God's Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think
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Sometimes our attempts to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. But what if overcoming sin doesn't rely on our own self-control? Maulding illuminates commonly misunderstood Bible verses, showing that following God isn't as complicated as we make it out to be. Learn how to experience true fulfillment! Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801093252
ISBN-13: 9780801093258

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For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that's not the kind of life God intends for us to experience. What if he never meant for us to try so hard? What if overcoming sin doesn't rely on our own self-control? What if loving others isn't about saying and doing all the right things? What if suffering isn't designed to teach us lessons? What if we could feel closer to God without doing anything?

In God's Best-Kept Secret, the founder of Grace Life International explodes our preconceived notions of living the Christian life, freeing us to stop just going through the motions and to experience true fulfillment. Illuminating commonly misunderstood Bible verses, Mark Maulding shows us that following God is not as complicated as we often make it out to be. And, in fact, the answer to our struggles has been hiding in plain sight all along.

Author Bio

Mark Maulding is founder of Grace Life International, one of the largest Christian counseling and teaching ministries in America. A speaker, counselor, and leadership coach, Maulding is a regular blogger who is passionate about sharing the transforming message of God's grace with a world in desperate need of it. He and his wife, Ellen, have four adult children, including a daughter with Down syndrome who, along with her three brothers, recently finished college. They live near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  1. B Reid
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Freedom to Be Who God Intended us to Be
    November 3, 2017
    B Reid
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    So often we view our lives through the ideals that the world, church, family and friends put upon us, as opposed to viewing our lives through God's eyes.

    Mark's book "God's Best Kept Secret", in plain language, identifies so many of the areas in our lives where we have developed wrong beliefs about God and the Christian life.

    The freedom that is ours in Christ, is available to each and every person, and as Mark shares, is not based upon a list of rules and regulations, but who we are as children of God.

    I was blessed to be able to sit under Mark's teaching at Grace Life International and am encouraged that the truths that he shared through the Advanced Discipleship program are now being shared in his new book. Thank you Mark for sharing God's truth in a way that everyone can understand. I know that God used these truths to set me free many years ago and I trust that through this book, God will change the lives of each person who reads it.

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and having read it, highly recommend it.
  2. Diane Brinkley
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful read eloquently explaining life changing spiritual truths....
    November 2, 2017
    Diane Brinkley
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am forever changed from learning the truths so eloquently explained full of biblical scripture and real life application.

    Before learning these truths, I lacked confidence, self esteem and initiative. I would go as far to say that I was depressed. When I learned Jesus accepts me and loves me no matter my behavior , I felt joy. I now operate from a place of joy and grace, not neediness.

    I strongly recommend this book to everyone.

    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. But then I bought many copies for my family and friends. Its that Fantastic!
  3. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Thought-Provoking Journey Into What It Means To Be A Christian
    October 30, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
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    God's Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding is a thought-provoking journey into the depths of exactly what it means to be a Christian - and why so many Christians experience a spiritual burnout or feel as though Christianity is just too hard or they can't seem to get it right and find the joy and happiness they believe they should be experiencing.

    In God's Best-Kept Secret, Mark leads us through several "secrets" that Christians tend to keep - things like battling depression, pornography, drinking problems, and other sins that are way too frequently occurring within the Christian body, yet seldom revealed, discussed, and dealt with outside of a counseling office or the well-meaning church that believes you could overcome your problems if you just had more faith. A lack of faith isn't the problem. The problem is that we're being taught a list of common misconceptions about what Christianity is and what it isn't, which then affect what we believe a Christian should or should not be or how they should or should not behave.

    Mark uses a series of clinical examples from his experience as a Christian counselor, combined with scriptural evidence, to show us that many of the beliefs we hold onto that make Christianity so difficult are formed under the presumption that we're still working operating under the Old Covenant rather than the New Covenant that Jesus Christ brought into our broken world.

    So how do we move away from the Old Covenant beliefs that are so heavily weighing us down? We start by ditching the checklist of right and wrong - trusting that the Holy Spirit within us will help guide us, if only we turn to Him instead of clinging to our own flesh. Mark then goes on to show us other concepts that are generally misconstrued in the modern church, including righteousness, the ten commandments, forgiveness, strength, freedom, and the influence our Christianity should have on our life outside of the church and Bible study times.

    I found the section on the formation of character and Christian values to be enlightening, and have used it as a base to change my perspective in dealing with my own children on issues such as patience and honesty. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds Christianity to be "too hard" or difficult to maintain, struggles with legalism, or simply finds life to not be the joy-filled blessing it is and needs a change of scenery in their perspective. This book is appropriate for men and women alike, and is perfect for adults of any age. Mature young adults could benefit from a lot of the material, but there is open discussion of pornography and adultery, so discretion is advised. 5/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  4. LE
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Freedom, joy, and grace
    October 21, 2017
    LE
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    Reading God's Best Kept Secret was like feasting on Thanksgiving Dinner. Literally coming into the knowledge and experience of grace, this book brought the sustaining power I need to continue to live in the freedom and the joy of the finished work of Christ in my life. I have been longing and praying for a way to communicate to others what has happen to me in the last few years and Mark Maulding has communicated this message of freedom from the law, and launching believers onward to live in grace, freedom and joy unspeakable! A must read for all believers and for those who have been stuck in a religious system that has left you feeling discouraged and fruitless. I was part of a launch team for this book, and this is my honest review.
  5. Jan
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    God's Best Kept Secret
    October 21, 2017
    Jan
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    What an amazing read - recommend this for everyone - I am free to love and be loved
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