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Ask It: The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions - eBookAndy StanleyMultnomah / 2014 / ePub$9.995 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
When Work and Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family - eBookAndy StanleyMultnomah / 2011 / ePub$8.994 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
Louder Than Words: The Power of Uncompromised Living - eBookAndy StanleyMultnomah / 2009 / ePub$12.995 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 70 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 118,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, which delivers over seven million messages each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
As a pastor and counselor, Rev. Stanley has heard endless stories that began with, "Yes, I knew when I started cheating on my wife it was wrong, but..." or "Sure, I knew that borrowing heavily had risks, but..." Most people know when they are moving in the wrong direction, but they hope they will be the exception to the rule of cause-and-effect. And, yes, Stanley admits wryly, there are spendthrifts who luck out and hit the lottery, and there are people who smoke for 40 years and still live to be 90; however, they are so incredibly rare, that is why they are remembered. For 99% of most folks, the rule still applies: "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap" (Gal. 6:7).
Similarly, just being sorry for one's terrible errors in judgment does not make the problems go away. "Forgiveness and consequences are two different things," says Stanley. "One does not override the other." Thus, God and your friends can forgive you for having an extramarital affair, but that will not keep you from dying of AIDS. Bankruptcy courts can forgive you all your bad debts, but that does not mean you still won't be broke, dishonored, and forced to start all over from scratch. Poor decisions can have vicious consequences.
When should one get back on the right road? Immediately. "To the wise, later is now," says Stanley, who advocates creating a financial, medical, and occupational plan B even before it's ever needed. "Current conditions are not trusty indicators of what lies ahead."
This book is not overly sophisticated, but it is rational, logical, and practical. There is common sense here, backed by biblical wisdom. Drawing on biblical stories, Stanley shares lessons of success and failure that were determined by which road was taken. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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