Guarded by Christ: Knowing the God Who Rescues and Keeps Us  -     By: Heather Holleman
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Guarded by Christ: Knowing the God Who Rescues and Keeps Us

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Do you know in your head that Jesus cares for you, but struggle to actually apply that truth so you feel less afraid, anxious, or hopeless? Guarded by Christ is about bridging that gap. Using Scripture and story, Heather Holleman guides you in creatively internalizing truths that will help you live with peace, hope and righteousness.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 0.45 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414877
ISBN-13: 9780802414878

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Heather Holleman used to live a fragile life, a prisoner to fear, anxiety, and despair. Like many younger women, she knew Jesus, but she wasn’t strong in Him. Her search for comfort seemed unending.

Then one day, while reading a simple statement in Scripture, "God guards the lives of his faithful ones" (Psalm 97:10), that all began to change.

In Guarded by Christ: Knowing the God Who Rescues and Keeps Us, Heather guides women through a series of practical mental shifts that immensely helped her live strong in the Lord. Learn how in Jesus, you are guarded:

  • By righteousness instead of condemnation
  • By peace instead of anxiety
  • By hope instead of despair
  • By the Holy Spirit’s power instead of self-effort
  • By a crucified life instead of a self-important one
We all need maturity in Christ that prepares us not just to endure anything, but to live from the strength and peace of Jesus in every season. Guarded by Christ will help women cultivate this maturity, reconnecting them with the Savior who rescues, keeps, and holds us with His love.

Author Bio

HEATHER HOLLEMAN, PhD, is a popular speaker, writer, and college instructor. She is a faculty member of Penn State's English Department and teaches both freshman composition and advanced writing. Heather studied shame and narcissism for her doctoral work in English literature. She serves on the staff of Faculty Commons with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and helps direct the graduate student ministry at Penn State. She has received numerous teaching awards and her teaching philosophy finds its roots in what it means to be "seated at the table." In addition to her full speaking schedule, Heather writes daily inspirational material that reaches thousands through social media. Heather lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ashley, and their two daughters.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living out from where the Spirit dwells within
    October 17, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Holleman was reading Psalm 97:10 and wondered what it meant that God guards the hearts of His faithful ones. She decided to find out.

    I appreciate Holleman's emphasis on God guarding us on the inside (as opposed to physical safety). Christ dwells in our inner being by the Holy Spirit and imparts all the characteristics of God's guarding presence to our soul. This reality made her want to learn a different way to be, to live from her inner being.

    Her emphasis is on what is happening in the soul (not the spirit). That is where we run our lives and that is where Jesus dwells, she writes. This teaching is new to me as I always considered Jesus in me was a spiritual connection, that He dwelt in the spirit part of me, not the soul. I am not clear if Holleman considers the soul/spirit to be one aspect of our humanity or not.

    Holleman knows that we humans tend to forget so she developed a method to remember the guarding. She pictured a towering medieval fortress to help her recall the truth. A catapult (confidence) and window (hope) reminded her of more truth. A moat represented the peace from the guarding presence of the Spirit. Some may question the use of imagery but David had the same idea when he spoke of God as his rock of refuge to which he could always go. (Ps. 71:3)

    In addition to the memory technique ideas, Holleman has included great biblical teaching on the aspects of being guarded. I really liked her thoughts on living the crucified life in the power of the Holy Spirit. She has added questions at the end of each chapter for further thought and discussion.

    This book is worth serious reading and intense thought. Holleman has a morning routine of proclaiming the truth that she was dwelling in Christ's peace, meditating on Scriptures and picturing the fortress. She found more peace and was no longer ruled by her anxious mind. Shifting her attention to her inner being where Jesus dwells helped her to have a good foundation for choices and living in general.

    Food for thought: We are dwelling in Him, and nothing can touch our souls in that most marvelous secret place.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  2. Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    September 9, 2016
    Buguru
    Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have struggled with anxiety as a Christian, so was interested to read this book. Going to a counsellor or therapist seems to be common in the USA (no such thing where I live). I would imagine the advice in this book could not be surpassed by any of them. If you want a detailed step-by-step plan for overcoming anxiety - I would recommend this book.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Moody Press for a free copy to review.
  3. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Remembering we're guarded by God
    August 18, 2016
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Guarded by Christ" explores what it means to be guarded by God. After reading Psalm 97:10, the author explored Scripture to better understand from what God rescued us and guards us.

    She started from a mindset of condemnation, anxiety, hopelessness, weakness, and self-absorption. She concluded that a guarded person would feel confidence, peace, hope, strength, and be savior-focused. She explained each new way of thinking (from anxiety to peace, etc.) and quoted appropriate Scripture verses for each.

    She described how she developed memory devices to help her recall these truths daily. She chose to visualize a fortress (as this metaphor is mentioned frequently in the Psalms) and various parts of that fortress. This process has helped to transform her life. Overall, I'd recommend this book.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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