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BOOK REVIEW: FREE TO THRIVE — How Your Hurts, Struggles, and Deepest Longings Can Lead to a Fulfilling Life 

by Josh McDowell and Ben Bennett (Thomas Nelson Publishers; 2021)

The authors, well-known author and apologist Josh McDowell, and pastor and speaker Ben Bennett have joined forces to examine why so many Christians struggle through life rather than thrive as children of God. Due to their own experiences and their years of ministry, they believe most believers are suffering due to unmet needs in their lives.

McDowell and Bennett make the case that God has designed all people with seven basic needs:

  1. Acceptance — to be included and approved of, as you are, no matter what.
  2. Appreciation — the longing to be thanked and encouraged for something we have done.
  3. Affection — the longing to be cared for with touch and genuine emotional engagement.
  4. Access — the longing to have the consistent emotional and physical presence of key persons.
  5. Attention — the longing to be known and understood by someone who enters into your world.
  6. Affirmation of feelings — the longing to have our feelings validated and confirmed by others.
  7. Assurance of safety — we need to feel protected and provided for emotionally, physically, and financially.

The authors contend that hurting Christians with unfulfilled longings suffer because they try to satisfy those longings themselves or with other earthly things or people. But God placed those longings in us so that we might always go to Him with our needs.

McDowell and Bennett are unusually open and honest in sharing their own unmet longings and the adverse effects those had in their personal lives and ministries. Writing as fellow strugglers, they encourage readers to understand that they are not unusual in trying to satisfy their longings without God and give practical steps to begin looking to God for help and comfort. The book concludes with helpful appendices of the Longings Table and websites and books for further ongoing support. I heartily recommend this book.

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What Does God Say about Me in the Bible?

It is very hard for me to understand in my heart that God actually likes me. But the Bible is full of proof that God loves His children with a love that is so great that we cannot fathom it! From Crosswalk.com………………..

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What Do We Mean When We Say ‘God Is My Rock?’

I happen to live in Colorado, so it might be easier for me to grasp all of the meanings behind the phrase “God is my Rock,” than someone in Florida, say, so here is an article to help a little with that! From Crosswalk.com………….

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-do-we-mean-when-we-say-god-is-my-rock.html

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I Lift Up My Eyes to the Fields

This is a lovely article that reminds us of the loving care of our heavenly Father. And it mentions Pikes Peak, of which I live in its shadow! From blogger Glenna Marshall……………….

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The Gratitude of Jesus Christ

This article reminds us that Jesus was always thanking His Father during His ministry. Do we have this same mindset? From Two Journeys…………………………….

https://twojourneys.org/articles/detail/2292123/the-gratitude-of-jesus-christ/

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10 Bible verses about anxiety

Oh my goodness…this world certainly produces a lot of anxiety! But thank God we are not left powerless in the face of our inner and outer anxieties. From First15…..

10 Bible verses about anxiety https://www.first15.org/06/29/10-bible-verses-about-anxiety/

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Yahweh Shalom — The Lord Is Peace

I enjoy these articles from writer Ann Spangler on the Names of God. This one is Yahweh Shalom/The Lord is Peace…………….

Yahweh Shalom — The Lord Is Peace

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The value of one

To God, every one is of great and precious value. A devotional from Stuart Briscoe and Telling The Truth…………………..

https://www.tellingthetruth.org/read/individual-post/read/2021/08/10/the-value-of-one

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Taste God’s Goodness in the Sweetness of Honey

This is a wonderful article that brings glory to God by pointing us to bees and the wonder of honey. From The Gospel Coalition……………………………..

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/gods-goodness-honey/

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Why Christians Depend on Revelation from God

Here is a helpful article from the late great Bible scholar J.I. Packer on the essential need for revelation from God. Simply put: Because God is infinite and we are finite, God has to reveal His nature and will to us so that we may know Him. From Crossway……………….