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Living Without Worry by Timothy Lane – A Review

ldworry_mediumborder.hjog6xdm752qmagw2ebqmrohfru27xedLiving Without Worry (Good Book Company, 2014) by Timothy Lane is a helpful, concise, and accessible treatment about the roots of anxiety and methods of dealing with it. While recognising different degrees of anxiety and various physiological conditions that may contribute to, or arise from, extreme situations, Lane offers basic principles to try navigate the circumstances of worry in a positive manner.
Identifying causes of worry that arise from past (actions done by the individual, or to the individual), the future (situations that may arise), the present (what is happening now); Lane goes on to unfold a pattern by which the individual identifies how these circumstances supplant or distort focus on God and then cultivate a perspective that expresses trust in God.
Scripture is skilfully used to both provide the pattern of the counsel as well as the context for trusting it. Helpful questions practically unfold the process and an important section contextualises the process in terms of recognising that circumstances in life will provide opportunities to give in to worry and fear, but these are used by God to grow the faith of his people.
Personally, as a long-standing worrier who is inclined to periods of melancholy, Lane’s analysis rings true and his counsel resonates as being a constructive pattern to dealing with the various situations in life that can easily lead to anxiety. Even as I read it for this review I found current situations causing apprehension giving way to a sense of God’s power and purpose that brings peace.

The .mobi edition of Living Without Worry upon which this review is based was provided by Cross Focussed Reviews as part of a Living Without Worry blog tour. A positive review was not required as a condition of its provision.


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Shame, Interrupted by Ed Welch Kindle Edition Free For Limited Time

Shame-Interrupted-199x300I got Shame Interrupted by Ed Welch from the Australian Amazon Kindle store for free.
It will only be available for a couple of days.
The blurb:
No More Hiding
Shame controls far too many of us. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure…it all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like. The way out, however, is harder to find. Time doesn’t help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done. But the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are willing, God’s beautiful words break through.
Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people. God cares for the shamed. Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed.


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Depression by Ed Welch – Kindle Edition Free For A Limited Time

I post this info about the Kindle edition of Ed Welch’s book Depression with one more qualification than usual.
Firstly, I haven’t read the book, the time it’s available free is short, but the author is usually helpful, and commendations from Scotty Smith and Sinclair Ferguson are encouraging.
Secondly, depression is a very wide-ranging set of personal circumstances and treatments and strategies for management must vary. So you may find information in the book personally helpful, but if you don’t it is important to keep seeking support if you believe you are suffering depression, or are seeking to support someone who is. I am not commending this as something that can ‘fix’ you or anyone you know.

Thanks, Gospel eBooks.

The blurb:

Depression-198x300Where Is God in the Struggle?
Looking away from despair towards hope can feel risky. What if God doesn’t come through for you? What if you don’t feel instantly better? Instead of offering simple platitudes or unrealistic “cure-all” formulas, Edward T. Welch addresses the complex nature of depression with compassion and insight, applying the rich treasures of the gospel, and giving fresh hope to those who struggle. Originally published as Depression: A Stubborn Darkness—Light for the Path, this new edition is updated with added content.

“I cannot overstate the importance, timeliness, and helpfulness of this book. Ed has given us the wisdom that only comes from a heart shaped by the gospel and a deep compassion for people, generated by the love of Jesus. This is a must read and a must share.”
Scotty Smith, Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church; author of The Reign of Grace and Objects of His Affection
“An all-too-rare combination of gospel understanding, biblical wisdom, personal empathy and long counseling experience shines through these pages. What is most needed is a course of divinely prescribed anti-depressants. Like a skilled spiritual pharmacist, Ed Welch fills that prescription for us.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.; theologian; author of The Christian Life


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Speaking The Truth In Love by David Powlison – Kindle Edition Free At Amazon For Limited Time

Some of you will want a copy of David Powlison’s Speaking The Truth In Love.
Kindle edition currently free for a couple of days at Amazon.
Thanks Gospel eBooks.

The blurb:

Speaking-Truth-In-Love-198x300You probably speak 20,000 words a day, give or take, and each one influences those who listen. No wonder God has so much to say about our words. We are all counselors, whether we realize it or not!
Speaking Truth in Love is a blueprint for communication that strengthens community in Christ. The principles outlined in this pivotal work are specific to counseling, yet extend to marriage, family, friendship, business, and the church.
Have you ever wondered how to be a more effective counselor?
Have you ever looked for a better way to talk to difficult people?
Have you ever wanted to express faith and love more naturally in your relationships?
Practical in its approach yet comprehensive in its scope, Speaking Truth in Love is sure to become required reading for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a counselor or anyone else who longs for ways to redeem relationships.


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Old Story New by Marty Machowski – Kindle Edition Currently Free For Limited Time

Old Story New features “Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God”.
So, since its Kindle edition is currently free for a short time, it could be worth a look.
Thanks to Gospel ebooks.

The blurb:

Old-Story-New-206x300Filled with adventure, suspense, drama, and mystery, the gospel story easily captures the attention of children. Even better, the gospel story gives life. We are saved and our children are saved as we review the story of the gospel. So why do so many well-intentioned parents give up on family devotions—deciding that reading the Bible as a family must only be for “super parents.” The truth is that there are no super parents. We all struggle, and we all need help to stay on course. Old Story New makes it easy for parents to stay on the life-giving course of sharing the gospel with their family.
The second volume in Marty Machowski’s family devotional series, Old Story New continues the gospel story that started in Long Story Short. Using the same effective ten-minute a day structure, it walks children through the great truths of the Christian faith in the New Testament. Through 78 New Testament stories, Old Story New does the hard work for parents and caregivers. Simple discussion questions (and answers!!) for each day’s devotion help children understand and remember Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church. Old Story New is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the New Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.


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Billy Graham: Candid Conversations With A Public Man by David Frost – Kindle Edition Free For Limited Time

This looks like a very interesting read.

Thanks to Gospel eBooks for the link.

The blurb:

Billy-Graham-199x300Most people know Billy Graham the preacher.
Many know Billy Graham the author.
In this remarkable book, Graham reveals a personal side that few have seen before.
For thirty years, Billy Graham and David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the Bible, and Graham’s decades-long ministry. Frost asked the questions that thousands of viewers wanted to ask. Graham answered them with authenticity and grace.
Along the way, Graham provided insight into life as an evangelist, a Christian father and grandfather, and a public figure in a changing culture. Most of all, Graham’s words show what it means to live out your beliefs—whether you speak to millions of people around the world or simply want to live faithfully at home and work.
With a chronology of Graham’s life, a preface from Frost, and a foreword from his grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, this weaving of stories, interviews, and reflections will inspire you to respond to God’s call with no reserve.
Sir David Frost, who died in 2013, was an English journalist, comedian, and television host. Known for his history-making interviews with top political figures, Frost is the author of several books, including his autobiography. His famous interviews with Richard Nixon formed the basis for the Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon.


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10 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha – Kindle Edition Available Free Today

10-Women-Christians-Know10 Women Every Christian Should Know features ten articles from DeRusha’s 50 Women Every Christian Should Know.
Thanks to Gospel eBooks for the link.
Looks interesting.
Free for one day only.