Win a Signed Copy of Randy Alcorn’s New Book, Happiness!

Randy Alcorn

Through October 30, enter to win one of three signed copies of Randy Alcorn’s Happiness!

About Randy Alcorn:

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions, and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Randy is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books including Heaven and his newest release Happiness. His books sold exceed nine million copies and have been translated into over 60 languages.

About Randy’s New Release, Happiness:

Christians are supposed to be happy. In fact, we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that is so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today’s culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don’t seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren’t we happy?

As a respected theologian and author, Randy dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness in his newest release, Happiness. Along with providing indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

Want to win a signed copy of Happiness? Enter to win today!

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Last Chance: Two Days Left to save 79% with the Barbour Bundle

The Barbour Bundle - Save 79%

There are only two days left to save over $200.00 with the Barbour Bundle.

With this Vyrso-exclusive bundle, available through October 15, you’ll add over 40 ebooks for $64.00 to your Vyrso library—that’s only $1.60 per ebook!

The Barbour Bundle is an excellent addition to any digital library—it’s loaded with ebooks that focus on a range of topics including how to rely on God’s help during difficult times, why bad things happen to good people, how to build better relationships, and more.

Here are five ebooks from the Barbour Bundle that will challenge you to ask questions and dig deeper into your faith:

Why the Bible Makes Sense —Ed Strauss

There’s a reason the Bible has stood the test of time—actually, many reasons. And Why the Bible Makes Sense explains just why you can trust God’s Word. Included are 75 easy-to-read entries on why the Bible as we know it is trustworthy—from its origin as a written (not oral) record, to the care professional scribes used in copying the texts, to the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, to the confirmation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

How to Know God’s Will —Robert West

How to Know God’s Will explains both its general and personal aspects, West’s newest ebook covers the topic in six clear, easy-to-read chapters and offers clear Bible teaching along with  practical encouragement.

Why Do We Need A Savior? — Tracey M. Sumner

Is it enough in God’s eyes to be a “good person”? Why do we need a “savior”? These very important questions get Bible-based answers in this ebook. Why Do We Need a Savior? describes—directly from God’s Word—why human beings are separated from God and in desperate need of salvation.

The Essential Works of John Wesley — Alice Russie and John Wesley

Want to know how to live the Christian life? Learn from one of the foremost authorities, John Wesley, in this single-volume library of journal selections, sermons, and other addresses, essays, and letters. Two and a half centuries ago, the great Methodist distinguished himself as one of the world’s greatest authorities on the committed Christian life. Now, his most powerful writings have been compiled under one cover.

Grace and Truth — Brenda Mason Young

What if you were—as John 1:14 describes Jesus—“full of grace and truth”? How might that change your relationships, your job, your world? Find out here! These two qualities are essential to a fulfilling, effective Christian life. Grace and Truth will help you find the proper balance—not 50 percent grace and 50 percent truth, but 100 percent of each.

Find practical applications for important Christian topics when you add these five ebooks, plus 35 more, to your digital library for one low price. Dont wait—get the Barbour Bundle today!


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The Most Scandulous Thing in the World: Discussing God’s Love with Alex Early

The Reckless Love of God

We were privileged to interview author Alex Early about his new release, The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel. 

This exclusive interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Alex, tell us a little bit about your background. You seem to keep busy running a blog, which reflects both your love for God and cooking, and being a dedicated husband and dad. What got you started and what continues to drive you?

I absolutely enjoy my family! Downtime with them in the kitchen cooking, listening to music, and carrying on is absolutely life to me! There is nowhere else I would rather be than with them.

I got into cooking because I needed a hobby and I didn’t want one that would take me away from my family. I have an artsy streak in me, so I figured I’d give my culinary skills a go, and that scratched the itch. But as an author, past/future church planter, and doctoral student, life is most certainly busy.

What keeps me going is:

  • I know that I am loved by God and empowered by his Spirit
  • I am called to this and nothing else

Over the years, as you have grown in your faith, which books have made an impact on you?

Like any pastor, I could mention dozens. I read tons of academic theology as well. But if I could recommend just five books, I’d say:

1.The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning

2. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

3. Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament by Matthew Elliot

4. The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Capon

5. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner.

