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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
An important reminder on what keeps us from being truly free
Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). As believers, we have Christ and never need to be afraid. Yet its also true that we are not immune to the effects of evil. Christ has conquered sin and death, but in his infinite wisdomfor reasons that are often difficult for us to understandevil is still permitted to exist. Even if were saved and trust in Christ, we may still find areas in which we just cant get victory. Maybe its a sin weve confessed again and again or a constant struggle with depression, anger, or lust. These long-imbedded patterns of shameful living continue to entangle us day after day, month after month, and even year after year.
In Truly Free best-selling author Robert Morris invites us into a glorious truththat the promise of being set free from the slavery of sin is a promise to be set free completely. Although evil is real and Christians can be oppressed by it, we have the promise that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Jesus saves us, trains us to resist the power of evil, and delivers us from anything that holds us back. With Jesus, we can be truly free forever.
Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 36,000 active members. He is featured on the weekly television program, The Blessed Life, and serves as Chairman of the Board of The Kings University. He is the bestselling author of eleven books including The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny, The God I Never Knew and The Blessed Church. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married 35 years and are blessed with one married daughter, two married sons and six grandchildren. You can follow Robert on Twitter @PsRobertMorris.
SeantaneousVirginia and North Carolina.Age: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Truly FreeFebruary 6, 2016SeantaneousVirginia and North Carolina.Age: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Many of us wonder why we cannot overcome certain habits, actions, strongholds or wounded emotions. In Truly Free, Robert Morris plainly lays out the reasons why so many people are stuck and in bondage. He provides scriptural, down-to-earth steps on how to truly be free. This book is in depth but also an easy read at the same time.
Scotty2 Stars Out Of 5Is this Robert Morris' version of "deliverance theology"?October 10, 2015ScottyQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Robert Morris, senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, has waded into the subject of deliverance theology with his latest book, Truly Free (published by W Publishing Group).
Charismatics in the church will likely think he hasnt gone nearly far enough, and those of a more conservative theological bent might feel a little nervous about his broaching the subject. But there is a valuable contribution Morris brings to the church by taking on this topic.
He approaches his subject by stating he believes Christians need both discipleship and deliverance. Certainly we need to be discipled to learn how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to mature as a follower of Christ. But have you noticed that sometimes genuine Christians (not those just professing to be Christians) seem to face very real spiritual struggles? Morris explains this by reminding us that the lives we live are full of spiritual warfare there really is an enemy warring against us! and that we often provide Satan with openings into our lives from which he can oppress us. Because of that spiritual oppression, Morris writes, we not only need discipleship, but we need deliverance as well.
Now that wasnt so scary or painful, was it?
Thats about as deep as Morris goes into a deliverance theology, which is why I think many Charismatics will be howling that Morris hasnt gone far enough; and the more conservative Christians can likely appreciate Morris bringing back into our focus that we are spiritual beings living in spiritual warfare, and there are ways we often allow a foothold for the enemy.
The non-Charismatic portion of the church doesnt talk or teach much about spiritual warfare, or any deliverance concept, but perhaps we should! As Morris leads his readers through this discussion, you will likely find more than one place of theological disagreement on this subject, but as a whole, you will probably appreciate being challenged to consider how Satan works without rest to oppress Christians, how that can impact our lives, and what we can do about it.
One more comment about this book. First, let me say Ive watched several of Morris sermons on video, and one in particular was one of the best sermons Ive ever heard on the topic of giving. I can really appreciate some of his preaching. With regard to his writing, this is only the second book of his that Ive read, and both times I found his writing to be rather bland. Im going to blame that on me, it must just be how I respond to his writing. This book contains some interesting stories, and some solid biblical perspectives, but it still fell rather blandly on my mind. Of course, a solid book on a biblical subject doesnt have to (and shouldnt have to) entertain us, and thats not what Im wanting from this authors writing. I find his writing like a turkey thats been cooked slightly too long; turkey is a healthy meal, but can be dry if overcooked. Thats the taste left with me after reading Morris writing. You, on the other hand, may find his style to be delightful.
This is not a must read, but if youd like to delve into the concept of deliverance without going too deep, this book might be helpful for you.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
ccwhinin5 Stars Out Of 5Truly Free: Breaking the Snares That So Easily EntangleJuly 26, 2015ccwhininQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0If you're struggling with strongholds, this is the book you need to read. You might also want to invest in the DVD study for your small group, or family.
