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|1. Ch. 1: Your Struggle with God||Colin S. Smith||N/A||Album Only|
Unabridged audio CD; approximately 4 hours; 4 CDs; read by the author.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 2016
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Can the Ten Commandments help you finally break through?
Do you struggle with busyness? With a temper? With dishonesty or discontentment? Whatever it is, find help where it may surprise you: the Ten Commandments.
In The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, Pastor Colin Smith opens up the Ten Commandments to show how there is more to them than meets the eye. Moving from dos and donts to matters of the heart, they become barometers of your love for God. Youll discover areas of your life that are out of sync with His will, and youll receive wisdom for living with greater love, strength, and freedom in Christ.
TheJoyfulAdvocate4 Stars Out Of 5Review of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your LifeSeptember 17, 2016TheJoyfulAdvocateQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Disclosure: I have received a copy of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All thoughts, opinions, summaries, and content found in this review are my own.
What do you struggle with? Anger? Temptation? Envy?
Did you realize all of the things you struggle with are in direct connection with one of the 10 Commandments?
When many people think of the 10 commandments, they think of rules. Strict rules.
If they're believers, they might think of rules they do a pretty good job of following.
I know before reading this book I often did! In my mind, I had a checkbox next to each commandment and was hopeful to be able to check each one.
What Colin Smith focuses his book The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life on are not just knowing the 10 commandments, but actually applying them in the way they were meant to be applied.
Smith focuses each chapter of his book on one of the commandments. Within this chapter, he not only presents the commandment and how it looks on the surface, but shares the "continuum" of the commandment. For instance, stealing isn't just robbing someone's house and walking out with a bag full of jewelry another belongings. There is a continuum of stealing. The very end of the continuum is the flat-out, breaking and entering, walking away with a physical something that does not belong to you. Toward the beginning of the continuum are more simple and everyday things, like taking a longer break than what you're being paid for at work. Or from the employer perspective, stealing from your employees might be taking a huge payout for yourself and giving a small pittance to your workers (not compensating them fairly).
Smith is able to make every single commandment relevant to us. He's able to share them and explain them in a way that helps the reader see they are so much more than strict rules. They are goals. Destinations. They will only ever be fully achieved when we are standing in front of God and Jesus has spoken for us.
Smith calls us to live our lives from a heart perspective, not a "rules" perspective. After all, Jesus came to have a relationship with us. God gave us these commandments to help us live a life that is worthy of the calling. They are not simple boxes to check once completed they are goals to strive for each and every day, while giving ourselves enough grace to know we will never fully achieve them in this life.
I truly enjoyed reading this book! I will admit that I did not complete the study guide as I read, but I do plan to go back and do this after I finish my current bible study. I will come back and update my full thoughts on the study guide portion once I have done this. However, I can say from glancing through it that it looks to be a place where you can dig deeper into each commandment. It offers a chance to reflect on your current "heart position" along the continuum and plan for change.
I would recommend this book to new and "older" Christians, alike. It has plenty of scriptural references and is written in a way that is easy to read and inviting. I believe this book can help take you from simply following the rules to beginning a relationship with Jesus, which is a matter of the heart.