A Life Beyond Amazing, 9 Decisions that Will Transform Your Life TodayDavid JeremiahThomas Nelson / 2017 / Hardcover$16.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews Video
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Lacks practical strategy to develop the fruit of the SpiritNovember 6, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Jeremiah looks at the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. The nine choices he writes about are the choices to express these character traits. We will have help from God but the work is still up to believers. "These nine qualities require commitment and effort." (xi) Jeremiah tells many encouraging stories for each quality as well as provides some general suggestions in developing them.
My favorite chapter was the one on integrity. Jeremiah reminds us that this is an internal quality that starts with what we tell ourselves. We can lie and make excuses but God knows everything we think, feel, and do. (131) We can never fool God. I think I liked this chapter the best because integrity, adhering to moral principles and telling the truth, seems to be in such short supply in the current American political scene. My next favorite chapter was the one on compassion, a quality that seems to be missing in many evangelical Christians today.
All of these character qualities are to be evidenced in the life of Christians. They are, after all, the fruit of the Spirit. Jeremiah provides good examples and lots of encouragement to produce these godly qualities in life. There is no specific strategy provided, just general encouragement and suggestions.
I recommend this book to people who really want to express the fruit of the Spirit and just need some encouragement to do so. You'll read lots of examples of people who have lived out these qualities.
I also recommend this book to Christians who find that expressing the fruit of the Spirit is the farthest thing from their minds. You'll get a good dose of what your Christian life should really look like.
Food for thought: "Self-discipline is the secret ingredient to achieving a life beyond amazing." (172)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5A Life Beyond AmazingApril 28, 2018rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First off I would say this book has been a joy to read. I love and have always loved the way Dr. Jeremiah mingles stories that make you laugh sometimes and think sometimes but always takes you to a deeper understanding of what he is trying to say. It sure keeps me engaged in what could at other times be academic. This book I think speaks about how God intends our lives to be lived. Not about self-seeking and pleasure pursuing, but full of the fruit that the Spirit produces in us. The book takes you through a deeper look at each of these aspects of the Spirit in our lives. Life Beyond Amazing talks about selfless love and generosity that you see when you give yourself not to the things of this world, but the plans God has for us.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jill1 Stars Out Of 5A Life Beyond AmazingFebruary 16, 2018JillQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was disappointed with this book and the workbook I later bought in hope it would help reading the book it's self. No, too much wording in explanation of subject that doesn't even relate. You have to read so far into it to get to the amazing stuff. Very disappointed and I will most likely donate the two books.
Bonnie5 Stars Out Of 5A Life Beyond AmazingJanuary 20, 2018BonnieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is an excellent on the fruit of the Spirit. The focus is action and not just on being. i not only recommend this book but plan to reread it for my own personal study.
Dominick Marsiglio4 Stars Out Of 5AmazingJanuary 11, 2018Dominick MarsiglioQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I read this book prior to Faith & Knowledge to Overcome Addiction, which is really more theology an sociology. This book brought my faith to an unwavering level, but
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