Get 10 Amish Love Stories under $3!

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For a limited time, choose from 10 of Beth Wiseman’s Amish love stories for less than $3 per title! Wiseman is a bestselling author, renowned for her Amish romance novels. Through February 3, get these 10 best-selling books for an amazing price—just $2.99 each!

1. The Wonder of Your Love

As a young widow with a newborn, Katie Ann is forced to develop a thick skin. The passing of her husband has filled her life with unresolved hurt and crushed her desire to marry again. She becomes determined to serve as both the father and mother to her young son.  But then Eli visits Colorado, and everything changes. Is Katie Ann ready to open her heart to another man—something she vowed to never do again? And is Eli willing to take on a future that he thought he left behind?

For less than $3, get The Wonder of Your Love, and see how God’s wondrous love always provides—even in the most unexpected and uncanny ways. Download your copy today!

2. His Love Endures Forever

Unplanned pregnancy and rejection have left Danielle with nothing but confusion, hopelessness, and a broken heart. Just when she thinks her situation will force her child’s father to commit to her, she finds out that he has other plans. As Danielle’s dreams begin to crumble, an unlikely friendship with another Amish man, Levi, develops. As her feelings for Levi become more significant than friendship, big decisions have to be made. Will Levi leave his Old Order community to create a fresh start with Danielle and her child?

Read this inspiring story of love, faithfulness, and seeking God’s will. Get His Love Endures Forever for just $2.99 now!

3. Seek Me with All Your Heart

Read the exciting saga between two Amish families who cross paths while moving to Colorado. Both families carry secrets from their past—especially Emily and David. Can David and Emily trust each other with the events from their pasts?

This page-turner will keep you guessing until the end. Don’t miss your chance to get Seek Me with All Your Heart  for only $2.99!

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One Woman’s Global Quest to Find the Secrets to a Happy Marriage

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Today’s interview is with Fawn Weaver, the founder of HappyWivesClub.com, which has twice been named the #1 marriage site by About.com, and has created an online community of over half a million women across 110 countries who want to share the sunny side of marriage. Weaver recently traveled across six continents and 18 cities in search of the secrets to a happy, healthy marriage. Her first book, Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage, recently debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and includes an inspiring collection of love stories and marriage secrets that span across cultures. Weaver also made Vyrso’s list of the top authors to watch in 2014.

1. Since you founded the Happy Wives Club several years ago, over half a million wives have joined—what about the club are you most proud of?

I’m proud of so many things. In 2010, I set out on a journey to find one million happy wives around the world, and at the time, that goal didn’t seem in the least bit realistic. And yet, here we are, with close to 700,000 women who’ve joined our online community and a chance at reaching that milestone later this year.

But more important than the numbers is how this amazing group of women, this movement, is changing the conversation about marriage worldwide. We’re balancing out all the negativity out there and encouraging one another to shut out the noise that is society and to work on creating a marriage—and family—that stays together.

2. What sparked the idea of traveling around the world and talking with wives from different cultures?

On the Happy Wives Club Facebook community page, the main place we all gather to share encouraging words, I post various questions for the women. For instance, my question the other day was, “What is one thing you’ve learned over the years that you wish you would have known in your first year of marriage?” Close to 800 women replied with answers that will undoubtedly help those currently in their first year of marriage.

I’ve posed questions like this to our community for years and I was always struck by how similar those who were happily married for 25 years or more sounded. Although they differed in backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, and religion, when I posed this simple question, “What is the secret to your happy marriage?” I noticed they all sounded alike. It was as if they lived in the same country, were raised by the same family, and shared the same values. Yet, I knew this couldn’t be true because those answering this question were doing so from all over the world.

This led me to ask myself, Is it possible there is a universal secret to a happy marriage? And the only way I could answer that question was to travel around the world and interview couples happily married 25 years or more, on their turf, with no preconceived notions.

3. How much do relationship dynamics and marriage advice vary between cultures?

Very little. That was one of the things I personally found to be so fascinating. From an arranged Indian marriage to a traditional Israeli marriage to a very liberal culture in Australia, what made a marriage great was consistent from continent to continent and from culture to culture.

4. What was the most powerful experience you had during your travels?

My times in Rome and Croatia were very personal. God stripped me down to the very core of who I am and what was holding me back from the wife and mother I longed to be.