These books are penned by men who are well-aware of their own brokenness before God and utter estrangement from even themselves. Over the years they have prodded me toward becoming more spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically whole as a person. By no means have I arrived, but I am indebted to these authors for their admonishments to not accept life as the way it is and to press on in the faith, finding a tender Abba Father in heaven who cares so deeply for me.

Tell us a little bit about your new release, The Reckless Love of God, and what inspired you to write it.

I was inspired to write the book a few years ago on vacation as I was thinking about and truly reveling in God’s love for the first time in my whole life. I had been a Christian since my teens, had graduated from seminary, and was pastoring my first church, but it had never really dawned on me that God knows me, loves me, and cares deeply for me, personally. [Click to Tweet!]

I wanted to write something meaningful that calls attention to the most scandalous thing in the world—God Almighty loves us as we are.

My aim is to say that God himself has burned in everlasting love for you before time began and has stopped at nothing in his pursuit of capturing our hearts and demonstrating this life-changing reality.

What are key pieces of advice you would give to those who struggle to believe that Jesus really does love them apart from their actions?

First, I’d say, Jesus loves them not just apart from their actions, but with their actions intact. That is to say, Jesus doesn’t turn a blind eye to sin. Rather, he engaged it and defeated it fully on the cross and in his resurrection. [Click to Tweet!]

Second, the ongoing narrative that we as Christians have to default to is that our word is not the ultimate authority in life. God’s Word is, and it hasn’t changed. Often, we need to dethrone ourselves, our opinions, and our harsh judgment that we lay on ourselves and feel free to drink deeply of the love of God. After all, if Jesus was breathing out prayers of forgiveness over those who had nailed him to the Cross, most certainly he burns in compassion for you today.

Finally, tell God when you question his love and ask him to help your unbelief. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. So go ahead and tell him it’s hard to believe sometimes. He can handle it.


Find assurance of God’s love for you in Alex Early’s The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel.

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12 Verses That Show God Is Everwhere—Even In The Small Stuff

God is in the Small Stuff

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

—Abraham Kuyper

Theologian Abraham Kuyper tells us that God is sovereign over every square inch. He is present in our lives, he hears our prayers, and his glory is evident across the globe. God is everywhere—even in the small stuff!

Authors Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz are passionate about helping people to meet, know, and enjoy the living God by recognizing him in the small stuff. You can find encouragement in their God Is in the Small Stuff series included in the Barbour Bundle.

We have gathered 12 verses referenced by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz’s series that will encourage and remind you of God’s presence in every square inch:

Jeremiah 29:11–14 — “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

Matthew 21:22 — “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” [Click to Tweet!]

2 Thessalonians 1:3 — “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”

Isaiah 40:28 — “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

1 Peter 3:12 — “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Psalm 19:1 — “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” [Click to Tweet!]

Romans 1:20 — “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”

Matthew 6:33 — “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

1 Timothy 6:6-7 — “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world”

Matthew 6:25 — “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

James 1:2–3 — “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”


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Where Does Happiness Originate? A Guest Post from Randy Alcorn


Today’s guest post is by Vyrso’s Author of the Month, Randy Alcorn. In his new release, Happiness, Alcorn dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it.

Some people suppose happiness is uniquely human, unrelated to God’s nature: as he gave us a body and hunger, which he doesn’t have, he gave us a capacity for happiness, which he also doesn’t have. I believe something radically different—that God wants us happy because he’s happy!

To be godly is to resemble God. If God is unhappy, we’d need to pursue unhappiness, which is as likely as developing an appetite for gravel. If following Jesus means having to turn away from happiness, and we’re wired to want happiness, then we can only fail as Christians. Looking at Scripture carefully, we find a happy God who desires us to draw happiness from him. [Click to Tweet!] Yet how many Christians have ever heard a sermon, read a book, had a discussion about, or meditated on God’s happiness?

Not once at church, Bible college, or seminary did I hear about God’s happiness. I have no doubt it would have been surprising, memorable, and encouraging.

