❴Epub❵ ➟ A Beautiful Defeat Author Kevin Malarkey – Dolove.info
I borrowed this book from the library and I thought the information presented by the author about total surrender to God was good I m actually going to peruse through it again because there are a lot of great points that I d like to jot down in my journal for future reference Yes I m one of those readers that takes notes from her books Overall, I thought it was a worthy read. I understand that this book is going to make some people uncomfortable, but that s just what it s meant to do If we re truly surrendered to God, that s going to make us uncomfortable I don t have a problem with that at all I also didn t have a problem with writing my own death certificate because it s not really a death certificate for me, it s a death certificate for that part of me that would choose to set itself against God I have no problem at all with killing off that part of me Also, I don t understand the other reviewer s problems with talk of the devil as a literal enemy Jesus Himself and all the early Christians who knew Him personally believed in a literal devil Why wouldn t I, if I m going to set myself apart as a true follower of Christ, as I do I don t really know enough about gnosticism to answer the flesh criticism, but I didn t find any mention of flesh in this particular book to be unbiblical or heretical in any way This was another instance of God putting the exact book I needed in my hands at the exact right time No big surprise, since God s timing is always perfect He s been dealing with me for a while now about faith and surrender, and this book is just one of the many tools He has used to draw me closer to Him It s a fabulous, life changing book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to go deeper with God by getting rid of the parts of themselves that don t honor Him Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Total Surrender To God The Surprising Key To Experiencing The Sense Of Peace And Purpose You CraveThere Is A Gnawing Feeling Inside All Of Us That Says We Could Be Better If We Would Just Be Organized Or Work A Little Harder, We D Finally Have The Rich And Fulfilling Life We WantBut The Message Of The Cross Is Different The Message Is Not One Of God Saying, I Died For Your Sins To Work As A Consultant To Help You Achieve The Life You Re Determined To Have Jesus Died To Reconcile Us To God So That We Can Die And Give Our Lives To Him And To Others A Total Surrender That Is Truly A Beautiful Defeat Perspective And Peace In The Midst Of The Stormy Chaos Of Life Are Always Available To The Person Who Lives A Surrendered Life The Result Is A Rich Existence Basking In The Pleasure And Approval Of God Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers Harpercollins Publishers book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising 140245Book1283coverA Beautiful Defeat Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God by Kevin Malarkey with Matthew L JacobsonTotal surrender to God the surprising key to experiencing the sense of peace and purpose you crave.There is a gnawing feeling inside all of us that says we could be better If we would just be organized or work a little harder, we d finally have the rich and fulfilling life we want.But the message of the cross is different.The message is not one of God saying, I died for your sins to work as a consultant to help you achieve the life you re determined to have Jesus died to reconcile us to God so that we can die and give our lives to him and to others a total surrender that is truly a beautiful defeat Perspective and peace in the midst of the stormy chaos of life are always available to the person who lives a surrendered life The result is a rich existence basking in the pleasure and approval of God.A Beautiful Defeat shows why surrender to God is needed and how to surrender to God Each chapter explains an area of surrender through discussion and real life examples There are also examples taken from the Bible in explaining the different areas of surrender At the end of each chapter there is something which the reader can actively do to work on their surrendering to God, as well as a sample prayer which they can pray concerning that specific area.I loved A Beautiful Defeat, it was an excellent read I could not stop turning the pages I really enjoyed the analogy of our surrender to God explained using a junkie s surrender to drugs as an example A junkie leaves everything behind, including themselves, when they surrender to drugs The act of surrendering to God should be done in the same way, leaving all we are and have behind as we surrender to God.A Beautiful Defeat uses Biblical scriptures to support the author s main messages There were many suggestions, examples, and discussions which spoke to me and caused me to act upon them The content was all easy to understand.I highly recommend A Beautiful Defeat to all I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I m not too impressed by this book The author had some points that he made, but I don t see much of a difference between his points and the points that every other Give your life to God completely book out there makes It was good to read that the author had his own struggles to deal with, so that he didn t sound like a preachy, holier than thou author It brought a level of realism to the situations that he wrote about.However, the biggest issue I had was the step about dying, especially the action step of writing your own death certificate Morbid Yes If you have ever been the one to sit at the table to give the details of your departed loved one s life, to be the one to fill in the blanks on that death certificate, you will realize how morbid this step really is, and how emotionally troubling it would be to fill out your own death