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* Discover who you really are and how to become the person you're called to be! Revealing nine spiritual markers, Delvaux shares his story and uncovers the life God has planned for you. You'll learn how to let go of idols, overcome scars, grasp your identity, fight your battles, conquer sexual sin, choose God first, and more. 240 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.63 (inches)
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The well-worn rut that most of us live in is safe, comfortable . . . some would call it dead. By contrast, coming alive requires a willingness to journey into the unknown. Following Jesus is just such a path -- one that takes us deep into His death and then lifts us up into His resurrection.


There are some risks involved, and there are no point A to point B maps. But there are landmarks, places we must pass along the way if we are to keep following Christ into real life.
Landmarks describes these breakthrough places of the heart and mind in the general order in which they tend to show up. Long-time teacher and first-time author Bill Delvaux shares his landmark story and takes read- ers through nine different spiritual markers that must be encountered in order to live the full life that Jesus has planned for us.
Some of the landmarks include letting go of idols, overcoming scars, walking away from sexual sin, grasping your identity, fighting your battle, bonding with Christ, and choosing God first.
So, if you feel stuck out there on the highway of humanity and need some tried and true spiritual direction, look for Landmarks.




 
If you want to keep stuffing your unmet desires, and keep ignoring your ongoing anxieties, and keep settling for your unsatisfying connection to God and those around you, then be sure you don’t read this book. But if you want to find a balm for your unhealed wounds, insight into your unhealthy obsessions, and courage to pursue your unfulfilled dreams, then take a sit and read.
 
Nancy Guthrie, author of Holding on to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better and the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Study series
 
Over the years, I have encountered countless men, young and old, whose lives intersected at some point with Bill Delvaux. The common denominator is that each one of them can trace back to that intersec­tion, and talk about a shift that took place. That shift involved something he said, or some kind of experi­ence with Bill where they were stirred, invited into something bigger and changed in some way.
You are about to experience that intersection. Prepare to be invited, stirred and disrupted in the best of ways.
 
David Thomas, therapist and author of Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
 
 
I’ve known Bill as a great teacher with a passion for truth, God’s word, and authentic faith at the school my children attend. What I never really knew before reading his book was the rich story that’s shaped him and his heart to make him the man that he is and is becoming. It is a rare gift when someone opens the book of themselves to share their deepest stories as Bill has done and I believe those who read his story will be grateful as I am.
 
Steven Curtis Chapman, Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter
 
Bill Delvaux fiercely taps into the heart of every person’s struggle to write their own story. The experi­ences he so honestly and vulnerably shares from his own story are as penetrating as they are inspiring and redeeming.
 
Jake Speck, theatre producer and actor in the Broadway hit Jersey Boys and the TV series Nashville
 
What a gift Landmarks is! With his first book, Bill Delvaux has given us the beauty of God’s redemptive story; the fruit of his own well-stewarded pain; and a path for each of us to follow into a journey of grace, healing, and freedom. I cannot wait to see how God is going to use this book in the lives of countless men—to help them find their place in God’s story.
 
Scotty Smith, founding pastor, Christ Community Church and author of Every Day Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel Centered Faith, Objects of His Affection, The Reign of Grace and Restoring Broken Things
 
Bill Delvaux has incredible insight into the journey we need to take. I recommend this book as one that is filled with wisdom and profound encouragement. Read it with an open heart and an expectation that God will use it mightily to transform you.
 
Carter Crenshaw, senior pastor of West End Community Church
 
I commend Bill Delvaux’s new work, Landmarks to you. I have the privilege of serving as pastor to the church where Bill and Heidi are members, and have witnessed first-hand the impact of this book’s concepts on hundreds of people. Take this book up, read it, and share it with others. You’ll be glad that you did.
 
Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Nashville TN
 
To me, Bill is something of an evangelical exotic: the rare male who is genuinely willing to be transpar­ent and authentic in light of the gospel and its invita­tion to be transformed. I sat in Bill’s classes many times over the years as he developed the themes in this book through teaching and relating his own story. I gained plenty and am glad to know that many more will have the same opportunity.
 
Ashley Cleveland, Grammy and Dove Award Winning Recording Artist
 
 

Author Bio

Bill Delvaux taught Men of the Bible classes for two decades at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Duke University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is now a full-time speaker and retreat minister. Landmarks is his first book.

Editorial Reviews

So much men's work has been built exclusively on secular sources or exclusively on religious sources. Bill Delvaux teaches from wisdom wherever it is to be found, including our Judeo-Christian sources.
 
