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Too Good to Be True: Finding Hope in a World of Hype [Hardcover]

By Michael Horton (Author)
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The good news that God?s Word proclaims is a recipe to use in times of disaster. That is to say, it comes as a relevant announcement only to those who are in trouble for one reason or another. This book calls for more realism in facing life?s challenges and a richer view of God and his purposes to match them.

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In a world of hype, we may buy into the idea that through Jesus, we ll be healthier and wealthier as well as wiser. So what happens when we become ill, or depressed, or bankrupt? Did we do something wrong? Has God abandoned us? As a child, Michael Horton would run up the down escalator, trying to beat it to the top. As Christians, he notes, we sometimes seek God the same way, believing we can climb to him under our own steam. But we can t, which is why we are blessed that Jesus descends to us, especially during times of trial. In Too Good to Be True, Horton exposes the pop culture that sells Jesus like a product for health and happiness and reminds us that our lives often lead us on difficult routes we must follow by faith. This book offers a series of powerful readings that demonstrate how, through every type of earthly difficulty, our Father keeps his promises from Scripture and works all things together for our good."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.3" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310267455  
ISBN13  9780310267454  
UPC  025986267452  

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More About Michael Horton

Michael Horton Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He hosts The White Horse Inn radio broadcast and is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is the author/editor of more than twenty books, including Christless Christianity, The Gospel-Driven Life, and The Gospel Commission.

Michael Horton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 9marks: Building Healthy Churches
  2. Emergent Ys (Paperback)
  3. Theologians on the Christian Life

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How to deal with the reality of sin and suffering  Mar 2, 2007
We no longer attend funerals, we attend "memorials" or "celebrations." While we're there, we're told that so and so went to the "big fishing hole in the sky," regardless of whether or not so and so ever professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are told that "Every cloud has a silver lining." These are all indications that our culture cannot deal with the reality of sin and it's consequences. In Too Good to Be True, author Michael Horton seeks to provide an honest look at sin and suffering and how Christians can deal with it.

Horton begins by relating the tragic story of his parent's deaths, setting the stage for the reality of sorrow we face in our lives. The book moves from suffering to biblical truths using autobiographical stories to bring to life the theological explanations of reality. Drawing from many passages of scripture and insightful theologians throughout Christian history, Horton offers explanations of the complex nature of the world we live in points to the finished work of Christ on the cross as our true hope and joy for this life.

Michael Horton is a well established theologian with many academic works under his belt. Since I was only familiar with his academic work, I was somewhat surprised to find how well he wrote about his personal life in such a tender and insightful manner. Passages such as the following resonated with me and aided my perspective of God's work in my life: "Even in my prayers, I can all too often identify with the hymn writer's words, `Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.' In moments of peak piety, I am still a struggling believer; and in moments of great transgression, I am still baptized into Christ's death and resurrection and thus a citizen of the new creation that has dawned with Christ's victory over sin and death and his sending of the Spirit." (p 146)

The result is an excellent book full of biblical wisdom and deep theology made practical for real life. I believe this book will be even more helpful for me when I return to it as trials occur in life, and I commend it to others as a faithful illumination of how Christians should deal with sin and suffering in their lives.
Finding Hope...  Dec 20, 2006
All of the other reviewers have stated a case for Dr. Horton's book far better than I can. I would just like to add that I have read this book and I have recommended it to others who are wounded and are tired of looking for yet another "seven steps to fulfillment...," or "ten secrets to a happy life..." ad nauseum. One thing I have taken away from Dr. Horton's teachings is that we as humans keep seeking a way to climb up into heaven, not understanding that God has come down to us and that scripture is all about Christ Jesus and Him alone. It is not about ways to fulfill our empty hearts (and heads!). This is a wonderful journey into the person of Christ and I highly recommend it.
Horton is a Reformed Lutheran  Nov 11, 2006
Michael Horton somehow gets it. Having been immersed in Reformed Theology for so long, and being in the war that he is, Dr. Horton manages to get out the Good News in this little book. He does warn that this book is not to be read in the midst of times of tragedy or suffering. It is not a good gift for someone who has been bereaved. However, it does look at suffering and death sqaurely, and points to the only hope there is. If you like Gerhard Forde or Martin Luther, you will like this book, though Horton somehow does not quote Luther that much!
2Good2BTrue  Aug 8, 2006
I'm thinking that this book should be required reading for:

1. Pastors
2. Lay people
3. Anyone who is considering, or has responded to, the call to follow Christ

When I'm out and about, or even just flipping through the channels on TV, I am often confronted by statements that Christianity will "fix" your life. I admit that Jesus has fixed some parts of my life and that my life is definitely better with him than without him. However, we should never tell others, nor should we expect, that accepting the call to follow Jesus will exempt us from pain or trials; grief or temptation. Neither does it carry a promise to make us healthy, wealthy, and wise. "It isn't a technique for our personal therapy."

What Jesus does promise is that we will have trouble and that we will be participants with him in his suffering . So, unless you are some kind of sick person, this doesn't sound too exciting. Why then, would anyone choose to become a Christian?

Horton correctly instructs us that, "The good news that we proclaim is true, not because it works for people in that pragmatic, utilitarian way, but because nearly two thousand years ago, outside of the center city of Jerusalem, the Son of God was crucified for our sins and was raised for our justification. This historical event may not fix our marriages, our relationships, or our messed-up lives the way we would like, but it saves us from the wrath of God to come and gives us new life, hope, and wisdom for our existence here and now, guaranteeing the end of pain at last."

If you've been disappointed with your life (or with God) because things aren't going the way you were promised, this book should be a source of great joy. Horton makes a clear distinction between what God has promised and what (well-meaning, but wrong) people have assumed to promise on his behalf. Hope in God's promises is not misplaced and will never disappoint.

Horton has done a good thing for us all in writing this book.
A book that grips your heart yet is theologically right on  Jul 22, 2006
If you're one of those Christians who are wondering if the modern-day "evangelical" teaching that God only wants to give nice and pleasant things to Christians is biblical then you must read this book.

Though Horton has written several books throughout his academic career that is very technical and scholarly (e.g., "Covenant and Eschatology," "Lord and Servant," etc.) he has also written books that really touches the hearts of ordinary lay Christians who struggle with living the faith daily - like this one.

The message that Horton wants to get across to his readers in this book is clear: though they are many joys and blessings of being a Christian, Christians will still go through troubles and sufferings. During times of crises Christians need to look to Christ alone as Redeemer for hope and comfort.

Horton's book is divided into two main parts: 1) God of the Cross (chaps. 1-6), and 2) God of the Empty Tomb (chaps. 7-10). The first section deals with the issues of suffering, theodicy, and God's sovereignty; the second deals with God as Redeemer of creation. Readers will find both sections to be practically helpful as they sort out why tragedy strikes and how Christians can have hope even in the midst of these tragedies. In summary form, Horton smashes down the unbiblical ideas presented by the prosperity teachers and seeker-sensitive pastors in this book.

Overall, the book is very helpful and theologically on target. It is also easy to read and, thus, accessible to all types of people. If you're one of those Christians who have no clue on what the Bible teaches about God's character and the nature of the Christian life (i.e., a Christian who thinks that being a Christian automatically makes your life good and easy) then you really need to pick up this book and really see how the Christian life is.

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