Honest to God
Is hypocrisy eroding your trust in relationships, the church, or even ^yourself? We long to know there is a God-and, yes, a community-who is big ^enough to accept us for who we are and loving enough not to...
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Is hypocrisy eroding your trust in relationships, the church, or even ^yourself?
We long to know there is a God-and, yes, a community-who is big ^enough to accept us for who we are and loving enough not to leave us that way. Imagine ^how our relationships and witness would change if Christians everywhere began to ^live in a more authentic manner.
Throughout the Bible, we find heroes of the ^faith who lived with daring, messy honesty before God and others. Honest to God ^is a practical and riveting study of biblical honesty.
Follow next generation ^author, Josh Weidmann, as he takes the reader on a journey toward true Christian ^authenticity. Both biblical and contemporary examples will give you practical principles ^and tools for self-examination that will lead to the freedom and transformation ^that come only through honesty.
Overture: Carved Confessions
Part One: Honesty is Not an End ^in Itself
Chapter 1: The Color Clear
Chapter 2: Raw Knees and a ^Raw Soul
Chapter 3: Let the Fig Leaves Fall
Part Two: Gut-Wrenching ^Honesty with the Almighty
Chapter 4: I Fear my Fears More than God
Chapter ^5: Mad at with God
Chapter 6 Shame on . . . Who?
Part Three: ^Reaching For Real
Chapter 7: Impostor Syndrome
Chapter 8: Polished ^Pretenders
Chapter 9: Image Management
Part Four: Revealing More ^of Myself to Have More of Him
Chapter 10: Big God, Little Me
Chapter ^11: Too Close for Comfort?
Chapter 12: The Scandal of Grace
Part ^Five: Daring to Be Changed By Truth Himself
Chapter 13: God's Honesty Plan ^
Chapter 14: The Process of Purging
Chapter 15: Radical Integrity
Part ^Six: Honesty to God is A Means to True Transformation
Chapter 16: Peace ^at Last
Chapter 17: The Prize of Purpose
Chapter 18: No More ^Downcast Soul
Epilogue: The Crown Handler
Is hypocrisy eroding your trust in relationships, the church, or even yourself? ^We long to know there is a God - and, yes, a community - who is big enough to accept ^us for who we are and loving enough not to leave us that way. Imagine how our relationships ^and witness would change if Christians everywhere began to live in a more authentic ^manner. Throughout the Bible, we find heroes of the faith who lived with daring, ^messy honesty before God and others--their example is worth emulating. Honest ^to God is a practical and riveting study of biblical honesty.
Follow ^next generation author, Josh Weidmann, as he takes the reader on a journey toward ^true Christian authenticity. Both biblical and contemporary examples will give you ^practical principles and tools for self-examination that will lead to the freedom ^and transformation that come only through honesty.
Freedom Begins When You Stop Hiding
Radical, unflinching ^honesty with God is essential if you want to experience the abundant life He offers. ^It must start with an accurate understanding of yourself and God. Such authenticity ^does not come naturally - but it is possible.
Sharing his own life experiences ^and practical tools from scripture, Josh Weidmann will help you identify the lies, ^misunderstandings, and masks that keep you from walking more deeply with God. Real ^joy will remain elusive until you open up and trust God to crush those barriers. ^
When you are truly honest with God, you allow Him to bring healing and wholeness. ^Bitterness will become forgiveness, apathy will become action, cynicism will become ^enthusiasm. Honesty with God will transform your life.
JOSH WEIDMANN ^is a pastor near Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Molly, and their ^two children. He has traveled the world as a writer and speaker proclaiming the ^gospel of Christ and the truth of the Bible. Josh's writing and preaching ministry ^can be found at www.HonestToGod.net
JOSH WEIDMANN has traveled the world speaking to churched and un-churched ^crowds about the truth of the Gospel from the authority of God's Word for more than ^a decade (since his late teen years). Josh started preaching at a young age and ^soon found himself living out God's calling on His life to communicate the Bible ^through whatever means possible. After the 1999 Columbine high school shooting tragedy ^in his hometown, God used Josh as a voice of hope to his generation around the nation. ^Over the last decade, Josh has continued to preach the truth around the world. He ^has had the privilege of speaking for some well-known ministries such as Billy Graham ^Evangelistic Association, Youth for Christ, and others.His years as a student at ^Moody Bible Institute served to deepen his understanding of God's Word and equipped ^him for a long-term role in serving the church. Josh has had the privilege of fulfilling ^several pastoral roles in various churches in Colorado and Illinois, including a ^recent role as a lead pastor in Aurora, Colorado. He currently serves as the Discipleship ^pastor of Mission Hills Church in Littleton, CO. He also leads and writes for a ^web ministry called www.HonestToGod.net. ^He and his wife, Molly, live in the suburbs of Denver with their two kids and enjoy ^loving Christ, loving each other, and loving on God's people.
