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You Can Change: God's Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behaviour and Negative Emotions [Kindle Edition]

Tim Chester
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'Many books are written by experts. This book isn't one of them,' admits Tim Chester. 'It was written out of my own struggle to change. My long battle with particular issues set me searching the Bible as well as writings from the past. This book shares th

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'A wonderful book for those who are serious about personal change'
-- Stephen Gaukroger

About the Author

Tim Chester is part of The Crowded House and Director of the Northern Training Institute. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK.

His books books combine biblical wisdom with practical teaching for twenty-first-century Christians

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 262 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (20 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Tim Chester is a director of the Porterbrook Institute which provides affordable, Bible-college level training for church leadership and missional church in the context of your ministry ( He is a leader of The Crowded House, a church planting network ( He blogs at He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a part-time lecturer in missiology. He is the author of a number of books and series editor of The Good Book Guides (The Good Book Company). He is married with two daughters.

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb 9 Aug. 2009
In my battle for holiness I've bought and read a stack of books from all through church history. Many of them are excellent and well worth your time and money, but there are at least three ways this book surpasses them all.

1) It is dead simple. John Owen on sanctification is fabulous, but people thought he was hard to read in the 17th century, and he's not got any easier since. Chester has clearly taken in much of the wisdom of Owen, Ryle, and many of the other classics and restated it in language which is racy, gritty, true to life and simple. I would feel confident giving this book to a new Christian who'd never taken A levels - many books I've read would be a challenge to a university graduate.

2) It gives a great overview. A remarkable number of great books seem to specialise in one or another thing but don't give an easy vision of the big picture. While Chester doesn't go into the depth that other books sometimes go into he's by no means superficial, at the same time giving an insight into the wider battle with unbelief and idolatry.

3) It's relentlessly gospel focussed. There are other books that do this, but it's so important that it's got to be mentioned really. Without ever being soft on sin, Chester never resorts to guilt-trip, or legalism to encourage you to holiness, because it doesn't work.

All in all, very much worth your money. I've read it four times now and still expect to get more out of a few more readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpfull for holiness 1 Oct. 2010
This is a first class practical guide to sanctification, to the constant spiritual warfare that is the calling of every Christian. It is biblical teaching with practical tasks to apply it. Life can be changed. We used it to good effect in house group studies. The only criticism is the less than circumspect opening to the introduction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God can do it - for you! 15 Mar. 2011
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A great reminder to all followers of Jesus,that we cannot change ourselves, though we often try to! This book is a real encouragement, no matter how bad you are feeling about yourself, to allow the Holy Spirit to fill you and work in you, through God's wonderful grace. I recommend this book most highly!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life 2 Nov. 2010
By Fran
It is worth taking the time to read this book and allow God to work in your life. This book is jam packed full of bible references, the questions are helpful and the reflection exercises are great. I would recommend this for all Christians. a fantastic read. I would suggest finding someone to be accountable to - so they can pray for you and encourage you as you face the daily decisions we make as followers of Jesus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Dec. 2010
I just loved this book; it is so helpful. It is easy to read, practical and inspiring. I would definitely recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and thought provoking 30 Jan. 2012
I found this book amazing, it is so easy to read and I found it to be really thought provoking and made me question how I went about my daily life. I found it very easy to read and was so good in helping me rethink my behaviour and attitudes and just my day to day dealings and focus my approach in a deeper christian way. I can't recommend this book enough just brilliant
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 9 Jan. 2011
Brilliant read,real eye opener.Brilliant self-help book with alot of help from God of course.
Will read time and time again.Really interesting and helpful book. I am an avid book reader,especially
christian books. One of my favourites, and easy to understand even for me!
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