Walls: Why Everybody's Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be)   -     By: Ryan Rush
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Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

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What's holding you back from the life God intends for you? Anger? Fear? Resentment? Walls, by Ryan Rush explores how these negative emotions and attitudes can hinder you from experiencing intimacy with God and from finding fulfillment in friendship or marriage. Discover the strength to face the walls in your life and find freedom waiting on the other side.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 228
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414337361
ISBN-13: 9781414337364

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Walls: They’re anything that keeps you from living the life God intended for you. They cut you off from family, freedom, and friends. And when you’re faced with a wall—whether it goes up after a life circumstance like losing your job or divorcing, or whether there just seems to be an emotional/spiritual barrier that keeps you from fully connecting to God—what do you do? Well, Pastor Ryan Rush believes you have two options. A breakdown . . . or a breakthrough.
Through practical insights and inspiring stories about people who “broke through” a wall in their spiritual life, Ryan guides you through understanding, facing up to, and breaking through the walls that are holding you back. He shows you how these walls go up in the first place, how to prevent them, and how to overcome them by embracing God’s promises for your life. With those walls out of your way, you’ll run at top speed to get to God and experience a freedom-based faith like never before.

Author Info

Ryan Rush is senior pastor at Bannockburn Baptist Church in Austin, TX. He has been ministering to families for almost two decades and has hosted radio and television programs on the subject of family life. Ryan is the author of Home on Time: Life Management by the Book. He and his wife, Lana, have three wonderful daughters: Ryley, Reagan, and Lily.

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  1. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 28, 2011
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    WALLS by Ryan Rush - Break through the walls that are holding you back. We sometime have a wall of fear, disappointment or worry that will interfere with our walk with God and other things in our life. Do you have a wall that is keeping you back? Ryan tells of his wall and how he worked on tearing it down, and give examples from other people and how they handled their wall. Ryan advice will inspire you to face your wall and help you overcome it.
  2. Wichita, Ks
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Promises over walls
    March 8, 2011
    Blue Raindrop
    Wichita, Ks
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Walls, why everybody's stuck (and nobody has to be), by Ryan Rush is the latest book I've received from Tyndale House for reviewing.

    Rush is a pastor, and the book uses a system of "Faith Breakthroughs" from his church to help people to overcome areas in their life where they have settled for less than what God has for them.

    He defines walls not as our circumstances, but as our unhealthy mindsets which may have formed, in many cases from those circumstances.

    The essential message is to find what God promises on the topic, and focus on those promises rather than on our current way of seeing the situation based on emotions and flesh based perspectives.

    In a way, it seems a bit overly simple. A bit like it's advice you've heard many times before, but broken down more into steps and presented in a more inspiring way. But then, even if we've heard the solution of relying on God's promises instead of our perspectives before, it's still not something most of us are good at.. so while it seems simplistic at the same time it seems like solid ground to work from.

    There's not a whole lot of specifics on how to actually make the change, as he admits it's different for everyone. He doesn't go a whole lot into offering specific promises to use either, instead encouraging you to use various resources including talking to other people to learn to seek out for yourself what God says and choose on your own what promise to claim as yours over the situation. And he does also go into a discussion on the difference between promises made to a specific biblical person at a specific time, and those that are applicable to everyone from God.

    Some of the resources that are suggested are listed on a website for the book, which is mentioned pretty often throughout the book. While there isn't a whole lot on the site yet, I think that may be more a factor of the book still being really new.

    The Your Breakthrough section of the site has a series of videos that give a short overview of the various parts of the book, which would probably be a good starting point to watch before reading even to have a good idea where things are going.

    The site also does have some interesting information, including a chart of various attributes of God and what walls result from issues in those specific areas and what is needed to overcome them, and another chart showing various attributes and points we should reach on our journey in the various areas.

    There is also a quiz that is on the site that will give you an area where you might have walls to be considered. This actually made me laugh when I first took it, because while it was right on as far as naming a specific area I've been working against issues, this area wasn't something that had been on my radar at all while reading the book.. in spite of my having had a good number of areas in mind.

    The book is well written, inspiring, and easy to read, with lots of examples to make it easily understood including many involving the author's own struggles in areas of his own life.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is a must read for all Christians!
    January 24, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The following is my review of the book Walls by Ryan Rush.

    *All Bible verses are quoted from the NLT unless otherwise indicated.

    The premise — a Faith Breakthrough . . .

    "A Faith Breakthrough is the act of overcoming a life barrier by learning to trust in, and intentionally pursue, God and what He has promised you." (ch 1 p 6)

    The inconsistency (within Christian households struggling to live as they should) — confusion about how to fix the problem . . .

    "The inconsistency is rarely a defiant act of hypocrisy, but instead a sense of confusion about how to fix the problem or an inability to see that problem at all." (ch 1 p 7)

    The answer — Tear down the walls that are keeping you from living life as you should.

