Eyes Wide Open: See and Live the Real You  -     By: Jud Whilhite, Bill Taaffe
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Eyes Wide Open: See and Live the Real You

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A travel guide through real spirituality from one incomplete person to another, Eyes Wide Open is a book of stories about following God in the messes of life, about broken pasts and our lifelong need for grace. It is a book about seeing ourselves and God with new eyes-eyes wide open to a God of love.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601420722
ISBN-13: 9781601420725
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I had it all backwards. The main thing was not my love for God, but his love for me. And from that love I respond to God as one deeply flawed, yet loved. I’m not looking to prove my worth. I’m not searching for acceptance. I’m living out of the worth God already declares I have. I’m embracing his view of me and in the process discovering the person he created me to be.

In Eyes Wide Open, Jud Wilhite invites you to discover the real you. Not the you who pretends to be perfect to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Not the you who always feels guilty before God. Not the you who secretly feels God forgives everyone else but only tolerates you. Not the you who looks in the mirror and sees a failure. The real you, loved and forgiven by God, living out of your identity in Christ.

A travel guide through real spirituality from one incomplete person to another, Eyes Wide Open is a book of stories about following God in the messes of life, about broken pasts and our lifelong need for grace. It is a book about seeing ourselves and God with new eyes–eyes wide open to a God of love.

Author Bio

Jud Wilhite serves as senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. Thousands of people attend campuses each weekend, along with a global community who attend online. Jud is a frequent conference speaker, author of Uncensored Grace, and the coauthor of Deadly Viper Character Assassins with Mike Foster. He and his wife, Lori, have two children and a slobbery bulldog.

Bill Taaffe is a writer and editor whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, where he was a columnist and senior editor for nearly ten years. He and his wife, Donna, live in the Las Vegas area with their son.

Publisher's Description

In Eyes Wide Open, Jud Wilhite invites you to discover the real you. Not the you who pretends to be perfect to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Not the you who always feels guilty before God. Not the you who secretly feels God forgives everyone else but only tolerates you. Not the you who looks in the mirror and sees a failure. The real you, loved and forgiven by God, living out of your identity in Christ.

Author Bios:

Jud Wilhite is the author of Uncensored Grace and serves as senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas.

Bill Taaffe is a writer and editor whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, where he was a columnist and senior editor for nearly ten years.

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  1. Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly Recommended
    December 8, 2010
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
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    I hadn't heard of Jud Wilhite before reading Eyes Wide Open, but that didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of this short, encouraging reading. Written accessibly, Eyes Wide Open isn't the deepest theological treatise you'll ever read, but it is easy to dig into, filled with illustrations from the lives of real believers, and explores the believer's identity in Christ.

    The short chapters and fresh writing make me recommend this title to anyone looking for a sound, realistic, and transparent look at the Christian life. A life filled with grace, forgiveness, and love but not devoid of challenges, pain, and shortcomings (this is a fallen world after all). After exploring our standing in God's eyes as His redeemed children, Wilhite then goes on to touch upon the impact that believers can have on the individuals (and culture) around them as they reach out and touch others with the love of Christ.

    I enjoyed this book so much! It was inspiring, on-target, and to the point. This is a great place to start for believers who are struggling with condemnation, false-guilt, or feeling like they must earn God's love through performance. I highly recommend it!
  2. Lori
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 14, 2009
    Lori
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I had never heard of Jud Wilhite, but I have to say I am blessed to get to know him through is book Eyes Wide Open. In this book he challenges veteran Christians and non-Christians to open their eyes and really see who God is.The book is divided into four sectionslearning to see God; seeing ourselves and our forgiveness from Gods perspective; being wide open to change and influence and influencing others. If you are a veteran Christian none of the concepts will be new to you, but I have to say it was a refreshing to read.Throughout this book, Wilhite a minister in Las Vegas, often draws from situations he has experienced. The real life stories are what make this book real and appealing. I especially found my self tearing up with a story about Dog the Bounty Hunter. God is a God of salvation and a God of forgiveness. This is a book I looked forward to reading each time I picked it up. I believe groups of all ages, from teens to middle aged audlts will be blessed by Jud Wilhites book Eyes Wide Open.
  3. Christy Lockstein
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite is a beautiful look at just how much God loves each and every one of us. This book was such a joy to read. Wilhite uses Scripture after Scripture to show the loving nature of God and just how much He really wants a personal relationship with each of us. By reminding readers that they are members of a royal priesthood and God's own possession, he offers a wonderful gift that sometimes gets lost in the message of Christianity. Yes, we are sinful, but He loves us anyway, loves us huge, beyond anything our minds can imagine. He uses stories of people like Evil Kneivel and Johnny Cash to show what God's real love looks like, along with personal anecdotes. The true loving face of Jesus shows on each page and in every story, like the one about the former stripper who goes into strip clubs and pays girls for their time to talk to them and share the Gospel. Sometimes faith doesn't look like we expect it to, but we need to judge a tree by its fruit. I will be looking forward to more books by this author. This is a book to take to your heart and then pass on to a friend.
  4. ChristFocus Book Club
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 13, 2009
    ChristFocus Book Club
    This book is well-written and very easy to read and understand. It uses examples from the Bible and from the author's life (and that of people he knows) with the focus more on the modern examples. The author quotes scripture to back up his points and the book is Biblically correct. I love that the book says, "The main thing was not my love for God, but his love for me." So true. Two other books that delve even deeper into this principle are "Believing God" by Beth Moore and "Because He Loves Me" by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick.Jud Whihite makes one statement I don't agree with. He states that we've lost the culture war. However, he then goes on to give an example of one person making a difference politically in the local laws. I agree that the example he gives is how we ought to be "waging" the culture war, but in my mind that's what it's always really been--personally caring about and making a difference in individual peoples lives. Overall, Eyes Wide Open is a great, basic book for all Christians. I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't already deep-down rejoice in the statement "the main thing was not my love for God, but his love for me....Im not looking to prove my worth. Im not searching for acceptance. Im living out of the worth God already declares I have." I'd also recommend this book for young adults and adults who are new Christians. ChristFocus Book Clubhttp://christfocusbookclub.blogspot.com/
  5. Kevin M.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 28, 2009
    Kevin M.
    I want to start this review by saying that this is probably the best book I have ever read on this subject. You might be wondering, what is this subject? Seeing and living the real you. Seeing ourselves as God sees us - loved and forgiven by God and then living out that identity. This is an area that I have struggled with most of my Christian life because as Jud says "too many of us live with a distorted perspective of God." I saw God as an all-powerful enforcer with a big stick who was always waiting to whack me with it when I stepped out of line! How distorted of a view is that? I believed that God loved me but I wasn't convinced at the core of my being that He loved ME. Jud says that "this distorted perspective also affects how we see ourselves." We see ourselves as failures, worthless, dumb, hopeless, unworthy, unloved ... a nobody. This of course then hinders our possibilities. If we see ourselves as insignificant long enough, we will start acting accordingly. Unfortunately, I can attest to that. I have struggled with acceptance and confidence as a result of my poor view of myself. Jud tells us in "Eyes Wide Open" that we need to embrace God's perspective of us because it allows us to become the person God created us to be. This is the core message of this book.I highly recommend this book for everyone - whether you have struggled with your identity in Christ or not. Having a proper understanding of how God sees us is such an important step in our continued growth and maturity in Christ I want to end this review with this challenge by Jud from the book: "Choose to see yourself from God's point of view. Sure, you're flawed, but you're also deeply loved. You're on a journey, and you're being changed into the person God created you to be."http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com
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