Moving Forward: Overcoming the Habits, Hangups, and Mishaps That Hold You Back
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Far too many people are not living up to God's best for them, limited by habits and hang-ups from which they just can't seem to break free. Unforgiveness, addictive behavior, unhealthy financial patterns--limitations come in all shapes and sizes. Breaking free from any of them starts the same way: by walking in the truth.

In Moving Forward, Pastor John Siebeling will help you connect the dots between what you read in God's Word and your everyday life. Each chapter highlights a specific hang-up or habit that holds people back, explains what God says about it, and points to a way forward in freedom. Practical advice and suggestions for next steps will help you see how to implement changes that will give you the traction you need to move forward.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801015057
ISBN-13: 9780801015052

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Author Bio

John Siebeling is the founder and lead pastor of The Life Church, located in the metro Memphis, Tennessee, area. The Life Church is a diverse, multi-campus church that has been named one of the fastest-growing churches in America. John has a passion to develop leaders and pastors and to help people move forward in life. He is the author of Momentum and Worry Free Finances, and his television program has more than 125,000 weekly viewers.

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  1. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful and worth the read
    January 26, 2017
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Baker Books offered me the opportunity to review John Seibling's Moving Forward as part of their blogger reviewer program, I had mixed feelings. I always hope that the books written by Christian authors on this subject will be sensible, helpful, and based in truth - but I often find myself disappointed.

    I'm happy to say that was not the case with this book! Though some of the word-by-word dissections of scripture seem to take a few liberties with assumed intent, the book overall is full of good advice and is based in reality. This isn't some pie-in-the-sky, just-get-over-it sort of book. Instead, Seibling addresses the realities of what hold us back head-on; from long-standing habits to the way circumstances out of our control can seem to throw things off-kilter, Seibling knows that many things can lead to stagnation in our lives. He points out helpful scriptures, psychological truths, and even a few self-motivation tactics that we can all use to help ourselves through (around, over, and past) those rough spots and road blocks in life.

    Overall, a good read. The sections are separated well but also flow nicely, and the message is worded simply enough without insulting the reader's intelligence. This one's staying in my personal collection
  2. Chris
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Save your money
    January 16, 2017
    Chris
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The general idea of this book is like many books on the Christian market let go of past burdens and obstacles so you can fulfill the purpose God has for your life. Certainly, talking about these issues are needed and helpful, if we ground them in the gospel and not make the imperatives another exhortation to moralism and self-improvement. Unfortunately, this book does just that. In fact, this book reminds me in many ways of a prosperity gospel view of the relationship between works and blessings. This concern was further confirmed by his inclusion of quotes from Joyce Meyer, who is no source for good theology. This book, which is quite individualistic, is filled with the language of reaching your potential, overcoming and finding victory, and other similar phrases.

    Considering these concerns, I cannot recommend this book (which is why I didnt provide a link to it) and think other resources would be a better use of your time and money.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lacking practical strategies
    January 14, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Siebeling looks at various issues that hold us back in our spiritual walk, such as emotions, worry, habits, anger, and more. He gives encouragement to overcome the issues, giving information from a variety of books, studies, and the Bible. I found the book contained great encouragement but frequently lacked practical strategy.

    He writes, We have to make the decision to change and then discipline ourselves to make choices that will produce the new habits we want in our life (willpower). (79) And, Breaking free from life-controlling issues isn't easy. (97) One of his simple 'starter steps' is Quit the habit. (98) He makes encouraging statements like, You need to make the choice to be done with that way of living. (98) Sometimes I felt Siebeling told me what I should be doing without providing the tools I needed to do it. At other times he did have some good suggestions, such as the questions he provides to help in making good decisions. Sometimes he gives the idea and leaves the work to the readers. For example, For every worry, find a promise in God's Word to address your situation. (67)

    God's grace gives us the power to walk away from anything holding us back, Siebeling declares. (102) Nonetheless, he also writes, Some emotional hangups require self-discipline and practical lifestyle adjustments; others may require addressing more serious underlying issues or getting professional help. (51) He also suggests professional help may be necessary when dealing with life-controlling issues. (97) It seems that, while God's grace gives us the power, we may need professional help as well. I would have preferred knowing practical ways of seeing God's power at work within me.

    This book contains lots of instruction. For example, Choose to be faithful to what you started. Faithfulness has rewards, so keep working even when it's hard. (148) Here's another: Make tithing your top financial priority each month. Find a way to make it work and adjust the rest of your budget to fit around it. (157,158) If you respond well to that kind of instruction, along with some great stories illustrating the principles, you'll love this book. If, however, you need some practical coaching on how to keep working even when it's hard and finding a way to make tithing a priority, you will have to look elsewhere.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  4. aacal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing read!
    December 7, 2016
    aacal
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is great! 100%. I would recommend this to anybody! This is a very practical read and is easy to apply it to everyday life whether you are in a season of struggle or contentment!
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