Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to Be Captured by Grace  -     By: D.A. Horton
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Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to Be Captured by Grace

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After years of self-induced legalism and striving, D.A. Horton learned the truth: God isn't a callous taskmaster but a compassionate hunter, trapping his prey with his trustworthiness, with the experience of reconciliation, with the assurance of his affection, and with the joy of partnership with other saints. Discover God's grace as you surround yourself with his wonderfully freeing net of love.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631464671
ISBN-13: 9781631464676

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Bound to Be Free uses Scripture to recalibrate our hearts so we can walk in the freedom Christ has provided from sin and from the encumbrances that weigh us down.
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to see saints who are bound by performance, not realizing there is freedom through Christ. In the midst of performance, we try to please everyone, to do what we think makes God happy, to live a “good” life . . . and we don’t realize that the walls are closing in around us. There are four walls in the trap of performance: our trajectory, our relationships, our affirmation, and our peers. Each of these speaks deeply to our souls as something we need in order to have a “good life”—but we enslave ourselves to something that will never be enough.

Instead, God invites us into the trap of grace, which frees us. The life-giving walls of this trap are trust in God, reconciliation with God, affection from God, and partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we acknowledge how we are bound by performance, we can—with God’s help—flee into the captivity of grace and rest in God’s unfailing love.

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Horton (DNA: Foundations of the Faith), a church organizer currently working in Los Angeles and former executive director of ReachLife Ministries, understands how easy it can be to fall into the trap of trying to please everyone all the time. In his newest book of ministry, Horton explains how he came to realize that feeling bound by performance does not allow one to be free through Christ. He feels such self-perpetuating behavior to be something that people very dedicated to their spiritual calling—as pastors, laypeople, or church planters—encounter frequently, and can develop into debilitating obsession. The exhausting need to please everyone, thinking that in doing so we make God happy, only creates a never-ending cycle that will eventually break down the strongest of resolves. Instead, Horton offers insights on how he overcame that enslavement and turned his energies toward falling into the “trap of grace,” where he can fully concentrate on his belief that God’s “unfailing love stays with all of His children for the long haul.” Church planters, pastors, laypeople, and others who have found themselves trapped within their own obsession to please will find a kindred spirit in Horton and a way to re-energize themselves through his example and encouragement.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
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    Breaking free of the performance trap
    March 9, 2016
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    We're busy for the Lord. But might that really mean we are trying to win God's approval and love? Maybe we've been caught in the performance trap.

    Horton shares his own experience of working hard for God, then being broken and being freed from the performance trap. He wants us to learn from his mistakes and be captured by God's grace, as he has been.

    His book is in two parts. We are taken through the various aspects of the performance trap in the first part. We learn to identify it and how to work through various pitfalls. The second part of the book concentrates on the freedom we have in Christ. This is not unbridled freedom. The freedom we have in Christ comes with the responsibility to live within the framework of the boundaries that God lovingly has set up for us. Horton also helps us understand and live in the identity we have in Christ.

    Horton has given us a good personal account of his experiences with solid teaching on what he has learned. I really liked his discussion about love based on performance and the unconditional love of God.

    This book may appeal to young career age Christians as Horton mentions many people and experiences in the world of rap music. As an older reader, I did not recognize many of the individuals. But that did not detract from the essence of the book.

    I recommend this book to those who are tired of striving for perfection, tired of striving for God's approval and love. This book will help you leave that behind and walk instead on the path of a balanced relationship with Christ. It is full of personal stories and is very readable.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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