I would highly recommend Robert JeffressClutter-Free Christianity: What God Really Desires for You. I was fortunate enough to receive two copies in a special pre-release (which I shared with one of our ministry interns). Copies are available at under $13.00 a piece ( You can learn more, or even purchase a copy of the book, at Random House’s website (

My favorite chapter was the one titled, “A Trusting Heart: Allowing Peace to Rule Your Life.” The author defines faith as believing that God will do what he has promised – and acting accordingly.” I constantly tell my students that faith is simply trusting obedience (I took that definition from a professor at Northwest University. The chapter goes on to explain that a trusting heart is “allowing our confidence in God’s character to govern our inward emotions and our outward behavior” (Jeffress, 92). He highlighted what Jesus said to his closest disciple just moments before Peter would deny him, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32). What the enemy was going to use as an attempt to destroy Peter’s faith, Jesus passionately prayed that the circumstance would be a test that would actually strengthen him. Peter would go on to fail Jesus when he needed him the most. However, Christ would take that exact moment and allow Peter to receive forgiveness and restoration. God brought peace and purpose to Peter’s life even through his greatest failure.

Official Description: When did the Christian life become so complicated? Your greatest desire is to please God, but with each passing week, your spiritual to-do list grows longer. As you strive to fulfill a never-ending inventory of requirements for being a godly parent, spouse, voter, employee, and more, you feel increasingly disconnected from the God you’re trying to serve.
It’s time to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of what it means to please God. In this liberating look at the core principles of faith, Dr. Robert Jeffress reveals the truth about what God really wants from you–and what He wants to do for you.

Through solid biblical teaching and practical insights, Dr. Jeffress points you toward a revitalized faith centered on becoming more like Jesus in action, attitude, and affection. You’ll learn how to partner with God in the process of spiritual transformation as you choose to follow Christ in forgiveness, obedience, trust, contentment, service, and prayer.
Through a renewed focus on experiencing the kingdom of God right now, you’ll find your to-do list shrinking and your spiritual life deepening. It all comes with embracing Clutter-Free Christianity.Includes a Bible study guide for personal growth and group discussion.

Official Biography: Dr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the most historic churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. The author of sixteen books, he is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, live broadcasts of Dr. Jeffress’ weekly messages reach millions of listeners and viewers each week, while his daily sermon series airs on 1,100 television stations and cable systems nationwide. Dr. Jeffress and his wife, Amy, are the parents of two adult daughters.


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