    "If you were made for a breakthrough—for a ‘rich and satisfying life,' as Jesus Himself said—then that should happen naturally. You don't have to attain some great stature or learn some secret to enjoy it. You only need to tear down the walls that are keeping you from it." (ch 1 p 10)

    In the second chapter the author opens up with a brief discussion about the building of the Berlin Wall and it's affects on the people. This prompted me to review a little history and get a better feel of what he was trying to get across. If you would like to do the same click here.However, I don't think the pictures adequately describe the frustration that the people of East and West Germany felt while being separated from loved ones.

    Perhaps the author puts it best when he states: "There were rising sentiments of shock, grief, anger, confusion, and helplessness. The presence of these unseen emotions was every bit as real as the wall dividing their city." (p 15)

    Here we address what we cannot see and understand the magnitude of such walls.

    "These walls are inescapable—we can't just close our eyes to make them go away. These are walls we must face and find a way to break through . . . or suffer the loss of freedom that will always plague us until we do." (ch 2 p 16)

    Through the story of his daughter's illness the author explains what it was like to feel walls going up around him. How often have we found ourselves in such a state? One where we began to feel life closing in on us imprisoned by fear and confusion?

    "I had been speaking on breakthroughs for several years by the time that doctor walked in, but suddenly those breakthroughs seemed as far away as the rejoicing that is supposed to come with the arrival of a child. Instead I could almost feel the walls going up around me." (ch 2 p 19)

    This is where the chapters that follow will prove of greater significance. In chapter 3 we discuss defining our walls: "A wall is an unhealthy mind-set that keeps you from living life as God intends." (p 21) We discuss trust: "When we fail to trust what God has promised us, the situations in which we live can seem overwhelming and hopeless. Such a mind-set can bring the most optimistic of people in the world to an absolute standstill." (p 22) We discuss faith: "Faith is believing God will do what he said he will do, regardless of timing or circumstances [. . .] the strength of your mind-set will be directly related to the strength of your faith." (p 23)

    Then, we move on to what walls are not:

    "Walls are not are circumstances. ([. . .] They are not our problems themselves.)" (ch 3 p 24, paraphrase mine) The author explains on page 26 how "Paul saw his circumstances—even the negative ones—as doorways to move past walls" in Philippians 4:11-12.

    For more visit: http://heresmycuplord.com/bookshelf/walls/
  4. Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful in overcoming destructive mindsets
    January 8, 2011
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ryan Rush's book, "WALLS: Why Everybody's Stuck (and nobody has to be)" defined walls as a unhealthy mindset that keeps you from living life the way God intends. He equates every negative and destructive thought as a BRICK that your building your wall. Our thoughts are extremely powerful. Proverbs 23 says, "As a man thinks_ so he becomes," and Rush is right when he teaches that a lot of us put ourselves in prisons of our making by our destructive mindsets. Rush gives many examples of walls (doubt, fear, shame, bitterness, anger, resentment, etc. ) that people face. What adds a lot of credibility to the book is how Rush's honesty with the battles and struggles that he has faced and is currently facing with walls in his life.

    He explains how it's the power of a PROMISE (from God's Word) that is the ultimate tool to tear down these WALLS (unhealthy mindsets). Rush describes his book as a nutritional plan for your mind and spirit. I would have to agree. The Word of God is full of life, truth, and power -and PROMISES. The book guides the reader in understanding the power of a promise and how to apply God's promises in your life. He points out that there almost always comes a time when God's Promises are tested and how the biggest issue then becomes whether or not you will trust God.

    I appreciate the fact that not only does Ryan uses examples from his own life and people within his church, but uses examples out of Scripture of individual people who faced and overcame wall in their own lives. I also like the way that he draws a correlation that just as individuals have walls that limit their ability to truly experience life_ churches often have walls as well.

    I love the practicality that's built into this book. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and a worksheet that you can apply the lessons learned into your own life. He also has designed an interactive website where people can connect with one another and share and pray for one another.

    I received this book free from TYNDALE as part of their Review Program. 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. West Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Berlin Wall in Your Life
    January 4, 2011
    West Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Berlin Wall. The author likens the walls in our lives to that fortress that separated two sections of a city for so many years. But how do we change? How do we overcome the obstacles that surround us? In this book, Ryan Rush shows us how, or at least attempts to. To me it felt more like a book of encouragement with lots of Scripture and some great stories than a how-to book on overcoming whatever it is that you're facing. Rush is the father to a special needs child and her medical complications allowed me to not feel like he was some preacher who had no idea what real life can be like, but that he knows the hurts and pain that can come with life. While I can't say this book gave me any practical advice on how to knock down the walls in my life, it was inspiring and I very much enjoyed the stories of others, and I would say it's worth reading this book just for those.

    I was provided a free book by the publisher in exchange for my review.
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