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Patti Gault

Thought provoking. Controversial. Challenging.

This book really makes you think. Some of what I read is hard to swallow.

If I'm really honest, I have to admit there is some safety in duty, attempts to be perfect and yes, even at times, legalism. WHY? I guess because it can be measured easier than joy and grace and love.

I agree that we can become cold from duty, just go through the motions and allow our relationship with Christ to become routine.

I come from a long line of alcoholics, and now that I am an adult - I want my "happily ever after" to be free from all that junk. It is hard for me not to want to be set apart. At my core I believe that encouraging social drinking for a Christian could cause more to stumble than not. I know many can have a glass or two of wine with no troubles - but, many cannot.

In today's society, labels such as ADHD, Bi-Polar and Depression condition us to think the more even keel you are, the better you are, the more successful, the more acceptable.

Wiping all that away, looking into God's word for myself, just as Matthew did. What does He say to ME?

I am 'bound' for Chapter 4!

:o) Patti

Ric

This book is really shaking me. It's really made me realize how I've been "checking off a list" for years now, and how honestly, I do feel empty. I feel like everything in my life is right (for the most part) except for how I feel. Even now, I feel little to nothing for my wife. I'm in ministry and do not want to divorce, but this emptiness is killing me. I don't know what to do. I am praying for a breakthrough. I realize that I honestly don't believe that God can redeem all of this, or transform me... but I really want him to. I want to feel again, live again and really truly laugh again. Going through the motions has just worn me down to nothing.

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