All too often, our heads can feel like they are caught in a dark, lonely battle between what we want to do and what we know we should. God feels distant and we feel dirty. The second book in the First Steps of Discipleship series tackles the fundamental, day-to-day difficulties experienced by every Christian, and looks at the question War: Why Did Life Just Get Harder?
Life is so confusing! There are a myriad of voices clambering for our attention – which one is ‘the right one’? Decisions – rather than being biblical, or good, or even passable – often feel like a stab in the dark, hoping for the best. This third title in the First Steps of Discipleship series looks at the wisdom offered in the book of Proverbs. God has not left us to navigate life as best we can alone – guidance is waiting if we only take the time to look.
Since the publication of ‘A child called “it”’ by Dave Pelzer there hasn’t been a story like this. But this is not just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood and the ravages on a life it produces. The difference is that Mez not only escaped from his ‘trial by parent’ but he discovered a hope that has transformed his life. He in turn has helped others find hope in their lives. Mez’s life involved abuse, violence, drugs, thieving and prison – but you don’t have to fall as far as him in order to climb out of the traps in your life.
You might think that this is just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood but the difference is that Mez discovered a hope that transformed his life. Although his story at times may sicken you, his first brushes with church and Christianity will make you laugh out loud! Mez still suffers from his experiences but you’ll be amazed at how far you can be restored from such a beginning.
This book offers biblical guidelines and practical strategies for reaching those on the margins of our society with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors—both pastors with years of experience ministering among the poor—set forth helpful “dos” and “don’ts” related to serving in the midst of less–affluent communities. Emphasizing the priority of the gospel as well as the importance of addressing issues of social justice, this volume will help pastors and other church leaders mobilize their people to plant churches and make an impact in “hard places”.