Eats With Sinners challenges Christians to view sinners as Jesus does. Chambers clearly demonstrates how using judgement tactics to convey the gospel is not only ineffective, but goes against the entire message of Jesus’ teachings. Instead, Eats With Sinners challenges believers to approach unbelievers with humility, love, and sacrifice using Jesus’ interactions found in scripture as a model for putting faith into action. Chambers’ writing style is easy to read and incorporates real life stories to bring home the principles discussed in each chapter. Thought-provoking discussion questions are also included at the end of each chapter that can easily be used in a small group session or for personal reflection.
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Arron Chambers is the lead minister of Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado. He is a contributing editor for Christian Standard, a coach, an inspirational speaker to thousands of people each year, the husband of a lovely wife, and the father of four beautiful kids.
Despite the playground memories vowing to our besties that we would be “best friends forever and ever”, adult friendships can be hard! Hoover unpacks friendship from a Biblical perspective in Messy Beautiful Friendship unfolding the layers of what makes a “good” friendship along with the beauty and strength that trials add to them. This book is not what you might expect- it is not frilly or weepy, but rather causes the reader to ask themselves the hard questions about what friendship myths they have naively believed and what significant steps the reader has taken to bridge the gift of friendship to other women.
This book was very timely for me personally as I not only had a “crisis” in a friendship within the last year, but have also in the same time period been introduced to some amazing women that I admire and desire to build deep, lasting friendships with. Hoover’s book helped me drop the friendship pity party and embrace a new way of viewing friendships. Well worth the read!
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Christine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. She is a speaker and an author of several books, including From Good to Grace and Messy Beautiful Friendship. Through her blog, Grace Covers Me, she enjoys encouraging women to apply gospel truths to their honest thoughts, especially in the areas of grace, community, ministry, and friendship. She is a regular contributor to Desiring God, For The Church, and Flourish. In addition, her work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, In(courage), and Christianity Today. Christine and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Lecrae has been one of mine and my husband's favorite artists for years. His no holds barred lyrics meet the hurt and broken where they are and call out believers to reach out and share Jesus with a culture that doesn't esteem the Savior who loves them relentlessly. Unashamed is Lecrae's telling of his life story from childhood to today taking the reader through his own struggles in his journey to find Jesus to becoming a world-renowned Grammy award-winning hip-hop powerhouse. Just like his lyrics, in Unashamed Lecrae is transparent sharing with the reader startling details about his abuse and feelings of being abandoned by his father as a child, openly discussing his past mistakes not only before becoming a Christian but also his struggles since becoming a Christ follower, and sharing how God has shaped his music to be a source of light in a dark culture. This novel was sobering- first from reading about the urban culture that is so vastly different from my own upbringing, and second from the realization that I have been on autopilot and could be doing so much more to reach others for Christ in my community by understanding my culture. I already respected Lecrae's music. After reading Unashamed I respect him even more and have been challenged in my faith on a deeper level. I highly recommend getting the audiobook version of this book which is read by Lecrae himself. I'll be reading (or actually listening) to this one again to glean as much as I can from the nuggets of wisdom laced throughout Lecrae's personal story. To learn more about Lecrae and his music, visit http://www.lecrae.com/. Also, enjoy the trailer for the book below!
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Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Lecrae has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including a win in 2013 for Best Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, secured one Billboard Music Award nomination, won two Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Hip Hop Awards nomination. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children.
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