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Honest to God: The Means to True Transformation

Honest to God: The Means to True Transformation [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Michael Weidmann

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Product Description

Freedom begins when you stop hiding.

Many of us understand
the value of authenticity. Of baring our souls in community. Of admitting our pain
and struggles to each other. If we desire to relate authentically with our brothers
and sisters in Christ, we must also desire relate honestly with God.

Weidmann, a millennial and world traveler who is dedicated to writing and speaking
the truth of the Bible, leads us to examine honesty and its importance in our relationship
with God. Using Scripture and stories from his own life, Josh shows us how to be
honest with God and truly honest with others. He also helps us identify lies, misunderstandings,
and masks that are preventing us from being honest with God.

Honesty with
God will free us, heal us, and transform us.  

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080240359X
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (21 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QTM6UU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 3 April 2012
By Irene's Christian Reviews - Published on
Can we be honest? This book, Honest To God: Becoming Brutally Honest with a Gracious God, will guide you into a life of honesty and therefore into a better relationship with God.

The author, Josh Weidmann, does an excellent job of sharing stories of others working towards total honesty. He describes how it changes their lives and brings them closer to God. One particular story helps you better understand how God can be angry and love. You learn by applying the same principle to your situations. Can you be honest with a loved one who has hurt you? Can you say I am hurt but still love you?

Learning how to be open and honest with God is the best principle you can take away from this book. The author teaches that if you can pray and be honest with God about how you are feeling you can really grow in your relationship with Him.

This book is very straightforward and easy to understand. The author lays out simple steps to being more honest in every situation you find yourself and shows that by doing this you will have a better relationship with God.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Honestly is important! 17 July 2014
By Josué Manriquez - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Honest to God is a well-written book that contains many important truths to keep in mind. On more than one occasion tears welled up in my eyes as the author, Josh Weidmann, drew my attention to the amazing grace of God. I was especially encouraged by reading the Canyon's Edge parable in chapter 11.

I disagree with a few minor details. For example, on page 32 (kindle Loc 399), Weidmann claims that God cursed Adam and Eve. Although God's punishment upon them was curse-like, God specifically claims to curse only Satan and the ground (Gen. 3:15 & 17), not Adam and Eve. Cain was the first human to be cursed (Gen. 4:11).

Additionally, on page 72 (Kindle Loc 936), Weidmann seems to suggest that the recognition that one is "not good enough" necessitates riding "the woe-is-me train all the way to I'm-a-Loserville." I believe, however, that truly no one is good enough, yet this makes God's grace all the more amazing! I don't cry "woe-is-me" when I recognize that I'm not good enough; rather, I praise God for His redeeming grace and mercy in causing me to be born again!

On page 108 (Kindle Loc 1400), Weidmann claims that God's love is the most important of His attributes, "without which [our] picture of who God is will always be incomplete." Although I believe God's love is without a doubt important, I don't believe it's true to say that His love is the most important of His attributes. I believe all His attributes—including His holiness and sovereignty—are equal in importance, and therefore every one of His attributes is necessary to have a complete picture of who God is.

Finally, I've never been comfortable with the idea that we—God's creation—allow and/or grant God permission to do things. Yet Weidmann says that we allow God to bring us healing and wholeness when we open our heart to Him (pg. 137; Kindle Loc 1792), and that we grant Him "control to teach, guide, comfort, and empower [our] spiritual journey" (pg. 141; Kindle Loc 1849). If God has chosen us before the foundation of the world to make us holy and blameless (Eph. 1:4), and if God has predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29), then I don't believe He needs our permission to heal and make us whole, or to take control of our spiritual journey.

Over all, I would recommend reading this book. The issue of honesty truly is of utmost importance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Honesty 4 Aug 2014
By Ginger - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been reading Honest to God, by Josh Weidmann for what seems like months. In fact, my review is way past overdue. It is no secret that I have walked away from living a strict fundamental life. A life that is full of hypocrisy. A life that made me unhappy. I was never good enough.

My fault.

I compared myself to all the other moms in the church and I just did not fit in. I wasn't as thin, my husband wasn't as loving, we didn't make enough money to go on the mission trips.
Honest to God is about being brutally honest with a Gracious God. So I would pick up this book and put it right back down. I was living a lie. I was a phoney. I hated everything about this life. There wasn't much fun. Especially as a mom.
I decided to start Honest to God back over and make myself read it.

Really read it.
I am glad i did.

It was time to be Honest to God.

Honest to God is a great book. It brought me to my knees throughout while reading it, and even after I was done reading for the day, I often came back to it via my thoughts to meditate on what I had read.

When you are truly honest to God, It is impossible to stay the same. ~Josh Weidmann

One of my favorite chapters in Honest to God is, Chapter 13, The Process of Purging. Josh writes, the primary purpose of purging is transformation.

I give Honest to God, by Josh Weidmann 5 stars. I think it is a thought-provoking book. I truly do. I think it is a must read for any Christian, but especially those that have been put off by fundamental religion.
I received this via Moody Publishers in hopes of an honest review. All opinions are of my own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 5 Aug 2014
By Edmond Sanganyado - Published on
Can I be honest with you? There are only three people you should be honest to namely, others, God and yourself. However, we can never be honest to others or ourselves unless we are honest to God. In his book, Honest To God: Becoming Brutally Honest to a Gracious God, Josh Weidmann teaches the importance of being honest to God in order for us to grow as Christian. There is no growth without honesty, is the mantra of the book. Through his personal struggles and those close to him, Josh Weidmann unravels the beauty of the grace of God. Josh shows understanding the nature of God shatters our masks of pretense and thrust us into the presence of God.

My Recommendation

Honest To God is a quick read, life transforming, jam packed with funny and inspiring anecdotes that sheds more light on the importance of barring our souls, mind and emotions before the King of Kings. We can do this because we know we are already accepted by God and are embraced in His beloved. I recommend this book to anyone whose Christian life has become stagnant, struggling with sin, has heart wrenching questions to Jesus and Christ and those who are tired of playing church and pretending Easter to Easter, Silent Night to Silent Night and Sunday to Sunday.

NB: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed: Honest to God 1 Oct 2012
By Keiki Hendrix - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Having long felt an ever present sense of the lack of honesty in the Church today, I grabbed this book when it came available as a free download. I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a fresh voice on the subject of getting real with God, you'll love this book.

In the beginning of "Honest to God", the author gives the reason for writing the book. He was struck by one sentence, one thought that overshadowed everything else until he came to grips with it. That's happened to me and I'm sure many of us.

The statement was: "Honesty is not an end in itself--it is a means to our own transformation." I must admit that sentence didn't grab me but reading what that one sentence did for the author and how it drove him to examine all aspects of honesty was absolutely refreshing.

Part One of the book levels the playing the field by discussing what honesty truly looks like, why its important and even deals with the issue of the good and bad of guilt and shame.

Parts Two and Three were talk of what prevents us from getting brutally honest and what it looks like when we do.

The last part, Chapters 12-15 as well as the Epilogue are encouraging and I think my favorite parts of the book because it shines the light on how being brutally honest wakes up a sense of freedom in us.

I loved this book. It's not for everyone because many of the chapters expose the layers of pretending we wear. But, if you are looking to get free, to know what it's like to be really honest before God, pick this one up.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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