5. How did you choose which wives to visit and interview?

As a former hotel general manager and hotel director of sales and marketing of one of the largest hotel chains in the world, I’m fortunate to know people all over the world. In the hotel business, it’s not uncommon for a person to take a job on the other side of the world. For instance, when I took over as director of sales and marketing for a particular hotel, the person I was replacing, Atalie, was returning to her home of Perth, Australia.

So when I decided to begin this journey, I reached out to Atalie and asked, “What couple in your community has been happily married for at least 25 years, and who around them vouch for them being genuine and in love for all these years? Who are the couples you most look up to and whose relationships you’d like to emulate in your own marriage?” I asked her to point me to those couples, and then I hopped on an Australian-bound plane to interview them.

I did this in every country where I went. It was important to me that the couples I interviewed weren’t ones I’d met online, but rather those in which the people in their community would all say, “They are the couple you should meet.”

6. What was the most surprising thing that happened on your journey?

In Rome, I didn’t expect that the “happy wife” I’d be interviewing would be me—that such an intense internal dialogue about what was holding me back from being the wife I most longed to be would occur. That took me completely by surprise.

7. How has writing this book changed your perspective of love and marriage?

I now believe a happy marriage is possible for anyone and everyone. I truly believe it is a moment-by-moment choice and every interview further cemented that view.

8. What’s your number-one piece of advice for maintaining a happy, healthy marriage?

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and that extends, especially, to your spouse. Every other piece of advice I’d give falls under this “golden rule.”

9. What’s next for you?

I hit the road in just a couple weeks for a 12-city Coffee Talk Tour where I will meet face to face with members of the Happy Wives Club for the very first time. And I will have an opportunity to meet with women who have already been impacted by this book.

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Learn more about Weaver’s amazing trip around the world and discover the secrets to a happy, healthy marriage: download Happy Wives Club for only $10.99 on Vyrso!

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The 10 Most Important Relationship Laws

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Today’s guest post is by pastor Van Moody, author of the new book, The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose. Known as a “people scholar,” Moody’s advice on building healthy and enduring relationships has been featured in Forbes, in The Wall Street Journal, and on Fox News, and he serves as a trainer for John C. Maxwell’s global leadership initiative. Moody is also the founder and pastor of The Worship Center Christian Church, which has grown to 9,000 members in the last seven years.

Every relationship you have influences your life. There are no neutral relationships; each one lifts you up or weighs you down. It moves you forward or holds you back. It helps you or it hurts you. Only by knowing which is which, and knowing how to turn the tide on those that are negative, can appropriate actions be taken—actions and decisions that will make the difference between a great and happy life, or one riddled with disappointment, failure, and regret.

Relationships are an art, and most of us lack the skill and mastery to help break—or all together avoid—destructive patterns, disrespect, and deception. Here are 10 fundamental principles for living and interacting with others in the complex and ever-changing dynamics of today’s culture that, if adhered to, can best assure relational success in all aspects of life—at home, in social circles, and in business.

1. You’ve got to be you. You cannot have honest relationships without being honest about yourself. “The Law of Being Real” is about being straightforward and sincere in order to develop true intimacy.

2. Healthy relationships must be win-win. Too many times people are trapped in relationships that aren’t good for them. “The Law of Mutual Benefit” is about being in a relationship that creates positive synergy.

3. You can’t be friends with everyone. The people who are in your life right now are setting the course of your next week, next month, next year, and possibly the rest of your life. “The Law of Selection” is about requiring a process of qualification and selection, understanding that the only way to get the right people around you is to disallow the wrong ones.

4. Everybody has to give. When we think about what we can do for others instead of what they can do for us, we get to the very heart of healthy, successful relationships. “The Law of Sacrifice,” means everyone involved must enter into and remain in a relationship with a willingness to give, not to take.

5. What you don’t know can hurt you. Secrets are one of the biggest barriers to intimacy and one of the most destructive forces in relationships. “The Law against Secrets” is about not being reluctant or hesitant to investigate people thoroughly before developing relationships with them.

6. The most valuable people in your life aren’t always the most visible. People of true value bring fulfillment, not frustration, to those with whom they are in a relationship. “The Law of True Value” is about realizing the people you may take for granted or be tempted to overlook are the ones who save your life or launch you into your destiny.

7. Know when and how to end an unhealthy relationship. When someone who was once valuable in your life is not able to accept a change in the status or direction of your life, is not loyal and stable under pressure or in the face of challenge, or had once been dependable but now is unreliable, you have strong clues that your relationship may need to end.

