I am no stranger to Mark Batterson’s work. In fact, his book The Circle Maker had a drastic influence on my prayer life. Through it, I was encouraged to focus not only simply seeking God about particular items only once, but instead, to continue to circle those items in prayer. To continue to circle meant to continue to come back to them.
The premise of If is simple at its core but can have a radical influence on your life. Mark creates short chapters based around the eighth chapter of the book of Romans. As he dissects this rich chapter verse by verse, he undergirds the truth of each verse with science, personal stories, and historical accounts. Each chapter leaves you pondering what God would happen if someone were to take Him at His word and forget every other noise.
The book If stirs you to dream bigger and believe that what if should be a regular word in our vocabulary. We should strive to live a life where anything is possible if it revolves around Christ. It seems as if many people have tried to convince Christians to live their life in this manner. Mark not only is the most compelling I have read about this passage so far, but also has stories to share about living a life like this.
Though I have only read this book once, I know it will be one I will re-read over the coming years. If you have any doubts, get this book and apply what it says. If you do this, you can see God work in every possibility of your life.
That tiny two-letter word is the hinge on the door of possibilities. Some of us are stuck in if only, living lives marked by regret. But God can turn your if only regrets into a what if attitude, a faith that looks forward to the future with holy confidence. There are 1,784 ifs in the Bible. The most significant? “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It’s the game changer! God is always on our side–every day in every way. That one little if changes everything.
With his trademark enthusiasm and contagious joy, Mark Batterson helps you overcome feelings of guilt, fear, and doubt because in Christ there is no condemnation. Unpacking the promises of Romans 8, he shows you how to transform your if only regrets into what if possibilities.
And because of that, the possibilities for your life are limitless.
Mark Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, The Grave Robber, and A Trip around the Sun, as well as a dozen other books. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one church with seven campuses in Washington, DC. Mark has a doctor of ministry degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children. Learn more at www.markbatterson.com and follow him on Twitter @markbatterson.
All that stands between you and your wildest dreams is one little if.
“From the first time I read a Mark Batterson book, I’ve loved the way he looks at life and faith. He doesn’t say if only and settle for regret. He says what if and leans into adventure. Read this book and you will too!”–Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over
“Mark Batterson brings God to life in ways that change us. Whatever is holding you back, lay it down. You don’t want to miss the stories God has for you. Because if God is real, what do we have to lose?”–Jennie Allen, visionary of IF:Gathering, author of Restless
“Mark Batterson has the extraordinary gift of making inspiration seem contagious. If will motivate and encourage you in a way that is genuinely entertaining and solidly biblical.”–Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Miracles and Bonhoeffer
“Finally, a book that shows you how and why we should all take the risks that lead to a life of genuine and faithful purpose.”–Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is
“I am inspired, strengthened, and encouraged, ready to take on life’s challenges and continue in pursuit of my dreams.”–Mara Schiavocampo, correspondent, Good Morning America
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