Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 RELATED TITLES UNIQUE SELLING POINTS 978-0-85721-752-3 • $14.99 Paperback • 5 x 7.75 • 160 pages Christian Life / General Monarch Books • Rights: NA October 27, 2016 Does a truly biblical faith support the many evangelical platitudes? Evangelicals are committed to biblical truth, priding ourselves on living as much by New Testament principles as we possibly can. At the same time, during the last two hundred years we’ve developed a distinct identity. Like other tribes, we’ve accepted ways of thinking and speaking that we’re comfortable with and that define us as a group. These don’t always stand up under scru- tiny in light of what Scripture teaches. One of these ideas, frequently heard in evangelical circles, is that “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” It may be shock- ing for evangelicals to learn that this is not a biblical idea and is fraught with difficulty. Among the themes addressed in this book are forgiveness (we set unrealistically high standards); evangelism (we often do it for the wrong reasons); preaching (we confuse it with teaching); healing (actually, it’s very rare); and prayer (will God really change the weather for the church picnic?). The book is warm and positive but challenges many of the ingrained truisms prevalent in evangelical circles. Mark Woods is a Baptist minister who moved into religious jour- nalism after sixteen years in pastoral ministry. He served as editor ofTheBaptistTimesandthenasconsultingeditorofTheMethodist Recorder, and is now a contributing editor for the online magazine Christian Today. He is in leadership in his home church and in his spare time enjoys films and the outdoors. | 9 | CHRISTIAN LIVING ISBN 978-0-85721-752-3 9 7 8 0 8 5 7 2 1 7 5 2 3 Does the Bible Really Say That…? Challenging Our Assumptions in the Light of Scripture Mark Woods The Jesus Scandals 978-0-85721-023-4 • $12.99 Why Isn’t God Nice? 978-0-85721-672-4 • $13.99 • A gentle corrective from an insider • Short and witty