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The Cure

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  872 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
We thought we were cured.

We thought so, but most of us unwittingly carried an old, dead outlook into our new life. We couldn't measure up to the standard we created, so we convinced ourselves it was God's. We read his words through our grid of shame and felt ourselves fall farther and farther behind. We took it out on each other; judging, comparing, faking, splintering. S
Paperback, Enriched Second Edition of TrueFaced, 120 pages
Published 2011 by CrossSection
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Jul 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Maybe I've never read a book that impacted me so deeply...just a sense of God's amazing love washing over me, freely bestowed to me. Amazing picture of grace. I'm ready to start reading it all over again right away. Being a "doer" always concerned/feeling guilty about what I am or am not doing for God, this book beautifully dealt with letting that go. Highly recommend this book!
Benjamin Thompson
Apr 08, 2013 Benjamin Thompson rated it it was ok
Ugh, I’m beginning to think all books written by popular Christians pastors and speakers are essentially the same. Take a verse, draw some vague ill informed conclusions from it, then write a chapter about it and repeat this process until you have a book. All the while throwing clever one liners, pop-culture references and a self-help guru tone into the mix.

I mean really this was like a poorly written sermon. It gives the same old pop-Christian culture sayings like; “Christianity isn’t a religi
Oct 10, 2013 Pgchuis rated it it was ok
Read this for a bible study group I belong to. I found it encouraging for about the first chapter and then got increasingly frustrated with it. The basic premise - that God is pleased with us because we have been credited with Jesus' righteousness - was rehashed in various ways in all the other chapters. I found the book very unbalanced - there was no discussion of how we are to live lives worthy of our calling or to perform the good works God has prepared for us to do. Instead we are to reveal ...more
Cheryl Troxel
Dec 21, 2012 Cheryl Troxel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
This book is a life-changer and one I will read over and over again. I am a "doer" and have continually struggled with thinking God's disappointment in my lack of control must overshadow His grace. But this book dispels that lie and releases us to the truth that God longs for a relationship based on love, not our trying to not sin. I'm still soaking in this book but it blew me away!
Mar 04, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Great book. Challenges me to get off the path of trying to please God and get on the path of trusting Him.
Doug Sullivan
Dec 06, 2012 Doug Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile you read a book that recalibrates your soul. The Cure uses the Truth of Scripture and masterful allegory to weave a doctrinal message that is so important, so needed. Honestly, this is something that is life changing, but only because so many Christians buy into the lie of living out of shame and performance.
Wendy C
Jun 22, 2012 Wendy C rated it it was amazing
READ ANYTHING TRUEFACED AUTHORS PUT OUT...seriously...very grace based, taking real life struggles, real life relationships and the real intersection of indviduals making the difference in lives...another good Heartwork book.
Apr 12, 2014 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I rarely read a book that makes me want to immediately pick it up and read it again.

The negatives:

I don't think that the book was impactful as all of the endorsements said it was, and there were some times when I cringed at the potential for some of the theology to be misinterpreted. I would hesitate recommending this book to just anyone. Although the book itself recommends that you buy it even for causal acquaintances. I'm never a huge fan of a book telling me how awesome it is to recommend. T
Jenee Antoniu
Oct 16, 2016 Jenee Antoniu rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike, young or old. The three authors cleverly use an extended metaphor about choosing between two paths (reminiscent of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"). The paths that the protagonist must choose between are both seemingly positive: that of pleasing God or that of trusting God. Each chapter follows this metaphorical story along with the authors' explanation of how these experiences relate to or mirror our own lives. The book add ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Erika rated it it was amazing
Authenticity. Vulnerability. Safe. Protected. Intimate. Trusting. Freedom. Joy.

