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Free to Live: The Utter Relief of Holiness

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What an utter relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us-the inner struggle with anger, or contempt, the habitual sins. In the depths of your being, you ache to live a life of goodness; we all do. (Something caused you to pick up a book with the word holiness in the subtitle!) We are made for goodness just as we are made to breathe, just as we are made to love. Whatever life has to throw at you, friends, goodness is your strength, your refuge in the storm. And ...

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What an utter relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us-the inner struggle with anger, or contempt, the habitual sins. In the depths of your being, you ache to live a life of goodness; we all do. (Something caused you to pick up a book with the word holiness in the subtitle!) We are made for goodness just as we are made to breathe, just as we are made to love. Whatever life has to throw at you, friends, goodness is your strength, your refuge in the storm. And there is a way to be good again.

Here is a book that explores the beauty of the genuine goodness available to us in Jesus Christ and guides us through the process whereby God sets us free by making us whole and holy through his love. You will be relieved. Utterly.

Previously published as The Utter Relief of Holiness.

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"Ever full of gusto and nerve, Eldredge is as strict and orthodox a pastor as A.W. Tozer, but with hiking boots and a zipline."—Publisher's Weekly

"Eldredge uses his playful style to uncover the truth about who Jesus really was. With an eyebrow-raising warning about the "poison of religion," he urges readers to turn from religious power displays and legalism and instead spend time falling in love with the man, Jesus. Eldredge repeats tales from the Gospels to reveal a leader who was both humorous and confrontational, generous and moody. Eldredge clearly loves his subject, almost chuckling in delight at Jesus' antics. Readers get an intriguing glimpse of Jesus waiting his turn in line, "snorting" in anger, and artfully outsmarting his enemies. ... Still, readers will find a three-dimensional Jesus and may find themselves re-reading scripture with an eye on characters' feelings."—Publishers Weekly, on Beautiful Outlaw

"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart.Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw, Editor's Pick

"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart.Christian Retailing, on Beautiful Outlaw

"The Eldredges' newest book has bestseller written all over it...They are honest and forthright, never skirting a difficult issue; instead, they offer hope, insight, and their own lives as examples of what God can accomplish. Their summation of marriage. It can be done. And it is worth it. So is this book."
Publishers Weekly , on Love and War (Starred Review)

"The best, most insightful book I have read in the last five years. Every man and wife and every mother of a boy really should read this book."—Charles Swindoll, author of The Church Awakening, on Wild at Heart

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"Eldredge's trademark passion and personal transparency offer another inspiring challenge that could revolutionize lives as did his Wild at Heart."
Charles Swindoll
"The best, most insightful book I have read in the last five years. Every man and wife and every mother of a boy really should read this book."
Publishers Weekly
From the author of Wild at Heart comes a book that, by contrast, seeks to tame the human heart by turning it from its evil ways and training it for holiness. In contrast to the prevailing presumption of culture that holiness seems boring or “necessary like flossing, a level of spiritually we might attain to one day,” Eldredge says “holiness restores human beings.” For those who feel guilt or a weight of past sins, the book includes instruction about how to confess, seek forgiveness, and receive cleansing in order to live the holiness of God. The tone is at times strident and preacherly, but sincere and based in the teachings of Christ. He rails against “convenient” doubt: “Take notice just how convenient ‘doubt’ is for you.... Doubt is not a virtue. Doubt is not humility. Doubt is doubt. It is unbelief. Jesus understands doubt, and he wants us to get past it, not embrace it for heaven’s sake.” Ever full of gusto and nerve, Eldredge is as strict and orthodox a pastor as A.W. Tozer, but with hiking boots and a zipline.(Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455525720
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 220,883
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John is part of the leadership of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own heart in his love, and learn to live in his Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Insitute. John earned his master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and his wife Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Surprise of Holiness

Chapter 1 An Utter Relief 3

Chapter 2 The Compelling Goodness of Jesus 25

Chapter 3 Set Free to Live 49

Chapter 4 Jesus on Holiness 56

Chapter 5 A Question 81

Chapter 6 By Way of Contrast 82

Part 2 The Way to Holiness

Chapter 7 All Is Forgiven 115

Chapter 8 What God Did for You in Jesus 127

Chapter 9 Choosing the Way of Holiness 144

Chapter 10 Holiness in Stubborn Places 163

Chapter 11 The Fruit of Holiness 198

Chapter 12 Two Essential Motives 220

A Closing Word from the Author 235

The "Daily Prayer" 237

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