10 Ways to Stand Strong and Live What You Believe
"In a world that's constantly trying to draw us away from God, Lina points us to the biblical truths we must cling to and believe above all else. What a wonderful resource this book is!"--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
No matter how strong we claim our faith in God is, when life is hard, it all comes down to resolve. Do we really believe what we say we believe? And does what we profess with our lips actually show up in our everyday actions? Both challenging and encouraging, Resolved unpacks ten life-impacting resolutions every follower of Jesus Christ must make in order to stand strong in the shifting sands of our culture, including
· believe when it looks ridiculous
· love when it's inconvenient
· obey when it's not popular
· speak up when it's easier not to
· and more
If you want your life to boldly declare that God is real and alive and powerful and risen from the dead, Resolved will show you how--even when it's hard.
"Jesus told us to come and follow Him. He didn't say it was going to be easy. To do it, we need resolve. I love Lina, and I love this message that is sure to help us break away from a toe-deep, defeated faith to one that rocks our world for Jesus."--Christine Caine, author of Undaunted and cofounder of the A21 Campaign
"Cultural Christianity promises the 'good life,' but authentic Christian faith remembers the words of Jesus: 'In this world you will have trouble.' Dr. Lina AbuJamra challenges us to live out our faith in the real world when things do not go as we wish. 'Follow me' is still the call of Christ. Anything less is not worthy of the name Christian."--Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages and Love As a Way of Life
Lina AbuJamra is a pediatric ER doctor and founder of Living with Power Ministries. She provides biblical truth for everyday life through her popular blog and her speaking ministry, which has taken her all over the world. Her Living with Power podcast has more than 150,000 listeners from all over the world. She is the host of Today's Single Christian, heard daily on Moody Radio. Connect with Lina at www.livingwithpower.org.
"In a world that's constantly trying to draw us away from God, Lina points us to the biblical truths we must cling to and believe above all else. What a wonderful resource this book is!"
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Jesus told us to come and follow Him. He didn't say it was going to be easy. To do it, we need resolve. I love Lina, and I love this message that is sure to help us break away from a toe-deep, defeated faith to one that rocks our world for Jesus."
Christine Caine, author of Undaunted and cofounder of the A21 Campaign
"There are some people who write books that make you want to grab a Snuggie and cuddle. But Lina isn't one of those writers. She is skilled at drawing out the warrior in her readers and motivating them to be resolved in following Jesus. In Resolved, she challenges us to make a decision and includes simple ways to work out our commitment."
Bianca Juarez Olthoff, preacher, teacher, and Chief Storyteller for A21
"Resolved is an immensely practical and helpful book. It addresses both the temptations we commonly face and the biblical principles we need for courageous, uncompromising obedience. It teaches us to abandon fear and live for the ultimate glory of the God who is resolved to love us. I'm glad to have read it and now recommend it."
Jen Pollock Michel, author of Teach Us to Want
"Cultural Christianity promises the 'good life,' but authentic Christian faith remembers the words of Jesus: 'In this world you will have trouble.' Dr. Lina AbuJamra challenges us to live out our faith in the real world when things do not go as we wish. 'Follow me' is still the call of Christ. Anything less is not worthy of the name Christian."
Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages and Love As a Way of Life
"Lina lives what she writes, and I'm grateful for her open heart and clear voice in the matter of us becoming strong men and women of faith. Every push she gives throughout the book will bring glory to God and good to our lives. I can't imagine someone reading this and not being changed--for the better, for good."
Annie F. Downs, author of Let's All Be Brave
"Following Jesus seems like an intriguing invitation ... until you hear Him say, 'Take up your cross and follow Me.' It's the challenging aspects of following Christ that seems so daunting and so hard to navigate, and often end up derailing the most wonderful journey of life. Thanks to my friend Lina, we now have some relevant and solid advice for how to follow Christ regardless."
Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president of Cornerstone University
"My dear friend Lina is brilliant, candid, engaging, and loves Jesus with obvious abandon--I like to think of her as a modern-day chick version of the apostle Paul! She writes about our Creator-Redeemer with such contagious passion and refreshing authenticity that you're bound to see Him 'bigger' as a result!"
Lisa Harper, author and Bible teacher
"Resolved is spiritual medicine lovingly prescribed by a real-life ER doctor. Dr. Lina AbuJamra is a pediatrician and Bible teacher who gives us chewable pills that taste like candy and who somehow makes us laugh when it's time for her to fill her syringe and give us a shot of truth that helps us, as believers, to get well. She reminds us of what it means to be a Christian and she makes Bible stories super fun to hear. Every chapter in this book needs to be shouted from the rooftops. If for no other reason, Christians should buy this book just to memorize and apply its table of contents. It's a book that makes you feel clean after you read it."
Sarah Sumner, PhD, MBA, founder of Right On Mission and author of Angry Like Jesus
"Resolved is precisely what you need from an ER doctor: a direct assessment and clear prescription for life--and life in Jesus. It asks questions designed to provide healing solutions. It doesn't mess around with small talk but uses Scripture to make its life-giving point. Lina Abujamra takes a verbal scalpel to the root of the things that infect and weaken our lives. She has the profound gift of combining a startling vulnerability with eternal truth in succinct language. I was deeply moved and greatly helped!"
Richard Foth, coauthor with Mark Batterson of A Trip Around the Sun:
Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime
"Resolved applies Scripture practically and includes transparent experiences from Lina's life, offering a friend you can trust for the journey. I've always appreciated Lina's earnest commitment to Christ and His Word, so if you're looking for solid, honest, biblically based encouragement, this book is for you."
Kelly Minter, Bible teacher and author of What Love Is: A Study on 1, 2 & 3 John
"Lina AbuJamra mentors us through the deepest questions we face. Yes, we've absolutely discovered that Jesus is the real deal. We've taken risks of faith and He's come through for us. We've found a kind of encouragement and joy we hadn't known to look for. But now we've been at this for a while and that early glow has faded. What does it look like, in the face of real disappointments, to follow that most profound spiritual advice of all: Hang in there! Lina is the best type of coach, full of empathy and yet tough and unyielding that our only path is forward."
Dave Schmelzer, executive director of Blue Ocean Faith and author of Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist
"I'm impressed by Lina AbuJamra. I'm impressed by her energy and intelligence; I'm impressed by her openness and authenticity. But most of all I'm impressed by the depth of her commitment to following Jesus. This is what stands out in her wonderful book, Resolved. Drawing upon Scripture and her own experience, Lina shows us what it looks like to be a serious disciple of Jesus in the twenty-first century. I'm certain this book is going to help many others find new resolve to radically follow Jesus."
Brian Zahnd, lead pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri, and author of A Farewell to Mars