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Christianity is facing great opposition. At the very least, most Christians know what it is like to end up on the "wrong" side of a"politically correct" conversation. More than ever before, we needbelieving and behaving disciples- men and women who are ready tostand up, stand together, and change the world one righteous choiceat a time.Filled with personal experiences andChristianity is facing great opposition. At the very least, most Christians know what it is like to end up on the "wrong" side of a"politically correct" conversation. More than ever before, we needbelieving and behaving disciples- men and women who are ready tostand up, stand together, and change the world one righteous choiceat a time.Filled with personal experiences and heartwarming stories, this bookemphasizes the importance of living in accordance with Christianvalues seven days a week and offers practical suggestions for how toactually pull it off. In addition to finding personal peace and havinga positive impact on others, choosing to live as a daily disciple opensthe door for tremendous personal development....

Title : The 7-Day Christian: How Living Your Beliefs Every Day Can Change the World
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ISBN : 9781609078515
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Number of Pages : 149 Pages
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The 7-Day Christian: How Living Your Beliefs Every Day Can Change the World Reviews

  • Jinky
    2019-02-23 01:26

    I am a Christian (Mormon) and so I like the premise of living a Christian life seven days a week as opposed to just on Sundays. Try as I may I often fall short in living accordingly every single day so I was eager to see what I can learn from this book on the matter. Although the general principles were not new to me, the author had interesting ways of looking at them from another view. The test in the distinction of this book would then be in its delivery of the content. There I say, "Well done!" This was so because every key principle was backed up with scripture from the Holy Bible and with a personal example, whether his or someone else's. Doing it this way gave the truth character and accountability. For example, in the chapter, "Without Wax", the principle of sincerity was discussed ... "Those who claim to be Christians must live lives that are sincere --clean, pure, sound --the same on the inside as they appear on the outside." (p47). Here, the author referenced Matthew 23:25 and as a personal experience he told the story of when he helped a young mother carry her suitcases. It was a simple act of service on the author’s part but the young mother saw it as so rare as to be convinced that he must have been an angel. Consequently, a principle was defined and now Christians are answerable to that fundamental truth and have a choice to act on what Jesus would have them do. Ergo, the principle of sincerity wasn't new to me but hearing it again in action was invigorating and this book was full of such uplifting remembrance of discipleship. I know I should be living a Christlike life everyday so this book was a magnificent cause to do some reflection and provided inspiration to make it happen. It also imparted strong regard to the benefits of righteous living on individuals and society. Noting the empowerment one has to help change the view of Christians for the positive.I like the straightforwardness writing of this author. It wasn't overwhelming in scripture as to get preachy nor his examples boastful. I felt a gentleness, a sincerity, and experience in the read so it wasn't a surprise that my spirit softened to the words and I believe that your Christian heart will feel the same. Perhaps if we hear the truths enough times, they might finally sink in! :)Few quotables:"Integrity fears no hidden cameras. The actions that count the most in life are those seen by the fewest people." p30"I don't pretend to know much. My faith is so simple. But I trust God. I want to walk in His way and keep my commitments to Him. I see His love and kindness everywhere I look --even in this place that most would describe as 'God forsaken'". -p111 (author's friend in prison)"Knowledge of Christ's resurrection not only changes the hereafter, it can also change what we are here after." p136

  • Angie
    2019-03-05 20:05

    I've enjoyed listening to Wilcox's talks from things like Education Week, and recalled some of the stories found in this book from those talks. Because he comes from an elementary education background, he has a way of writing, weaving in stories, and approaching a topic that appeals to a wide audience. The book is simple enough that it can be enjoyed by an entire family of varied ages, while still having insights and takeaways that will inspire more thoughtful o mature readers. I'm not sure the subtitle of "How Living Your Beliefs Every Day Can Change the World" was really answered, since it was really about allowing yourself to be transformed through Christ. I guess, the answer is that if everyone were truly transformed, the world would be changed. One of my favorite parts was near the end when he talks about the parable of the talents as it relates to God's grace. I'll never read it the same way again. A great reminder that we shouldn't just be "cultural Christians" but that our Christianity should be ingrained in us. I also appreciated the non-denominational way that he wrote. This is a book that could be shared with readers of any Christian faith and be well-received.

  • Kylie
    2019-03-09 19:18

    A wonderful message About letting our Christianity sink into our hearts and lives, rather than it being a cultural protocol."Christ is not only working on us, but with us and through us.""God did not remove the Red Sea, He opened it; He will help us find a way through our problems as well."

