Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype  -     By: Michael Horton
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In a world of hype, you may buy into the idea that, through Jesus, you'll be healthier and wealthier as well as wiser. So what happens when you become ill, depressed, or bankrupt? Did you do something wrong? Has God abandoned you? In Too Good to Be True, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. Through a series of powerful readings, you'll see that through every type of earthly difficulty, God keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for your good.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 7.12 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310267455
ISBN-13: 9780310267454
UPC: 025986267452
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In a world of hype, we may buy into the idea that through Jesus, we'll be healthier and wealthier as well as wiser. So what happens when we become ill, or depressed, or bankrupt? Did we do something wrong? Has God abandoned us? As a child, Michael Horton would run up the down escalator, trying to beat it to the top. As Christians, he notes, we sometimes seek God the same way, believing we can climb to him under our own steam. But we can't, which is why we are blessed that Jesus descends to us, especially during times of trial. In Too Good to Be True, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good.

Author Bio

Michael S. Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. A Reformed minister, he also co-hosts the White Horse Inn (whitehorseinn.org) and is editor of Modern Reformation magazine. The author of more than 20 books, his latest is The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. SPANISH BIO: Michael S. Horton ensena teologia y apologetica en el Seminario Westminster en Escondido, California, donde vive con su esposa Lisa y sus cuatro hijos. Es un prolifico autor, anfitrion de un programa de radio y editor de la revista Modern Reformation.

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'With solid scriptural exegesis, Michael Horton outlines a theological conceptualization of suffering. Written for both the pastor and lay person, every reader will see God's plan and purpose more clearly and understand that the compensation for belief in God cannot be spent at Walmart.' -- American Association of Christian Counselors

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  1. TCisME
    San Leon, Texas
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great theology in a small book!
    December 3, 2013
    TCisME
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
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    Do You want to know why we as Christians suffer? Do You know if You will go to heaven when You die? Then this book is for You! Like Paul's Romans, Michael Horton lays the foundation in the early chapters then explains "why we suffer","our assurance of salvation", "the cosmic battle between Jesus and Satan", and more all in chapter 8 (and 9). "Bad theology kills" but Great theology encourages, strengthens, heals, and equips saints to understand what is happening in their life and why. Nice to know some "puritan" writes exist today. May this book bless You as it did me!!!! THANKS Michael.
  2. Steve Lee, Sr.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 9, 2006
    Steve Lee, Sr.
    I'm thinking that this book should be required reading for:1. Pastors2. Lay people3. Anyone who is considering, or has responded to, the call to follow ChristWhen I'm out and about, or even just flipping through the channels on TV, I am often confronted by statements that Christianity will "fix" your life. I admit that Jesus has fixed some parts of my life and that my life is definitely better with him than without him. However, we should never tell others, nor should we expect, that accepting the call to follow Jesus will exempt us from pain or trials; grief or temptation. Neither does it carry a promise to make us healthy, wealthy, and wise. "It isn't a technique for our personal therapy."What Jesus does promise is that we will have trouble and that we will be participants with him in his suffering . So, unless you are some kind of sick person, this doesn't sound too exciting. Why then, would anyone choose to become a Christian?Horton correctly instructs us that, "The good news that we proclaim is true, not because it works for people in that pragmatic, utilitarian way, but because nearly two thousand years ago, outside of the center city of Jerusalem, the Son of God was crucified for our sins and was raised for our justification. This historical event may not fix our marriages, our relationships, or our messed-up lives the way we would like, but it saves us from the wrath of God to come and gives us new life, hope, and wisdom for our existence here and now, guaranteeing the end of pain at last."If you've been disappointed with your life (or with God) because things aren't going the way you were promised, this book should be a source of great joy. Horton makes a clear distinction between what God has promised and what (well-meaning, but wrong) people have assumed to promise on his behalf. Hope in God's promises is not misplaced and will never disappoint.Horton has done a good thing for us all in writing this book.
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