Just Like Us: 15 Biblical Stories with Take-Away Messages You Can Use in Your Life

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In Just like Us, a medical doctor, a minister, and a psychologistevaluate fifteen major biblical figures–including Paul, David,Naomi, Gideon, and Daniel–and explain how, like them, we toofit into God’s plan. Just Like Us provides us with ameaningful way to bring the lessons of the Bible to life by helpingus to identify with key figures of the Bible and apply theirexperiences to the everyday stresses and challenges of our lives.From these people who lived and worshiped God thousands of yearsago we can learn how to...

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Overview

In Just like Us, a medical doctor, a minister, and a psychologistevaluate fifteen major biblical figures–including Paul, David,Naomi, Gideon, and Daniel–and explain how, like them, we toofit into God’s plan. Just Like Us provides us with ameaningful way to bring the lessons of the Bible to life by helpingus to identify with key figures of the Bible and apply theirexperiences to the everyday stresses and challenges of our lives.From these people who lived and worshiped God thousands of yearsago we can learn how to live an inspired life today. While thepressures of our lives (telephones, traffic, and threats of nuclearwar) are very different from those of ancient times, thelife-and-death issues with which these biblical figures grappledare the same as ours.

Just Like Us clearly shows that while the accounts of thesebiblical figures were inspired, they themselves were mere mortals,with the same kinds of strengths, weaknesses, and struggles that weface. Questions for personal reflection at the end of each chapterhelp us connect the challenges and lessons of those ancient livesto our own.

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What People Are Saying

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"Just Like Us [has] . . . tremendous application forall our lives. It make the Bible come alive!"—Ken Blanchard,co-founder, The Center for Faithwalk Leadership and co-author,The One Minute Manager and The Servant Leader

 “If you’ve ever felt a disconnect with allthose Bible heroes, Just Like Us is for you. The authorsturn them into your friends and neighbors. You’ll see theirfears and foibles are as common as your own and learn how toconnect with God’s power as they did.’—Dr. WoodrowKroll, president, Back to the Bible

“This is the best series of biographical studies of Biblecharacters I have seen. The balance of solid biblical truth andsound psychological insight is just right. It’s a valuablemanual for personal study and improvement as well as a gold minefor teachers and preachers of the Bible.’—Warren W. Wiersbe,author and conference speaker

 “The Bible is living history focused on ordinarypersonalities. Though some were anointed by God with ‘beyondthe norm’ supernatural gifts and abilities, their humannesswith all its weaknesses remains intact. This book helps us focus onthese ordinary personalities and the spiritual lessons we canlearn; particularly from this ‘humanness’ that is 24/7reality for all of us. I recommend it highly.”—Dr. Gene A.Getz, pastor emeritus, Fellowship Bible Church North, and director,Center for Church Renewal, Plano, Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787969042
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,014,041
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Frank Minirth is founder and president of the Minirth Clinic inRichardson, Texas. He has authored or coauthored over sixty books,including the bestselling Happiness Is a Choice. He is currentlyfeatured on the national radio program "Life Perspectives" with DonHawkins.
Don Hawkins serves as the president of Southeastern Bible Collegein Birmingham, Alabama. He is the former cohost and producer of theworldwide "Back to the Bible" radio program, has authored orcoauthored over twenty books, and is host of the live nationwidecall-in program "Life Perspectives."
Roy Vogel is a psychologist and board-certifiedpsychopharmacologist based in New Jersey. He is founder of AdventCounseling Centers and host of the New Jersey radio program "Lyricsto Live By."

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
1. Gideon: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Purpose 1
2. Job: Reacting to Multiple Trials 13
3. Moses: A Man of Ups and Downs 23
4. Caleb: How to Finish Well 41
5. Naomi: Battling Adversity and Bitterness 55
6. David: Defeating Life's Giants 71
7. Solomon: A Wise Man with an Achilles' Heel 87
8. Elijah: Committed but Not Perfect 101
9. Hezekiah: In Pursuit of God 111
10. Jeremiah: A Man of Many Contrasts 119
11. Daniel: A Mentally Healthy Man 133
12. John the Baptist: A Man Out of Step with Society 149
13. Martha: Focused on Performance 157
14. Peter: The Risk Taker 173
15. Paul: Insane, Obsessive, or Genius? 189
Conclusion 213
Notes 215
The Authors 221
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