  • Melanie
    2019-03-15 18:16

    Brad Wilcox is one of my favorite authors and speakers, so I was excited to see that he has a new book and was really intrigued by the title. I am a Christian, and definitely still have a lot to learn. There have been many times that I have not behaved the best. This book is a great reminder that it's important to work every day towards becoming more Christ-like.Chapter One starts with the big question, "Is there a God?" He also goes into the great debate on this question where there are those who give an emphatic yes to that question and those who will give an equally emphatic no. Each side produces evidence to support their belief. The beauty of it all is that we are given the freedom to choose whether or not we believe in God. I like what he says about this. "To me, one of the clearest evidences of God's goodness is that He does not prove himself to us beyond all possibility of doubt. The fact that He allows compelling evidence on both sides of the argument of His existence preserves and honors my freedom...He may ultimately want me to believe, but more important, it appears He wants me to want to believe." (p. 11)In another chapter, he says to not check your religion at the door, but rather to live it wherever you may be. There are times when that won't be easy to do, but it does matter. I also loved his chapter titled "Seven Days of Re-Creation." He tells how the pattern God used when He created the earth is the same pattern He uses to re-create us. Then he shares his experience of losing weight and running (first a 5K and later a half marathon), which he started at the age of 50. I found that to be quite inspiring!There are quotes, scriptures and stories to back up his points as he goes through each chapter. He concludes with a chapter titled "The Core of Christianity." Having recently celebrated Easter, Christ's resurrection and atonement has been on my mind a lot. He had a conversation with a man who told him that it didn't matter if Jesus was resurrected or not and it only has relevance in the next life. He disagreed and said, "Knowledge of Christ's resurrection not only changes the hereafter, it can also change what we are here after. It can profoundly affect our choices, our loves, our priorities, and our ways of reaching our potential." (p. 136)There are lots of great gems to be found in this book. It is possible for each of us to make a difference in the world simply by living our beliefs on a daily basis. This is a book I will definitely read again and again and I highly recommend it to everyone!I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.Mel's Shelves

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-03-06 21:21

    I love fiction books, if you were to look at my "read" shelf, you would see it full of books that have given me hours of entertainment. While I try to live my religion on a daily basis, I admit that there is a fear inside of rejection. What if I review religious books? Will I offend someone?I began to realize that it is more important for me to read and review the books, not just for me to find strength, but to stand up for my beliefs and let other's know there are wonderful books that can entertain as well as uplift my spirit.I found myself caught up in this book from the Introduction. Brad Wilcox begins with the history of Christianity. I found the story of Constantine fascinating. He recounts the persecution of the early believers of Christ, and how we are now facing a time when it is becoming increasingly unpopular to be a Christian. It forced me to take a closer look at the fears I mentioned above. Who and what do I value?This book is written in a way that is very appealing. Brad Wilcox shares stories to illustrate his points. There are 10 chapters. Some of the titles that I found the most compelling are #3 Never Check Your Religion At the Door, #6 Facing Our People Fears, #9 Standing Together, #10 The Core of Christianity. Those are the titles that stood out to me, but each chapter can be taken and applied to life to help us strive to live our religion more fully and openly.In chapter 2, titled Anyone Can Write a Story, I dog eared page 30. He states " Integrity fears no hidden cameras. The actions that count the most in life are those seen by the fewest people. We feel peace when we know that the size of our audience makes no difference to the quality of our performance. The every-day Christian acts seen only by Christ are usually the ones that make us most like Him." On page 87 in Chapter 7, Seven Days of Re-Creation, another quote stuck out to me. "Choosing to be a 7-day Christian is choosing to be changed."This is a book that I needed. In January I sent my son to Chile to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I decided at that time that I needed to face my fears and choose to change. This book has helped me put my feet more firmly on that path.Thank you, Brad Wilcox, for a wonderful book that helps me see the need for change and firm my desire to do better.

  • Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
    2019-03-16 20:26

    I LOVED this book! Anyone who is Christian will find it uplifting, helpful and full of great advice for living their lives like Christ every day of the week. I found reading this book to be addicting! I seriously could not get enough and found myself pulling out my highlighter (which I NEVER do) and highlighting things that I wanted to remember. The pages flew by so quickly...too quickly for me. I found myself grateful I highlighted because once I was finished I immediately turned back to my highlights and shared them with my husband and family members. Wilcox has an easy to read, straight forward manner of writing. His personal stories along with quotes by other well known people coupled with his own amazing words makes for a book that I could not get enough of! Anyone who wants to pattern their life after Christ will benefit from this book! It is full of positive and uplifting ways to help you live your life after the example of the Savior. One of my favorite parts was the story concerning C.S. Lewis. My favorite quote from the book I must share! " God did not remove the Red Sea, He opened it: He will help us find a way through our problems as well. The light does always reveal distant landscapes; sometimes it gives us just enough vision to get us through one day at a time." These are words to live by! Five brilliant stars and I would give it more if it would let me! I recommend this book to any Christian striving to be a better person!I received a complimentary copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Bryan Tanner
    2019-03-20 02:11

    Not Brad's best work. There are some good examples from Brad's life—effects of growing up in Africa, learning to make exercise a lifestyle choice and not an event, supporting the 206 club—however, the content didn't really address any particular needs I feel at this time in my life. Also, no witticisms like in Brad's other books. Still love Brad, though. His others books share powerful and unique info.

