You Were Made for More: The Life You Have, the Life God Wants You to Have   -     By: Jim Cymbala, Dean Merrill
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You Were Made for More: The Life You Have, the Life God Wants You to Have

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God has more in store for you, if you're open to it. If you're unsatisfied with your Christian life, there's more of God available to you. Find more peace, real joy and a deep sense of purpose, by living in deeper fellowship. You can discover a more challenging, fruitful life. Come and see where the Lord leads as you draw closer to Him.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0310241278
ISBN-13: 9780310241270
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Publisher's Description

Jim Cymbala knows something a lot of us miss--that a comfortable, secure life won’t produce the satisfaction we long for. How could we feel fulfilled by missing out on the life God has for us? Whether life seems good or not right now, Jim Cymbala believes that God has more for you. In this new book, he’ll help you find out how to access the “more” God intends—more peace, real joy, and a deep sense of purpose. As you open yourself to the “more” of God, you will also discover your unique work assignment—the one thing God is calling you--and no one else--to accomplish for the sake of his work in the world. You Were Made for More draws a compelling picture of people just like you who are finding that “more of God” means more influence, more energy, and ultimately more happiness. It will help you picture what your own “land of milk and honey” might look like—the fuller, richer spiritual place you long to be. Using examples from the Bible, contemporary stories, and experiences from his own life, Jim Cymbala points the way to a richer, deeper life, helping you take hold of everything God wants to give.

Author Bio

Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God’s People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.

Dean Merrill, former publishing executive with Focus on the Family and International Bible Society, is author or coauthor of 31 books, including The God Who Won't Let Go and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church. He and his wife live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Discussion Questions

Chapter 1 - Step Up

1. What is that you desire more of? Are your desires in line with God's will?

2. Do you really want what God wants for your life? What are you doing to allow him to work in your life? What are you doing that is blocking his working in your life?

3.What intimidates you most about "stepping up"? What thrills you most?

Chapter 2 - An Assignment Just for You

1.Have you discovered your work assignment from God?

2.What excuses do people sometimes give for not fulfilling their assignment from God?

3.What scares you most about opening yourself up to an assignment from God? What excites you most?

Chapter 3 - The Place of God's Blessing

1."Look back before you move forward": In what ways have you experienced God's power and provision in the past?

2."Don't try to move forward in disobedience": Why is this message sometimes hard for Christians to accept? Is there something in your life you need to repent of?

3."The blood sacrifice must always remain central": What does the sacrifice of Jesus mean to you?

Chapter 4 - The Forgotten One

1. What is your current understanding of the Holy Spirit?

2. In what ways have you experienced the Holy Spirit? In what ways have you held the Holy Spirit at a distance?

3.What might happen in your life if you surrendered to the Holy Sprit's power?

Chapter 5 - Lesson from the Bayou

1. "Do to others what you would have them do to you": When is this easy for you? When is it difficult?

2. Who are some of the people God loves that society does not?

3. In what tangible ways are you able to show love? How have you had love shown to you?

Chapter 6 - Not So Fast!

1. When is the last time you took time to seek the Lord's direction on a big-or small-decision? What was the outcome?

2. Why do we often neglect to wait for God's direction?

3. "Ask, wait, and listen": How can you cultivate this principle in your life?

Chapter 7 - Wholehearted for the Long Haul

1. What undermines your sense of commitment?

2. What challenges are you currently experiencing?

3. "Determined and dependent": How can we combine these two qualities?

Chapter 8 - "What's Up with This?"

1. What can help us have courage when times get tough?

2. What difficult experiences have you had that have helped you grow?

3. What is your first reaction to hardship? How can you remember to pray when hardships come?

Chapter 9 - The Enemy Within

1. In what ways is the enemy attacking you?

2. What are you currently doing to defeat him?

3. What steps can you take to help yourself turn to God immediately when you are experiencing an attack of Satan?

Chapter 10 - Objection Overruled

1. Is God calling you to a specific task? What specific objections are you giving him?

2. Which of God's qualities do you most need to hold on to in order to take on this task (his grace, strength, mercy, power, love, understanding, knowledge, greatness, etc.)?

3. "God's promise, plan, and power": Which of these do you tend to underestimate? What steps do you need to take to develop a conviction that God can be trusted?

Chapter 11 - More Than You'd Ever Dream

1. Why is it often difficult to remain faithful in the ordinary things of life?

2. Who do you know that has yielded their life to the purposes of God?

What qualities do you admire about this person?

3. What are some small faithful acts that you've seen God bless in a big way?

Chapter 12 - Supernatural Peace

1. "Resist accusations, resolve animosity, release anxiety, renew your mental 'atmosphere'": Which of these attacks of Satan do you struggle with most often?

2. What steps can you take to hold on to God's promises when you are experiencing one of these attacks?

3. What changes would occur in your life in you truly pursued God's supernatural peace?

Chapter 13 - A Word to Remember

1. What verses in the Bible are especially meaningful to you?

2. When have you experienced God's personalized word to you?

3. What has God promised you?

Publisher's Weekly

Using the style of extemporaneous sermons, Cymbala, longtime pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and author of Fresh Faith, brings a message of inspiration to readers. God, Cymbala says, wants more for Christians than rote religion or an empty life. The book is dotted with anecdotes of real people who overcame obstacles of poverty and drug addiction by a newfound commitment to Jesus; used their money and skills to support the church; or gave up the security of good jobs to serve others. As such, it will likely encourage some Christians facing life challenges. Although the associations often seem forced and the book’s trajectory is unclear, Cymbala’s use of biblical texts (particularly from Joshua, Judges and Ruth) serve their contemporary purpose. What the book lacks in unity, it makes up for in passion. Cymbala’s confidence about defining the nature and wishes of God will not suit every reader, but his commitment to promoting generosity and well-being through the church yields gems of encouragement for people seeking stability and direction. (Aug. 31) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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    I read this book a few years ago and felt inclined to introduce it to my Women's Ministry class. The impact on lives has been amazing. The testimonies range from the birth of a new ministry to decisions to release relationships and more. One woman was physically sick but insisted on coming to class because of the impact on her life. In her words, this class was for her! I hope to one day meet Pastors Cymbala and thank them both. As for the delivery and service of the Christian Bookstore, the items arrived on time and the discount for large purchases made this affordable for everyone. Since I ordered over 20 that was wonderful. Thank you.
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    My accountability group used this book for our last study. It has been amazing to see how we all have benefited from it.

    Pastor Cymbala has such an easy style of presenting thoughtful and thought provoking examples, and encourages

    self examination, prayer and growth.
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    Spiritual growth in the Holy Spirit
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    For those who want more of God in their life, this is an excellent resource.
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    This is the fifth book I have by Cymbala. His writings are always simple and encouraging. I recommend any born-again believer to get this book and take it to heart.
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