8. Know how to have healthy relationships with unhealthy people. Don’t be afraid or reluctant to leave a relationship if it becomes unhealthy. Don’t let feelings of misplaced guilt or sympathy keep you from making a good choice for yourself. Realize that every relationship you have affects other people in your life and that the relationships they have affect you.

9. Understand the process of great relationships. Every relationship is a journey. It must go through certain places and learn from certain situations in order to be healthy. Resist the desire to try to skip or race through any set of circumstances necessary for a great relationship. Even if it is painful, embrace it, knowing that it serves a good and healthy purpose in the big picture of a relationship.

10. Our relationship with God is the cure for lovesickness. Lovesick people need to realize that people who do not want to be inconvenienced or who are uncomfortable in relationships do not qualify as good candidates for great relationships. A relationship with another human being will never be an antidote for lovesickness. The only way to cure a lovesick heart is through a deep, personal relationship with God.

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3 Ways to Be a Better Disciple

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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19–20

Jesus’ command often falls on deaf ears. Even in evangelical churches, the command to make disciples can sometimes become second rate to curriculum and ministry programs, which means churches are bringing in new people, but failing to make disciples. This can also negatively affect the congregation, because the congregates lose personal responsibility to spread the gospel, and once personal responsibility is lost, the church can become sick or stagnant. The body of Christ becomes weak and insists that the paid staff (pastors, teachers, preachers, and elders) do the grunt work of making disciples, while the majority of the church sits idling by.

“Jesus gave his followers a command: ‘Follow Me.’ And a promise: ‘I will equip you to find others to follow me.’” —Francis Chan

It’s time to make a change and start living out real discipleship. Here are three ways to be a better disciple of Christ:

1. Stop just believing—begin following

Francis Chan’s book, Multiply, is designed to eliminate a fruitless ministry by replacing it with a ministry focused on true discipleship. But what is a real disciple? The majority of the church believes the word means to follow Christ, as if it’s simply believing he lived, died, and rose from the dead. This is true, but it also excludes the most important concept of being a disciple: disciples are students of God. Chan pushes disciples to imitate Christ, carry on his ministry, and become more like him in the process. The results of becoming a disciple of Christ—in taking on the full meaning of the word—change the way you think, the way you live, and how you love.

2. Build stronger relationships

If being a disciple means we imitate Christ, it means we must be intensely relational—just like Jesus. Building relationships is actually one of the subjects Jesus talked about most often. Specifically, he spoke about two relationships: one is found in the greatest commandment between us and God, and the second is found between us and our neighbors. So instead of skipping your small group or ignoring your daily devotions, you need to build a real relationship with Christ, and grow closer to the friends, family, and strangers around you.

3. Make more disciples

Chan puts it brilliantly, “Making disciples is far more than a program. It is the mission of our lives. It defines us. A disciple is a disciple maker.” This is the most difficult part for me. I can believe in Christ and all that he was, is, and will be. I can study the Bible, love others, and love God, but ask me to lead others to Christ and it’s like pulling teeth. If you’re like me and the majority of Christians, you’ll understand when I say it’s uncomfortable (to say the least).  Nevertheless, Jesus commands that we make more disciples and spread the gospel. This is your calling, and this is why you were made—to become a disciple who makes disciples.

Want to learn more about following Jesus’ command in your life? I highly recommend Francis Chan’s Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. And I’m not the only one—this book was one of Vyrso’s best-selling books of 2013. Download it today! 

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Make Your Marriage Matter: 3 Covenants to Redeem Your Marriage

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There’s no doubt that today’s culture has reassociated the covenant of marriage from joy and togetherness to pain and selfishness. Divorce rates are skyrocketing and many marriages only remain together for children, finances, or convenience. Why is it that marriages begin with such joy, happiness, and hope, but end in divorce?

Tony Evans, a pastor and author, wrote his new book, Marriage Matters, to help you safeguard your marriage. Beyond that, he wants your marriage to thrive, to be intimate, and to reflect Christ. Evans claims, “Our marriages today are deteriorating at such a high rate, not because we no longer get along, but because we have lost sight of the purpose and prosperity of the marriage covenant.”

Here are the three covenantal keys, adapted from Marriage Matters, that establish a firm foundation and purpose for your marriage.