  • Sherrill
    2019-02-24 02:01

    This is a sweet little book. Of course I expected Brad Wilcox to come up with something like this. It is 150 pages chock full of great ideas for being a Christian every day. So many good stories. This will be read in my book club at church. We have some nonmembers in our group and I wager no one will be offended and it will appeal to anyone who is wanting to live a better life.

  • Kimmi Laulusa
    2019-03-03 01:16

    I like books that lead me somewhere. This book not only lead me to pondering and change, but to more sources. I loved his use of literature to explain his points. I have many more books to add to my endless list.

  • Marci
    2019-02-25 19:25

    My favorite thing about this book is that it wasn't just written to "Mormons", in fact, I don't think it even mentions Mormonism at all. Brad Wilcox wrote this book to all believers of Jesus Christ.

  • Cammie
    2019-03-10 18:22

    I needed something to listen to, and the name Wilcox is pretty synonymous w/ awesomeness. It's hard to judge a religious book b/c while Wilcox isn't exactly a beautiful writer, there's solid, spiritual wisdom and genius in these pages. Favorite story from this book: how the word "sincere" comes from Latin in the ancient roman practice where sculptors would use wax to mask flaws in their marble statues only to have the flaws revealed after customers took them home when the hot sun would melt the wax patches away. This book has so many great tidbits that would be great for a sacrament talk it's totally worth reading!

  • Tanya
    2019-02-19 20:58

    Brad Wilcox writes in a very comfortable and easy to understand way. He uses many stories to illustrate principles that he is teaching and many personal experiences. There are always great quotes to walk away with. He talks about how being a Christian isn't a once a week commitment but it's the things we do every day- the person we become. One of my favorite quotes: "The farther, we progress along the path of Christian discipleship, the steeper it becomes." Great book!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-20 00:25

    I have been slow to review this book mainly because I wanted to read it again. Brad Wilcox is one of my favorites. I have been to his classes and read many of his books. This one does not disappoint. The stories and examples along with personal experiences makes me want to try harder. And I still want to read it again.

  • Susan
    2019-03-01 20:22

    This was an amazing, non-denominational work about how important it is that we are "all in" in our Christian living. He's absolutely right - this is the only way to true joy in our daily lives, and how we find the most help from God. It takes our daily willingness to follow Him. A wonderful offering from one of my favorite authors. 4 1/2 stars!

  • Myla
    2019-03-14 02:19

    If you’ve heard Brad Wilcox before you love him, right? This was very short, less than 4 hours to listen to. The first 1/3 was full of note worthy thoughts and stories and I actually did take notes, the last 2/3 was great stuff, just more...”yep, got it, heard it before 😬, but love it” kind of stuff.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-11 21:16

    I love Brad Wilcox- he has a unique gift for helping others understand Jesus Christ- His grace and Atonement. He has some great personal stories in this book that teach the importance of living a “7 day Christian” life. I listened to the audiobook and was disappointed Brad himself wasn’t reading it but loved it nonetheless!

  • Scott Wright
    2019-02-24 21:09

    Excellent! Is there a lot here? Well, in a certain sense. It's pretty light and only glances off many topics, but it all is a good reminder with some great thoughts along the way. I loved it. I learned from it. I feel better because of it. It's particularly helpful if you have a love for food and carry that love around your mid-section.

  • Denise
    2019-03-07 01:08

    I especially enjoyed a comment the author shared by Neal A. Maxwell that adversity can help to sweep the final vestiges of hypocrisy from us. Words of wisdom from the author and others!

  • T.J.
    2019-03-03 01:27

    Good book, full of helpful points. Really appreciate it.

  • Trent
    2019-02-23 22:05

    Good reminder of the value of living what you believe every day.

  • Tara
    2019-02-21 21:01

    I really like all the practical stories of how living our religion 7 days a week changes lives. Good, inspiring read.

  • Maxwell Bean
    2019-03-11 22:26

    Fun and short book about the little things that you can do day by day to show that you are a true Christian

  • Bradley
    2019-03-17 22:21

    This was an absolutely beautiful book. I love Brad Wilcox and this was one of the most practical and impactful books I’ve read in a while.

