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Are you truly serious about allowing the power of God to transform your life? If you are, then prepare yourself for an incredible, life-changing experience. Change is difficult, but it's made even harder without practical guidance on how to do it. You will find that guidance in Lord, Change Me Now. James MacDonald is serious about the business of change according to God's ...more
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Published April 1st 2012 by Moody Publishers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Laura Langley
Apr 12, 2014 Laura Langley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unless you’re truly serious about changing, don’t read Lord, Change Me by James MacDonald. This highly practical yet challenging book is designed for Christians frustrated with trying to change time and again, only to experience failure. . .again. In this heavily scripture-focused book, MacDonald helps readers discover the truth about lasting and radical personal transformation.

“The reason why you are here is because God wants to display His power and splendor through your life,” says MacDonald,
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Travis
Jun 01, 2012 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all need to change. For the Christian, change, repentance, will be a part of our lives until the day that we stand before our Lord face-to-face. Sadly, for many, we have no plan for change and no process we intend to work through to accomplish life-impacting change. James MacDonald’s book, Lord Change Me, is a helpful tool that believers can use to wade into the process of change.

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MacDonald writes very well on the issue of change. I specifically found his handling of the issue of re
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Tommy Grooms
Overall, I think a good formula for Biblical change. It forces you to admit your dependence on God and has compelling phrases and illustrations you can hang your hat on as you attempt to follow its prescription. It has a couple of chapters that helped you pinpoint the area in your life that you want to change, and that had varying success in our small group. At least in our group, everyone seemed to feel particularly convicted by different things (either a mark of applicability or of a mess: who ...more
Andrew
Mar 25, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In I Know, Lord. I Need to Change. Help Me, James MacDonald explored the transformation of changing that is only possible with admitting the areas in which you need to change. Next we have to repent and turn from them. Then we have to rely on the assistance of letting God change our hearts. The book had a whole list of areas readers might need to change. Some of these included: addiction, bitterness, fear, envy, negativism, low self-esteem, loner, sexual lust, worry, depression, anger, and many ...more
Johanna Bouchard
Aug 02, 2013 Johanna Bouchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Have you ever tried to turn away from a bad habit or a sin, just to fall back into temptation?

Why is it so hard to stop behaviors when we know they’re wrong?

In Lord Change Me, James MacDonald shows us why it is all but impossible to change on our own. He exposes the faulty logic of relying on Christ only to save us, while pushing Him aside as we attempt to turn from our sins by our own strength and merit.

Instead, MacDonald explains how we need to rely on Christ to change us by bringing our heart
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Amanda
Nov 14, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yikes... I find that a lot of Roman Catholic preachers similar to the sector of Catholicism are really negative and pointing blame. This book is positive in a negative way. Its all about blame, your a sinner, you sin, beg for forgivness, negative, negative, negative. I finished feeling worse. Not a recommended read.
ginger goodwin
Nov 15, 2016 ginger goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book is a wake up call to my heart, not that I learned something new, but it reminded me of Jesus words of life and how, He calls us to a higher standard, being He purchased us with His blood! Thank you!
David Riffel
Dec 21, 2016 David Riffel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the most influential books I have ever read! God used it to change my life and I use it a lot with the guys that I mentor.
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James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to four amazing grandsons. James’ ministry focuses on the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Har ...more
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“Perhaps you grew up in a legalistic spiritual environment as I did. With legalism, Christianity is all about conforming to a code of conduct that has been added to the precepts and principles of the Bible and then judging people on the degree to which they conform to the extrabiblical code. “I’m a good Christian because I don’t do the ‘filthy five’ (or the ‘dirty dozen’).” That kind of legalistic focus produces external conformity, like in the military, but not the kind of true life change we are looking for. Actually, I believe there’s more disobedience to God in the legalistic Christian subculture than anywhere else, because so often there has been no real heart change. Instead, sinful patterns that God wants to change are forced under the surface—a sort of conspiracy of silence. Legalistic Christians are hiding the real truth of who they are from everyone around them. The result? Biblical fellowship is hindered and true life change becomes very difficult. Legalism is a stifling environment where lasting heart change is impossible. Over the Christmas holidays, my family and I visited a church caught in legalism. I didn’t want to go, but I had no choice and so I went. The problem was I forgot about the dress code. I was sort of “dress casual,” if you know what I mean. Then we got in the building. Oops! Every single male from three years of age to ninety-nine had a suit on, and those ties sure looked tight. Now to their credit, they were friendly, but even the handshake itself was kind of compassionate. “Oh, poor brother. We hope you’ll soon be within the reach of the gospel.” You know, that feeling you get when people are judging you because you’re not quite like they are. Anyway, I snuggled up my coat, brought my kids in, and sat down. Being familiar with this approach, I was doing really well until they started a baptismal service where the pastor walked right into the baptistery with his suit on, coat and all. I just wanted to stand up and go, “What are you thinking! It’s not about rules! Jesus died so we could have a genuine intimacy with Him, not just look the part, or what you think looks the part. Won’t you ever learn that rules by themselves don’t change us? They just force our sinful natures under the surface and help us hide behind externals and pretend we’re closer to God than we really are.” Of course, God is not for or against suits. Dressing up for church when motivated by reverence and not religion can be good. Similarly, dressing down can be” 0 likes
“Do you believe in the “power of positive thinking”? I don’t! In fact, I thank God for those who have exposed and repudiated the so-called preachers who promote positives and possibilities. While I seriously doubt that positive thinking has any inherent power, I do believe in the power of negative thinking. I believe that negative thinking is often nothing more than a lack of faith and therefore sin (according to Romans 14:23). If you didn’t want to change, you would not still be reading this book on change; but I have to stop you now and say as plainly as I know how, “You will never experience life change unless you believe within your heart that change is truly possible.” Believing that failure is inevitable is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must believe that we have a choice in what we do, that by God’s grace we can choose to do what is right. If we don’t believe that we can make the choice to change at a specific moment in time, we will always only wonder why others are changing while we are stuck in the rut of sameness year after year.” 0 likes
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