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This is the landing page for my upcoming book Beyond the Battle: A man’s guide to his identity in Christ in an oversexualized world. The book will be available in the Fall 2017, date TBD. Books will sell on Amazon for $14.99 each or you can purchase in bulk from this page you are currently on (atacrossroads.net/beyond-the-battle). The bulk prices will be 10 books for $100 or 30 books for $225 (shipping price will be added, or you can pick up from Lansing, MI). The book will have its greatest impact when men read it along with other men.
I’ll post updates on details here as they unfold. You can also subscribe to my Author Newsletter to get details emailed to your inbox along with ways you can help with the book launch and forthcoming details on Beyond the Battle‘s parallel book for women, More than a Princess.
I’d also love to come and speak at your church or special event (no fee), please contact me to make those arrangements.
Pre-edited back cover copy text:
What if the battle you’re fighting has already been won?
As men fight for contentment in their marriages and singleness and our oversexualized world continues to pump out its false promises, what if the answer to your heart’s longing is not to try harder and fight better? What if there’s something more to this battle than accountability, online filters, and training away the symptoms of the problem (as important as those things are)?
The good news is, there is more, and this victory has nothing to do with your ability to fight but rather your ability to rest. The good news is God not only wants to take you to a place where you don’t lust, but where you no longer even desire it.
Beyond the Battle goes beyond surface level training to soul deep solutions. By walking through what we’ve already been given in Jesus, we find the thirst of our souls can be met in who we are in Christ rather than in running to the next woman.
INSTRUCTIONS: Make up an imaginary person. This person could be truly imagined, like the Tooth Fairy, or you can pick someone who has died and make up imaginary things about their life, like a tall tale.
Now, you need to write down these imaginary stories. You write down that this imaginary person rose from the dead and then went up into heaven. Rather than be smart and keep it vague, you decide to be very specific about the way your imaginary person died: when, where, by whom (using famous historical figures), how, etc. And you’re also quite specific in how your imaginary person rose from the dead, listing specific people who saw him, and the places where he was seen. Continue Reading…
Easter Sunday is coming, which has a lot of people thinking about resurrection from the dead. Two Sundays ago, I preached on how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after he had been dead (and smelly) for 4 days (John 11). This was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the religious leaders to kill Jesus once and for all (John 11:47-53). It’s sort of hard to disprove a religion where people keep coming back from the dead, after all.
This got me thinking about the significance of the other New Testament accounts of people being raised from the dead, and wondering if other religions made these same claims. It’s sort of going “all in” once you say that 6 local “Average Joe” types that everyone knew had risen from the dead in spectacular, public fashion, most of them at their very public funerals, and you try circulating that story in the very town you claim it happened. (Knowing your reward for circulating it was persecution, torture, and death by the Roman authorities)
I did a little research…okay I posted in on my Facebook page…to see if other faiths/religions made such audacious claims of local people coming back from the dead or not. If your God is able to make dead people come back to life, that’s a pretty good claim of authenticity. Continue Reading…
Beyond the Battle: A man’s guide to his identity in Christ in an oversexualized world will be available in Fall 2017, stay tuned for book launch updates by signing up for my author newsletter:
Small group video instructions:
- Play the video with your men’s small group at the beginning of your group time
- Go through the group discussion questions found in Appendix A of Beyond the Battle. There will be questions about the video and separate questions about the correlating chapters in the book.
- The videos divide the book into 6 different small group readings and discussions. The design is to have a 6-week men’s small group to cover all the material, though you may find it beneficial to have a 12 week small group, committing two meetings to cover each video and question set.