Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Faith Dare


The Faith Dare:
30 Days to Live Your Life to the Fullest

Debbie Alsdorf
(Revell)
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3367-4
July, 2010/240 pages/$12.99


What would happen if you lived out your faith every day, in every situation?

Jesus came to give us abundant life. So why are so many of us living with worn-out faith, struggling just to get by? What if there was something more? What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?

The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge for women who want to develop a new habit of focusing on God's ways and daily awareness of his presence. It is for women who are tired of ho-hum living and want to break the pattern of self-reliance and people pleasing by putting their trust in God alone and living to please him. This personalized study guide, including daily readings, affirmations, and challenges, help you live in the power of God's Word.

Whether you do this with a group of girlfriends or by yourself, the next 30 days can change your life. If you're ready to discover what it looks like to live out real faith every day, open this book and take the challenge.

I dare you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper and A Different Kind of Wild. She is founder of the popular Design4Living Conferences and speaks with Hearts at Home. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is director of women's ministries at Cornerstone Fellowship, where her Bible study is attended by hundreds of women every week. Alsdorf lives in California.




MY THOUGHTS:
Although I have not done the entire 30 days, I can tell that this book would be an excellent tool for quiet times, accountability groups, or small groups. The book is divided into three sections: 1) Live Up! In Relationship to God, 2) Live In! In Surrender of Self, and 3) Live Out! In Relationship to Others. Each chapter/day contains:
  1. A brief introduction
  2. A prayer/praise from the Psalms
  3. One or more passages of scripture, and often two translations are given
  4. The dare for the day
  5. A page to journal what you learned and how God is speaking to you
  6. A prayer
  7. A summary statement of belief

By including the "dare" (which simply suggests several ways to respond and apply that day's teaching), this book is more than an intellectual exercise. As 1 Corinthians 8:1, Knowledge puffs up. . . . This challenge will help women move beyond head knowledge to living out their faith.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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3 comments:

Debbie said...

It sounds interesting Linda. Having head knowledge is different from actually living out what you believe. I like the dare part of this as many of us need a little push at times.

I also wanted to let you know I received "Do Hard Things" in the mail the other day and I so appreciate this. I've wanted to read this book for some time now. Thank you Linda.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

skoots1mom said...

will put it on our list

Thena said...

Sounds like a good one to read.
Our Pastor preached yesterday: look inward, look outward, and look upward.