Guiltless Living: Confessions of a Serial Sinner Capture by the Grace of God - eBook
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With humor and grace Guiltless Living proposes that when we are willing to be open and honest about our own struggles, God uses that openness to encourage others to do the same. An honest confession of what sin looks like will provoke deep thought and self-evaluation. "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Proverbs 28:13). We drink deeply from the living waters of God's goodness and grace when we are willing to hand over our sins - the ones we would rather keep buried in our hearts. It is for this reason that God calls Christians to be real. The sooner we face the reality of our depravity, the sooner we will experience God's atonement for that depravity and enter into the freedom of guiltless living.
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Vendor: Shepherd Press
Publication Date: 2014
From Ginger Hubbard, author of Don't Make Me Count to Three! Through captivating stories, edgy humor, and shocking confessions, Ginger Hubbard drops the act and gets real in this brutally honest look at the seldom admitted, rarely talked about sins of the heart. Removing her good Christian mask, Ginger opens the dark chapters of her heart in order to share about the glorious grace of God toward repentant sinners. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what real Christianity is all about.
"Can one book be both laugh out loud funny and tremendously poignant, convicting and helpful at the same time? The answer is 'Yes' if it is Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard. Ginger is one wicked sinner; but she also knows the cure for her wickedness. And yours. Read Gingers honest book and grow in grace." -Todd Friel, TV and radio host
Ginger Hubbard, founder of Preparing the Way Ministries, is the author of "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" and Wise Words for Moms. She is a contributing author to several books and many magazines. She has been interviewed on television and radio shows, including The 700 Club, The Harvest Show, Primary Focus, Family Life Today, Revive Our Hearts with and Focus on the Family Weekend Magazine. With transparency, humor and warmth Ginger communicates powerful truths from Gods Word which bring insight and wisdom. While Ginger enjoys reading, writing and spending time on Lake Martin with her husband Ronnie, her primary passion in life is to glorify God. Ginger is a veteran homeschooling mom of two fabulous children and stepmom to two much adored sons.
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Pastor AdamAge: 25-34Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Good resource for ladiesApril 6, 2014Pastor AdamAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Guiltless Living by Ginger Hubbard takes a look at the believer's serial sin problem in a manner that is both humorous and convicting. Hubbard weaves personal stories throughout the book to demonstrate the sin of her own heart and connect with the reader. After each story she quickly zeroes in on the grace of God and the help He offers in fighting against sin.
I must admit that the title of the book troubled me before reading. Even after reading, I still wish a different title had been chosen. I was afraid that this was going to be another book that focuses on the grace of God to the neglect of His righteous requirement of obedience. I feared that I would be urged to rid my life of guilt over sin simply by focusing on the grace available through Christ. A thorough reading demonstrated that this fear was unfounded. I should have known that to be the case based on my familiarity with another of Hubbard's books, Don't Make Me Count to Three!
Urging a person to focus on the grace of God in Christ is certainly part of the gospel. It is absolutely essential that we magnify this grace. However, it is not a complete gospel if we stop there; progressive sanctification must follow. Thankfully, Hubbard did not stop with a partial gospel. She went on to provide helpful instruction for the believer's fight against sin.
Another strength of this book is that it does not stop with behavior. Our problem is not ultimately that our behavior is bad; we have a bad heart. We need the gospel so deeply because while we may alter our behavior by trying harder and doing better, we do not have the power to change our hearts. Only the Spirit of God can do that supernatural work.
Hubbard demonstrates throughout the book a good knowledge of the Scriptures and an ability to apply them well. I found this refreshing as well.
I would certainly recommend this book to those struggling under the weight of sin. I think it would be especially helpful for women as they can likely relate to many of the personal examples that Hubbard provides. I will likely add it to the book rack at our church.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the Cross Focused Reviews program.
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Overcoming our "Serial Sins"April 4, 2014GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Back cover: "Through captivating stories, edgy humor, and shocking confessions, Ginger Hubbard drops the act and gets real in this brutally honest look at the seldom admitted, rarely talked about sins of the heart. Removing her 'good Christian' mask, Ginger opens the dark chapters of her heart in order to share about the glorious Grace of God toward repentant sinners. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what real Christianity is all about."
There are seven confessions or chapters (whichever way you want to think about it) in this 120-page book. I don't believe there is anyone who does not struggle to a certain extent with these seven "serial sins": being critical, proud, controlling, impatient, miserly, selfish, and being overly religious.
Ms. Hubbard's introduction on pages 11-13 sets the tone and explains the purpose for this book.
"In reading some of my confessions, you may find me unlikable at times. But I will not sugarcoat the wickedness of my heart. When sin rears its head, there is nothing likable about it. It's ugly, dark, shocking, and offensive, especially when we are willing to search our hearts and be fully honest about what is there. I hope that an honest, transparent revelation of what sin looks like will provoke deep thought and self-evaluation in the hearts of my readers. The Bible states, 'Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy' (Proverbs 28:13)."
The author, Ginger Hubbard, in frank transparency, shares some of her life experiences and stories with her readers that will resonate with many of us. They were certainly easy for me to relate to. Some of these stories are downright hilarious; it wasn't unusual for me to laugh with tears spilling over. However, Ms. Hubbard makes it clear that while we can laugh at the ridiculous way sin manifests itself in us, and with the laughter commiserate together the sad truth that we hold so many of these problems in common, sin is no laughing matter. "The things that God sent His Son to die for are not funny." Yet humor is a useful way for us to relieve the tension we usually experience once we start digging around in our hearts, rooting out sinful tendencies.
So the purpose of this book can be stated this way, "Through searching comes revelation, which leads to confession, which leads to repentance, which leads to forgiveness, which leads to sanctification, which leads to a deeper, more real relationship with God." And I, for one, want a deeper relationship with God.
Each chapter begins with the often humorous ways that chapter's focal point "serial sin" has manifested itself in the author's life. In stark contrast, Ms. Hubbard points out just how different Jesus, the Savior of the world, is from those of us who are "serial sinners." In the final segment, each chapter teaches us how to allow God's grace to work outward through us in spite of our natural bent to do and say the wrong things. There are study and discussion questions for each chapter in the index at the end of the book, appropriate for personal Bible study or group study. You can simply read through this book or take time to dig into it deeply, although I would recommend it as a Bible study in your personal devotions.
The author's storytelling skills make this book fun to read. Her teaching ability creates a painless path for readers to apply the truth of God's Word to our lives. Her wit and wisdom makes these truths simple for us to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and highly recommend this for both personal Bible study or a women's Bible study group.
More about the author: "Ginger Hubbard, author of Don't Make Me Count to Three! and Wise Words for Moms, is the founder of Preparing the Way Ministries for which she speaks at women's events and parenting conferences Across the country."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC)on behalf of Shepherd Press. 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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