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An excerpt from

More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overcoming Grace
Nate Pyle

Paperback: Zondervan, 2019
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Honest expression of doubt is often a sign of faith. As Episcopal priest Fleming Rutledge writes, “The very existence of such doubts are themselves a sign of the divine action that elicits the cry, ‘Help my unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24).” [1]
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A Review of

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better
Brant Hansen   

Paperback: W Publishing Group, 2015
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Reviewed by Katherine Hiegel

There’s no such thing as righteous anger, according to Brent Hansen.

Really? Was this, I wondered, another trite “feel-good-because-love-wins” book? I’ll admit it: I started out skeptical. As a matter of fact, I found myself feeling a little indignant by Unoffendable’s entire premise. I recognized the irony of that, so I decided to go into the book with an open (albeit discerning) mind. And my findings were surprising.

Ultimately, Hansen builds a plausible and compelling case by using Scripture and, especially, the example of Jesus as his guides.

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“Embracing the Depths of Life

A review of
Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society

by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy.

Review by Sarah Winfrey.

VENEER - Willard/ LocyVeneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society
by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy.

Hardback: Zondervan, 2011.
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If you listen to the voices of our culture, there’s nothing better than feeling good about yourself, and it doesn’t much matter what you have to do to get there. Whether you buy something (or many somethings), make yourself into a celebrity (even if just a small-time one), or take medication, it’s all worthwhile if you feel good about yourself and your life. As Christians, we’ve even welcomed these ideas into our churches and our homes. After all, doesn’t Jesus want us to be happy, healthy, and to thrive during our time on earth?

The problem with putting so much emphasis on happiness, though, is that we come to value certain aspects of life more than others. If it looks good and it makes us feel good, we begin to automatically welcome it. Unfortunately, this means that we welcome, without question, many things that we might otherwise eschew. It also means that we change how we look and how we come off to others, eventually embracing a picture of reality that’s far from true.

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