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Jesus' call to "follow me" was not just an invitation to faith; it was a prescription for living well. In 7 Days to Change Your Life, author Josh Moody explores Jesus' teachings of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory while walking through the seven "follow me" statements in the Gospel of Matthew.
Although following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Organized to be read a chapter a day, Josh meets you in your busy, hectic schedule and reveals a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1501824848
ISBN-13: 9781501824845

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When did being "too busy" and "going through the motions" become a way of life? It’s no surprise that the rush between meetings and e-mails, sports practices and church functions is tiring, even exhausting. It’s time to stop running and start following.

Jesus’s call to "Follow Me" was not just an invitation to faith; it was a prescription for living well. Walking through the seven "Follow Me" statements in the Gospel of Matthew, author Josh Moody explores Jesus’s teachings of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory in 7 Days to Change Your Life. In each statement and with each teaching, Jesus gets closer to Calvary and closer to the cross, and you get closer to finding a focus for your life—no matter how hectic it may be.

Although following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Organized to be read a chapter a day, Josh meets you in your busy, hectic schedule and reveals a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days.

 

Endorsements:

"Wonderfully accessible and culturally relatable, the book is destined to draw believers young and old to a fuller and ever-flourishing relationship with the King of Kings. A must read!" ~ Harold B. Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today

"I am confident that readers will find real guidance and genuine enablement in the pages of this thoughtful and readable volume. It is joy for me to commend this new work." ~ David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"At the risk of sounding simplistic he tells us that the way to start again or to experience a revitalization is to change your mind about what you’ve been doing and rethink where you’re wanting to go. But here’s the point - this change of mind is linked to Jesus and the revitalized life is called ’Following Jesus.’" ~ Stuart Briscoe, Speaker, Author, Broadcaster on "Telling the Truth"  

"The biggest need in the church today is for more disciples.  Not hipper preachers, or dazzling worship, or even stunning sanctuaries. The biggest need is for more believers to follow after Jesus and become authentic disciples.  Josh Moody has provided a great service to the church in that pursuit with 7 Days to Change Your Life.  Absorb its contents, meditate on its message and learn more exactly how to leave your past behind and experience a future walk that is life-changing." ~ J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

"Pastor Josh Moody’s new book, 7 Days to Change Your Life, could do just that. Its relentless focus on what it means to follow Jesus is the right prescription for all such readers.  In fact, seven days with this book will be life-changing for any and all who are willing to embrace its godly counsel." ~ Duane Litfin, President Emeritus of Wheaton College

"In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Josh Moody makes a bold promise of life change... and delivers it. Josh invites us to follow Jesus as the disciples he has called us to be. In this accessible volume, you’ll be able to jump in quickly but still come out changed." ~ Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguish Chair, Wheaton College

"This rich seven day curriculum brings to sharp focus and creative application that transformational discipleship so necessary for both the individual believer and the corporate church body." ~ David Bruce, Executive Assistant to Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

"Are you weary in your walk with the Lord? Has it become routine, mundane, joyless?  In this book, you will find a challenge to start again – a 7 day plan that is guaranteed to renew, refresh and redirect your relationship with the Savior. If you are ready to respond when Jesus says, ’Follow Me," then open the pages of this book and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!" ~ Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

"Josh Moody creatively and compellingly makes the case that following Christ is the heart of discipleship.  From biblical texts and themes, and from his own experience he guides us to new depths of understanding and faithful motivation as followers of Jesus in every-day life." ~ Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

"As Christians, we too often separate our activities – such as sharing the gospel, doing justice and caring for others from our inner spiritual journey. By focusing on virtues such as hope, humility and truth, Josh Moody bridges this gap. He encourages us to be contemplative activists, having both deep roots and wide branches." ~ Alec Hill, President Emeritus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

"Josh Moody is a Biblical scholar and a pastor who loves the people he serves.  In his book, he uses the structure of a 7-day week to provide an insightful and thoughtful understanding of our role as disciples of Christ.  In so doing, he reminds us of the importance of knowing the Jesus we serve, understanding the depth of His love for us, and experiencing the reality of having a relationship with Him for now and eternity.  When the week is over, the reader will have a new and refreshed understanding of their Lord and Savior." ~ C. William Pollard, Chairman, Fairwyn Investment Company

"Taking his point of departure from Jesus’ seven "Follow me!" statements in Matthew’s Gospel, Josh Moody beckons you to follow him on a 7-day journey to revitalize your life – a time to reflect, refocus, and be refreshed spiritually. Highly recommended!" ~ Andreas Kostenberger, Author of Excellence, Founder of Biblical Foundations™ (www.biblicalfoundations.org), and Ministry Council Member of The God-Centered Life