certificate Can anyone imagine how disturbing that would be if a spouse or child came across that A suggestion here I would make would be to make a death certificate not for yourself, but for your struggles You struggle with anger Take his action step and make a death certificate for your anger Let it die, let God take over. My pastor said recently the Kingdom of God only prospers through an atmosphere of warfare and violence It reminded me of this book that I ve just finished for the second time in quick succession.This is an excellent practical and Scripture based guide on how to take up our cross everyday Malarkey starts out exploring why it is so difficult to live a surrendered life and in so doing has a good look at the nature of sin concluding there are three key influencers to why we sin the world, the flesh and Satan He provides useful illustrations clarifying the three.The rest of the book provides guidance of how to practically surrender on a daily basis He gives a good airing to acknowledging we are in a battle and how to appropriately prepare to survive and in fact prosper through it There is a great chapter when he compares the preparation to what a Navy SEAL has to do in their line of work having interviewed one as part of his research for the book.Each chapter ends with an action to take an honest assessment of yourself and a prayer to commit the key learnings to the Lord.I took many notes as I read through it and am sure I ll be referring back to those in the days to come.If you re grappling with the state of your walk with the Lord, you may find some super insights in this book that will help give you some sound perspective.Highly recommended. I was sent a copy for review through book look bloggers and I have to say that this book is just an awesome Christian groth book I think of it like a study because I am one of those people who love to study their is so much to lean from this book I hardly know where to start.I agree with every word in this book its all about surrendering to God not just placing him in the position to be our consultant.Each chapter discusses one of the ten concepts that Kevin has found helpful in leading a surrendered life After each chapter their is also a prayer This book id filled with personal stuff the author shares with us so we can see that all Christians no matter now much they try will fail if we are depending on ourselves and not in total dependance in Christ.If you are looking for a book that will really help you learn how to become satisfied with your Christian walk with really down to earth teaching and insight than this is the book for you I really love it and will be reading it again as I do all Christian books that are worthy of in depth study thanks for looking at my review I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned a lot from it, too Whether you are a new Christian, a struggling Christian, or just feeling stagnant in your Christian walk, this book will give you practical ways to grow closer to God through surrender You will have a much stronger faith when you are done Each of the 10 chapters ends with an Action Step that is clear and concise, and a prayer for God s help.The author, Kevin Malarkey with Matthew Jacobson approaches each topic with honesty, sincerity and a call for us to do the same It s a very comfortable and comforting book to read I highly recommend this book A good book to read if you are looking for steps to help you with your walk with God surrendering your life to Him. In A Beautiful Defeat Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God, Kevin Malarkey sets out on his pilgrimage to highlight a simple truth that the most difficult struggles of our lives become the very points at which God delivers us Delivers us from a deadly love of ourselves, our world, and the very powers that control us and it He begins that pilgrimage with a confession most of us Christians are reluctant to make Our lives are a struggle And along the way, he highlights 10 markers for the journey, along with accompanying action steps and prayers for each marker In Part I, A Call for Authenticity , Malarkey looks at all the dirty little secrets of our lives, the very sources of our struggles and how we Christians are called to live with our struggles, not from them Part II outlines Jesus Call for Surrender In it, Malarkey talks about the beginning of our mission in dying to self, our need for others in the Church, how to live faithfully on that mission and the traps to anticipate There s no doubt that Malarkey s Beautiful Defeat is meant to stir his brothers and sisters to faithful discipleship And for that we owe him a great debt I was, however, troubled with some of his language His overwhelming reliance upon a literal Satan as God s opposing force nearly lands him with a dualism that troubles me And his literal treatment of Paul s language of flesh almost makes me worry about a gnostic strain in his biblical reading So there s a need for caution with this little book He does, though, relate such nitty gritty truths in real life stories that we shouldn t so easily dismiss A Beautiful Defeat There s a relateability in its pages Surrender to God in Christ really is messy Honesty about our struggles really is necessary in the Church Dying daily, as part of that team we call Church, is the heart of Jesus message We should expect push back from a world that rejected Jesus to the point of pushing him out of the world on a Cross Malarkey may not be a pastor he s a trained psychotherapist and author , but he s given us a pastoral word The best thing we can do is learn from those who ve gone before us In sum, this is a good, honest book even if it s troublesome in places It s easy enough to read I read it in one sitting Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.