B5 Stars Out Of 5Truly FreeJune 26, 2015BQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Simply amazing. God used this book tremendously in my life. God spoke to me about things I needed to let go of in my life to be truly free. Of course we are free because of the cross but many still walk in bondage even after salvation this is why Paul tells believers don't be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. I have never felt more free in my life and I have been saved for 25 years. So thankful for Pastor Robert's transparency to share of his personal struggles as well. I believe if you read this and take time to honestly answer questions at the end of each chapter God can use this to help you walk Truly Free.
ldesherl3 Stars Out Of 5Truly Free by Robert MorrisJune 16, 2015ldesherlQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4This book is a how to book and the title explains what the book is all about. Robert Morris, the author, is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multi-campus, evangelistic church considered to be Spirit-empowered. The author's congregation is in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is featured, weekly, on the show that is called THE BLESSED LIFE. This show is televised to approximately one hundred million homes and in more than two hundred countries around the world. Morris is the best-selling author of eleven books. These books include THE BLESSED LIFE, THE GOD I NEVER KNEW, and THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS. Morris begins this book with an introduction. He launches into a chapter that tells us what the book is all about. The second chapter gives us three warning signs that tell us if we are experiencing the problem this book intends to address. The third chapter introduces us to the strategies of the enemies of our spiritual freedom. Chapters Four to Nine present things that we need to be free from and how to get free. The tenth chapter just sums up all that has been covered in all prior chapters. This book ends with a notes section.
This book is what I expected and is much like other spiritual warfare books that I have read in the past. I read THE BLESSED CHURCH, another book by Robert Morris, who wrote TRULY FREE and so I had an idea where he is coming from. I expected this book to say much about demonic oppression in relation to many of our mental and emotional ills, and it does. I expected it to say much about demonic oppression in relation to life-dominating sins, and it does. I believed he could have gone in more depth about the many subtle (and not so subtle) ways that the spiritual and the physical interact, as in how chemical imbalances can make us more vulnerable to spiritual attack, or how poor nutrition or some medicines can affect our moods and our spiritual motivation to walk by the Holy Spirit and exhibit His fruit in our lives. And he seems to single out three sins without going into sufficient detail into the forms these sins can show up in our lives without our even being aware of it. But it seems that the author wants his book to be an easy, fast read and knows that many people don't have the time or the patience to read much. I'm glad he included some disclaimers that demons are not to blame for all spiritual, mental, or emotional ills. But, sadly, pastors seem to be reluctant to talk about the role of Satan or his underlings, demons. I do not remember ever hearing a sermon on demonic oppression. That is sad because the Bible says that Satan (and his demons by implication) is one of our three enemies. Our flesh (sinful nature and the world (the system) are the other two enemies of the follower of Jesus. Unless we know our enemies and how they operate we cannot overcome them. This book has many valuable tips to overcome the Devil and demons. But in the chapter on greed, this author teaches tithing, giving ten percent to your local congregation. Yes, tithing is clearly taught in the Old Testament. This author, like many pastors, teaches tithing today for all followers of Jesus. The New Testament seems to focus far more on why we give and how we give. Tithing ten percent may cause more affluent worshipers to get complacent because they may think to themselves, "I have tithed my ten percent; God has to be pleased with me." And the teaching on tithing may make poor worshipers feel burdened because ten percent may feel too high of a percentage to them. While the author denies it, this chapter smacks of prosperity especially when he shares about his own giving experiences and how God "gave back to him" in finances. Many other points he makes in this book are worth pondering and applying, with prayer and God's power. If you are not a follower of Jesus, the author includes a brief segment, tips and a prayer (to be prayed in your own words) to become a follower of Jesus, or in the author's words, to be "born again."
I recommend this book to all pastors who minimize or neglect the teachings of demonic oppression and spiritual warfare. But as this book is far from complete or balanced, pastors should use this book only to educate themselves about those teachings so they will be equipped to preach and teach about them. People who struggle with the three sins Morris has chosen for treatment in this book, may find this book helpful, as these three sins are widespread among us. People with certain psychiatric disorders that require medication to reduce spiritual attacks, may find this book triggering and unhelpful. People who struggle with sins other than the three singled out in this book, might not be helped by this book.
I received this book free of charge through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review of this book. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
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