Straight from the Mailbox – Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by JD Greear

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The fine folks over at B&H Books sent me an advanced reviewer copy of J.D. Greear’s book Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart.  I must admit, I am really looking forward to reading this.  The advanced buzz on this is great and the title alone grabs me.  This looks like it will be a great resource to have on hand when counseling the teens I teach,

Be looking for my official review of the book coming soon.  The even better news is B&H has agreed to give a copy of this book away to one lucky Bring Me the Books blog reader!  More details to come…  Until then, here the book description:

 “If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.

In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?

Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

You can pre-order your copy for the incredibly low price of just over $6.  Check it out at amazon.

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