a Christian, that can be difficult to grasp. Were flawed, and we will always be flawed, yet our role model is perfect. So how can God possibly love us? How can we ever live up to His expectations? This book will hold a mirror to your thoughts as the author, Cecil Murphey, focuses on those great icons that were the heroes and heroines of the Bible. Even they had flaws, but were very much loved and favored by God. If youre new Christian, not yet a Christian, or even a seasoned Christian, this book will offer you silent mentors by providing insight into the lives of those who were pleasing in Gods sight in spite of their quirks and flaws. With every character, I kept thinking there couldnt possibly be anyone else left for the author to write about that I could identify with. Then, as each chapter revealed another, I found that those individuals had a gift, or an attribute for which I strive in order to be pleasing in His eyes. Its a wonderful read in a length that is just right and will not only hold your attention, but will linger in your thoughts long after you are finished reading.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 4, 2006
    Shannon Primicerio
    In Committed But Flawed Cecil Murphey introduces readers to an entirely new way to pray. His method of relating to people from the Bible causes readers to really think through familiar Bible passages and dig deeper for personal application. Spiritual growth is a guaranteed byproduct of reading this book! I highly recommend it.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 1, 2005
    Robin Bayne
    Wow. I would never have guessed from the title and cover of this book how compelling the text would be. Not only did I get a deeper understanding of prominent and lesser known Biblical figures, I learned how to pray by drawing on their strengths and character. The author humbly reveals how he desires to be like these ancient people, how he prays to take on the characteristics he admires in them. I found myself nodding along at each end-chapter prayer; that yes, I should pray for these same things. Every lesson seemed applicable to me, and I suspect would to most other readers as well. Highly recommended!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 26, 2004
    Susan Schulz
    If you yearn for more of God in your life, this book is for you. Murphey delves into the lives and characteristics of 26 different Bible characters. Actually becoming each character, his intriguing method of prayer carries application of God' Word to a higher level. Each chapter is like a prescription. For instance, if you are feeling weak and need stronger faith you can pray Mary's prayer. Because this book is one that will be taken off the shelf over and over it is guaranteed to be an invaluable addition to your library.
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Author: Cecil Murphey
Located in: Tucker, GA
Submitted: July 28, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am an adult convert, served as a missionary in Kenya for 6 years and a pastor for 14. For the past 20 years I've been writing full time. I want to keep on growing spiritually; I also want to help and encourage others to grow.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I tried all the traditional means of spiritual growth, such as prayer, reading, fellowship, and they helped. But the method I stumbled on in my search for a closer relationship with God has changed my life and I simply want to share my insights.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will see that God constantly shows us ways to grow spiritually.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I try to read widely. I want to read other writers who wrestle with spiritual growth. I find many of them helpful, but the Bible remains my primary book. Henri Nouwen has probably spoken to me more than any other modern Christian writer.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I call myself a serious Christian and I want to grow ever closer to God.


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