Richard Rohr
Franciscan priest, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and best-selling author of Adam's Return and From Wild Man to Wise Man
 
 
In Landmarks: Turning Points on Your Journey Toward God, author Bill Delvaux describes a series of unexplainable choices that yielded satisfying results. He left a ministry position for teaching, and left his teaching position to write and speak about faith. A thoughtful writer, Delvaux was asked by a colleague to explain how his spiritual journey developed through these counterintuitive decisions. Delvaux responds that though he never knew he was going in the right direction, his Heavenly Father provided certain “landmarks” along the way. For frequent readers of evangelical nonfiction, the landmarks may seem unsurprising—giving up idols, addressing old wounds, seeking sexual purity. Yet Delvaux’s way of addressing these topics gives this slim book both gravity and purpose. When discussing idols, for instance, Delvaux shares his own former insistence that the details of his life be in order, right down to his junk mail. He realized that grasping toward perfection was ultimately idolatrous. As he reveals his own story, readers are gently guided to consider their own. A movie fan, Delvaux situates many of his lessons within the context of popular films. A small book that leaves a big impression, Landmarks tells how one man was transformed by embracing the principles he’d been teaching his whole life.
 
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  1. Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story Of A Man's Journey
    March 22, 2014
    Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Landmarks - eBook.
    In this book, Bill Delvaux shares the story of his journey to come into a deeper relationship with Christ and some of the key landmarks along the way. Some of the key landmarks include idols, wounds, sex, identity, battle, etc. I love his description of his initial view of the Bible as a story where his life was disconnected from this story. A real shift took place when he saw that he was part of the same story. Instead of us being committed to being the author of our story, it is a much better story when we submit to being a part of God's story.

    The rest of the book is really a character check about how we can become the best person that God has designed us to be. Delvaux walks through the danger of having idols that we expect to fill the place of the things that God should provide. There is a good chapter on making sure that our identity is built on the appropriate things_.not past hurtful events or harsh words that may have been spoken in our childhood.

    Delvaux combines key landmarks on life's journey, his personal anecdotes of his key landmarks and many references to popular literature and movies to illustrate his points. Although this book has received many favorable reviews, I found it difficult to keep my attention engaged to the end of the book.

    I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
  2. SFaith
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Turning Points in Life
    April 26, 2013
    SFaith
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Landmarks: Turning Points on Your Journey Toward God by Bill Delvaux

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    There are certain "landmarks" in our lives, that are turning points....game changers that make an impact in our lives...and as I was reading, "Landmarks", it had me thinking of, really, the old cliche of driving.

    Stop and think about it.

    When we are driving, both familiar and unfamiliar roads, we usually depend on something familiar to help us get that sense of assurance, we are heading down the right way and if we don't, its hard not to get that inner sense of panic that we are lost, late and just really no clue of where we are going.

    The topics that the author covers, are familiar terrains that we all deal with at some points of our lives and with them, we use to build the building blocks of our faith and understanding of the world around us and our relationship with God. It is along these same lines that the book, uses, to address topics such as idols that keep our focus away from God and His word, wounds that may have us not only hurting but often use as a way to try and run from God and in another chapter, "Bonds" and a focus on the connections that we make in our life.

    The book is an easy read at 187 pages and the print is easy on the eyes.

    Written with a mix of personal experiences, scripture and even cultural references that help bring "Landmarks" encouragement to finding points in our lives, that we can find redirection toward God, I appreciate with ease, how Bill shares topics that many will find topical and often more of pointing in the right direction of where to start, rather than more an in depth, lay it all out there guide.

    I really felt like the book lived up to what it shared on the back of the book, "If you feel stuck out there on the highway of humanity and need tried and true spiritual direction, look for Landmarks".

    This is something that I feel we all need in our lives at some point or another; Not a let's break it all down and go piece by piece of what we need to do, but in something like the book, "Landmark", that makes it an easy Saturday read, and sprinkled with a, let's take a look at this direction,Christian based encouragement that we all need at some point in our lives.

    In one part of the book, Bill Delvaux wrote, "We try to circumvent the process, pasting the idea on top of our wounds as another avoidance mechanism. But it doesn't work."

    Isn't that true in a lot of ways...maybe our faith feels a little flat....we have things weighing down on us or just trying to make it to the next day....As a reader, I really felt this book just worked out as a reminder, a consistant reminder, where to refocus and if we are needed a clue in our journey....here's a direction to take us where we need to go.

    Life is complex.

    Life can be confusing, but it really helps to have some familiar landmarks in our life to help us show the way and I really enjoy the easy read, that after finishing this book, felt like a much needed pep talk of looking at things from a different perspective.

    There are many moments in the book that felt very raw, that the author, through simple, straight talk, shared parts of his own story, and really just reminded the reader of how human we can be and how God can show us the needed directions if we just trusted Him. In other areas, Bill is straight with the challenge of....there is more to life than we have give to it.