Though I studied the Bible continuously, somehow the hundreds of Scriptures indicating God’s pleasure, delight, and joy didn’t register. They were nullified by unbiblical statements I heard from pastors and authors, such as “God calls us to holiness, not happiness.” I’ve always been a voracious reader, inhaling books, including theological works, by the hundreds. But I didn’t read anything about the happiness of God until the late 1980s, after I’d been a pastor for ten years. John Piper’s books Desiring God and The Pleasures of God introduced me to a subject I should have heard about in my first few months attending church as a teenager.

Why did it take so long for me to hear what Scripture clearly teaches? Because God’s happiness simply wasn’t on my radar, nor that of my church or schools. God’s love, mercy, and grace were affirmed—not just his justice and wrath—so perhaps I should have deduced that God was happy. But the thought never occurred to me.

I believe it’s vital that we not leave our children and future generations of Christians to figure out for themselves that God is happy. Most never will. How can they, unless their families and churches teach them and demonstrate God-centered happiness in their own lives? We need to tell them that sin, suffering, shame, and unhappiness are temporary conditions for God’s people. [Click to Tweet!] We’ll once and for all be righteous, healthy, shame free, and happy. Once we’re in his presence, we’ll never again experience the anger, judgment, and discipline of God we see in Scripture (all of which are appropriate and important, but even now do not nullify his happiness or love).

I’m convinced that in the new universe—called in Scripture the New Heaven and the New Earth—the attribute of God’s happiness will be apparent everywhere. Upon their deaths, Christ won’t say to his followers, “Go and submit to your master’s harshness” but “Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21, NIV). Anticipating those amazing words can sustain us through every heartbreak and challenge in our present lives.


Read Randy Alcorn’s Happiness to learn more about celebrating happiness and joy.

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Three Challenges for Single Christians: an Interview with Lisa Anderson

The Dating Manifesto

We had the privilege to interview author Lisa Anderson, host of the national radio program and podcast The Boundless Show, about her new ebook, The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose. 

Get The Dating Manifesto today—it’s on sale for $2.99 through October 13!

All month long, keep up with Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Lisa, you are involved with Boundless and you work as director of Young Adults for Focus on the Family. Tell us a little bit about your passions and ultimately how you ventured on your path to success?

My background is in journalism and media relations; for 11 years I was director of our public relations efforts at Focus on the Family. But in the midst of that, I got to know the team, and before long, they were asking me to host a new podcast they were starting because —true story—”you’re single and like to talk.” 

My involvement with Boundless revolutionized my view on marriage, dating, and thriving as a single adult.

As you’ve matured in your faith, which specific authors and books have been life-changing as you have grown in your faith? 

As a young girl, missionary biographies had a huge impact on me. They taught me that God is real and active in all corners of the world. [Click to Tweet!]

I’ve become a little more Reformed in my theology (maybe a lot more) thanks to books like:

A Praying Life by Paul Miller made me want to pray, and showed me how.

Unoffendable showed me how to get relationally healthy and love others well.

I am a huge fan of Beth Moore‘s Bible studies. I love that they have homework which keeps me in God’s Word throughout the week, and her passion for Jesus reminds me to never be ashamed of the Gospel and never be afraid to get excited about my faith.

Tell us a little bit about your new release, The Dating Manifesto, and what inspired you to write it.

I wasn’t sure I would write it at first, because I wasn’t convinced I had anything new to say on the subject.

But then I realized that most of the dating/singleness books out there are written by married people looking back on that season of their lives. I wanted to write as someone still in the trenches—still struggling, still waiting, but still trusting God through it all.

I was tired of all the feel-good, “Jesus is all you need” platitudes that we singles were being given; I wanted the truth told straight with a heavy dose of encouragement. [Click to Tweet!]

What are three main challenges that you give to singles looking for that special someone?

   1. Date with a purpose in mind. Too many singles are going on pizza dates for months and years on end without expecting anything from a relationship.

   2. Make sure you’re in a position to date and marry well. This means dealing with baggage from your upbringing or past relationships. It means getting counseling if you need it. It means getting a job, dealing with crippling debt, taking ownership of your own faults and insecurities, and breaking bad relationship patterns.