1. Transcendence—God is transcendent over marriage

Transcendence means God’s in charge. Your marriage is a covenant, and all covenants should be set according to God’s rules. According to Evans, “Covenants can never operate without the ongoing involvement of God. Biblical, spiritual, and theological covenants assume God’s integration into every aspect of the covenantal relationship in order for that covenant to work.” Simply put, God needs to be a major part of your marriage. Pray together, worship together, and join a small group together—put God first in your relationship.

2. Hierarchy—God implemented a chain of command

Marriage needs a chain of command, just like many other things in life. However, it cannot just be a random assortment of leadership. This key must “function in God’s ordained order.” There are many ways a marriage can succeed, but the only way to assure success is to follow the instructions God ordained through Scripture. As you pursue marital success, it’s important that you follow God’s Word on marriage, specifically the different responsibilities he places in the hands of the husband and wife, both individually and collectively.

3. Ethics—God commands love and respect

In your marriage, it’s also important to consider God’s rules. Evans guides you through a condensed version of God’s rules in Ephesians 5:33. Here, all rules are boiled down to two: love and respect. The passage challenges you to love as Christ loves—humbly and sacrificially, putting your spouse above yourself.

Make your marriage matter!

Learn more about what it takes to redeem and strengthen your marriage: get Tony Evans new book, Marriage Matters, for only $3.93! Then check out our other marriage resources, like Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage, Emerson Eggerichs’ Love and Respect, and others on Vyrso.

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3 Ways to Live by the Words of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. is one of history’s most vital figures in the fight for racial equality. His speeches, rallies, peaceful protests, and determination for such a worthy cause make him an inspiring role model for both current and future generations. Although the fight for racial equality in America has progressed leaps and bounds the past 50 years, you can still apply King’s wisdom to modern-day spiritual challenges. Here are three ways you can live by King’s words today:

1. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  

When faced with opposing opinions, do you become meek and quiet, or outspoken and assertive? How can you balance boldness in sharing your faith while also showing gentleness and understanding like Christ? Be relational and peaceful in your words, but stay grounded in the truth that God has much bigger plans beyond our time on earth. If your words further God’s kingdom, speak up and speak with confidence. Look at Matthew 10:19-22.

2. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

No matter what stage of adulthood I found myself in, at some point I always end up asking myself, “What is my purpose here?” As a child I read about impactful people like Martin Luther King Jr. and assumed that I too would one day spark global change toward a better society. Yet those worldwide changes haven’t spread much past the circles of my friends and family. But that’s OK. You never know how God plans to use you to bring him glory. Maybe you’ll end up in history books. Maybe you’ll share Christ with a friend because they want the joy they see in you. They’re both important. Never miss an opportunity to show Christ’s love to others (Isaiah 25:1).

3. “I have decided to stick to love. . . . Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  

We’ve all been hurt in some way or another—physically, emotionally, or possibly both. Our natural (a.k.a. sinful) instinct is to retaliate with anger and hatred. Hopefully that hatred is only present for a fleeting moment. But it most likely remains in us for much longer. React in love and learn to forgive. Christ never promised that following him would be easy. Carrying anger will only separate you more from our Savior. Let it go, and remember Matthew 5:44.

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Resolve to Grow: Get 20 Devotionals under $5

Resolve to Grow Blog HeaderWe’re 17 days into 2014, which means you probably started turning a blind eye to your New Year’s resolutions about 16 days ago (give or take a few slices of pie).

All of those fanciful dreams of shrinking your waistline, tightening your budget, and decreasing the clutter were quickly exchanged with nachos at midnight, a shiny new credit card, and boxes of old knickknacks stealthily shoved into the dark abyss that is your bedroom closet.

Instead of disappointing yourself with short-term resolutions based on shrinking areas of your life—make 2014 the year you resolve to grow. Grow closer to God, closer to your family, and closer to the person Christ wants you to be.

Don’t just make this a yearly resolution, though—make it a lifelong pursuit. To do this, you need to make prayer and devotions a daily commitment. Together, these two activities keep Christ on your mind throughout the day, open you up to the awesomeness of the Word, bring you closer to the people you study Scripture with, and train you to talk with God all the time.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” —Romans 15:4

Devotions to help you grow

We’re offering a huge sale on devotionals that are perfect for you, your kids, and your family. Through January 27, get all of these resources for under $5 each:

Support your children’s devotions

On top of making devotionals a personal priority, help your children start out on the right foot, too. Here are a few discounted devotionals that are perfect for the kids in your life:

Now’s the time to make devotions and prayer a daily habit: choose from 20 devotionals for yourself, or your kids, today!

