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Good News for Those Trying Harder

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews

A lot of people seem angry with the Church. But what is really beneath the anger is exhaustion. They're tired. Tired of trying and then trying harder. They yearn for the "burden is light" they read about in Scripture.

Author and pastor Alan Kraft offers a simple solution: Return to the gospel. Alan believes that we often view the gospel as only the starting point of faith,

Published April 1st 2011 by David C Cook (first published October 1st 2008)
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Sequin DeMar
Jan 08, 2012 Sequin DeMar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am pleased to say that I know this pastor personally, because he is my pastor! A great teacher and a very Godly man whose goal it is, is to minister. Very well!
Gary B
May 07, 2015 Gary B rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic book! The first half describes how and where believers can fall off the rails in terms of our self-effort towards salvation, and the second half describes some remedies for that situation.

Alan poses the question towards the end of the first half of the book as to whether you choose to please God or trust God - because our answer leads us either towards (futile) self effort or grace.

I found the first half slightly more engaging than the second. The second describes four remedies for o
Nov 04, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a book that I needed to read. It's thesis is that Christians are acceptable to God solely because of Jesus and what he has done for them. However, as Christians it's easy to gradually forget this basis of our acceptance with God and to try to please God through the things that we do. As a result, we can become performance orientated and can continually be seeking in our own effort to make ourselves pleasing to God. This leads to frustration and weariness.

Kraft keeps reiterating that the
Nov 03, 2012 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was tremendously moving. It made the gospel fresh again. It gave me a lot of hope as Kraft diligently went through the scripture, making plain that Jesus's job has been finished. My only criticisms are that he cuts this short in favor of giving us things to do, which he spends the first half telling us not to do. The clumsiness with which the second half was written makes me believe the publisher told the author he needs to add a "to do" list to sell the book. The book should have end
Doug Dale
Nov 15, 2013 Doug Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is actually the second time I've read this book and for whatever reason I really appreciated what Alan Kraft has shared in this book this time around. I've had a lot of discussions around what a "gospel-centered" life is or what it means to "apply the gospel" in various situations, and I really like Alan's approach to it. This will be a book I'll recommend to people trying to understand how the truth of the gospel is not just about the one-time moment we stepped into faith in Jesus, but als ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has lead me to an epic moment in my spiritual journey. For someone raised in a very legalistic denomination, being able to come to the understanding that my salvation has been already accomplished and I can't work hard enough to attain it - it's already done - has been more than a "light bulb" moment! I will definitely be reading this book again so the incredible message can keep sinking in to this old brain. I highly recommend this book. It is a MUST READ!
Jun 27, 2013 Nat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe the books strengths lie in the first seven chapters or so. I felt the last few were pretty weak and based on too much experiental emphasis. Why force it?

Also, quoting Blue Like Jazz? Shouldn't they have been confessing to God and not man their sins? I understand what they were trying to do, but where was the gospel in that (which is at the core of Kraft's book)?
Awesome book

So good. Would recommend this to anybody and everybody. For somebody that is very rule oriented, it's helped me see how I need to embrace my brokenness and not try to have a list of requirements I fulfill to earn Jesus' love. Amazing book. It has changed my entire perspective and I know it will change my life.
Peter Mead
Jul 26, 2014 Peter Mead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read, and a very helpful one too. Our sin is worse than we realized, but our salvation is so much greater than we even dared to imagine. This is a book to read and a book to give away. I wish he’d offered something a bit bolder on Bible reading, but other than that caveat I wholeheartedly endorse the book.
Oct 30, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! This book had a huge impact on me and opened my eyes to so many things. I've been trying to focus less on "doing" and more on "being," and this was just what I needed to read. I'm going to read it again!
Renada Thompson
I must have copied a dozen passages from this book into my journal. Plan to reread.
Tim Ogle
Feb 03, 2014 Tim Ogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good restarting point for you.

It truly is good news.
Christian Cheong
Aug 09, 2011 Christian Cheong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tired of trying, read this! Gospel at its core. Worth reading. It will transform your life!
Jul 16, 2016 Tamera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. I would recommend it to anyone!
Apr 20, 2010 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this book. Kraft does a fine job emphasizing how the Gospel leads to freedom and joy, not legalism and rules, for followers of Christ. I highly recommend this book.
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“Two paths with very worthy objectives, but only one results in pleasing God; ironically, it is not the Pleasing God path! When we choose the path of Pleasing God, we end up neither pleasing Him nor learning to live by faith. Our spiritual lives are dependent upon our ability to follow. But when we choose the Trusting God path, continually admitting our brokenness and humbly embracing the sufficiency of Christ, we experience both trusting God and pleasing God. Our spiritual lives are not motivated by guilt, fear, and shame but by love, desire, and gratitude. Two paths … very different results. In the powerful words of Robert Frost, “I chose the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference.” This choice truly does make all the difference in our lives.” 1 likes
“This is how faith changes us. It is not simply that we are trusting Jesus to help us become more holy. No. It is that we are more and more allowing the holiness of Christ to be freely expressed in us. Rather than trying to be more righteous, we actually experience His righteousness flowing through us. Rather than us trying to be more loving, we experience His love flowing through us into the people around us. Rather than us trying to have more holy desires, we experience the holy desires of Jesus. This is what sanctification looks like. This is what it means to drink deeply of Jesus. The more deeply and frequently we drink, the more fully His life is expressed through us.” 0 likes
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