Defying Normal: Soaring Above the Status Quo - eBook
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Publication Date: 2015
FIND A HILL WORTH DYING ON How many of us lead lives of quiet desperation -- and don't even know it? Caught between the shifting moral landscape of our culture and a burning desire to make our lives count, too often we settle for less. God has so much more for us than conformity to the status quo -- if we will only take the necessary leap of faith. In Defying Normal, pastor Skip Heitzig offers such a challenge and provides practical, biblical advice for pursuing a life of faith and transformation in uncertain times. Drawing on the life of Daniel -- a nonconformist agent of God in a time and culture in desperate need of truth and light -- Defying Normal dares you to embrace eight God-centered traits that will help you soar above the norm and live your faith in a bold and winning way. You don't have to blend in or give in to find and fulfill your purpose and impact your world. In fact, it can happen only when you defy what is popular and rise above the crowd to to a new normal. My friend pastor Skip Heitzig has penned a book for our times. As he always does from Scripture, Skip teaches the importance of bowing before the King of Heaven. In doing so, we are strengthened to live boldly while standing in the midst of an unbelieving world. Brace yourself when you read Defying Normal, because you will find yourself Soaring above the Status Quo! -- Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Samaritan's Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Fitting in is easy in our everything-goes culture, but it takes a certain kind of bravery to stand against the status quo and be different. In Defying Normal, Skip gives us the courage to look normal in the face and defy it. This is my kind of book. -- Kristen Welch, author of the blog We are THAT family and founder of Mercy House In his new book my friend and godfather pastor Skip Heitzig will teach you how to live the wild, free life 30,000 feet above the status quo that you were born to live. Normal is overrated, and the adventure that is your calling is waiting -- there's not a moment to lose! -- Levi Lusko, Pastor, Fresh Life Church, Montana, author of Through the Eyes of a Lion
Called one of the best Bible teachers in the country by Franklin Graham, Skip Heitzig served under Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa until 1981. He went on to found Calvary Albuquerque, which today ministers to more than 15,000 people. He has authored over two dozen books, including The Daily God Book, You Can Understand the Book of Revelation, and How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It. Skip and Lenya have been married for over 30 years and currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Living the Christian life in adversityJanuary 17, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heitzig wants us to rise above the mundane and defy what is popularly described as normal. He gleans principles from the life of Daniel to encourage us to do so.
Daniel is a role model for people who desire to be a counter-cultural force in a hostile political structure. Heitzig has identified eight characteristics that allowed Daniel to defy the normal of his day: self-control, faith, humility, integrity, dependence, courage, hope, and balance. Each of these qualities is explored in depth as Heitzig encourages us to develop the kind of character Daniel had.
This book is more than just theory. Heitzig wants us to apply these characteristics so he gives us prompts at the end of each chapter. The first ones are invitations to think about the points he has made in the chapter deliberate. He then gives invitations to actually apply the principles to our lives defy normal.
Heitzig explores a few other topics in the book too. I like his teaching on prayer. He uses the example of Daniel to identify the four fold strand of humble adoration, honest confession, heart felt petition, and holy motivation. Another aspect of this teaching I really liked was identification of what to pray for in the face of spiritual warfare.
The background story of how Daniel arrived in Babylon is given so this would be a good book for those unfamiliar with the story. This is a good all around book to help Christians live life with integrity in an adverse situation. The application sections at the end of each chapter make this a good book for individual or group use. I highly recommend this book to those desiring to rise above the normal of this day and live their Christian life with integrity.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Eight God-Centered Traits So We Can Be TransformedOctober 29, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Skip Heitzig in his new book Defying Normal published by Worthy Publishing Group gives us Soaring Above the Status Quo.
From the back cover: Find a hill worth dying on
How many of us lead lives of quiet desperationand dont even know it? Caught between the shifting moral landscape of our culture and a burning desire to make our lives count, too often we settle for less. God has so much more for us than conformity to the status quoif we will only take the necessary leap of faith.
In Defying Normal, pastor Skip Heitzig offers such a challenge and provides practical, Biblical advice for pursuing a life of faith and transformation in uncertain times. Drawing on the life of Daniela nonconformist agent of God in a time and culture in desperate need of truth and lightDefying Normal dares you to embrace eight God-centered traits that will help you soar above the norm and live your faith in a bold and winning way.
You dont have to blend in or give in to find and fulfill your purpose and impact your world. In fact, it can happen only when you defy what is popular and rise above the crowd to a new normal.
Who ever said that we have to do what everybody else does? Pastor Heitzig reminds us that Paul said, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. By Transformed he meant utterly changed. Call it an extreme makeover. Pastor Heitzig looks at the life of Daniel who, with his three friends, were nonconformists to life in Babylon and made great changes and shows us how we can do the same. There are eight God-centered traits that Pastor Heitzig focuses on: Self-Control, Faith, Humility, Integrity, Dependence, Courage, Hope and Balance. If we can be transformed then we can go out and transform where we live just like Daniel and his friends did! I think that everyone should have a copy of this book and it would make a terrific gift for friends and family so that they could be transformed as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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