DEVOTIONALS

7 Days to Change Your Life

December 1, 2016

TODAY'S BIBLE READING:

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We are excited to share with you the latest book from Josh Moody, 7 Days to Change Your Life, published by Abingdon Press. Read on to see a summary of the book, its endorsements, and an opportunity to join a launch team to promote the book.


Endorsements:

David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:
“Readers of this work will join me in offering gratitude to Josh Moody for writing this insightful, encouraging, and challenging work. In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Moody invites us to new commitments and fresh understandings of what it means to follow Christ. Rather than presenting readers with a how-to model of discipleship, we are presented with a beautiful tapestry shaped by the themes of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory. I am confident that readers will find real guidance and genuine enablement in the pages of this thoughtful and readable volume. It is joy for me to commend this new work.”

Harold B. Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today:
“In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Pastor Josh Moody artistically takes the beauty of the biblical text to paint a vibrant picture of Christian discipleship. The colors of the Gospel and Christ’s atoning work on the cross are brilliantly portrayed in such soul-rocking, life-changing themes as hope, humility, and truth. Wonderfully accessible and culturally relatable, the book is destined to draw believers young and old to a fuller and ever-flourishing relationship with the King of Kings. A must read!”

Stuart Briscoe, Speaker, Author, Broadcaster on “Telling the Truth”:
“When Josh Moody found himself in need of personal revitalization having spent years helping others with similar needs and aspirations he was disappointed that he could not find a book that said what he and those to whom he ministered thought they needed to hear. So rather than curse the darkness he decided to light a candle—behold the candle now shines in the shape of 7 Days to Change Your Life. In this book Josh hits the nail on the head when he talks about people who are tired or bored or disappointed with the way their lives are working out and would love the start again. At the risk of sounding simplistic he tells us that the way to start again or to experience a revitalization is to change your mind about what you’ve been doing and rethink where you’re wanting to go. But here’s the point—this change of mind is linked to Jesus and the revitalized life is called ‘Following Jesus.’ That involves knowing what He said—and doing it; noting what He did—and emulating it (with human limitations!) taking seriously His warnings—and heeding them; embracing His promises and claiming them. These principles are spelled out to be digested in a week – you have the rest of your life for them to be implemented.”

David Bruce, Executive Assistant to Mr. Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:
“Pastor Josh Moody, serving in a vibrant evangelical church centered in a college setting, understands fully that in the life of a local, biblical fellowship, both evangelism and discipleship ministries are two wings on the same plane. Without either focus the airplane can’t fly. In this creative book, Moody presents the challenge of authentic discipleship—knowing that when an individual comes to Christ (evangelism), the necessary next step is to grow like Him and exhibit the graces and life attributes that come only in ‘knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection.’ This rich seven day curriculum brings to sharp focus and creative application that transformational discipleship so necessary for both the individual believer and the corporate church body.”

Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL:
“The biggest need in the church today is for more disciples. Not hipper preachers, or dazzling worship, or even stunning sanctuaries. The biggest need is for more believers to follow after Jesus and become authentic disciples. Josh Moody has provided a great service to the church in that pursuit with 7 Days to Change Your Life.  Absorb its contents, meditate on its message and learn more exactly how to leave your past behind and experience a future walk that is life-changing.”

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host:
“Are you weary in your walk with the Lord? Has it become routine, mundane, joyless?  In this book, you will find a challenge to start again—a 7 day plan that is guaranteed to renew, refresh and redirect your relationship with the Savior. If you are ready to respond when Jesus says, ‘Follow Me,’ then open the pages of this book and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!”

Duane Litfin, President Emeritus of Wheaton College:
“Pastor Josh Moody’s new book, 7 Days to Change Your Life, could do just that. From mature Christians in need of a spiritual tune-up, to new Christians trying to figure out the implications of their new-found faith, even to thoughtful non-Christians looking to discover what real Christianity is all about, this readable book could be just what the doctor ordered. Its relentless focus on what it means to follow Jesus is the right prescription for all such readers. In fact, seven days with this book will be life-changing for any and all who are willing to embrace its godly counsel.”

Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary:
“Josh Moody creatively and compellingly makes the case that following Christ is the heart of discipleship. From biblical texts and themes, and from his own experience he guides us to new depths of understanding and faithful motivation as followers of Jesus in every-day life.”

Alec Hill, President Emeritus InterVarsity Christian Fellowship:
“As Christians, we too often separate our activities—such as sharing the gospel, doing justice and caring for others—from our inner spiritual journey. By focusing on virtues such as hope, humility and truth, Josh Moody bridges this gap. He encourages us to be contemplative activists, having both deep roots and wide branches.”

William Pollard, Chairman, Fairwyn Investment Company:
“Josh Moody is a Biblical scholar and a pastor who loves the people he serves. In his book, he uses the structure of a 7-day week to provide an insightful and thoughtful understanding of our role as disciples of Christ. In so doing, he reminds us of the importance of knowing the Jesus we serve, understanding the depth of His love for us, and experiencing the reality of having a relationship with Him for now and eternity. When the week is over, the reader will have a new and refreshed understanding of their Lord and Savior.”

Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College:
“In 7 Days to Change Your Life, Josh Moody makes a bold promise of life change… and delivers it. Josh invites us to follow Jesus as the disciples he has called us to be. In this accessible volume, you’ll be able to jump in quickly but still come out changed.”

Andreas Köstenberger, Author of Excellence, Founder of Biblical Foundations, and Ministry Council Member of God Centered Life Ministries:
“Taking his point of departure from Jesus’ seven ‘Follow me!’ statements in Matthew’s Gospel, Josh Moody beckons you to follow him on a 7-day journey to revitalize your life—a time to reflect, refocus, and be refreshed spiritually. Highly recommended!”

Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation:
“Pastor Josh Moody creatively weaves together themes from several key NT texts to exhort and encourage Christians to pursue a God-honoring, Christ-exalting lifestyle.”

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:
“We forget so easily who we are as Christians and what we are called to do. Moody reminds us afresh what it means to be a follower of Jesus. In a profound and yet simple way we are addressed anew by Jesus Christ himself as Moody unpacks the call to discipleship.”

Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources, author of This Is Our Time, Gospel-Centered Teaching, and Counterfeit Gospels:
“I love the idea of a seven-day personal revival and recommitment of what it means to truly follow Jesus! Josh Moody is going against the tide of endless technology and communication by challenging us to turn off our phones and TVs at home and to ponder God’s Word, grow in grace and truth, and walk in the footsteps of our Savior.”

David Setran, Price-Lebar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College:
“Josh Moody offers the church a great gift in this engaging and timely call to radical Christian discipleship. Filled with biblical insight and pastoral wisdom, 7 Days to Change Your Life provides a clear and Christ-centered roadmap to the abundant life. If we desire to follow Jesus in the midst of our current cultural pressures, we cannot afford to ignore his appeal.”

Lydia Brownback, author, Finding God in My Loneliness and A Woman’s Wisdom:
“Josh Moody provides a unique look at what it means to follow Jesus, using thoughtful illustrations from a wide historical and cultural spectrum. In Seven Days to Change Your Life, new believers will acquire a deeper understanding of true discipleship, and seasoned saints will find fresh zeal to persevere.”

Leonardo De Chirico, Pastor and theologian, Rome (Italy), director of the Reformanda Initiative:
“The problem with some tools offering help to the weary and puzzled Christian is that they tend to be patchy and selective. They seem to solve an issue but they eventually raise another one. Not so with Josh Moody’s book. Instead of suggesting simplistic how-to solutions, he presents a re-orientation of one’s own Christian walk in terms of biblical discipleship. A mine of biblical wisdom interwoven with pastoral experience and theological insightfulness to refocus our journey on a God-centered life.”