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When Helping Hurts: A Must-Read for Missions Workers

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Today’s guest post is by Brian Steele, the student-life pastor at Christ the King Community Church in Bellingham, WA, and an avid geologist. Steele has gone on several missions trips and has found When Helping Hurts to be a must-read for anyone leading, participating in, or thinking about doing missions work.

Last month I went to a small village on Roatan Island, Honduras. While walking with local church leaders, my wife and I found a bat caught on a barbed-wire fence. My first instinct was to try to save the bat, so I got a long stick and heroically went to the “rescue.”

Unfortunately, the barb was set deep in the bat’s wing, and my attempts to free the poor critter only ended up making the situation worse because the wing got even more twisted. As the bat kept biting the stick and screeching, I got more and more frustrated because it apparently didn’t realize I was only trying to help.

This is when the village’s pastor joined the salvation operation. Sadly, two sticks poking at the poor bat just made the situation go from bad to worse. I walked away from the scene with a pit in my stomach. I felt helpless. I felt rotten that I not only failed to set the bat free, but inflicted more pain in the effort.

As I later reflected on the episode, I realized that this is what North American churches often experience when engaging missions trips both at home and abroad: a desire to help that often leads to hurting both those serving and those being served.

And this is why I consider When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself an essential resource for any pastor, missions-trip leader, or missions team member. Authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert argue that much of the missions work serving impoverished countries aggravates the conditions underlying poverty, as opposed to relieving them.

The book also brings to light a spiritually impoverished God complex that wrecks “first-world” countries as much as material impoverishment wrecks “third-world” countries.

But Corbett and Fikkert don’t just whack readers with a stick to try to get them out of their bind. They provide practical strategies for engaging in missions. They challenge base assumptions in a manner that is constructive, not condemning. They also masterfully frame effective missionary efforts as one impoverished group partnering with another impoverished group to the benefit of both groups.

Corbett and Fikkert provide an undisputable formula for hurtful missions:

Material definition of poverty + God complexes of materially non-poor + feelings of inferiority of materially poor = harm to both the materially poor and non-poor

To understand the effective alternative, please read their book When Helping Hurts before you plan your next mission endeavor. And put down your stick while you’re at it.

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If you’re planning on doing any kind of missions work—both at home or abroad—or want to learn more about helping the needy, then check out When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself. Get it for 35% off on Vyrso! 

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Growing toward Christlikeness: An Interview with Dr. Andrew Davis

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Today’s Vyrso interview is with Dr. Andrew Davis, one of Vyrso’s top authors to watch in 2014, and a recent speaker at the Cross Conference, where he spoke alongside big-name authors like John Piper and David Platt. His first book, An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness, has already received glowing reviews from D. A. Carson and Tim Challies and is available on Vyrso for only $11.99.

1. You were named one of Vyrso’s top authors to watch in 2014—what makes your book unique?

I think my book finds its maximum usefulness in giving a big-picture overview of the whole of the Christian life, seeking to arrange it in good order: “a place for everything and everything in its place.” In the Great Commission, Jesus says that the church should teach disciples to obey everything he has commanded. I wanted to try to organize major and minor themes of Christian maturity in a pattern that was faithful to Scripture and clear for the reader. I have not seen such an attempt in another book. Other books give the theology of sanctification, or zero in on key areas of Christian holiness. I try to get the whole thing in one place, like a map of the world’s nations.

2. What inspired you to write An Infinite Journey?

All my Christian life, I have been captured by the amazingly wise and gracious way God deals with us sinners in steps: justification, sanctification, glorification. I began to realize that helping Christians grow to full maturity in Christ was a major part of my calling, but I couldn’t find a roadmap for describing that journey. I began sketching out notes to help with personal discipleship relationships I was in, and then began teaching these things at First Baptist Church in Durham, NC, and the project grew from there.

3. According to D. A. Carson, “Those who think of themselves as Christians but who have no desire to grow in holiness need this book.” What about this book lends itself to Christians who aren’t looking to grow?

