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Overview In Murphy's ongoing search for a deeper commitment, he practiced the standard methods of spiritual growth, such as Bible reading, prayer, and active involvement with other Christians. In the Bible, he became aware of spiritual qualities committed-but-flawed people exemplified. Each day he prays for God to help him cultivate those characteristics.
Publishers Description In his search for a deeper commitment, Cecil Murphey writes of his ongoing hunger for more of God in his life. He practiced all the standard methods of spiritual growth-Bible reading, prayer, and active involvement with other Christians, yet the hunger persisted. As he continued studying the Bible he realized that God's people though flawed, often demonstrated overriding commitment in certain areas. Each character exemplified a specific spiritual quality, a feature that stood as a spiritual strength. In his search for spiritual growth, Murphey found an intriguing method that works for him. Each day in prayer, he focuses on a specific quality in one of God's committed people, a quality he finds lacking. Then he prays for God to help him cultivate that attribute in his own life. Barnabas is viewed as a sponsor of champions. In Murphey's prayer he states, "I am Barnabas, the sponsor of champions." He calls this a shorthand form of prayer.
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Studio: AMG Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2004
Publisher AMG Publishers
ISBN 0899573789 ISBN13 9780899573786
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More About Cecil Murphey
Veteran author Cecil (Cec) Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, including the New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.
Cec stays busy as a professional writer and travels extensively to speak on topics such as writing, spiritual growth, caregiving, significant living, sexual abuse, and recovery.
Prior to launching his career as a full-time writer and speaker, Cec served as pastor in Metro Atlanta, as a volunteer hospital chaplain for ten years, and was a missionary in Kenya for six.
Cecil Murphey currently resides in the state of Kentucky.
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Committed But Flawed -a book that will enrich the spiritual heart and mind Jan 8, 2007
Committed But Flawed is a spiritual growth book that you'll want to refer back to time and again to enhance your prayer life and make that divine journey closer to God. We've been told all our Christian lives that we'll never be perfect like Jesus, even though that's what we are to strive for. As a Christian, that can be difficult to grasp. We're flawed, and we will always be flawed, yet our role model is perfect. So how can God possibly love us? How can we ever live up to His expectations? This book will hold a mirror to your thoughts as the author, Cecil Murphey, focuses on those great icons that were the heroes and heroines of the Bible. Even they had flaws, but were very much loved and favored by God. If you're new Christian, not yet a Christian, or even a seasoned Christian, this book will offer you silent mentors by providing insight into the lives of those who were pleasing in God's sight in spite of their quirks and flaws. With every character, I kept thinking there couldn't possibly be anyone else left for the author to write about that I could identify with. Then, as each chapter revealed another, I found that those individuals had a gift, or an attribute for which I strive in order to be pleasing in His eyes. It's a wonderful read in a length that is just right and will not only hold your attention, but will linger in your thoughts long after you are finished reading.
A thought provoking way to pray! Apr 5, 2006
In Committed But Flawed Cecil Murphey introduces readers to an entirely new way to pray. His method of relating to people from the Bible causes readers to really think through familiar Bible passages and dig deeper for personal application. Spiritual growth is a guaranteed byproduct of reading this book! I highly recommend it.
Down-to-Earth Spirituality Growth Aug 25, 2005
In typical Cecil Murphey style, the author has once again written from his heart, humbly, sincerely, and effectively, drawing his readers into a deeper yearning for more of God. And he has accomplished this through the easy-reading careful examination of the frailties, failures, and feats of everyday (though sometimes obscure) Bible characters such as Barnabus, Timothy, Mephibosheth, and Hur. "I want to walk as far up the mountain as the Spirit will take me," Murphey declares. After reading Committed But Flawed, I want to do the same.
A Compelling Way to Pray. Apr 2, 2005
Prior to reading this book, I had read about "praying Scripture" but never about examining Biblical figures and praying for the strengths and character they possessed. "Committed but Flawed" spoke to me in every chapter---I too, should pray for these characteristics to increase my walk in faith. Not only did I learn more about people from Biblical times, but I learned a technique for prayer thanks to the author's humility in presenting his own prayer needs. Highly recommended.
Wonderful Book To Enhance Prayer! Jan 9, 2005
Wow. This author offers us a fresh new approach to praying by identifying with characters in the Bible who are "committed but flawed." He expounds upon each character and relates them to his own short-comings and downfalls, as well as his strong points, in a brutally honest way. He explains how we can do likewise and grow closer to God.
I especially liked the chapter on "transparency"-- he ventures on that topic in a profound way. He identifies with the Apostle Peter--perhaps Peter's vulnerability - his transparency - was a trait that made him the leader of the Disciples, the man Jesus chose to be among his inner circle of three. Murphey's keen insight and knowledge of Scripture are brilliant, and this chapter is a perfect example.
Cecil Murphey's credentials as a missionary, Pastor, and professor are all impressive; however, as a writer he has a distinct flair. He makes us (the reader) feel as we know him as an old friend. His openness and sharing of his experiences embellish his smooth writing style. This book has inspired me to jump start my prayer life as well as to concentrate on reading the Bible in greater depths. Highly recommended!!