Still Restless: Conversations That Open the Door to Peace  -     By: Jan D. Hettinga
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Still Restless: Conversations That Open the Door to Peace

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Still Restless relates good news: God has always had time for honest seekers, even when they have hard questions or objections for Him. The proof is in the life of Christ. Jesus met for one-on-one conversations to share the way to truth and life, and He rarely used the same approach twice. The gospel is designed for everyone, no matter one's experiences or personality.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443903
ISBN-13: 9780825443909

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Guide for Seekers and Those Helping Them
    August 20, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Still Restless, Conversations That Open the Door to Peace" by author Jan David Hettinga is a 176 page paperback book published by Kregel Publishing. The cover of this slim Christian Living/Spiritual Growth is intriguing. It is orange with a white opened door. The back has an even more intriguing statement: "Get ready for the conversation of a lifetime with a Savior you can trust completely".

    Author Hettinga states in the introduction of his book that after reading it we will have a better understanding as to why some people choose to turn toward God or away from Him. He encourages readers to check his reference - the Bible.

    The author has divided his book into two sections. The first section is entitled "Sources of Restlessness". Its eight chapters go over things that cause seekers to feel the restlessness that coming from not know Jesus. Some of those the things covered are Walking Away from God, Angry at God, and Blaming God. Using examples from the Bible and real life stories he explores all eight topics that cause people to turn away from Jesus. In some cases has changed names, gender, and even combined some stories to protect the identity of people.

    The second section is "Coming to the End of Restlessness". The eight chapters in this section deal with turning hearts and minds toward Jesus. Chapters cover Curious about God, Thirsty for God, Questioning God, along with some others before the final chapter Coming to God. In Thirsty for God, the author reveals that other relationships will disappoint or fail us but not God. "He is the only love that never fails."

    Author Hettinga has a nice style of writing. He uses lists, stories, diagrams and illustrations to get his point made. The chapters are neatly divided. There are discussion questions after the Epilogue. After those questions is a small section on how to get a fresh start with God. It is a carefully planned out book. I would recommend it to anyone seeking God or helping to guide someone to Him. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting thoughts
    March 23, 2016
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Who doesnt feel restless?Who doesnt need more peace that only Jesus can give? I certainly do. So I was really looking forward to reading this book.

    The book speaks a lot of truth and gives great examples of people who are discontent and restless and looking for something more.

    However, I felt the stories where slightly incomplete that we never got around to if those people found peace and how that happened.

    I guess I just had different expectations of the book then what was delivered and I had trouble connecting.

    Overall, a good book just not what I expected.

    A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
  3. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    THOUGHT PROVOKING
    March 12, 2016
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    People are seeking peace in all areas of life. In our chaotic world today the search is even more intense. The author shares how we make our lives more distressed by seeking the peace we so greatly desire in all the wrong ways. The more we try the more elusive and distant it becomes. We attempt to create our own world based on what we believe will make it perfect. Of course anything we do is far from that. It takes a while for us to learn (and some never learn) that a relationship with Christ and turning control of our lives over to Him is the only way to have a peaceful, purposeful life.

    The first part of the book addresses attitudes and actions toward God that will hinder us from having that tranquility and harmony within that we crave. Mr. Hettinga uses different people from the Bible that are an example of wrong approaches and shows us how to examine ourselves. I liked his illustrations showing how the Kingdom of Self operates differently than the Kingdom of God.

    The second part of the books reveals what we must do to end our vicious cycle of restlessness and futilely searching. As in the first part, we learn from men and women in Scripture the ways to end our pursuit and have the peace God intended for us to. This book is not only a good study book, but it also gives you a lot of food for thought.

    I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I expressed are my own.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource
    January 23, 2016
    Penny M
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I believe this book truly speaks to those who are searching for God. The author shows how each of us is constructing our own kingdom. He also explains how unfortunately it doesn't always work out the way we plan. This is of course because God has a plan for us. This book shows you that it is ok to ask questions. We have all been restless a time or two in our lives. God is always here to answer our questions.

    The chapters range from our sources of restlessness to coming to the end of it. He walks non believers step by step and allows for great discussion.

    Loved how the author layed out the chapters and diagrams with passages from the bible for reference. I also liked the end of the book where he placed discussion questions for each chapter to delve deeper into conversation.

    I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

    Thank you and God Bless
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A book about nonbelievers rather than for them
    January 7, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Hettinga says he has written this book for people looking into spirituality. He wants to help people make a solid choice as they consider Christianity in their search. Unfortunately, I think the book falls short of the intended aim.

    This book seemed to me to be one about unbelievers rather than for them. I am not sure a non-Christian would be attracted to this book. Here is an example of why I say that. The chapter on Blaming God starts out noting that bad things happen and that some people have a victim mentality. Hettinga draws our attention to the Bible story of Jesus meeting the lame man (John 5). While feeling compassion, Jesus points out the underlying cause for the chronic disability. He exposes a mentality contributing to the man's long-term suffering. (73) I don't think a nonbeliever would appreciate that kind of introduction to the conversation about blaming God for personal pain. To paraphrase, it is like a nonbeliever coming to me and asking why God has caused him such pain and me telling him much of his pain is from his own mental attitude. I don't think that would get our potential conversation off to a good start.

    Here's another example. Beginning the chapter entitled Questioning God, he writes, Critics describe the Christian belief system as non-intellectual or even anti-intellectual. But could the reverse actually be true? (121) I expected him to then write about the importance of intellectual integrity to Christian belief, or that profound thinkers like C. S. Lewis were believers. But he writes about faith leaving room for mystery and unknowns. He continues on about those with doubt and a skeptical attitude. Finally, seven pages later, he writes about intellectual who were believers. Before then, I think a nonbeliever would have lost interest in reading the chapter.

    Hettinga also uses a number of Bible stories, at length. He uses them as examples of the ideas he proposes, and as examples of people who really did find fulfillment in Jesus. However, he does so without first establishing the truth of the Bible for the nonbeliever, the potential reader of this book. I don't think a nonbeliever would appreciate the stories as examples from a source in which he has no confidence.

    Hettinga tells lots of stories about the people he's met to show that every person seeks security, significance, and purpose. He shows that they do not find what they are looking for in their own efforts. Running their own lives doesn't work. Trying to amass a fortune doesn't work. Having a victim attitude doesn't work.

    Hettinga has done a good job showing how nonbelievers live a restless life. Where he falls short is in showing how belief in Jesus calms that restlessness and leads to a fulfilled life.

    I think the best use for this book is by believers who want to start a dialog with a nonbeliever. The material in the book could be used to stimulate discussion. There are good Discussion Questions included for conversational use. Also, at the end of the book are the steps to make a fresh start with God. Using these resources, any Christian would be able to have a meaningful discussion with an inquiring nonbeliever.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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