   3. Approach dating realistically. You are not looking for perfection or the answer to your 50-point list of “must-haves.” You’re looking for a flawed person who is humble, teachable, growing and loves Jesus with his or her whole heart; everything else is negotiable.


Read Lisa Anderson’s The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose on Vyrso today!

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John Wycliffe: A Man Dedicated to Preaching


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The Barbour Bundle is loaded with a variety of content—ebooks that focus on prayer, relationships, why bad things happen to good people, and more. You’ll grow your library with 40 new ebooks, including Foxe’s Christian Martyrs.

This ebook discusses the history of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to build the church.

Foxe exposes the lives of Christians who suffered under persecution during the early church era all the way through the reign of Queen Elizabeth in England. You’ll find inspiration and encouragement in your walk from these stories of courage, love, and sacrifice, including the story of John Wycliffe.

Wycliffe lived during the late 1300’s, and while he was a very educated man, not many other people were at this time. Many people did not understand the doctrine of salvation through faith, and not by works. The church, at this time, was focused on ceremony and traditions, convincing people that if they did the right things and paid enough, they would be saved.

After studying the Biblical texts Wycliffe saw things differently, and as the reader of Divinity at Oxford, he took advantage of his position. Here he started to explicitly preach to those who would listen, doing this in the hopes of ending idolatry in the church.

The five main points John Wycliffe taught were:

   1. In regards to the sacrament of communion: the holy eucharist, after consecration, is not the actual body of Christ.

   2. The church of Rome is no more important than any other church, and Peter had no more power given to him by Christ than any other apostle.

   3. The Pope has no more power than any other priest.

   4. The gospel is enough for any man, without the rules of men, which add nothing to the gospel.

   5. Neither the Pope nor any other church official has the power or right to punish transgressors.

Unfortunately many leaders in the church had grown wealthy because of their rituals and they were angry at Wycliffe for teaching this. They began to retaliate by working to take away his salary at Oxford, however this didn’t stop Wycliffe—he continued to preach.

Eventually Wycliffe was tried for heresy twice and escaped punishment on both occasions. Over time Wycliffe was forced into hiding. He stayed hidden until right before his death in 1384, when he returned to his parish. Years after his death, in 1415, the church determined that Wycliffe was a heretic, and so they went and took his bones from their burial spot, burned them, and threw the ashes in a river.

To learn more about important people who were dedicated to preaching the Gospel despite persecution, you’ll want to read Foxe’s Christian Martyrs, available in the Barbour Bundle through October 15

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3 Ways We Find Freedom in Christ: An Interview with Nancy Alcorn

Ditch the Baggage

We had the privilege to interview author Nancy Alcorn about her new release, Ditch the Baggage, Change Your Life. 

This exclusive interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation blog series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Nancy, tell us about Mercy Multiplied and how your experiences and your faith played a major role in establishing this program.

It was during and after college that I spent eight years working for the state of Tennessee at a correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls and investigating child abuse cases. Working for the state on a daily basis gave me direct encounters with secular programs that were not producing permanent results that exemplified changed lives. I saw many of the girls pass the age of 18 and end up in the women’s prison system because they never got the real help they needed.

I began to realize that only Jesus could bring restoration into the lives of girls who were desperately hurting and searching for something to fill the void they felt in their hearts. I knew God was unfolding a plan prompting me to step out in faith to help hurting young women.

I was determined to establish a program in which lives would truly be transformed, so in January 1983, I moved to Monroe, Louisiana to start Mercy Ministries of America (now Mercy Multiplied).

Mercy Multiplied is dedicated to helping young women break free from life-controlling behaviors and situations, including eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, unplanned pregnancy, depression, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking.

We hope to help every woman we serve experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.

What sparked you to write your newest release, Ditch the Baggage, Change Your Life?

It doesn’t matter how put together or “un-put” together somebody looks. We all have pain. We all have fear. We all have problems. But we don’t all have freedom in Christ!!

Again and again I’ve asked myself, what can we do? What can Mercy do to help all these thousands upon thousands of hurting people who can’t come to our homes? Now, this year, I believe God has provided Mercy with an answer. That answer is to expand our outreach efforts in deeper and broader ways to help others, of all ages, near and far, realize lasting freedom.