  • Chris
    2019-03-08 23:08

    a very good look at what it means to be a Christian, rather than a church goer

  • Michelle
    2019-03-04 00:19

    I loved this book! There are certain values that are at the heart of the Christian lifestyle, and at the heart of what Jesus Christ taught. Love. Sacrifice. Courage. Service. Integrity. Peace. Sincerity. Refine yourself, don’t define yourself. Humility. Kindness. Faith. Patience. And the power of grace. Great read!

  • Verona
    2019-03-14 01:25

    Brad Wilcox is one of my favorite writers. His books make such good sense to me with his clear explanations, and pertinent examples of the principle he is teaching. This current book is chock full of wonderful ideas for everyday living. It lives up to its subtitle: "How Living Your Beliefs Every Day Can Change the World." If I had been marking good things to remember, I'd have lots of red underlining on every page; it would be a sea of red. In fact, I said to some friends today where I was reading the last few pages, "I would like to read this book again, and this time underline the things I would like to implement into my daily life. One example of the sweet things in this book is this cute poem by Brother Wilcox's mother:It used to bethat theaters would showa short-reel cartoonwhere Bugs Bunnywould always outwitElmer Fudd and win,before the final wordsTHE END.It was only thenthat the wide-screen, Technicolormain feature could begin. This is a clever analogy of how wonderful the afterlife will be after our death. It's only after THE END that we get the grand, Technicolor version of life. We have nothing to fear in death.This is the kind of hopeful, enlightening teaching that I need and appreciate. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a fresh look on life.

  • Marie
    2019-02-24 00:06

    No matter what Christian sect you belong to, this book can help you more fully embrace and live your Christianity.For me, as I read the personal stories, I thought about similar experiences in my own life, when there were parallels, and analyzed how well I thought I did and how I could improve in the future. One of my favorite chapters was “Never Check Your Religion at the Door.” There certainly have been times in my life where that would have made things so much easier, but I never have and have never once regretted it, even when I was (almost literally) shaking in my shoes.Another chapter that was a great reinforcement for me was “Facing Our People Fears.” It is still difficult at times to share my beliefs when I don’t know how they will be received, but I find that the more I share, the easier it gets—and they are nearly always received respectfully even when there is no real interest. The bottom of my computer is lined with sticky notes containing phrases and quotes from the book (it’s how I read and review books). This one from that chapter has already migrated to the bulletin board:If we are confident in our principles, standards, faith and actions, we do not need to fear the rejection or ridicule of those who do not share them.

  • Shauna
    2019-03-06 21:02

    WOW! SO WISH I COULD JUST COPY THE WHOLE BOOK FOR YOU!AMAZING insights!WONDERFUL lessons!BEAUTIFUL examples!Being a Christian is more than just going to church on Sundays....it is a way of life."7-days a week, 52 weeks a year, and throughout all the years of your life."Using personal stories Brad Wilcox shows us the ways we can increase our becoming more Christian... our becoming more like Christ.Simple, yet sometimes hard, practices that will shape us into who we were meant to be.Things like:* Live life with a sense of urgency and a sense of integrity.* Never check your religion at the door.* Become trusting and happy like a child.* Face your people fears.* and MOREI REALLY LOVED this idea:"Just as the earth went through 7 days of creation, we must also go through 7 days of re-creation...a process of being formed, divided, enlightened, beautified, and filled with life."It is time to take a stand!Let this book help you become a 7-day Christian!

  • Christi
    2019-03-03 00:22

    I was disappointed, but that's just because it had been highly recommended. I felt this was a very EFY-ish, simplistic view of living one's values. I didn't feel like there was anything new here and I especially didn't like his 1) proof-texting (like when he uses "fear not" to support his views on being afraid of social consequences for standing up for Christianity; 2) broad strokes and lack of nuance (like when he basically says that all "faithless see commandments as burdens or inconveniences") and his somewhat random conclusions from his stories. The best parts were when he was quoting other great thinkers and writers. His stories were fine, but there were a lot and they seemed to be pigeonholed into his points. All in all I just think there are better books out there on living your faith.

  • Donna
    2019-03-09 02:12

    I love Brad Wilcox. He is a favorite of mine. I have purchased all of his talk CD's for my kids over the years. He has such a way with the youth that is good, uplifting, and non-judgmental. I have even seen him speak on a few occasions. I liked this book. It had some practical applications of living a Christian life style every day even when it is hard. I liked the first half of this book better than the last half. The first half was just typical Brad Wilcox. The second half seemed like an after thought. Instead of posing the question, "What would Jesus do?" He posed the question, "What would Jesus have me do?" I loved page 51. We did a whole family night on that page. Overall, this was uplifting and encouraging.