Christopher Catherwood, Historian, Writer, and Author of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century:
“The rediscovery of Scripture-based thoughtful Christianity in the USA has been one of the most exciting things to happen to Evangelicalism in a long time. This wonderful Bible-centred book is a fabulous example of how to follow Jesus as God’s Word shows us, showing how its clear teaching transforms our lives in a profoundly practical and entirely life-changing way. This book is how discipleship ought to be, the true joys of Christian living and I am thrilled to commend and endorse it as enthusiastically as possible.”

Jim Tomberlin, Author, Founder of MultiSite Solutions:
“7 Days to Change Your Life by Josh Moody is a rich devotional book written by a theologian pastor who is gospel-centered, culturally-savvy and discipleship-driven. This devotional book is not a surface light-read for the casual fan of Jesus, but a thorough exposition of the call to follow Jesus. Read this book and be informed, enriched and transformed.”

Dr. Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola University:
“Dr. Josh Moody provides a much-needed devotional guide in this day and age for a world which desperately craves and needs spiritual guidance but may not know it. Beautifully written like a parable, this helpful book, structured around the number 7 (the 7 days of Creation, Jesus’s 7 signs, his 7 ‘follow me’ and ‘I Am’ statements, the 7 Churches of Revelation) … refocuses the attention on what is most important.”

Curtis Cook, Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA:
“Josh Moody is a pastor, a scholar, and, above all, one who wants to love and follow Jesus Christ. With this book, he guides us on a journey that stirs, refreshes, and challenges. I believe you will find this book to be thoughtful, encouraging, insightful, and penetrating. No matter where you are on the path of knowing Jesus Christ, this will be a beneficial tool.”

Robert Krumrey, Lead Pastor of MERCYhouse in Amherst, MA:
“After reading the first chapter, I found myself preparing for 7 days at the spiritual health spa where I’d be pampered and allowed to put my feet up. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Josh’s book shows us that restoration is found in the following of Jesus which includes death to self but eventually results in an abundance of deep joy and life giving freedom. Thank you for writing a book that seeks to challenge us and restores us to the Lord and Giver of Life.”

Chris Bruno, author, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words; The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses:
“There is a lot of confusion in the evangelical church about what it truly means to follow Jesus. Many Christians talk about the call to discipleship, but in the midst of our busy lives many of us fail to consider what the Bible says about this call. So turn away from distractions and let Josh Moody help you see anew what John’s Gospel and Revelation teach us about this simple call and lifelong challenge. You will benefit tremendously from this renewed vision of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.”


Book Summary:

When did being “too busy” and “going through the motions” become a way of life? It’s no surprise that the rush between meetings and e-mails, sports practices and church functions is tiring, even exhausting. It’s time to stop running and start following.

Jesus’s call to “Follow Me” was not just an invitation to faith; it was a prescription for living well. Walking through the seven “Follow Me” statements in the Gospel of Matthew, author Josh Moody explores Jesus’s teachings of hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory in 7 Days to Change Your Life. In each statement and with each teaching, Jesus gets closer to Calvary and closer to the cross, and you get closer to finding a focus for your life—no matter how hectic it may be.

Although following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Organized to be read a chapter a day, Josh meets you in your busy, hectic schedule and reveals a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days.


Sharing the Book:

We would love for you to tell your pastor, ministry leader, Bible study teachers, family, and friends about 7 Days to Change Your Life. You can do this through word of mouth, sharing on social media, writing a blog post, or posting a review at Amazon or another book review website.

If you would be interested in joining a more formal launch team to help promote the message of 7 Days to Change Your Life, complete this interest form. Launch team members will receive a free book from the publisher and have access to a private Facebook page for interaction with the author and to share feedback on the message of the book.

As a launch team member, you would commit to

1) read the book;
2) leave a review at Amazon, Goodreads, and/or another review website;
3) share the book through social media; and
4) join us on the private Facebook page where ideas for how to share the book through social media will be provided.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.

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