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An In-depth Look at the Christian Book, “Beyond Belief”

Christian author, Abby Kelly, has written a new 6-week study guide on spiritual maturity entitled, Beyond Belief:  Jesus Saved You. . . Now What? Is it any good?  Is it geared toward all Christians? Where can you purchase it? I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to answer those questions and more.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

SALVATION IS ONLY THE BEGINNING . . .

Does your life look the same as it did the day you put your faith in Jesus Christ? Or have you discovered the power of the Spirit within you enabling you to live a holy, righteous life? For that matter, is it even possible to be holy?

Many Christians today are wading in the shallow end of the infinite relationship God desires to have with His children. They are strangled by addictions and idolatry, or distracted from the pursuit of spiritual maturity by a cheap imitation of moralism. Whatever the reason, their spiritual growth has been stunted; they’ve never gone beyond mere belief in Jesus Christ.

Beyond Belief: Jesus Saved You…Now What? explores what God has in store for you and what He wants from you. With a firm foundation on the centrality of Christ, this book will help you see exactly who you are and what you are called to, based on, and enabled by, His righteousness alone. Through intense study and humbling application of both the Old and New Testaments, Beyond Belief, will show you what a mature Christian life looks like and what it takes to get there. (From the back cover)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Abby Kelly is a nomadic, military spouse writing from wherever she momentarily finds herself with her husband, their wonderful dog, Brave, and two tolerable cats.

Abby began writing in the process of recovering from a more-than-decade long eating disorder. She credits Jesus Christ for her full recovery and for filling her with a passion to encourage others to seek freedom from their own addictions and struggles.

Now, Abby writes for numerous Christian publications as well as maintains her personal blog, Predatory-Lies.

In her free time, she and Brave enjoy volunteering in hospitals and schools as a pet therapy team through Pet Partners.

MY REVIEW: 

When I first began reading Beyond Belief, I questioned whether the book would have any new information for me. Having been saved for over 30 years now, I doubted that the book would benefit me much, though that’s not to say that I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. As I read through the first couple of chapters, I felt that the guide was definitely geared toward the new Christian, not for one who had been saved for three decades. However, as I dug further into the book, I realized that there was a lot more “meat” contained within its pages than I initially thought. And by the end of the book, I found myself digesting new material and chewing on some things that I already knew but needed to be reminded of.

Though the book itself is not long, it is divided up into a six-week study with each week containing five lessons. Again, the lessons are short, but Abby has taken a lot of time and effort in providing various Scripture readings to accompany each one. These verses drive home the point of the day’s lesson, in addition to giving the reader more information to meditate on throughout the day. Some of the chapters even include personal stories or anecdotes to help drive the message home, and I found myself laughing or crying as I related to some of the stories.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read and a valuable tool. I highly recommend it for Christians–young and old alike. Whether just beginning the believer’s walk or having followed Christ for many years, readers are sure to gain spiritual insights from this well-written guide to maturing in the faith.

To find out more, or to download a free summary of the chapters, visit http://predatory-lies.com.

Do you have any tips for maturing spiritually?

About Dana Rongione

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Dana is a full-time Christian author and speaker residing in Greenville, SC with her husband and two dogs. In fulfilling her call to evangelize the lost and edify the saints, Dana spends her days writing devotions, devotional books and books for children, as well as recording podcasts on various Biblical topics. She serves in many capacities at her local church, including the roles of church pianist and ladies' Sunday School teacher. Dana has a passion for souls and longs to be used of God in whatever way He deems necessary. When not writing or serving at church, Dana can most likely be found reading or hiking a nearby trail.

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