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Good News for Those Trying Harder [Kindle Edition]

Alan Kraft
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Book Description

Countless believers are pursuing spiritual growth, only to repeatedly find themselves spinning their wheels and making no progress. Many are driven to just try harder. Others feel a growing sense of failure and distance from God. But for all involved, it's a frustrating cycle. What can we do when trying harder isn't working?

Author and pastor Alan Kraft invites us to be still.still enough to hear the twin melodies that comprise the good news of the gospel-brokenness and faith.  These core strains have the power to lift our exhausted heads so we may experience life to the full as Jesus promised. 

Discover the power of a broken spirit, embrace the wonder of living by faith, and experience the joy found when you just stop trying.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T4YXOK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 19 Jan. 2014
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Great to sit back and rest in the grace of God

A good read for all those who think there must be something more to their faith, but however hard they try don't seem to get much further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good News for Those Trying Harder 23 Jan. 2013
By ali
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It has been inspiring and very helpful to develop my spiritual walk with God.
Would recomend it as it is not heavy reading either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mmm.. 1 Dec. 2012
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I start to read the kindle edict ion, but it did not attract me too much.. I leave it there on my phone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will no doubt resonate with those who feel as if they are spinning their wheels and digging a deeper and deeper rut 4 Mar. 2009
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About halfway through GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE TRYING HARDER, Alan Kraft offers an illustration that perfectly sums up the book's premise. Borrowing from John Lynch, a Phoenix pastor, Kraft suggests readers imagine two paths in life --- one designated "Pleasing God" and the other "Trusting God." "Which path do you choose?" Kraft asks. "You may not like the choice because you want to do both, but you can take only one path."

Your decision will determine the quality of your spiritual life and the measure of peace you can expect to enjoy throughout your life. The pathway of pleasing God, Kraft maintains, leads to a lifetime of effort and striving. Journeying down that road requires continual questioning and self-examination: "What must I do to keep God pleased? How do I keep God happy so that my life works?"

The second path, the one labeled "Trusting God," is what Kraft's book is all about. It's a path of brokenness and humility, one in which the focus is on Christ, His sufficiency and the fullness of His grace rather than on you and what you can do for God.

Kraft provides stories from people who made "effort" the centerpiece of their life with God and found the results to be wanting. Some were ready to quit church; others were ready to quit Christianity itself --- and that, Kraft writes, is what we can expect if we continue running on the treadmill of "striving" that leads us nowhere.

There isn't much difference between the message in GOOD NEWS and that found in the abundance of books about the tension between works and faith that have been written in the past. The difference is in the presentation of that message; Kraft writes in a way that is concrete, practical and helpful for people who may not even realize that they are trying to please God rather than trusting Him. He calls on Christians to abandon what he calls "Avis spirituality" (Remember their slogan? "We Try Harder") and learn to rest in Christ instead. In doing that, Christians will find freedom from the performance mentality that characterizes so many of their lives.

In offering practical help, Kraft gets specific. In a chapter on the Bible, he guides readers through the process of meditating on Scripture and provides specific passages as "practice" pieces. Then he asks readers to reflect on their response to the text, in essence giving them a flexible pattern for meditating on their own. It's that kind of practical guidance that makes the book so valuable.

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE TRYING HARDER will no doubt resonate with those who feel as if they are spinning their wheels and digging a deeper and deeper rut that only keeps them stuck. Readers who have an interest in the perennial "works versus faith" debate will find a great deal of food for thought here as well.

--- Reviewed by Marcia Ford
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing! 1 Oct. 2008
By D. J. Chaffin - Published on
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Since I attend Christ Community Church, there are many great things that I could write about Pastor Alan and this remarkable book! However, I think that the most honest thing that I could tell someone thinking about buying "Good News for Those Trying Harder" is this: Alan has helped me to understand the Gospel in ways that I never could have imagined, both through his messages and through this book. His deep, abiding passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ bursts from these pages, and you will NEVER regret buying it and digesting it! Don't worry that you've never heard Alan's name before, or that you don't know anything about Greeley, Colorado! Just get the book and prepare for an incredibly counter-intuitive, life-altering, paradigm-shifting pair of thoughts: We are far more sinful than we realize, and we have a Savior that is far more sufficient than we can imagine. As Alan has said, "Trying harder just doesn't work," and this book will help you finally understand why religious effort just leaves you exhausted and no closer to God. Take it from a recovering Pharisee: This book will make a significant difference in your life and your spiritual journey!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 books that shape my thinking for life 25 Jan. 2012
By Gene P - Published on
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I heard Alan Kraft speak in Denver back in 2007, and his message pointed me toward a profoundly fresh understanding of how Jesus is working in my life! I've kept the notes from that conference and referred to them often since then. I was delighted to find this book that expands and develops the thoughts delivered in that message. I have been a Christ follower for more than 50 years and a pastor for 35+ of those years. Much of my life has been about working hard for the Lord, being faithful in spiritual disciplines, living sacrificially. While I was somewhat successful in those things, intimacy with Jesus was elusive. I preached way more than I experienced and promised others that God would provide things that I didn't personally have after years of walking with the Lord. This book could have been a personal letter written to me as the Lord began to mercifully correct my understanding of grace. I recommend it for all of us who grew up with a deep sense of wanting to live for the Lord and have worked hard at it much of our lives. Jesus is releasing me from my desire to perform to earn his approval and allowing me to experience his love and mercy in the midst of brokenness and failure. Alan writes of the gospel of grace with compelling and clear illustrations that can reset our understanding of what it means to be loved by the Lord.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trusting God 28 Sept. 2008
By Bolaman - Published on
Those of us blessed to attend Christ Community Church, have 'read' this book. It is a testimony of God's work through you. We are hearing it; we are living it, and have been exposed to it over the past several years. So much more to grasp, so much more to learn the true depth of what you have presented, through God. Your teachings... God's teachings through you, and God's love! And now we have an awesome book, reviewing the past several years and most importantly to share with others... the many, many of others who do not attend CCC. A Kingdom initiative for sure. How cool is that?

Thank you for pointing out the many references to the Bible, especially Matthew, as this has been one Book that has been hard for me to process, understand, and digest, but is now more clear. Just like all of your teachings, through the Word of God.

We serve a big God! Amen.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Christians 2 Oct. 2008
By Andrew D. Powell - Published on
Good news... the book does not disappoint! Alan Kraft does a tremendous job of removing religion from our relationship with Christ. In current culture, many fulfill their duty to God, but never cultivate their desire for Him. Thus, our intellectual prowess grows, but we as people do not. This book is a wonderful and sobering reminder that our righteousness is but filthy rags and that God loves us for who we are, not who we think we need to be or think we deserve to be. I encourage anyone serious about connecting with God to read this book. This book will help a new Christian lay foundational stones for success and it will remind seasoned Christians who their first love is and how the Almighty loves us. Truly full of inspiring and internalized insight from a seasoned Christian who realizes the need to continually be broken by the captivating love of Christ.
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