God Has Designs on Your Life
Patterns: Ways to Develop a God-Filled Life by Mel Lawrenz
Zondervan; Hardcover, 188 pages.
So many ideas exist about spiritual growth that the subject can get confusing. We complicate what God makes simple. Getting close to God is a matter of honoring some basic patterns that are a part of the Bible and of life. Discover how to nurture a God-filled life by the choices you make and the patterns you create. This practical guide helps you develop character patterns that display the fruit of the Spirit, and devotion patterns based on the spiritual disciplines. It’s spiritual growth made plain. Patterns helps you apply God’s design to your life so you can reflect his glory and experience his fullness.
Character patterns—The building of a character can begin at any moment and comes from a lifetime of small steps, simple daily choices. The fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control—are the very shape and substance of personhood. They furnish a captivating description of a God-filled character.
Devotion patterns—Whenever we talk to Jesus, he transforms our hearts and minds into a shape God can call “very good!” Devotion patterns are spiritual disciplines that enable us to maintain an authentic relationship with God. Learn how to experience his filling out your prayers, filling you in worship, emptying you, and filling you again through godly service.
[This] "entertaining and deeply spiritual book... would make a terrific group or individual Bible-study choice." review in Christian Booksellers Association Marketplace
"A remarkably fresh treatise." review in Publishers' Weekly
"It is a remarkable book filled with wisdom and guidance for the Christian journey.... the questions at the end of each chapter are well chosen and genuinely thought provoking. In addition to personal reflection, the questions undoubtedly make the book suitable for group discussion."R. Munday, Dean and President, Nashotah House Seminary
"I found this book to be very effective in my Christian life and in having a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I would recommend this book to every Christian who is truly desiring a closer walk with the Lord. It gives new meaning to what a closer relationship with the Lord means."L. Boudreau, South Carolina
"I am in a book study (small group) with Patterns, and it is an excellent book for personal reading, and for talking about in group discussion. Each chapter ends with thought provoking questions. Mel Lawrenz has his material orderly and concise. The basis of the book is explaining different life Patterns, and how to incorporate them in your own life. We have new Christians and mature Christians and this book is great for both.AJ, Minneapolis
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Mel Lawrenz was Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, for the past ten years and has recently become Minister at Large for Elmbrook Church and director of a new networking ministry: The Brook Network. He has served at Elmbrook for thirty years altogether, succeeding Stuart Briscoe as senior pastor in 2000. Mel has a Ph.D. in historical theology from Marquette University, and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, and host of the radio program 'Faith Conversations,' which airs on commercial talk radio.