The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins
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Have you ever come to the end of yourself? Maybe it was that day when your life changed forever. The day that your house was foreclosed on, you discovered your spouse was having an affair, or you were told you only had months to live. In those moments, all the plans, dreams and ambitions you had for yourself came to a crashing halt. And you discover that all you have left is Jesus.

In The End of Me, Kyle Idleman explores these difficult moments by looking at four of the beattitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. In the first section of the book, each chapter will focus on a different paradoxical teaching of Christ. In the second half, you'll look at real-life examples of people who have lived the upside-down life that Jesus describes. Only when you come to the end of yourself will you begin to be transformed into the whole, blessed person God made you to be.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434707075
ISBN-13: 9781434707079

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Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Bestselling author Kyle Idleman reveals that the key to the abundant life Jesus promised lies in embracing His inside-out way of life.

As he examines Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, Kyle unpacks the many counter-intuitive truths, including: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required in order to know true fullness. Ultimately you will discover how Jesus transforms you as you begin to live out these paradoxical principles. Because only when you come to the end of yourself can you begin to experience the full, blessed, and whole life Jesus offers.

Author Bio

Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan and AHA is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.

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"A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is. Kyle Idleman is one of today's great young teachers. He's a brilliant, compassionate, and thoughtful communicator who presents the truth of Scripture in a fresh, relevant, and persuasive way."
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life

"In his newest work, Idleman ... dissects the Beatitudes, guiding Christians toward the oblique realities that underlie many of Christ's maxims. Brokenness is indeed the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and utter emptiness has to come before true fullness can be recognized and grasped. In two parts, Idleman lays out in detail how walking with Jesus to the end of oneself is the beginning, middle, and end of finding the real life of abundance as described in the Beatitudes. Ideman's wit and contagious humor alone make this a page-turner."
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    I'm using this book to lead a small group at church. It's receiving great reviews from everyone. I would say that it's perfect for the believer who is ready to challenge their perception of self, and be discipled.

    Based on the Beatitudes, this book reveals the way to live a genuinely "Blessed Life". (Matthew 5)
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    Truly thought provoking! I was challenged and encouraged!!! I will definitely read this book again!!!!
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  4. Onarga Christian Church
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    January 21, 2016
    Onarga Christian Church
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    I enjoy Kyle Idleman's literary style. He writes in a light, slightly humorous fahion that relaxes the reader, until he reaches the point he is trying to make, then BOOM! He unloads the penetrating lesson. He bases his teaching om Bible truths that we could easily see, then applies them so that we understand what difference it makes. This is a very readable book that is useful fo individual devotion or group Bible study.
  5. Michele Morin
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    Filling Empty Things
    December 11, 2015
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    Pastor and author Kyle Idleman did an informal survey via social media with just one question.

    Finish this sentence: Jesus became real when . . .

    The hundreds of responses he received, some general (I had no one else to turn to.) and some specific (My husband was killed in a car accident.), could be wrapped up in this single response: I came to the end of me.

    Nowhere else in Scripture is this blessed emptiness portrayed more vividly than in Jesus Beatitudes, and The End of Me utilizes this passage as a launch pad for the truth that blessings begin and fulfillment is found in the least likely place the end of ourselves.

    Surrounded by Jews who prided themselves on measurable righteousness and embedded in a culture of Roman conquest, empiricism, and blustering ego, Jesus made the alarming statement that taking inventory and coming up with zero . . . means were making progress. Now that I think of it, that message goes against our present-day mindset:

    We want to be made whole without having been broken.

    The problem is that we are all broken. However, in Jesus upside-down kingdom, this is the pre-requisite for being comforted, inheriting the earth, and being satisfied, (Matthew 5:3-6).

    Kyles three-sentence assessment of Western culture regarding pain is stunning:

    We do everything we can to stay away from suffering in the first place. But when we do suffer, which is inevitable, we do everything we can to stay away from mourning. Then, when we catch ourselves mourning, we do all in our power to make it go away.

    While we knock ourselves out trying to avoid neediness, the fact remains that, in his earthly ministry, Jesus was in the business of filling empty things: jars of wine at the Wedding in Cana, a misspent life at a well in Samaria, a crowd of growling stomachs in a desert place. What if we were to embrace the truth that our emptiness our weakness, confusion, mourning, discouragement creates the space that God fills with his strength?

    The End of Me chronicles the way of the narrow gate it leads to life! Kyle Idleman helps his readers to see that what appears to be the end, may just be the beginning of something better, so in his unpacking of Jesus counterintuitive truth, I found myself smiling! His bottom-of-the-page footnotes are incredible, and just a word of advice: if you ever see him standing in line at a checkout counter . . . choose another line.



    This book was provided by David C. Cook in exchange for my review. 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.
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