"Pastor Josh Moody creatively weaves together themes from several key NT texts to exhort and encourage Christians to pursue a God-honoring, Christ-exalting lifestyle." ~ Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation

"We forget so easily who we are as Christians and what we are called to do. Moody reminds us afresh what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In a profound and yet simple way we are addressed anew by Jesus Christ himself as Moody unpacks the call to discipleship." ~ Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I love the idea of a seven-day personal revival and recommitment of what it means to truly follow Jesus! Josh Moody is going against the tide of endless technology and communication by challenging us to turn off our phones and TVs at home and to ponder God's Word, grow in grace and truth, and walk in the footsteps of our Savior." ~ Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources, author of This Is Our Time, Gospel-Centered Teaching, and Counterfeit Gospels

"Josh Moody offers the church a great gift in this engaging and timely call to radical Christian discipleship. Filled with biblical insight and pastoral wisdom, 7 Days to Change Your Life provides a clear and Christ-centered roadmap to the abundant life. If we desire to follow Jesus in the midst of our current cultural pressures, we cannot afford to ignore his appeal." ~ David Setran, Price-Lebar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College

"Josh Moody provides a unique look at what it means to follow Jesus, using thoughtful illustrations from a wide historical and cultural spectrum. In Seven Days to Change Your Life, new believers will acquire a deeper understanding of true discipleship, and seasoned saints will find fresh zeal to persevere." ~ Lydia Brownback, author, Finding God in My Loneliness and A Woman’s Wisdom

"A mine of biblical wisdom interwoven with pastoral experience and theological insightfulness to refocus our journey on a God-centered life." ~ Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor and theologian, Rome (Italy), director of the Reformanda Initiative

"This wonderful Bible-centred book is a fabulous example of how to follow Jesus as God's Word shows us, showing how its clear teaching transforms our lives in a profoundly practical and entirely life-changing way." ~ Christopher Catherwood, Historian, Writer, and Author of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century

"7 Days to Change Your Life by Josh Moody is a rich devotional book written by a theologian pastor who is gospel-centered, culturally-savvy and discipleship-driven. This devotional book is not a surface light-read for the casual fan of Jesus, but a thorough exposition of the call to follow Jesus. Read this book and be informed, enriched and transformed." ~ Jim Tomberlin, Author, Founder of MultiSite Solutions

"Dr. Josh Moody provides a much-needed devotional guide in this day and age for a world which desperately craves and needs spiritual guidance but may not know it. Beautifully written like a parable, this helpful book, structured around the number 7 (the 7 days of Creation, Jesus's 7 signs, his 7 'follow me' and 'I Am' statements, the 7 Churches of Revelation)...refocuses the attention on what is most important." ~ Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola

"There is a lot of confusion in the evangelical church about what it truly means to follow Jesus. Many Christians talk about the call to discipleship, but in the midst of our busy lives many of us fail to consider what the Bible says about this call. So turn away from distractions and let Josh Moody help you see anew what John’s Gospel and Revelation teach us about this simple call and lifelong challenge. You will benefit tremendously from this renewed vision of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus." ~ Chris Bruno, author, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words; The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

"Josh Moody is a pastor, a scholar, and, above all, one who wants to love and follow Jesus Christ. With this book, he guides us on a journey that stirs, refreshes, and challenges. I believe you will find this book to be thoughtful, encouraging, insightful, and penetrating. No matter where you are on the path of knowing Jesus Christ, this will be a beneficial tool." ~ Curtis Cook, Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA


Author Bio

Josh Moody is the Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, which is listed by The Church Report as one of the fifty most influential churches in America. Josh is also the President and Founder of God Centered Life ministries. He and his wife, Rochelle, have four beautiful children. Learn more about Josh at godcenteredlife.org.

Endorsements

"Wonderfully accessible and culturally relatable, the book is destined to draw believers young and old to a fuller and ever-flourishing relationship with the King of Kings. A must read!" -Harold B. Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today

"I am confident that readers will find real guidance and genuine enablement in the pages of this thoughtful and readable volume. It is joy for me to commend this new work." -David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"At the risk of sounding simplistic he tells us that the way to start again or to experience a revitalization is to change your mind about what you've been doing and rethink where you're wanting to go. But here's the point--this change of mind is linked to Jesus and the revitalized life is called 'Following Jesus.'" -Stuart Briscoe, Speaker, Author, Broadcaster on "Telling the Truth"