If you are tired of the game and are searching for something more authentic, ^then you have to read Josh's call to a more honest and transparent walk with God. ^With a compellingly articulated combination of present day stories and Biblical ^reflections from the lives of those whose hearts chased after God, Josh has charted ^a course for those of us who want to be honest with God.
Dr. ^Joe Stowell
President, Cornerstone University
We love our masks-those ^elaborate covers of self-protection constructed daily in hopes of concealing our ^wounds, our doubts, and our brokenness. Thankfully, God calls us out, inviting us ^into His light, where all things-even wounds, doubts and brokenness-will be made ^new. In a culture hungry for authenticity, Weidmann's book is a profound exploration ^of Biblical authenticity. It's an amplification of God's glorious invitation to ^acknowledge who we really are, and so uncover more of who we're being made to be.
Author of Under the Overpass
With a deeply ^pastoral heart, Weidmann dares you to be honest. Showing how honesty is at the heart ^of true growth, and digging into all the ways we seek to hide and cover, he casts ^a vision for true authenticity in the midst of grace.
Kyle Strobel, PhD
Author ^and Co-Founder of Metamorpha
Drawing on Josh's own faith-journey, ^Honest to God calls a new generation to crave transparency with God, face ^our own people-games, and address the fallout that can result. Identifying struggles ^such as image-management, Josh helps the reader with practical "how to" steps. What ^I found most refreshing was his exploration of our times of anger with God. Young ^people who want a serious discussion have found it.
Andrew J. Schmutzer, PhD
Professor ^of Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute and author of The Long Journey Home: ^Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused
In his ^book Honest to God, Josh urges us to drop whatever masks we might be wearing ^and dare to be real with God. He models that kind of honesty by sharing of his own ^faults and shortcomings. As the Apostle Paul said, 'If I must boast, I will ^boast of the things that show my weakness' (2 Corinthians 11:30). Honest ^to God is a Gospel-centered book that will speak not only to youth, but to ^anyone who is struggling with people-pleasing tendencies or hypocrisy. In ^other words, it speaks to all of us.
Senior Pastor, Village ^Church of Barrington
Josh Weidmann offers the gift of freedom in ^Christ with a fresh perspective, written powerfully and woven with self-disclosing ^humor, from the precious heart of a pastor. In Honest to God, we are provided ^with the opportunity to exhale and breathe-in the truth before us: Living honestly ^before God fulfills our own desire to choose life and live fully every day.
Executive Director, Alternatives Pregnancy Center
Josh ^Weidmann wants to live and Jesus came to make us alive! Honest to God offers ^the first steps of authenticity on the way to the Glorious Kingdom where grace, ^truth, and love are the invitation to become sons and daughters of Our Father.
Author of Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other Men Beyond Work, ^Weather and Sports
Josh Weidmann's book Honest to God ^reveals a life-transforming truth, that when you are truly honest to God, it is ^IMPOSSIBLE to stay the same! God already knows it all, so why not lay it bare before ^Him? This book has caused me to re-evaluate my approach before God.
Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church
Not only is Josh ^Weidmann a world-class evangelist, but also a passionate writer and a born storyteller ^who spurs his readers to greater depths of devotion and commitment to God. In Honest ^to God, he combines biblical, personal, and pastoral insight with a desperately ^needed message of transformation through honesty.
Beniamin Pascut, PhD Candidate, ^Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
Honest to God ^is a provocative pathway of practical equipping. It reveals the way to shed lifeless, ^non-intimate, inauthentic relationship with God and, instead, to embrace unshackled ^honesty, transformational freedom, and incredible joy!
Dr. Dwight Robertson
Founding ^president of Kingdom Building Ministries and author of You are God''s Plan A...and ^There Is No Plan B
Freedom begins when you stop hiding.
Many of us understand the value of authenticity. Of baring our souls in community. Of admitting our pain and struggles to each other. If we desire to relate authentically with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we must also desire relate honestly with God.
Josh Weidmann, a millennial and world traveler who is dedicated to writing and speaking the truth of the Bible, leads us to examine honesty and its importance in our relationship with God. Using Scripture and stories from his own life, Josh shows us how to be honest with God and truly honest with others. He also helps us identify lies, misunderstandings, and masks that are preventing us from being honest with God.
Honesty with God will free us, heal us, and transform us.
JOSH WEIDMANN has traveled the world speaking to churched and un-churched crowds about the truth of the Gospel from the authority of God's Word for more than a decade (since his late teen years). After the 1999 Columbine high school shooting tragedy in his hometown, God used Josh as a voice of hope to his generation around the nation. Josh has preached at events such as DCLA, Creation Festival, and many other conferences, camps, and retreats. He has also had the privilege of speaking for some well known ministries such as Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Youth for Christ, and others.He c