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You Were Made For More [Hardcover]

Jim Cymbala

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Book Description

Aug. 19 2008

Jim Cymbala knows something a lot of us miss—that a comfortable, secure life won’t produce the satisfaction we long for. How could we feel fulfilled by missing out on the life God has for us?

Whether life seems good or not right now, Jim Cymbala believes that God has more for you. In this new book, he’ll help you find out how to access the “more” God intends—more peace, real joy, and a deep sense of purpose. As you open yourself to the “more” of God, you will also discover your unique work assignment—the one thing God is calling you—and no one else—to accomplish for the sake of his work in the world.

You Were Made for More draws a compelling picture of people just like you who are finding that “more of God” means more influence, more energy, and ultimately more happiness. It will help you picture what your own “land of milk and honey” might look like—the fuller, richer spiritual place you long to be.

Using examples from the Bible, contemporary stories, and experiences from his own life, Jim Cymbala points the way to a richer, deeper life, helping you take hold of everything God wants to give.

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Trade Books (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310241278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310241270
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 15.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #775,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Using the style of extemporaneous sermons, Cymbala, longtime pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and author of Fresh Faith, brings a message of inspiration to readers. God, Cymbala says, wants more for Christians than rote religion or an empty life. The book is dotted with anecdotes of real people who overcame obstacles of poverty and drug addiction by a newfound commitment to Jesus; used their money and skills to support the church; or gave up the security of good jobs to serve others. As such, it will likely encourage some Christians facing life challenges. Although the associations often seem forced and the book's trajectory is unclear, Cymbala's use of biblical texts (particularly from Joshua, Judges and Ruth) serve their contemporary purpose. What the book lacks in unity, it makes up for in passion. Cymbala's confidence about defining the nature and wishes of God will not suit every reader, but his commitment to promoting generosity and well-being through the church yields gems of encouragement for people seeking stability and direction. (Aug. 31) ""
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About the Author

Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. He is also the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; Fresh Power; Breakthrough Prayer; The Life God Blesses; The Church God Blesses; and The Promise of God’s Power. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol Cymbala, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Challenge Sept. 17 2008
By Patti Chadwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You Were Made for More was an inspiring book that makes you examine how you are living. If you are looking for ways to improve your Christian walk, you will want to pick up a copy of this book. The book is filled with true stories of others who overcame life's obstacles by committing their life to Christ and shows how living close do God can change your life. This not only a book of encouragement, but a challenge to live a better life.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sermons for veteran christians Dec 27 2009
By ServantofGod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A great book indeed. However, I would recommend it primarily to those who had read the Old Testament or at least the history between Joshua's fight into Canaan and Saul's annointment as Isreal's first king. Otherwise, the author's other masterpieces, in particular "Fresh Faith", "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" will be better alternatives. No matter what, an excellent spiritual food for thought! Highly recommended!

p.s. Below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.
If I were to spend three days sitting and watching TV for eight hours a day, eating cookies....I should be well rested, right? ..Actually the opposite is true....Muscle tone is developed and energy is created not by doing nothing, but by doing something. This principle holds true in the spiritual realm as well. pg18
We are slow to learn that the importance of any service depends upon God's estimate of it...that the meanest service...is worthy of all devotedness and zeal if the mind and heart of God are upon it, and if He has put it into your hand. pg26
We would do well not to focus on the troubles lined up against us. Instead, we need to celebrate the God who has already demonstrated his power and provision in the past...What a difference it would made if we simply paused once an hour or to say, "I praise you, Lord. You've been so good to me! I give you thanks." Just think how much more joy and peace would be ours all day long. pg37-8
When we run out of things to ask for, we stop praying. If we would stay in God's presence a little longer and listen, he would pour out his heart and mind to us. He would tell us invaluable insights into our circumstances. He would counsel us on some family problme or testy relationship at work. He would reveal whether we should say yes or no to a present opportunity. We need his guidance, and the good news is that he is more than willing to give it if we ask in faith. pg101
You dont need to strive for a master's degree in "flesh methodology." You are far better off focusing on God's power and presence in your life. pg157
God says in essence. "You may not have the right connections - but you have me! I'm your source. I'm the one you need to call." pg169
What the world calls great is often an abomination to God. What the world laughs at - devotion, consecration, faith - is what God calls great. pg184
Another tactic Satan uses to steal our peace is to flood us with anxiety...Phil 4 has a remedy for this, too. too. It says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (v.6)...Worry says, "God doesnt care, and so He wont do anything - I'll have to worry it through." Faith says, "God does care, and He and I will work it out together. I'll supply the willingness, and He will supply the pwoer - with that combination we can do anything." We we truly release our anxieties to God, "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Chris Jesus. (v.7) That is a divine guarantee. pg203-4
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthfull Page Turner!!! Aug. 20 2008
By JMP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is truly inspiring and filled with truth. It is written with clarity and it is easy to read with many real life illustrations. Jim Cymbala always comes across with humility and love but does not hold back truth. Great Book and highly recommended. God Bless
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely words for pressing toward your promised land Nov. 7 2012
By Valerie Caraotta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jim Cymbala believes our life on this earth should be instilled with purpose, not comfort, and the craving for more of God will result in increased satisfaction, joy, and energy.
As we pursue our destiny, lessons from Joshua will guide us in the following truths:
- moving toward our destiny may create inner struggles
- we must have strong tenacity when moving forward, like God directed Joshua to be strong and courageous.
- It's imperative we discover God's plan and stay within that sphere.
In moving forward Cymbala suggests we reflect back to the loving provisions God has met in the past. An example of Joshua taking 12 stones and setting them up as a memorial symbolize reflections build us up and keep us from discouragement. God's favor will rest on those that exercise obedience.
You will recognize that the Holy Spirit reveals God's work and equips us for the task through His power. Biblical examples are provided on how the Spirit enabled Othneil, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson.
Learn that hardship develops endurance, drives us to pray, and can serve as a powerful testimony to others.
At times we may question God when He leads us to do things we feel unequipped to do. Lessons from Gideon will be given on the necessity of reaching forward and knowing He is our source.
Author Cymbala stresses peace and points out areas that can rob us if we are not careful. These areas include allowing Satan to bring up our past failures, harboring resentment and anger, being preoccupied with the cares of life, and failing to take control of our mental state.
God will direct our steps, Cymbala believes, as we inquire how He wants to use us and stand on His promises. You Were Made For More will encourage you to reach higher.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read Sept. 7 2009
By Monica Sampson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was very helpful in understanding the Bible and my purpose. It made it current and easy for me to relate things that I do everyday. I am greatful that there is a book out there to assist me in applying everyday life to the Bible. I have a new appreciation for it.

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