"The biggest need in the church today is for more disciples. Not hipper preachers, or dazzling worship, or even stunning sanctuaries. The biggest need is for more believers to follow after Jesus and become authentic disciples. Josh Moody has provided a great service to the church in that pursuit with 7 Days to Change Your Life. Absorb its contents, meditate on its message and learn more exactly how to leave your past behind and experience a future walk that is life-changing." -J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL

"Pastor Josh Moody's new book, 7 Days to Change Your Life, could do just that. Its relentless focus on what it means to follow Jesus is the right prescription for all such readers. In fact, seven days with this book will be life-changing for any and all who are willing to embrace its godly counsel." -Duane Litfin, President Emeritus of Wheaton College

"In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Josh Moody makes a bold promise of life change... and delivers it. Josh invites us to follow Jesus as the disciples he has called us to be. In this accessible volume, you'll be able to jump in quickly but still come out changed." -Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguish Chair, Wheaton College

"This rich seven day curriculum brings to sharp focus and creative application that transformational discipleship so necessary for both the individual believer and the corporate church body." -David Bruce, Executive Assistant to Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

"Are you weary in your walk with the Lord? Has it become routine, mundane, joyless? In this book, you will find a challenge to start again--a 7 day plan that is guaranteed to renew, refresh and redirect your relationship with the Savior. If you are ready to respond when Jesus says, 'Follow Me,' then open the pages of this book and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!" -Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

"Josh Moody creatively and compellingly makes the case that following Christ is the heart of discipleship. From biblical texts and themes, and from his own experience he guides us to new depths of understanding and faithful motivation as followers of Jesus in every-day life." -Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

"As Christians, we too often separate our activities--such as sharing the gospel, doing justice and caring for others from our inner spiritual journey. By focusing on virtues such as hope, humility and truth, Josh Moody bridges this gap. He encourages us to be contemplative activists, having both deep roots and wide branches." -Alec Hill, President Emeritus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

"Josh Moody is a Biblical scholar and a pastor who loves the people he serves. In his book, he uses the structure of a 7-day week to provide an insightful and thoughtful understanding of our role as disciples of Christ. In so doing, he reminds us of the importance of knowing the Jesus we serve, understanding the depth of His love for us, and experiencing the reality of having a relationship with Him for now and eternity. When the week is over, the reader will have a new and refreshed understanding of their Lord and Savior." -C. William Pollard, Chairman, Fairwyn Investment Company

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    Age: Over 65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lacking encouragement and practical ideas
    January 5, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
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    Moody wrote this book for people who are tired or disappointed in their Christian walk. He wants us to rethink our walk and where we want to go. The idea is to use the book as a spiritual tune-up. He explores the seven follow me statements Jesus made in Matthew.

    This book did not turn out to be what I had expected based on the title. The book is very informative but it did not encourage me to change my life. Moody gave me a great deal of information but did not provide the encouragement to nor the practical means of changing my spiritual life.

    Moody does a good job of describing what our Christian life could be if we really followed Jesus. Work can be done for the Lord, he writes, as the Bible teaches: in fact, work should be done for the Lord. But we are not invited to do so nor are we given suggestions to see that happen. In the section on freedom, he writes, In Christ, and by his Spirit, we have the freedom to break those habits... Yet we are never given practical suggestions to have it happen. One of the reasons why so much of our Christian faith feels so limp is because we are not called upon to be faithful to death. Moody never asks that of us in this book either.

    An issue I have with the subject of the book concerns what it really means to follow Jesus. Discipleship is fundamentally about following Jesus..., Moody writes. Discipleship is responding to Jesus' call, 'Come, follow me,' with a yes and then actually following him. It means to stop what we were doing and start doing what he is doing. Unless I am mistaken, Jesus is sitting on the right hand of the Father. Moody does mention following Jesus' example of actions while he was on earth, such as eating with sinners. But how can we possibly do what Jesus is doing now?

    And what about the rest of the New Testament? What about instructions from Paul and Peter and John and James on living the Christian life? Can we really be disciples without paying attention to the rest of the teaching in the New Testament?

    Moody writes, If only we could find the thrill again of who Jesus is and what he can do with us and through us... I really thought that was the idea of reading this book.

    Moody uses many illustrations from and makes allusions to movies, music, television programs, Narnia, and the military. This book might be better suited to a younger audience familiar with contemporary movies and music than this senior citizen who is not.

    This is a book about following Jesus not really a passionate invitation to do so. There is a good description in the book as to what a revitalized Christian life looks like. Readers will just have to find their own motivation to change and practical suggestions as to how to do it.

    I recommend this book to readers who would like an intellectual exploration of what a true Christian faith walk might look like.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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