Holy Available: What If Holiness Is about More Than What We Don’t Do?

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Zondervan, Aug 30, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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True Christian faith is a profoundly transformational experience in which every part of our being is marked by God’s change and energized by his presence. This transformation takes us far beyond mere sin avoidance to a robust “full-bodied” holiness in which we make ourselves “holy available” to God every minute of the day. From Starbucks, to the office, to the soccer fields, to the boardroom, believers have the opportunity to carry the presence of Christ wherever they go. God offers the reader more than mere forgiveness; he wants to radically change and fill them with his presence, so they can experience an entirely different kind of life based not just on what they do or don’t do but on who they are.Yet while many Christians today profess belief, their Christianity has no pulse. Holy Available is a manifesto of fully alive faith. Gary Thomas issues a compelling call for readers to see with Christ’s eyes, feel with Christ’s heart, and serve with Christ’s hands. We make ourselves available to become “God oases,” places of spiritual refuge where God can bring the hurting and lost to enjoy his presence and ministry.
 

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The author talks about being available to God - at any point of time - to do His will. Great stories - and lots of delving into ancient Christian writing. Lots of quotations from different books.

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Splashes of Glory
11
Kissing the Leper
13
Aching for Experience
21
Still in Flesh
34
FullBodied Faith
45
New Spirit New Bodies
55
Eyes That
57
Hearts That Feel What God Feels
139
Embracing the High Call of Personal Transformation
161
Holy Available
163
Holy for
174
Pursuing Perfection
181
What If Its Not Easy?
196
Poor Logs Bound Together
211
The GodEmpowered Life
221

Mouths That Speak
73
Ears That Hear
87
Minds That Think
105
Hands and Feet Used by God 10
120
A Tale of Two Ananiases
237
Notes
243
Questions for Discussion and Reflection 13 21 34 45 57 73 87 105 120 139 163 174 181 196 211 221 237 243
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Gary Thomas is a writer-in-residence who also serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and the author of eighteen books, including the bestselling Sacred Marriage, that have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into a dozen languages. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for thirty years.

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