True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life  -     By: Gary Heim, Lisa Heim
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True North offers biblical insight, personal stories, discussion questions, and compelling examples to encourage you to turn to God with every frustration in life. Authors Gary and Lisa Heim show you how to move from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered grattitude and giving so you can embrak on a life-giving adventure of walking with God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0825427517
ISBN-13: 9780825427510
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Publisher's Description

Every day we face some kind of frustration: flat tires, flooded basements, wounding words, a broken body, a troubled marriage-trouble comes in all shapes and sizes and can happen when we least expect it. While everyone struggles, few people have learned to struggle well. But it's not impossible

Frustrations arise when we look to people and things of this world to fill our desires, rather than to the only One who can really satisfy us. "True North" offers a unique, biblical paradigm that gives understanding and help to turn to God in the frustrations of life. Frustration often causes us to "go south" and react in the flesh. We grumble and grasp. God calls us to "go north" and respond to hardship with wisdom and redemptive love. Combining biblical insight with personal stories, practical help, and compelling examples, authors Gary and Lisa Heim encourage readers to turn from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving. As they read stories of hardships and trials, successes and profits, readers will see how frustrations can actually help them grow in their personal lives, in their marriages, in their parenting, and in their ministries.

Believing that learning to live for God through all of life's frustration is an intentional activity for every day, the Heims also provide discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help readers apply biblical truths to situations where frustrations loom. Perfect for use in ministry settings or as a handbook for personal growth, "Truth North" shows readers how to embark on the life-giving adventure of walking with God.

Endorsements

"In True North, counselors Gary and Lisa Heim do more than point us in the right direction. They invite us to join them in their own spiritual journey." -Martin DeHaan, President RBC Ministries

"True North is about proper orientation to God while living with other sinners in a cursed world; it's about understanding what happens in your heart, finding strength in God, and loving well. Bring an honest heart and mind to your reading of this book and you'll find good shepherding here." -Dr. Brian Webster, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Gary and Lisa both call and enable us to orient our lives toward survival and success. True North charts a clear and compelling life trajectory and gives us something solid to cling to when the downturns in life confuse our emotions and disorient our instincts." -Dr. Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University

Author Info

Gary Heim is pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship at Blythefield Hills Church in Rockford, Michigan; an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; and a retreat and seminar speaker. He is a limited licensed psychologist in Michigan, where he had a private counseling practice for over ten years and was a staff counselor for RBC Ministries (Grand Rapids). Gary and Lisa have been married for twenty-five years, and are the proud parents of two college-age children, Brandon and Kailie. Gary enjoys hunting, fly fishing, and backpacking throughout Michigan.

Lisa Heim is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan, where she has had a private practice for the last twenty years, and is an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN), where she also served an internship under noted Christian psychologists and authors Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan B. Allender. In her spare time Lisa enjoys reading, walking kayaking, home decorating and gardening.

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  1. Hillsdale, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 5, 2012
    SSTeachers
    Hillsdale, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This has been the most life changing book we have ever taught. It is practical, interesting and relevant to every day life.
  2. Indiana
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for the follower of Christ.
    April 8, 2012
    Kaiserin
    Indiana
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not good with words. I m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and this book is a great tool to help me learn to make choices that honor God,(Going North) My thinking has to be trained and the book gives wonderful illustrations as to how to choose to go North instead of going into grumblings. It is an easy read and yet very powerfully convicting.I am using the book with a young couple right now and it is very well received.
  3. Pittsgrove, NJ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful tool to add to your Bible Study
    July 22, 2011
    Koreamom
    Pittsgrove, NJ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    "In this world you will have trouble. John 16:33 NIV

    True North opens with this verse. These words ring true for all of us it seems. No matter our place in life. Rich, poor, successful, organized, enjoying a great career or struggling to get by, trouble in one form or another seems to come our way.

    There is more to that verse though. The rest of it reads:

    But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NIV

    It gives the verse a whole new meaning. Knowing that Jesus has overcome the world. That He did that for each and every one of us who choose to follow Him.

    True North is a very insightful book. The Heim's draw from their own life experiences and show us how our every day struggles and frustrations can actually draw us closer in our walk with God.

    The authors show us that we can "head south" under our own power which leads to emptiness, failure and that feeling of wanting more. Ever experienced that feeling? I know I have. We could instead choose to "head north" our true north to God. People will disappoint us, life brings us down, we wonder if there is really any purpose or meaning to our lives. We fail ourselves so many times trying to do it our way, but God never fails. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to walk with him though every struggle not just the big ones. He wants us to abide in Him always. If we head North to God for everything He will never fail us.

    True North is a great book for individual study and it would make a wonderful teaching tool for church groups. At the end of each chapter you will find questions for self-examination and discussion.

    disclosure: I recieved a copy of True North from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was recieved.
  4. WV
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    True North
    July 19, 2011
    Brenda
    WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "True North," by Gary and Lisa Heim isn't just another christian self help book instead its down to earth advice that's sort of like a road map which guides the reader to True North which is a different way of looking at the hard times in life. Instead of being a grumbler and complainer, which I have always called my negative Nellie attitude, when life's adversities get us down we can choose to find something positive and look for the blessings that we have.

    The first chapter titled Life Is Difficult starts out with the scripture from John 16:23 which says "In this world you will have trouble." Its how we handle that trouble though that determines how our life will be. I guess the greatest thing I took away from this book was how our attitudes can not only affect us but the people around us, so why not choose an attitude of gratitude and giving. I liked how each chapter started out with a scripture verse, but easily my favorite parts of the book were the personal stories the author's shared allowing me to see that they were writing from a place of experience.

    The study questions included would make this a perfect group study book. While I had never heard of the Heim's until picking up this book, I found plenty of useful ideas, this book is a definite keeper for me and I am sure I will refer to it often.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Columbus, GA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Favorite This Year!
    July 18, 2011
    Janet
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If I were to pick a favorite book read so far this year, it would probably be "True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life by Gary Heim & Lisa Heim." It's all about learning how to respond well when troubles come, when life frustrates and disappoints. The back of the book sums it up perfectly:

    "'True North' offers biblical insight, personal stories, discussion questions, and compelling examples to encourage you to turn to God with every frustration in life. Authors Gary and Lisa Heim show you how to move from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving so you can embark on a life-giving adventure of walking with God."

    The going North or South analogy really made the concept clear. Life will aggravate us. That's a fact. But we get to choose how we respond to that aggravation. Our choice will take us North—to God—or South—to self-centeredness. Also helpful were the simple diagrams that showed the consequences or results of the different choices and step-by-step where they would ultimately lead.

    Some chapters were written by Gary and others by Lisa, each clearly identified. The forward is by Larry Crabb, whom the authors quote in the book. They also include quotes from C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkien, Eugene Peterson, John Piper, and many others. If you are looking for a well-written book about responding well to the challenges of life, I recommend "True North."

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.
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