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Overview Inside Out Transformation You are who you are, but not for long. People may do all they can to change on the outside, but lasting, genuine change starts on the inside. The true miracle from God, the transformation He wants to make in you today, beckons. Follow pastor Tony Evans as he digs into Scripture to equip you with tools for accelerating this miracle in your life. The cycle of recurring mistakes can be broken as you let trials and temptations develop your character. And if becoming like Christ sounds too lofty or unrealistic for you, think again. Because the road to Christlikeness has only one requirement: a willing heart. You must desire the change and seek the transformation. Get ready; it's time for a whole new you!
Publishers Description Inside Out Transformation
You are who you are, but not for long. People may do all they can to change on the outside, but lasting, genuine change starts on the inside. The true miracle from God, the transformation He wants to make in you today, beckons. Follow pastor Tony Evans as he digs into Scripture to equip you with tools for accelerating this miracle in your life. The cycle of recurring mistakes can be broken as you let trials and temptations develop your character. And if becoming like Christ sounds too lofty or unrealistic for you, think again. Because the road to Christlikeness has only one requirement: a willing heart. You must desire the change and seek the transformation. Get ready; it’s time for a whole new you!
You Can Be More… You Can Be Different
God has a guaranteed transformation in store for you. And it doesn’t require nonstop religious activity or willpower made of steel. All it takes is your willing heart.
This book is nota step-by-step, do-it-yourself program, but an encouraging guide to how God will use everything in your life to bring about this radical inner change…if you’ll willingly let Him.
Forget trying to grind out the Christian life. Learn instead about the extreme makeover God has in mind for you, and the wise and loving way He will make it happen. Life will never be the same when you’re a whole new you!
Story Behind the Book
“As a preacher, I talk with many Christians whose faith is based in ‘I’—‘What am I doing to make myself stronger in my faith?’ It’s my privilege to tell them that there really isn’t anything they can do to make their faith work better. That’s because God has done it all by sending His son, Jesus, to die for us on the cross. Our only part in this bargain is to allow God, through His Holy Spirit, to make us more and more like Jesus every day we live on this earth. He wants our lives to emulate that of Jesus Christ, who lived the only perfect life in human history. He wants us to be so connected to Jesus that people will look at us and see the resemblance.” —Tony Evans
Tony Evans , the first African American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, is senior pastor of the 7,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and president of The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America. His radio broadcast, The Alternative, can be heard on more than 500 stations daily worldwide. Lois Evans, his wife, best friend, and longtime collaborator, is the coauthor of several books and has recorded two albums. They have four children and six grandchildren.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 5.09" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series LifeChange Books
Series Number 5
ISBN 1590524187 ISBN13 9781590524183
Reviews - What do customers think about A Whole New You: The Miraculous Change God Has for Your Life (LifeChange Books)?
wonderfully satisfied Jun 24, 2008
i really liked this book and the timely manner to which it came to my house. i have always been a fan of tony evans. in fact, he is my favorite Christian author.i would highly recommend this book to all who are looking for good insight in becoming more Christlike.
A roadmap toward Christlikeness Jan 17, 2007
In A Whole New You, Dr. Evans has reiterated much that I have read in other transformation-according-to-God's-Word books, but he does state emphatically that his desire is for the reader to realize that "God is passionately devoted to one goal for each and every one of His children: Christlikeness." This should be the desire of each one of us who claims to have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives; Dr. Evans prepares a roadmap for readers that diligently pursues a Bible study in six chapters, from "God's Assignment for Us" to "The New You..It's A Process," with a chapter at the end, "A Guide to Study, Discussion, and Application," which is very easy to use individually.
How often we want to be wholeheartedly conformed to the image of Christ in our walk and our talk, but fail miserably when we have not adhered to the truths of God's Word to get us there. Dr. Evans uses the example of deity DNA connection in his first chapter to relate this lack of priority on the part of Christians.
"The Road to Transformation" brings out the Holy Spirit as the "Agent of Transformation," our helper in the changing process. In this chapter, Dr. Evans repeats the fact that many walked and talked with Jesus and still did not grasp the reality of His teachings, but that we have the Holy Spirit to be our Guide--"teaching us, convicting us, instructing us, empowering us...transforming us."
"Transformed by the Word" gives us a clear understanding of the Bible as being the only instrument that can aid the Holy Spirit in doing His Work. We are in need of putting on the "listening" ears, being "quick to hear, slow to speak," thus in tune with what God is trying to communicate to us.
"Transformed by Trials" gives a clear impression of taking on the the hardships in our lives as blessings and cause for praise to God for giving us a process of "being squeezed by trials to see how much spiritual reality has ever soaked in" before the sufferings had come.
"Transformed by Temptation" brings out the fact that temptation comes from our own fleshly desires or from Satan himself, but never from God, although He might allow it to happen, since "absolutely nothing comes into the life of the believer without God's approval." Being tempted is not the sin, but giving in to the temptation produces sin.
The final chapter takes the reader through the process of growth into a spiritually mature believer who is ready to be transformed to the image of Christ. This can only be achieved by having "a personal relationship with our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, not adherence to a set of rules." It is a beginning to ending progression story, much the same as our infancy to silver-haired status--stages of development that lead us to maturity, both physically and spiritually.
Wonderful! Sep 18, 2006
This book is a modern-day C.S. Lewis Problem of Pain and Mere Christianity rolled into one. As a Christian, do you experience all of the blessings of God that you want? Are you free of the sin that has so easily pulled you down in the past? Can you feel joy in the midst of problems? Are you experiencing the abundant life that Jesus promised? Are you willing to put up with painful situations if that is where you're supposed to be?
If you answered NO to any or all of these questions, but wish the answer was YES, then this book is a must-read. It provides a very practical look at scriptures that we all recognize, but seldom really understand. Scriptures like:
--James 1: "When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my dear brothers, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends;
--Romans 8:28: "Now we know that all things work together for God to those that love God, to those that are called according to His purpose"; and
--John 14:16, 17: "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Sprit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you will know Him because He abides in you and will be in you."
The central theme of this book is transformation. How can our lives be transformed from what they are to what God wants them to be? Notice that Evans' emphasis is on being transformed into what God wants us to be--not what we want. We are transformed when we desire to serve God according to His purpose for us, not our purpose for ourselves. So, if you believe that God really does want you to experience His best for you, then this book is a must-read. But don't simply read it--focus on it and absorb this pathway to transformation.