I seek to clearly explain how justification and sanctification relate to each other, and passionately appeal to all of Christ’s disciples to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). I make an appeal based on James 2 (“faith without works is dead”) and say that, to claim to have faith and have no growth in Christlikeness is a contradiction in terms. My prayer is that such words may have a powerful effect on those who have been lazy in their sanctification up until now, or, even more significantly, to bring some who’ve been deluded until now into a genuine faith in Christ.

4. What’s the number-one thing that keeps Christians from growing toward Christlikeness? How can they overcome this?

I think the powerful toxic brew of “the world, the flesh, and the devil” is what hinders all Christians from growing as we should. Genuine Christians love righteousness and hate wickedness. But indwelling sin (Romans 7) is very powerful, and “the very thing we hate, we do; while the very thing we love, we don’t do.” Satan cleverly uses the world’s allures to form an alliance with our traitorous flesh to hinder our growth. The blood of Jesus Christ, the power of the indwelling Spirit, and the faithful ministry of the Word of God are sufficient to conquer sin and help Christians grow by faith.

5. “An infinite journey” sounds like a fairly daunting task—why name your book this?

I am not entirely satisfied with the word “infinite.” One could misunderstand from that word that we’ll never arrive at the destination of perfection in Christ. But I believe two things about the journey toward Christlikeness: 1, we will most certainly be perfectly conformed to Christ in heaven; 2, we will most certainly not be perfect here on earth. Thus, sanctification is a journey that will stretch out before us until the day we die. And truly mature Christians know that the standard of total conformity to Christ is infinitely high, and we’ll not attain to it while we live. But because we know that every advance we make toward Christlikeness is greatly glorifying to God, greatly satisfying to us, and incredibly fruitful for the Kingdom of God, we will continue to strive vigorously until we die and glorification completes the journey in an instant. So, I named the book An Infinite Journey to point to a work that will engage us for the rest of our lives.

6. How did your pastoral work affect your book’s message?

My experience as a pastor shaped a great deal of the book, as I have learned more and more what kinds of struggles Christ’s sheep have with holiness and fruitfulness. Preaching weekly, teaching the Bible regularly, counseling, evangelizing, and discipling new Christians have been rich lessons for me on the need for such a book, and the best ways for me to explain aspects of the Christian life. I love the idea of this book being used primarily in family and church settings, helping the next generation of Christian leaders grow.

7. If readers only take one thing away from your book, what do you want that to be?

It is greatly glorifying to God and it is necessary to your own eternal joy to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that it is by God’s Spirit alone that you can grow into Christlike maturity. Run your race to the end!

8. What’s next for you?

I am working on a commentary on the book of Isaiah, which I hope to finish in the spring. I would also like to work on a short and clear book on the powerful lessons of the animal sacrificial system for the Christian life. But the focus of my life is to grow in Christ, to love my wife, to train my children, to shepherd the flock God has entrusted to me and to the other elders at FBC, and to seek to advance the Kingdom by evangelism and missions. Those works will keep me occupied until the Lord calls me to lay them down.

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Learn to glorify God, and grow in faith and character: download Dr. Davis’ new book, An Infinite Journey, today!

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One Thousand Gifts: A Conversation with Ann Voskamp

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Ann Voskamp has reminded millions of readers what a blessed life looks like. While many people perceive a blessed life as one of surplus, Voskamp has reminded us that it’s quite the opposite.

It’s a life of embracing the blessings that surround us at all hours of the day. It’s a life that starts in Scripture each morning. It’s a life that shares God’s Word and God’s love with family members, friends, and neighbors. Most significantly, it’s a life founded on recognizing God’s sovereignty in all circumstances.

Developing a heart of gratitude

Bible Study Magazine recently had the opportunity to speak with Voskamp more thoroughly about her New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Voskamp shared how her daily schedule and interactions with her family are the things that have helped her develop a deeper heart of gratitude. Each morning starts and finishes with Scripture read out loud, and her home has a prayer bench in an open part of the house, thus encouraging herself and family members to have their quiet times in a public place where others can join.

“The first thing you’ve got to do every morning is get the Word into you . . . in the 18 years we’ve been married we’ve never left the table—breakfast, lunch or dinner—unless we quote from the Bible and read together.”

Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, started out as her writing out 1,000 things that she loved. However, she quickly realized that she was ultimately writing down 1,000 ways that God loves her.

“It was an awakening to embrace everything around me that I didn’t deserve or warrant at all . . . [I saw] the truth of John 3:27—that no one receives anything unless it’s given to him from heaven.”

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