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The Thing Beneath the Thing: What's Hidden Inside (and What God Helps Us Do About It)

The Thing Beneath the Thing: What's Hidden Inside (and What God Helps Us Do About It)

by Steve Carter


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The Thing Beneath the Thing helps readers to identify and then heal from past wounds that have kept them from reaching their full potential and the life of freedom that Jesus has promised every believer.

Every driver knows the importance of avoiding potholes when navigating a route. Besides the uncomfortable bump, they can create permanent damage to vehicles. And left untended, potholes can evolve into sinkholes that endanger entire roadway systems.

The same is true of our lives. We all have potholes that have been formed by pain, trauma, or choices that we’ve made. What do we do? Usually we find a quick fix, filling the hole with activities and even addictions disguised as culturally acceptable life choices. But before long, the hole is back, waiting to catch us off-guard, which in the end creates even more permanent damage.

In The Thing Beneath the Thing, former Willow Creek Community Church lead teaching pastor Steve Carter asks the simple question, “How is life working for you?” He knows that potholes exist and that the longer we live disconnected from answering this question, the more we will fill those holes with harmful choices. The solution? Allow God to fill them with His grace and love so that we can discover the beauty of grace, peace, and wholeness He has for us.

The process lies in discovering our

  • triggers: the setup that sets us off
  • hideouts: where we go to escape the pain of our story
  • insecurities: the false stories we create about ourselves
  • narratives: the false stories we create about others
  • grace: the place where we discover how to become whole, holy, and spiritually healthy

Journey with a seasoned fellow traveler who has learned how to ask key questions that help unlock the places where we’ve buried things. Then dig deep, invite healing, and learn new ways to operate so that we may begin to experience the life of freedom Jesus has promised us.

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ISBN-13: 9780785235538
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 95,225
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steve Carter is a pastor, speaker, author, podcast host, and the former lead teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. He hosts the Craft & Character podcast where he helps people get better at the art of communication while ensuring their character always leads the way. His desire is to bring Jesus into every conversation and space he occupies. Steve co-hosts one of the top sports podcasts called The Home Team Podcast with ESPN sports anchor Samantha Ponder and NFL player Sam Acho which unpacks the intersection between faith, culture, sports and family. With a degree in Biblical Studies from Hope International University, Steve has a heart for the local church. Currently an itinerant preacher and teacher for influential churches, conferences, events, camps, and retreats all over the country, Steve lives in Phoenix with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ann Voskamp xi

My Moment of Madness xvii

Part 1 The Setup That Sets You Off

1 Why Do I Do Those Things I Do? 3

2 Potholes, Triggers, and Responses 21

Part 2 Courageous Curiosity

3 Where We Go to Hide 39

4 When Identity Becomes Insecurity 53

5 From Insecurity to Envy 75

6 Biases That Drive Narratives 91

Part 3 Living Whole, Holy, and Spiritually Healthy

7 Let Grace Find You 115

8 Be Strong in Grace 131

9 It's Your Choice 147

10 The Power of Connection 167

Benediction 183

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 195

About the Author 201

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