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Overview A lot of people seem angry with the Church. But what is really beneath the anger is exhaustion. They're tired and yearn for the "burden is light" they read about in Scripture. Alan Kraft offers a solution--return to the Gospel. Many Christians see the Gospel as the start of our faith, but not part of our daily walk. Rediscover the joy and freedom of your faith, the good news for your soul.
Countless believers are pursuing spiritual growth, only to repeatedly find themselves spinning their wheels and making no progress. Many are driven to just try harder. Others feel a growing sense of failure and distance from God. But for all involved, it's a frustrating cycle. What can we do when trying harder isn't working?
Author and pastor Alan Kraft invites us to be still.still enough to hear the twin melodies that comprise the good news of the gospel-brokenness and faith. These core strains have the power to lift our exhausted heads so we may experience life to the full as Jesus promised.
Discover the power of a broken spirit, embrace the wonder of living by faith, and experience the joy found when you just stop trying.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1434799409 ISBN13 9781434799401
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More About Alan Kraft
Alan Kraft is the pastor of Christ Community Church in Greeley, Colorado. He graduated with honors from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Alan and his wife, Raylene, have four children.
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Freeing and Wonderful Jul 22, 2009
This was such a freeing and well-written book. I think many people are going to find it helpful. Highly recommended. Alan is the real deal.
Will no doubt resonate with those who feel as if they are spinning their wheels and digging a deeper and deeper rut Mar 4, 2009
About halfway through GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE TRYING HARDER, Alan Kraft offers an illustration that perfectly sums up the book's premise. Borrowing from John Lynch, a Phoenix pastor, Kraft suggests readers imagine two paths in life --- one designated "Pleasing God" and the other "Trusting God." "Which path do you choose?" Kraft asks. "You may not like the choice because you want to do both, but you can take only one path."
Your decision will determine the quality of your spiritual life and the measure of peace you can expect to enjoy throughout your life. The pathway of pleasing God, Kraft maintains, leads to a lifetime of effort and striving. Journeying down that road requires continual questioning and self-examination: "What must I do to keep God pleased? How do I keep God happy so that my life works?"
The second path, the one labeled "Trusting God," is what Kraft's book is all about. It's a path of brokenness and humility, one in which the focus is on Christ, His sufficiency and the fullness of His grace rather than on you and what you can do for God.
Kraft provides stories from people who made "effort" the centerpiece of their life with God and found the results to be wanting. Some were ready to quit church; others were ready to quit Christianity itself --- and that, Kraft writes, is what we can expect if we continue running on the treadmill of "striving" that leads us nowhere.
There isn't much difference between the message in GOOD NEWS and that found in the abundance of books about the tension between works and faith that have been written in the past. The difference is in the presentation of that message; Kraft writes in a way that is concrete, practical and helpful for people who may not even realize that they are trying to please God rather than trusting Him. He calls on Christians to abandon what he calls "Avis spirituality" (Remember their slogan? "We Try Harder") and learn to rest in Christ instead. In doing that, Christians will find freedom from the performance mentality that characterizes so many of their lives.
In offering practical help, Kraft gets specific. In a chapter on the Bible, he guides readers through the process of meditating on Scripture and provides specific passages as "practice" pieces. Then he asks readers to reflect on their response to the text, in essence giving them a flexible pattern for meditating on their own. It's that kind of practical guidance that makes the book so valuable.
GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE TRYING HARDER will no doubt resonate with those who feel as if they are spinning their wheels and digging a deeper and deeper rut that only keeps them stuck. Readers who have an interest in the perennial "works versus faith" debate will find a great deal of food for thought here as well.
--- Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Fabulous! Jan 19, 2009
I was given this book for Christmas and having never heard of Alan Kraft before I wasn't jumping at the chance to read it. But, thankfully I picked it up and was blessed from the first page. I've been a Christian for 40 years and have read tons of Christian self help books. This book is a fresh, new and insightful perspective on the Gospel that has been missing from mainstream Christianity in my opinion. I am thrilled to begin learning how the Gospel is for me too and that my failures and brokenness is exactly how and when God can bring me into a closer relationship with Him. I can get off the treadmill of being good and doing good things and rest in Him! Does that spur me to sin? Absolutely not, it is sweet relief and all the more reason to walk with Him. Thank you Pastor Kraft for bringing out this message in a way that this seasoned Christian could hear!
Good News Indeed Jan 13, 2009
My wife and I had the privilege of attending Alan's church in Greeley when he first interviewed for the pastoral position. Since we helped with the youth program and the worship team, we know Alan and Raylene personally. This review is necessarily biased in that regards. First of all, Alan is who he describes himself to be in his book. He is sincere, humble and strongly committed to his faith. Secondly, the book seems well written and tailored towards Christians without a lot of exposure to the theological writings on spiritual formation. I didn't find myself constantly running to a dictionary trying to understand theological terms or expressions. Thirdly, the book is a welcome reprieve for believers who wrestle with striving to be good enough. It makes living the Christian life appear to be joyful and liberating, not guilt-driven and restraining. Thanks for taking the time to write this, Alan.
A Must Read For All Christians Oct 2, 2008
Good news... the book does not disappoint! Alan Kraft does a tremendous job of removing religion from our relationship with Christ. In current culture, many fulfill their duty to God, but never cultivate their desire for Him. Thus, our intellectual prowess grows, but we as people do not. This book is a wonderful and sobering reminder that our righteousness is but filthy rags and that God loves us for who we are, not who we think we need to be or think we deserve to be. I encourage anyone serious about connecting with God to read this book. This book will help a new Christian lay foundational stones for success and it will remind seasoned Christians who their first love is and how the Almighty loves us. Truly full of inspiring and internalized insight from a seasoned Christian who realizes the need to continually be broken by the captivating love of Christ.