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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: AMG Publishers
Publication Date: 2003
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Imagine for a moment...
You wake up in the same old bed, only to discover everything around you has completely changed. People speak a foreign language. The rules are different. The familiar has been turned upside down. Confused and disoriented, you're determined to make your way through...
That's the way life feels for a new believer as they begin their walk of faith. Though everything looks the same, they feel like aliens. Confronted with traditions and expectations they don't understand, some give up.
In a simple, relaxed style this devotional guidebook for new believers lays the foundation-piece by piece- for the faith-filled life, answering questions like:
* What is the Bible anyway, and why should I read it?
* What is the Old testament and what does it have to do with today?
* How does Jesus fit into my daily life?
* What's the big deal about morality?
* What's in the church for me, and why can't I just go when I feel like it?
A GUIDEBOOK FOR NEW BELIEVERS is the book that a church should put into the hands of new believers-from day one. It focuses on the key issues every believer must assimilate in order to grow in Christ.By the end of the first hundred days, the reader will understand his or her need to read the Word daily, to pray, and to be in fellowship with other Christians. New believers will gain a strong understanding of the terms and truths of Christianity.
The book is completely self-contained and demands no extra study skills, nor does it necessitate a mentor. A GUIDEBOOK FOR NEW BELIEVERS requires no lengthy study time. Instead, day-y-day, it builds truth into the lives of those recently transported from "the other kingdom" into God's kingdom.
BETTE NORDBERG graduated in 1977 from the University of Washington with a degree in Physical Therapy, but her real love is writing. Her fiction projects include, Serenity Bay (the 2001 Angel Award, Excellence in Media), Pacific Hope, and Thin Air (released in fall 2002), all published by Bethany House Publishers.
Her writing has also been included in Prayers for Troubled Times and 101 Stories of Answered Prayer, published by AMG Publishers.
Bette, and her husband Kim, have four children-two in college and two at home in Puyallup, Washington. Bette and Kim have been instrumental in planting a new church in Puyallup-the Lighthouse Christian Church (CM&A).
Author: Bette Nordberg
Located in: Puyallup, WA
Submitted: February 07, 2004
Tell us a little about yourself. I came to Christ in 1975 from a strong Catholic background. I'd never held a Bible before I was 20 years old. From the moment I was saved, I had this irresistable urge to study and read the Bible. I bring that to all my writing tasks.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've been involved in discipling believers since 1975. In all those years, I've noticed two kinds of believers -- the type A, read it all, study hard, memorize and attack type. And the second type -- who aren't studiers, who don't necessarily like to read, and who don't have strong study skills. I know that there is great material around for the first type. But there wasn't much for the second type. I wanted something that would let people gain strong roots in their faith, no matter what type of learning style they have. I wanted something that could be an altar give-away. Some product to bridge the moments between coming to faith, and getting deeply involved in the disciplines of the faith. The Guidebook came from this desire.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope all new believers will fall in love with the Word of God. They will learn how to do a quiet time. They will develop the habit of reading the word and asking three questions. What does it say, what does it mean, and what does it mean to me? They will learn what it means to pray scripture back to the Lord. And, most of all, they will be inspired to keep on in the faith no matter what comes next in their life. They will stay the journey and grow in strength to serve and love the Lord.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am inspired by singer/songwriter Michael Card. I revel in his precise use of concrete detail, and surprising use of words. What a gift he has!