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Overview In this profound book, the authors reveal the grandeur and practical implications of Jesus'commitment to make all things new, and the part we are to play with Him in this redemptive process.
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Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 360.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.68" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1589268431 ISBN13 9781589268432
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More About Steven Curtis Chapman & Scotty Smith
Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962) is an American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist.
After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 56 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, his latest in 2009, are also an industry record. As of 2007, Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight RIAA-certified Gold or Platinum albums.
Chapman is also a vocal advocate for adoption, along with his wife Mary Beth. Together, they have started a charity organization called Show Hope (formerly called Shaohannah's Hope), that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans through its international orphan care work as well as adoption aid grants to help put more orphans from overseas and the U.S. in loving, forever families. In 2009, Show Hope finished building Maria's Big House of Hope, a medical care center in China that provides holistic care to orphans with special needs. He is also a contributor to Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith of British Christian band Delirious?.
Chapman was recognized in the Fall 2010 issue of Wood & Steel discussing the new Taylor 714 Signature Series guitar in honor of his youngest daughter Maria Sue. The guitar features the flower from Maria's picture and the word "SEE" on the 12th fret in Maria's handwriting. In 2003, Chapman starred in the Christian film Christmas Child.
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A simple title for an extraordinary book Dec 20, 2005
Have you ever read a book that made it impossible for you to sit still? Restoring Broken Things is that kind of book. The ideas, illustrations, and insights from these authors seemed to leap through the pages to jolt me with renewed spiritual energy and hope. It will be every reader's desire to see the words of this book fulfilled in their own lives.
Jesus promised to make all things new, and these pages provide a vision of that new world. Yet, this book is not only about the future, but takes a look at how God is already at work in our lives. And if that isn't exciting enough, the authors then show how each one of us can actively enter into this redemptive process. According to them, every Christian has been given an important role. This book provides realistic ways of practicing the social conditions that we will someday enjoy for all eternity.
The writing style is straight from the heart and has a delightful lyrical quality. Each man contributed a very visual description of the reality of Jesus at work right here, right now. Through the use of some personal and powerful anecdotes, the hearts and minds of readers will be forever touched by the great grace of God. The pages lead ever onward and upward, as the focus enlarges from the lives of the authors to the lives of everyone in the world. There will be a renewed desire to see God working across the globe, with the exciting possibility of becoming a participant in that grand scheme. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com
A thought-provoking book about working with God to restore the brokennes in our lives Dec 1, 2005
This book's subtitle aptly describes its content: "What Happens When We Catch a Vision of the New World Jesus is Creating." Steven Curtis Chapman (known for his song writing, his singing, and increasingly for his humanitarian vision) and Scotty Smith, pastor of a megachurch in Franklin, Tennessee --- a star-lit suburb of Nashville --- have teamed up to present a thought-provoking look at the purpose and mission of individual Christians and the corporate church. Unlike some "collaborations," Chapman and Smith maintain separate voices throughout the book, each providing both theological content and personal stories.
RESTORING BROKEN THINGS has its anecdotal, inspirational moments. Chapman, for example, spends most of a chapter, "Restoring Broken Relationships," recounting the story of Steve Saint's now-close relationship with the Ecuadorian tribesman who murdered his father, Nate, in 1956. And Smith, sometimes quoting from journal entries, walks us through the painful journey of a ten-day "marriage retreat" (though, he says, "it felt more like we'd been on the set of ER"), in which he discovered and faced his own inner brokenness.
But overall this is not a lightweight book. With diagrams and theological analysis and teaching, it delves into the redemptive story that has two bookends: the first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation, in which Jesus says, "Behold, I am making all things new!" Smith says, "Jesus has the lead role in God's Story. But He's not the only character.
"He's making us characters too. We are carriers of God's Story...
"We are called into a story that enfolds our own stories in a grander narrative --- a story that is going somewhere, a story that is taking us with it." As we understand our brokenness and Christ's work of grace, we become increasingly available to God as agents of change, agents of restoration.
Chapman and Smith have a view of history and Scripture that is more classic and simple than a fundamentalist dispensationalism. Their diagrams illustrate our being in an "already and not yet" age, bridging the time before Christ to the "new heaven and new earth" described in Revelation.
Some of the book's more interesting material challenges a contemporary understanding of the meaning of worship as being that which happens in church, before the sermon. Chapman and Smith have a broader view --- that worship includes and leads to service. (The "device" used to present his material --- Smith in dialogue with and lecturing a seminary class, centering on Jesus' John 4 discussion about those who worship "in spirit and in truth" --- feels a little forced but does help to engage a lay reader.)
A "Conclusion" section that is not billed as a last chapter starts with a heart-wrenching report from Sri Lanka, after the 2004 tsunami. It then turns to what is admitted to be a Smith sermon, reflecting on such horrific devastation in light of various passages in 2 Corinthians, in which the apostle Paul repeatedly uses a "so that" construction. X happened so that Y might be accomplished. "By doing this, Paul modeled the important difference between asking the self-centered question, 'Why me, Lord?' versus asking the God-centered question, 'What now, Lord?'"
How can we work with God to restore the brokenness in our lives, in our homes, in our churches, in our culture? That is the book's question. And it is full of thought-provoking answers.