Christian Living/Faith growing
Synopsis: Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel that we’re drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters.
Into the Deep is an invitation to dive headfirst into a life of courageous faith. With endearing warmth and authenticity, Lauren Gaskill shares how she and others have learned to swim with Jesus in the deep waters of life—facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, and chronic illness—only to discover a more authentic, enduring faith that cannot be shaken by circumstances. In addition to examining the character of God and the lives of women and men of the Bible who chose to dive deeper with God, she provides practical examples and tools that help us take our faith to the next level by learning to make decisions by faith alone, control our reactions to overwhelming situations, and live a life rooted in love.
Get ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage, and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith and joy!
I have always considered myself to be one of strong faith–and I am. After many excruciating battles, after many hard-lessons learned I always thought my faith was resilient–and it is. Oh, I haven’t “arrived,” I still have so so much more to learn. And I pray I learn more every. Single. Day.
What Lauren’s book taught me was how to have COURAGEOUS FAITH! To jump in with two feet AND revel in the experience with joy and laughter.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is found in the into and is hanging on my wall:
Faith is not the absence of fear but the presence of courage. Faith says. “OK, fear, I know you’re there. I see your big, mean, and intimidating self, but I’m not going to let you win. You’re defeated in Jesus’s name, and you cannot keep me from living the life I’ve been called to.
Through the remainder of the book, Lauren not only shows us HOW to do have this kind of faith but WHY we should have it.