Friday, November 16, 2012

Unstuck by Arnie Cole and Michael Ross

What if we could get unstuck from the things holding us back, making our faith ineffective? These authors argue that engaging God's Word is the key to getting unstuck.

Their book comes as a result of a survey of more than seventy thousand households between 2005 and 2011. They found that American Christians, on the average, have five Bibles per household, yet the majority don't read it regularly. (57) The study showed that our lives are dramatically different when we engage Scripture four or more times a week. (56) (Four times a week is the tipping point.) The authors have relied on this research to give proven methods of spiritual growth.

This book is a 45 day journey into engaging the Word. “Neglecting God's Word is the main reason believers become stuck spiritually, get disconnected from God, and are prone to losing ground to all kinds of damaging thoughts and harmful behaviors.” (58)

The first part of the book reveals what goes wrong for most of us. They they look at the relational way of experiencing God's Word (receiving, reflecting, responding). The last part of the book shows how to apply the principles of biblical engagement.
This book has been designed so that it is not just another book about the Bible. It is a manual for engaging the Bible. They give lots of examples of people who have become unstuck through doing exactly that.

If you are ready to stop reading the Bible and start engaging it (receive, reflect, respond), this book will help. Remember, engage the Bible at least four times a week!

Go to for ways to get unstuck, including Scriptures sent to you to interrupt your day. Go to for more about the book. Or, go to the publisher's product page to see the table of contents and read a sample chapter.

Arnie Cole is the CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. He and his wife live near Lincoln, Nebraska.
Michael Ross is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. He writes, edits, and manages Back to the Bible's book publishing efforts. He has authored and collaborated on more than 30 books. He and his family live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing Group), 265 pages.

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