Where can we possibly find unfailing answers to our problems?
Not in ourselves. Not in the world. Only God can diagnose our condition and equip us for real, lasting change. Wayne and Joshua Mack show how we can flee temptation, break free from sin, and live our lives as overcomers.
With discussion questions and writing space for personal responses, God's Solutions to Life's Problems can be used for individual growth, for group study, or for homework assignments for those in counseling. This second edition also includes a brand-new chapter on solving problems as members of God's family.
We live in a world cursed by sin. Because of this, everyone encounters serious problems in their lives, but Christians must deal with unique challenges as well. In Gods Solutions to Lifes Problems, the Macks argue that we are not doomed to a life of failure. Instead of making excuses, we can accept Gods diagnosis of our condition and work to change it. With discipline and dedication to Gods Word and to prayer, we can flee temptation and break free of the patterns of sin in our lives.
Dr. Wayne Mack lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he serves as director of ACBC Africa and as director and professor of biblical counseling at Strengthening Ministries Training Institute, a certified training center of ACBC International. Previously he served as chairman of the biblical counseling department at The Masters University and Seminary in California. He was a board member of NANC (now the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) and FIRE (Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals). He also counseled and taught at CCEF (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) for fifteen years. Wayne and his wife Carol have been married since 1957. They have four adult children and twenty-two grandchildren. He has written twenty-six books on biblical counseling and practical Christian life issues.
Joshua Mack (M.A. in biblical counseling, The Master's College; M.Div., The Master's Seminary; D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor-teacher of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa, and Executive Director of 1Hope Ministries International. He and his wife Marda have five daughters as well as two boys and one girl in permanent foster care. He is the co-author of Courage and God's Solution to Life's Problems. You can read more of Joshua Mack's writings at joshnmarda.wordpress.com.
Reading this book is like opening a toolbox. The Macks provide a biblical framework to address the problems you and I face. You will find solid help from two men who demonstrate a knowledge of God's Word and an understanding of the challenges of real life. I heartily recommend it.
Faith Baptist Church, Lafayette IN
God's Solutions to Life's Problems is a primer on the Christian life. The chapters of this book brim with encouragements to Bible study, personal discipline for Christian growth, motivation for obedient living, and careful guarding of the heart. You will find two things you need here: biblical direction and hope for vistory rooted in Christ. Any book that does that is worth reading.
"Reading this book is like opening a toolbox. The Macks provide a biblical framework to address the problems you and I face. You will find solid help from two men who demonstrate a knowledge of God's Word and an understanding of the challenges of real life. I heartily recommend it."
"God's Solutions to Life's Problems is a primer on the Christian life. The chapters of this book brim with encouragements to Bible study, personal discipline for Christian growth, motivation for obedient living, and careful guarding of the heart. You will find two things you need here: biblical direction and hope for victory rooted in Christ. Any book that does that is worth reading."
What do "your problems" have to do with such Bible words as "sin and temptation, grace and truth, Christ and the Spirit, repentance and faith, obedience and discipline?" Everything! But we often need help drawing out the immediate connections. Wayne and Joshua Mack trace out the "how do you change" implications of the theological worldview that has been so well articulated by writers such as Sinclair Ferguson, John Owen, Jerry Bridges, Jay Adams, and John Calvin. He calls believers to the long race. He teaches us about an intentional and carefully lived life, about lifelong immersion in Scripture, about utter reliance on the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, about vigilant self-examination and willing self-denial, about devotion to Jesus Christ whole and simple."
"The Macks have written an eminently valuable book showing what a Christian is/is not, that his nature has been changed so as to enable him to make changes that truly solve problems God's way, and what he must do to makes such changes. It is a helpful volume that every counselor/pastor should use."
Christians today are taught how to cope with problems, not solve them. Many believe that the tough issues of modern life are beyond the Bible's ranges of answers or that it provides unauthoritative answers to get to heaven but not how to live here on earth. God's Solutions to Life's Problems is a persuasive argument to the contrary. It demonstrates that insightful theology is not only practical, it is functional for resolving deep-seated problems in life.
Dr. Wayne and Pastor Joshua Mack have given the church a most wonderful volume of Biblically-based teaching on a variety of sanctification subjects. You could call it a handbook of spiritual surgery for the soul. Mack and Mack are skilled spiritual physicians, taking the delicate, dynamic instrument of the Word of God and powerfully, yet appropriately using it to slice into the spirit of a man, dissecting their way to not only discovering the initial causes of a malady, but also offering the only viable, life-sustaining healingGod's solutions to life's problems. It is a most commendable effort."
When I heard that this book was in the works, I knew that it would be an extremely valuable, rich, and readable resourceand I was not disappointed. . . . I am grateful for this simple, clear, and helpful guide for human problem-solving. May it provide clear answers for people who are struggling. May it increase the confidence of those who are helping people deal with their problems biblically.