Friday, September 25, 2009

PReview of Battle Ready by Steve Farrar

There is a kind of man God uses. He stands tall in the face of giants. He strives to honor God through his life. He is trusting when it seems all hope is lost. And when life is uncertain, he is certain of God’s unfailing provision.

Battle Ready is for any man who longs to serve God. Inside you’ll explore the lives of men who made an impact in their world, including…

Joshua, who let the Israelites into the Promised Land

Caleb, who trusted God, and not himself for victory in battle

Uncover the traits of authentic manhood. Learn how to fully lean on Him. And become a man God can use, a man who is battle ready!

Excerpt from Battle Ready by Steve Farrar:

Our Times

In the course of my ministry, I have had the privilege of speaking to men all across the country. And it’s very clear to me as I interact with men that once again “these are the times that try men’s souls.”

If there is a verse that speaks to the condition of men in our day and time, I believe it is Psalm 42:5 (NASB):

Why are you in despair [sunk down], O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence [saving acts].

Everywhere across our land men are discouraged and depressed— and some verging on outright despair. So let’s answer the question of the psalmist. Notice that he is talking to himself instead of listening to himself. When we are panicked and fearful, we are listening to ourselves—listening to the killing worries and anxieties that fuel our negative imaginations like a windblown forest fire. The psalmist, however, attempting to fight off the fear that has become epidemic in his heart and mind, speaks to himself instead of listening to himself.

In the process, he asks himself a significant question:

“Why are you in despair, O my soul?”

If most men today were to answer that question, I believe their answer would center in a fearful giant named “Uncertainty.” This giant, of course, has been around since the beginning of time, sometimes more visible and sometimes less. In recent days, however, it has been stalking our land with a vengeance. Why? Because …

· there is giant uncertainty over the meltdown of the economy; and

· there is giant uncertainty over the breakdown of the nation.

Triple Shot of Hope

As the psalmist continues to talk himself out of depression, he reminds himself about God. Because God exists and because of His great attributes, the psalmist tells himself that he will again praise God for the help of His presence. And when God is present, He saves His people. All is not lost— God is in absolute control.

The source of our depression these days is gigantic uncertainty about the economy and the future of the nation. But there are three certainties that form the (true) foundation of our hope:

The certainty of providence

The certainty of the promises

The certainty of the plan

In our times of giant uncertainty about the economy and our nation, those three certainties are nothing less than a triple shot—not of espresso, but of hope.

©2009 Cook Communications Ministries. Battle Ready by Steve Farrar. Used with permission. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

Author Bio: Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries, an organization dedicated to equipping men for spiritual leadership. He is a frequent speaker at men’s events and conferences across the country and is the best-selling author of God Built and Point Man. Steve and his family reside in the Dallas, Texas area.

Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by God by Steve Farrar

David C Cook/September 2009

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6869-8/256 pages/softcover/$14.99

My husband 'stole' this one from me, so be watching for our interview/review coming soon...I hope!

Happy Reading!



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