Monday, February 29, 2016

No Longer I?

This book, and Webber's first award-winning book, Meeting Jesus,  should be in the hands of every recruit, soldier, candidate, officer, and former officer - they and the Army will be strengthened as a result. Awarded 5 Stars


Longer I?
by Howard Webber.

Often, when we long to do what is pleasing to God, it seems that there are insurmountable problems and difficulties that Satan throws at us in all sorts of subtle ways. Living the Christian life can seem a uphill struggle with little of the joy Jesus promised and much heartache and disappointment. In despair we can well feel like giving up. Some of our worst attacks come from within the fellowship to which we belong.

Yet, we know that Jesus has been there. His worst experiences were not caused by those  outside the fellowship of God's people, but from within, and his biggest disappointments were with his own disciples. Yet, living in that often hostile environment he spoke of possessing a joy and peace and, amidst it all, he lived a perfect, victorious, holy life of love, the life to which he calls every one of us.

It took me years of struggle before I discovered and accepted that what he required was an impossibility. Only then did I begin to realise that it wasn't about what I could do with his help, but what he could do if only I would get out of the way! 'No Longer I?' is about that struggle and that discovery. Half of the book, as with my first book, Meeting Jesus: Inspiring stories of modern-day evangelism, is stories, and the second half is a look at the discoveries I made in the light of scripture. My prayer is that some fellow struggler might also find release and liberty on reading this book, and find reading it an very enriching experience. 

God bless you all
Howard Webber

Product details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1519451806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1519451804
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Howard Webber, father of five grown up children and three grandchildren, has been a Salvation Army officer for over thirty years. His ministry has included positions as a corps officer (church leader), an itinerant evangelist, a church planter and a writer. His first book, 'Meeting Jesus: Inspiring Stories of Modern-Day Evangelism,' was awarded the Premier Christianity Magazine's Book of the Year in 2010. In retirement, he and his wife Judy live in Bournemouth, U.K.

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A brilliant book - honest and thought provoking. Made me laugh and cry but most importantly challenged me in my relationship with God.
I urge you to read this book as its not like any other Christian book I've read.
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Howard writes in such an easy reading style - you feel as if you are in the situation with him! His ability to draw positives from some very seemingly negative experiences - because of his strong Christian faith, encourage the reader to consider life in the same way. An excellent book about real life issues of a Salvation Army Officer. More please Howard!
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I started to read this book and couldn't put it down! It's an inspirational book which describes some of the difficulties officers face in ministry but Howard then goes on to talk about biblical characters who faced the same challenges. He reminds us of Bonhoeffer who said that Christ calls us to die to self. I wish this book had been available years ago. It certainly has been a great help to me. I would recommend that all new and young officers in particular read it.
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A lovely selection of personal life stories and the walk with God, but speaking out to the reader as well. Recomended reading.
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A wonderfully honest and inspiring book. The first chapter had me hooked and every chapter afterwards kept me wanting to read on. I laughed and cried at places through this book. Definitely on my list of books I would re-read. Howard Webber has a gift with words. I was suitably challenged, and just hope I can be like the washer-upper and not the bandmaster!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

2016 Resolutions: Compensations

Maybe it’s part of the Judeo-Christian work ethic; but whenever we work hard at something—whether it’s a home improvement project, a school- or work-related assignment, or even volunteer work—we expect there to be some sort of compensation, some benefits. Some anticipated rewards include the satisfaction of completing home-related upgrades, an award related to our studies, a career promotion, or being acknowledged and appreciated for volunteer work. Furthermore, the Bible contains numerous verses that refer to having the right attitude and receiving compensation for hard work (e.g., whatever we do should be done for Christ--see Colossians 3:17, 23-24; and 1 Corinthians 10:31). 

However, Scriptures support the fact that there are benefits to having goals, even before we actually begin working on them: ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish,” (Proverbs 29:18, King James Version). Thus, goals are essential, because they provide focus (i.e., “vision”) and direction in our lives. 
Goals also increase our self-esteem, help us feel better about ourselves, and provide motivation. Another consideration is that we choose goals to bring more balance, more peace into our lives. The peace we seek is nurtured and grows when our goals include the self-care that we need to have equilibrium in our day-to-day lives.

What are some of the additional rewards of reaching our goals? There are general compensations (e.g., becoming more committed to taking charge of our lives). We also become stronger as we learn from our failures or mistakes and expand and get help from other resources (e.g., Linkedin and other Internet sites). There are also benefits associated with the specific goals we each have chosen. As we review the top annual resolutions we discover that many of them are focused on physical health concerns, but humans are not exclusively physical beings. In fact, every area of our multi-dimensional lives (heart, soul, mind, and strength—see Luke 10:27) is interconnected. So when we suffer we do so in all areas of our lives. By the same token, when we are healthy in one area of our lives, we discover that we are also are doing well in the other parts. This reality is akin to the analogy that the Apostle Paul used regarding how the human body functions and the similarity to the functioning of the Body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). In other words, improvement in one area spills over to benefit other areas of our lives. To illustrate, research shows that the benefits of walking from 30-60 minutes daily strengthens and increases blood flow to the heart; bones get stronger; heart rate is lowered; fat in the blood is reduced; weight is decreased; blood pressure is maintained in a healthy range; better sleep; quicker healing from illnesses and injuries; improvement in cholesterol levels; and a longer lifespan. Knowing the extensive benefits of walking is a good way to motivate ourselves to continue pursuing our goals of improved health, for example.

 Remember: The goals that we choose are selected to bring balance to our lives. And while there are benefits associated with reaching our goals, don’t wait until you have completed a goal. Celebrate the process, and reward yourself as you finish the successful steps along the way to achieving your ultimate goal.

The time has passed quickly! In this "2016 Resolutions" series, we have covered the Introduction, Choices, Changes, Challenges, and now, Compensations. The series will come to a close next week with the Conclusion.]

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Salvation Army Officer (pastor)