This book is life-changing for the Christian struggling to please God. I was both intrigued and enlightened. I've read many books on the subject of grace, and this is one of the clearest. Loved how the author explained the power of the Cross!
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15How discouraging is it to attempt in earnest to live a mature, love and peace-filled Life only to fail and fail again? Why is it so hard for us not to hurt the ones we love? How can we break free of our old habits that distance us from God and from our loved ones? Can it be done, and how? Within the pages of How to Keep your Inner Mess from Thrashing Your Outer World, author Bill Giovannetti answers these ancient questions with scripture and drama. With Biblical accuracy and an engaging style, Bill shows us that we cant live that peaceful and joyful life by our own strength or by our own efforts, but we can with Christs. It is the work of Christ within us. It is by His Spirit, His strength, and not our own, that we find the abundant life that Jesus offers.Through Inner Mess, Dr. Giovannetti shows us the den of dysfunctional characters within each of us. The vehicle for the introductions is a public-transit bus. The reader meets these rogues one-at-a-time, and gets to see the havoc they wreak on the scene, reminiscent of a family-reunion-gone-bad. The bus is in an analogy-on-wheels of the war between our inner mess (the flesh) and our new identity in Christ.The story is not told all-at-once, but rather is told in immersive snapshots, usually ending in cliffhangers that keep the reader eagerly engaged in the book. Between episodes of the fictional story line, the author illustrates Biblical truths, gives practical advice, and asks probing questions to help the reader sort out their own miscreants and to teach the reader if we let Christ on our bus, well find that His Grace is sufficient.I read and enjoyed this book. I can now better recognize and understand my own unruly passengers. Though its not by my own strength but Christs, Im in far better control of my own bus, and my belligerent gang of hoodlums behaves much better.
This book is wonderful. Pastor Bill uses words and imagery that bring seemingly lofty Biblical principles down to everyday terms. I bought three additional books to share and will probably be buying a few more.
Ever feel like you're surrounded by a rowdy, unruly crowd even when you're alone? Do you sometimes feel as if you've stepped into the Twilight Zone and turned into someone you don't recognize? Who ARE these people and who are YOU when you're not yourself? Meet your Inner Mess! Let Bill Giovanetti take you on a wild and whacky bus ride with a cast of characters who may reside much closer than you think. Get to know your Inner Brat, Control Freak and others. Discover what brings them to life and, more importantly, learn to bring them under control so that you can live in harmony with yourself and others. Hop aboard and take a suspenseful and enlightening ride with people most of us would not willingly choose as our seatmates. Your family and friends are already acquainted with these people. Isn't it about time you get to know them, too?