A big part of these outreach efforts is my new book Ditch the Baggage, and it has one simple message that some people have been waiting a lifetime to hear: you were born to live free. [Click to Tweet!]

Ditch the Baggage, Change Your Life focuses on finding a lasting freedom through Christ. What are three key ways to find this freedom?

The book focuses on the primary seven keys to freedom that we use in our homes, and three of the keys discussed are:

Total Commitment—This includes being committed to Christ and being committed to freedom. In order to live and walk in freedom, you must have a relationship and a commitment to the actual freedom Giver!

Healing Life Hurts—Every one of us experiences hurt. When those hurts remain unhealed, they cause us to shrink back from life, to operate out of fear, and to build our lives around avoiding more hurts. Any person who has a deep hurt will find their decision making affected. Total freedom means no longer allowing hurts to direct our lives, tarnish our relationships, and shape our personalities.

Renewing the Mind—The Word of God says that when we renew our minds, our lives will be changed! Renewing your mind means to do away with ungodly thought patterns and to replace them with godly ones. Behind every bad habit or bondage is a lie. When we commit our minds completely to Christ, lies can be erased and He can do a powerful work of grace in us.

Through the years as you’ve grown in your faith, which authors have been influential to you, your ministry, and your writing? 

Obviously in their own individual areas of expertise there have been a number of authors who have affected my life in different ways for different reasons.

Joyce Meyer inspired me to be honest, open, and transparent in my writing. Joyce has always used those things she has dealt with in her life as a way to help other people. I have specifically been influenced by her teachings about how God wants us to be whole spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

John Maxwell has significantly influenced my leadership with his awesome teachings and books. He has inspired me specifically through this teachings on adding value to every person with whom you come in contact.

Dr. Myles Munroe’s teachings on realizing the potential of every person has inspired me to believe in every young woman who walks through the doors of Mercy. He has helped me to remember that these young women may be in our program because of life-controlling issues, but the truth is that there is potential in every one of them to become a world changer!

Dave Ramsey is not only a close personal friend of mine, but has had amazing influence in my life and the life of every young woman that walks through the doors of Mercy through his books on giving, financial peace and stewardship.


Learn more about finding freedom in Christ in Nancy Alcorn’s Ditch the Baggage, Change Your Life on Vyrso today!

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Navigating Negative Change: An Interview with Kristen Strong

Girl Meets Change

Today we are featuring an exclusive interview with author Kristen Strong about her new release, Girl Meets Change. This interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Tell us a little bit about your blog, Chasing Blue Skies, and what inspired you to create this refreshing site.

I’ve loved journaling and writing stories since I was very young. Blogging became an easy, natural forum for me to practice the art and discipline of regular writing.

As a nature lover who can’t get enough sky gazing, I liked the idea of creating an online space that reflected this. Hence Chasing Blue Skies was born, and it truly is a natural fit for my style, personality, and interests.


Through the years as you’ve grown in your faith, what are some specific authors and books have been influential on you and your writing?

In what ways have you been influenced by these authors and books?

I am drawn to authors who help me see myself—my place, purpose and value in this world—as Jesus does. Within the pages of each book mentioned above, I am able to see myself in a more accurate light as I find myself in their stories.

Each author referenced is a master at showing how the Bible is alive and relevant to my life. Each lives (or lived) authentically in the freedom Jesus offers as well as makes a relationship with Him look so attractive, it’s something I naturally want too.

Tell us about your new release Girl Meets Change.

Girl Meets Change is a book written to help women see their difficult life change in a new hopeful light. It is a place that meets women at the crossroads of their anxiety about change and God’s purpose found in it. Inside its pages are not only my story of change, but also the stories of other women and stories from Scripture.

What are few healthy ways to navigate negative change?

  1. Make an intentional choice to regularly enter into the presence of Christ.

We all know spending time with Jesus benefits us, but we don’t always realize how much Jesus truly enjoys our presence too. [Click to Tweet!]