    He doesn't write with a, he has all the answers, but rather...Bill Delvaux shows in his writing, these are the steps he took, with each landmark he encounter and like other travelers, share his travel weary experiences for the next traveler, to read, to contemplate and to build on, in their own journey, making this a book well worth reading.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    for men on their spiritual journey
    March 15, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Life is a journey but where is the map? That's where Bill says landmarks are important. "Think of them as points that chart out a journey we all need to take if we want to live well." (4)

    Bill has charted the journey with nine landmarks. The first four chart a downward decent to death. The fifth is a turning point and the final four landmarks describe the ascent to real life, the resurrection. He shares these landmarks as he experienced them on his own journey.

    The first landmark on the decent to death is story. The story line of our life is disconnected from God's story. We want to be the author of our story, the director, the producer and the lead role.

    Landmark two is idols - our life cluttered and choked with paraphernalia instead of the Creator of it all.

    Wounds, the next landmark, have been inflicted on us and we try to hide them in the basement of our soul, even though they are meant to be owned, grieved, forgiven and healed. The landmark of sex reveals our brokenness.

    Then we make the turn, searching for identity. We battle to find and live out our true identity.

    We begin the ascent as we awake to the battle around us, the schemes of the devil. We may be called to a new level of discipline or self-sacrifice.

    We find the bond, the connection to God Paul called "in Christ." We begin to connect to one another.

    We mate.

    We engage the quest, running and finishing the race.

    Those are the landmarks. Bill adds many of his own life experiences as he maps out the landmarks. He is very honest about the ups and down of his own journey.

    Perhaps it is just me, but this seems to be a book specifically for men. I had a great deal of difficulty identifying with several of Bill's landmarks. For example, bonding. Women, in general, don't go on rafting trips where this type of bonding Bill experienced happens. And the quest is another one. It must be a man thing to go on a quest.

    I would recommend this book to men who want to understand the journey they are on. I am sure they will find themselves within this journey Bill has described. I don't think women will find this book nearly as informative.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
  4. Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Landmarks will place you on the right road!
    March 10, 2013
    Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you in a rut just spinning your wheels? Is your life safe, comfortable, .....dead? Landmarks: Turning Points On Your Journey Toward God by Bill Delvaux is the next book you must read. Landmarks was a pleasant surprise. The author, through anecdotes from his life, gently encourages the reader to examine themselves at the life landmarks he has mapped. Although this book was easily read in two afternoons, I believe it would be an excellent small group study for men, women, or married couples.

    Bill Delvaux was a struggling young minister with big dreams. His marriage was in turmoil due to his depression, and he was angry with God. He resigned his position and eventually took a job as a high school teacher and coach. At the encouragement of a friend, he wrote down nine "mile markers" from his life journey, and this book was born.

    Landmarks is divided into three parts. In the first part, Descending Into Death, the author writes that we all try to author our own story, disconnected from God, and the chaos that results when we do not fully trust Him to author our life story. Idols was the most personally revealing chapter in my life, exposing that we all are hoarders and hang on to things, ideas, situations, and people instead of giving ourselves completely to God. What the world calls dysfunction and addiction is actually idolatry. In Wounds, the author shows the harm of not resolving the harm caused in our life as a result of the idolatry and that running from these wounds is actually running from the Healer, God. The final topic is God's view of sex. Bill Delvaux illustrates that sex outside of His plan is a yearning for God, and that once the insanity of sin ends, God fills the void and longing.

    Making The Turn studies our identity, how we feel about ourselves based on other's opinions, or based on God's opinion. Many people live in shame, but as the author stated, "Shame has kept you from love, and only love will heal you of shame." The only truth in our life is God's truth, and that is our only freedom and identity.

    The final part, Ascending Into Life, begins with the battle. Many followers of Jesus do not even know how to fight the enemy because they have not prepared with study of Scripture and continued standing in Christ. He then shows the importance of vertical bonding with the Lord, and horizontal bonding with other followers of Jesus. Sadly, many feel the need to put on a mask when the body of Christ should be the place of the healing of our brokenness and hurts. The marriage union is studied, discussing the roles of a husband and wife, and how if these roles are reversed, the marriage will not survive. In the final chapter, we are encouraged to begin a journey finding God's purpose for our lives and allowing Him to write our autobiography.

    Landmarks is this author's first book. I look forward to his future works. This book cause me to examine my quest, my landmarks, and make necessary adjustments in surrendering some areas I was still clinging to. I appreciate his personal openness in which he shared his life. You are encouraged to read this gift to the body of Christ
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