These are words to describe a life in grace, in Christ alone. No more hiding, no more masks, no more pretending. Lynch and Thrall clearly and humbly communicate how transforming of a reality the "Christ in you" message truly is for all those seeking "more" in their Christian walk, as well as in healing from the griefs and wounds of life and relationships and damaging religious molds. The healing and maturity in our li
Jody Sloan
Aug 19, 2012 Jody Sloan rated it did not like it
I read this book because my pastor said that if there was one other book I read beside the Bible, The Cure should be the one. Wanting to know where he was coming from, I read it. It was painful. If I could give it ZERO stars I would...There are enough opportunities to incorrectly interpret God's word when reading this book that the good that there is here isn't worth the time spent reading. The fact that this understanding of grace has helped some is it's only redeeming quality. It is thick with ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Finished reading it without looking at the notes, now I need to re-read and look at the notes. I loved the book though because it says what I think is missed far too often in Christian dogma: God doesn't need my adulation or my attempts to make myself worthy. God needs me to trust that God's design is elegant and will not require anything of me that I am not able to give. When the time comes to draw on strength, I need to simply ask the ONE who created me to show me the way. I don't have to "pur ...more
Robyn Langdon
Jan 08, 2013 Robyn Langdon rated it it was amazing
When a non-fiction starts with an engaging parable, I'm almost always sucked in. The first few pages of The Cure are reminiscent of The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson, following one journeyman along the path of life, pursuing the call of his heart. What I really love about this character is --- he is really me. And probably you too. He's on the road when he finds a fork. Trusting God lies on one side of the sign, and on the other reads Pleasing God. Which will he choose? Which would you?...

Aug 12, 2014 Glitch rated it did not like it
Firstly, I must draw attention to the copyright page, where it states that "this book is a work of fiction". And it very much is.

Slap 'spirituality' on fiction and it suddenly becomes an authority piece for the insecure and delusional. If you're looking for a cure, do yourself a huge favour and try talking to a professional first. Trusting a quack with your mind will serve to isolate yourself from reality, and that reality includes your friends and family.

If you're still convinced that this book
Dec 10, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Amazing book! There is a fictional story that is woven throughout the book to firm up the theological ideas they discuss. It is one that I will be going back to read again because I'm sure I didn't get it all the first time. The mental images they created will stick with me for a very long time.

For instance, the image of Jesus standing beside me facing the mountain of my sin. That is so comforting. Before I have never thought about Jesus standing beside me in the fight against my sin. Now I kno
Jun 17, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
At this time I can only give this book 4 stars because I am still digesting and pondering it, deciding what I really think. The emotional side of me would like to give it 5 because I really enjoyed it and it has impacted how I think about everything right now. Mostly a book about seeing Jesus already on your side, about a grace and love that cannot be earned because it is freely given, about realizing that trying not to sin is different than trying to love.
Josh Bishop
Feb 01, 2016 Josh Bishop rated it did not like it
Unhelpful, sloppy and filled with false dichotomies (e.g., please God or trust God; be transparent or "fix" sin). Poorly written and in need of a good editor. I thought the authors were dangerously (though perhaps not deliberately) squishy on the difference between justification and sanctification, on our responsibility to put sin to death, and on other topics.
David Taylor
The first few chapters of the book were very inspiring. However, after chapter four I felt like the author had no sense of direction and was writing just to write. If I could give two ratings the first half of the book would be four stars, the last half would be two stars.
Peggy Parsons
Apr 23, 2016 Peggy Parsons rated it liked it
Great topic. I've read many books about living the Christian life and who we are in Christ recently. This book might speak to some, but for me the analogy that ran through the book just make for confusion.
Aug 07, 2014 Adrianne rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book was life changing for me. It's unlike any other Christian book I've read before. I'll definitely be sharing with others as well as keeping a copy for myself. I can't help but to refer back to it all the time. I definitely suggest you check this book out...
Keri (Va-Voom!)
Wow. This book blew my mind. Review to come.
Caroline Quinn

Very thought provoking read. Highly recommend.
Dec 18, 2016 Denise rated it it was amazing
There's so much good in here. Even after meandering through for almost a year to let it soak in, I feel like I could start again and gain even more.
Apr 13, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Great book. Very compelling and really makes you think and take stock of your life
Jul 15, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Sep 08, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
This book helped me so much to see the true nature of God and how to really please Him, not the world.
Jul 11, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing
Impacted me in the same way Radical and Crazy Love did - profound. Beautiful illustration of the difference between trust and obedience. LOVED it.
Wendy Davison
Jun 25, 2012 Wendy Davison rated it it was amazing
An allegory that will stir your soul. A short read that will align your heart with the heart of God.
Chip Cocks
Mar 02, 2017 Chip Cocks rated it it was amazing
One of the best, most applicable Christian books I have read. I heartily recommend this book and would be happy to talk to you about it!
Nicole Graves
Mar 08, 2017 Nicole Graves rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of grace
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“God has given us the DNA of righteousness. We are saints. Nothing we do will make us more righteous than we already are. Nothing we do will alter this reality. God knows our DNA. He knows that we are "Christ in me." And now He is asking us to join Him in what He knows is true!” 4 likes
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