A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total

A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Total surrender to God the surprising key to experiencing the sense of peace and purpose you craveThere is a gnawing feeling inside all of us that says we could be better If we would just be organized or work a little harder, we d finally have the rich and fulfilling life we wantBut the message of the cross is different The message is not one of God saying, I died for your sins to work as a consultant to help you achieve the life you re determined to have Jesus died to reconcile us to God so that we can die and give our lives to him and to others a total surrender that is truly a beautiful defeat Perspective and peace in the midst of the stormy chaos of life are always available to the person who lives a surrendered life The result is a rich existence basking in the pleasure and approval of God I borrowed this book from the library and I thought the information presented by the author about total surrender to God was good I m actually going to peruse through it again because there are a lot of great points that I d like to jot down in my journal for future reference Yes I m one of those readers that takes notes from her books Overall, I thought it was a worthy read. I read a fair amount of Christian non fiction and one thing that regularly disappoints me about the genre is that they are often written by Pastors I was very pleased to see that A Beautiful Defeat is written by a regular person just like me someone who still struggles with following God and finding their path The book doesn t encourage you to be perfect because, after all, we can t be perfect no matter how hard we try It encourages us to stop trying to be perfect and instead to surrender I read a fair amount of Christian non fiction and one thing that regularly disappoints me about the genre is that they are often written by Pastors I was very pleased to see that A Beautiful Defeat is written by a regular person just like me someone who still struggles with following God and finding their path The book doesn t encourage you to be perfect because, after all, we can t be perfect no matter how hard we try It encourages us to stop trying to be perfect and instead to surrender our lives to God A good book to read if you are looking for steps to help you with your walk with God surrendering your life to Him A good book to read if you are looking for steps to help you with your walk with God surrendering your life to Him In A Beautiful Defeat Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God, Kevin Malarkey sets out on his pilgrimage to highlight a simple truth that the most difficult struggles of our lives become the very points at which God delivers us Delivers us from a deadly love of ourselves, our world, and the very powers that control us and it He begins that pilgrimage with a confession most of us Christians are reluctant to make Our lives are a struggle And along the way, he highlights 1 In A Beautiful Defeat Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God, Kevin Malarkey sets out on his pilgrimage to highlight a simple truth that the most difficult struggles of our lives become the very points at which God delivers us Delivers us from a deadly love of ourselves, our world, and the very powers that control us and it He begins that pilgrimage with a confession most of us Christians are reluctant to make Our lives are a struggle And along the way, he highlights 10 markers for the journey, along with accompanying action steps and prayers for each marker In Part I, A Call for Authenticity , Malarkey looks at all the dirty little secrets of our lives, the very sources of our struggles and how we Christians are called to live with our struggles, not from them Part II outlines Jesus Call for Surrender In it, Malarkey talks about the beginning of our mission in dying to self, our need for others in the Church, how to live faithfully on that mission and the traps to anticipate There s no doubt that Malarkey s Beautiful Defeat is meant to stir his brothers and sisters to faithful discipleship And for that we owe him a great debt I was, however, troubled with some of his language His overwhelming reliance upon a literal Satan as God s opposing force nearly lands him with a dualism that troubles me And his literal treatment of Paul s language of flesh almost makes me worry about a gnostic strain in his biblical reading So there s a need for caution with this little book He does, though, relate such nitty gritty truths in real life stories that we shouldn t so easily dismiss A Beautiful Defeat There s a relateability in its pages Surrender to God in Christ really is messy Honesty about our struggles really is necessary in the Church Dying daily, as part of that team we call Church, is the heart of Jesus message We should expect push back from a world that rejected Jesus to the point of pushing him out of the world on a Cross Malarkey may not be a pastor he s a trained psychotherapist and author , but he s given us a pastoral word The best thing we can do is learn from those who ve gone before us In sum, this is a good, honest book even if it s troublesome in places It s easy enough to read I read it in one sitting Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers 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 Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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