He delights in us. Once we start to get a taste of that, we want to spend more time with him. And the more we spend time with him, the more we know the hardship brought on by change is still very much within the care and concern of Christ. Therefore, we are better able to live by faith that God intends to use the difficult change in our lives to bless us.

We better see the change in our lives not as the end of our story but a part of it. Our change is never the end. God’s grace and goodness are. [Click to Tweet!]

  2. Make your questions surrounding the change work for you.

I’m a big question asker, so when change lands in my lap, questions want to tag-a-long with it. I haven’t always directed those questions in a “for me” way.

For example, when my husband and I couldn’t easily start a family, my questions sounded like Why can’t I get pregnant? Doesn’t God think I would be a good mom?Instead of asking questions that focused on the outcomes of my circumstances, I needed to reframe them to focus on the purpose of my circumstances.

So better questions for me to ask here What else does God want to give me? What else is he working out in me through this situation? Then I could dwell on healthy, truth-based answers rather than answers based on my topsy-turvy feelings.


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How Christians Can Combat Lies: An Interview with Tim Chaddick

The Truth About Lies

Today we are featuring an exclusive interview with author and pastor Tim Chaddick about his new release, The Truth About Lies. 

This interview is part of Vyrso’s author recommendation series, where you can read exclusive interviews with Christian authors and get great recommendations on ebooks that have impacted their walk with Christ.

Tim, tell us a little bit about your background and how it impacts your preaching and your writing?

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area I spent my early teens embracing the “unholy trinity” of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. I became sexually active in the ninth grade and consented to my first abortion by the tenth. I experimented with a host of drugs before getting hooked on several.

But the center of my life was undoubtedly music. Playing in several bands, I saw music as my savior – the one thing that brought value to my existence. It wasn’t until I heard the gospel at a Christian event 1999 that I saw both the depth of my sin and the beauty of Christ. I trusted in Him that day and my life has never been the same since.

Whenever I am preaching or writing I find myself asking this question: Could I reach my former self?

After finding Christ, which specific authors and books have you read that deepened your faith? 

I know this is pretty cliché, but when I first read C.S. Lewis I felt as if I was hearing explanations of Christianity custom-made for my own personal questions.

I began with the essays such as The Problem of Pain and slowly worked through everything else I could get my hands on. I realized very quickly as a new Christian that I was drawn to writers who, like Lewis, had the ability to weave logic and beauty together in service of the Christian faith.

Another great influence for me would have to be John Stott

His blend of theological precision and personal application has very much shaped my teaching. His book Between Two Worlds is still one of my favorite books on preaching to this day. My sermon preparation owes much to Stott’s emphasis on listening to Scripture as our ultimate authority while also listening to and attempting to answer the questions of our culture in a Biblical way.

What drove you to write your new ebook, The Truth about Lies?

I began to notice a two-fold reaction to the topic of temptation within my own life and within the church—Denial and Despair.

For example, whenever I read in the news a story of moral failure, part of me wants to say with a surge of confidence, “I would never, ever, do such a thing. I’ve got this!” On the other hand, part of me trembles. I am reminded of how fragile humanity is. And I begin to think of my mistakes in the past, and I slowly spiral downward, concluding that because I am vulnerable, defeat is inevitable.

The truth is that neither response can help us face the reality of temptation.

Yet through dependence on Christ within a world of temptation we can not only avoid sin but also learn to flourish in our faith as we learn to choose truth in the face of lies.

What are common lies that Christians often believe and how can we combat them?

The easiest lie to believe is the lie that says we don’t need help. Though it can appear to look like freedom, it actually keeps us from it. This mind-set lies beneath the surface of so many other lies: you need to earn your own salvation or you don’t need saving at all.

The truth is that we are dependent creatures. [Click to Tweet!] We need food, water, shelter, and relationships. We need God. 

The great lie believed by many is that we are independent of God, [Click to Tweet!] looking to enjoy the gift of life without acknowledging a Giver. Daily we are told that the missing ingredient for unleashing unlimited liberation is found from within. It may sound like freedom, but in fact, it’s a sham.

Jesus unmasks this lie and teaches us what true freedom is. It’s found in dependence upon the God who gives life.


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