No More Dragons    -     By: Jim Burgen
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No More Dragons

Thomas Nelson / 2014 / Paperback

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"Why don't I like most churches?" "Where is God in difficult times?" "How do I shed decades of poor choices?" Burgen found himself asking these questions as a young adult---and has since found deliverance and hope! He'll help you shake off the scales of your past and experience genuine spiritual transformation. Softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 140020562X
ISBN-13: 9781400205622

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Becoming a dragon is a dangerously subtle process.

You make a long chain of bad choices. The chain gradually wraps around you. Layer by layer, it begins to take on the aspect of scales. One day you glance at yourself in the mirror and a monster is staring back at you. You aren't who you used to be. You aren't who you want to be. You're not who you were created and designed to be. Instead, you're a dragon.

When Jim Burgen was nineteen years old, he realized how easy it had been to become a dragon. He knew he didn't want to be one anymore . . . but how? No More Dragons is the story of our common, hopeful journey from dragonhood back to personhood.

As Pastor Burgen narrates the remarkable process of reclaiming himself from himself, he implores modern church goers to shake off the trivialities of churchiness in favor of the substantive questions that make a spiritual transformation:

“Is Jesus the only one who can undragon people?”

“Why don't I like most churches?”

“Where is God in difficult times?”

“How do you shed decades of gnarly scales?”

Some choices will lead you to a better life. Some will kill you. Some choices will add a new layer of scales to your dragon, and some will slough them off. No More Dragons is about asking Christ to deliver you and learning how to obey him. 

Author Bio

Jim Burgen studied Bible and Sociology at Milligan College. He spent the first twenty years of his ministry working with high school and college students in Kentucky. He has been the lead pastor of Flatirons Community Church in Boulder County, Colorado since 2006. He also serves on the board of SOZO International, an NGO focusing on holistic community empowerment in Afghanistan. 

 

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  1. Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    No More Dragons by Jim Burgen
    July 30, 2014
    The Phone Tree Edifier
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Phone Tree Book Review

    Title: No More Dragons: Get Free from Broken Dreams, Lost Hope, Bad Religion, and Other Monsters

    Author: Jim Burgen

    About the Book: "Becoming a dragon is a dangerously subtle process.

    You make a long chain of bad choices. The chain gradually wraps around you. Layer by layer, it begins to take on the aspect of scales. One day you glance at yourself in the mirror and a monster is staring back at you. You aren't who you used to be. You aren't who you want to be. You're not who you were created and designed to be. Instead, you're a dragon."

    Review: No More Dragons: Get Free from Broken Dreams, Lost Hope, Bad Religion, and Other Monsters is a book that everyone should read. It's honest and thought-provoking in such a way that the drama of life, church experiences, and beguiling strongholds are revealed. Burgen does an amazing job of drawing readers in by discussing his wayward path. He clearly reveals his foolish choices, the attitudes and obstacles that he has dealt with, and his ultimate cry for help. A cry for help that we all come to if we truly seek to be "undragoned" by Jesus Christ. This book does a wonderful job of uncovering a message of hope for those who are broken among us.

    Rating: 5/5

    Recommend: Yes

    Bookshelf Worthy: Yes
  2. Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Mind-Blowing book!
    June 23, 2014
    GraceThorson
    Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Jim Burgen is the lead pastor of a church in Colorado. How did his beginning lead up to becoming a pastor? It started with him transforming into a dragon. He was a preacher's son. He grew up in a seemingly quaint church. He enjoyed the atmosphere of it. Christians appeared fine. Did it seem perfect? No. Jim witnessed the behavior of some and started to doubt what he believed. He was left confused and lost.

    Following his downward spiral from an addiction and bad choices, he bit by bit turned into an unrecognizable creature. He looked in the mirror and saw a dragon covered in scales. Who was he? He didn't know anymore_ Was there a possible way to lose his scaly appearance?

    {My Thoughts:}

    No More Dragons is a play off of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. Not the whole book mind you, but on the transformation of Eustace into a dragon. If you are unfamiliar with this classic tale, Eustace {a selfish little boy} takes a piece of treasure from a dragon's hoard. In doing so, Eustace turns into a monster, or more specifically, a dragon covered in scales.

    I don't wish to give the whole and wonderful story away. I highly recommend reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader {or at least that part} and No More Dragons together for the full affect. Jim Burgen uses this allegory of a dragon to portray his own poor choices from the past. He does this well throughout his own personal change from a dragon to a new creature in Christ.

    He covers many subjects from unusual instances, visual stories, past mistakes, and true-life tales from dragons he's come in contact with. In No More Dragons, Jim Burgen successfully approaches problems that are kept hush-hush among the church. He also gives a compassionate tale on reaching out to fellow dragons. Why? He knows what it feels like to be covered in scales.

    Jim Burgen is so down to earth, open, and straight to the heart in his writing. Personally, I love it! We need more people like this. He's not afraid and he doesn't back down in teaching his lessons.

    No More Dragons is a mind-blowing book for its allegorical concepts, simple truths, and prodding tales. It makes you think - I like any book that can stir me to stop and process its words.

    If you're searching for answers to the pain of past mistakes or just simply tired of living as a dragon, this book is especially for you. I highly recommend this read by Jim Burgen.

    {This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.}
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought provoking
    June 11, 2014
    bookin
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I liked that this book was not a self-help " follow my program and become a new person!" book. The author makes several valid points as to why people become disheartened with church and other Christians. The point is not to show that all Christians or churches are faulty, but that we all make mistakes and at times inadvertently wound others. He also backs up all his points with scripture, which is very helpful. A very helpful book for anyone who needs to forgive, but needs a little guidance. I especially liked his point about acceptance and judging others' sins. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone...
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't be a dragon any longer
    April 3, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Becoming a dragon is a sneaky process, Burgen writes, involving a long string of bad choices. "One day you glance at yourself in the mirror, and a monster is staring back at you." You realize you aren't who you used to be and you're not who you want to be.

    The only one who can rescue you is Jesus. Burgen has spent the last thirty years being undragoned and helping others to be undragoned too. It may sound illogical, he says, but giving up personal desires and placing ourselves under God's authority is the only way to experience true freedom.

    Churches can be dragons too, but they should be places where we can be free of our dragons. He encourages us to fight for our churches.

    We cannot undragon ourselves - only Jesus can. But there are some responsibilities we need to carry and steps we need to take to participate in the slaying, and Burgen takes us through them. He also reminds us that the undragoned life can be difficult to live. In the end we turn to Jesus and His redeeming power, holding on to truth and grace.

    Burgen takes his dragon concept from C. S. Lewis' Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In it Eustace finds himself a dragon, evidence of his greed and selfishness. Only Aslan can rid Eustace of his dragonness.

    Don't think that you can read this book and become undragoned. It is a process and you will probably want friends and a church to help you along. But if you do want to become the person you were created to be, reading this book will give you a good start on your journey.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for an independent and honest review.
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