If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities

If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities

by Mark Batterson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016004
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 609,231
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, A Trip around the Sun, and If. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with eight campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com.

Table of Contents

1 The Power of If 7

The First If: If Only

2 The Most Terrifying Fact 21

3 Can't Forget 28

4 Double Jeopardy 36

5 A $100 Million Fast 43

6 Muscle Memory 51

7 Factory Reset 62

The Second If: As If

8 Reaction Time 75

9 The Anchoring Effect 84

10 The Power of Suggestion 95

11 Cross-Eyed 103

12 The Scenic Route 112

13 The Reckoning 121

14 Eternal Optimist 130

The Third If: What If?

15 Who If 139

16 The Third Wheel 149

17 And It Came to Pass 156

18 Narrow Framing 166

19 Out of Your League 175

20 The Kingdom of Unintended Consequences 183

21 The Rosetta Stone 194

22 Bold Predictions 203

23 The Pavlovian Effect 210

24 Change Agents 218

25 I Dwell in Possibility 226

26 Monograramed Blessings 235

The Fourth If: No If, Ands, on Buts about It

27 The Cornerman 247

28 The Event Horizon 253

29 More than Conquerors 262

30 Keep Calm and Carry On 271

Epilogue: Forty Years Hence 281

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 285

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If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Let the words of this book open your heart and mind to the what If . If you put trust in God alone.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I absolutely positively cannot put this book down, I read a chapter and then go back to read it again. This book is full of life changing words and sayings. I love Mark Batterson's writing style. I have watched several of his teaching seminars and he writes just like he talks, most people do not do that. And he talks just like an all around cool guy you want to hang out with. "Katy bar the door", "smoke screen of doubt", "tipping point" everyday phrases with spiritual applications. I am happy I have two copies of this book, that means I don't have to share, my highlighted, marked up, book. This book is vying very hard for my favorite Mark Batterson book, edging out the 40 Day Circle Maker Devotional. Get your copy today!! Don't wait, you are missing valuable reading time in this great, life changing book. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. I also purchased a copy of this book, so I wouldn't have to share my review copy. YES it is that good!
sherry_crochets More than 1 year ago
I can remember exactly what part of the highway I was driving on over 30 years ago when my mother had a full blown meltdown in the passenger seat of my car complete with sobbing, hysteria, and words that were making no sense at all! To this day I don't remember what our conversation was about but I do remember the words muttered in her moment of regrets. She said, I have done nothing with my life. I have wasted my life. I have nothing to show for it. I was caught off guard by this meltdown and I quickly responded , Mom you have SEVEN children that all turned out reasonably ok and you HAVE done something with your life! YOU HAVE! I never forgot that moment and I vowed I would not waste my life. So here I am at sixty and I am evaluating how well I have lived my life. I have regrets for the things I have not done! But... ITS NOT OVER! By God's grace I was given the opportunity to read Mark Batterson's new book "If". Talk about a book title! Could it be any shorter? But what a title! One word! Two letters. Speaks volumes.... this one word! Mark Batterson unpacks the word if as if it is a twentytwo letter word crammed into the largest suitcase bulging about to explode all over the floor of the bedroom and will never make it to the airport! Something has got to give! Or go! Are you like me? Rushing from one place to the next, just trying to survive your life and do all those things you are required to do? No time to pause and think about the things you have always wanted to do but never have the time or make the time? I challenge you to stop long enough to read this book. In the first chapter Mark talks about the very thing my mother had a meltdown about. Regret. "At the end of your life, your greatest regret won't be the things you did but wish you hadn't. Your greatest regret will be the things you didn't do but wish you had. " My mom had that moment 30 years ago and I had that moment last year with a second cancer diagnosis. I haven't done what I wanted to do with my life. I have regrets. But I am going to change that because this book walks me through the what ifs regrets and the potential of God-ordained opportunities! He unpacks Roman's Chapter 8 and calls it "The If Chapter". I dare you to read this book and get your Bible and reread Romans 8 like you have never read it before! Thirty chapters of hard core thinking about your what ifs and your future with no regrets! My favorite line in the book is at the end of Chapter 27, "What if you approached every person, every situation, every challenge as if Christ were in your corner?" Chapter 27 is amazing, it can rock your world! But the book basically comes down to one thing, one decision. "What if you are one decision away from a totally different life?" You got nothing to lose to read this book but everything to gain! I made my decision! You make yours!
JackieA More than 1 year ago
If only, as if, what if, no ifs, ands or buts! Mark's book written in 30 brief, thoughtful chapters will gently challenge you to reassess your view. Are those circumstances obstacles or opportunities?