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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.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
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As he examines Jesuss 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.
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life
momc2u5 Stars Out Of 5Highly RecommendFebruary 10, 2017momc2uQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I'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)
Becee5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Book!!!!!!!August 13, 2016BeceeQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Truly thought provoking! I was challenged and encouraged!!! I will definitely read this book again!!!!
Sue5 Stars Out Of 5The End of MeMay 6, 2016SueQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It's a wonderful book and study. Enjoying it
Onarga Christian Church5 Stars Out Of 5The End of MeJanuary 21, 2016Onarga Christian ChurchQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Michele Morin5 Stars Out Of 5Filling Empty ThingsDecember 11, 2015Michele MorinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pastor 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.
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