52 Books Guest Author – Chris Lautsbaugh


Posted On Jan 6 2014 by

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52 Books Monday!

Welcome to our first 52 Books Challenge Monday. Every Monday throughout the year, we’ll have a different author guest posting to tell us a bit about him or herself and their latest book. Though I’m a fiction writer, non-fiction is vital to our reading regiment. Our first author this year is Chris Lautsbaugh, author of Death of the Modern Superhero, How Grace Breaks our Rules. Do you struggle with your faith? Do you try to be a Super Christian? Chris’ book will break the “rules” you’ve placed on your life and show you how grace can set you free…again.

I’ll let Chris take it from here…

 

Does God Love You More if You Read More?

If you are reading this, it is likely you have taken up Ron Estrada’s challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks this year.

The question is, Why?

Is it to improve your knowledge? Maybe.
To force yourself through the power of peer pressure to be accountable and read more? Perhaps.

Or, if you are wanting to focus on some Christian books, is it so you will grow in your Christian walk?

If this is the reason, are you hoping to do your part so God will bless you?
Are you hoping if you read more, God will love you more, resulting in your being used by Him more?
Will this make you a more spiritual person?

This might seem like a bit of a stretch.

Do people really believe God loves them more if they read more books?

Consider all the other ways we do this in our lives….

If we serve in church ministries.
If we pray and read our Bibles on a regular basis.
If we give money to foreign missions or to teams engaging in social justice activities.

Then we can have an “in” with God and our prayers will get shuffled to the top of the stack.

Many booksAll of these are good things to do, just like reading more.

But we don’t want to do good things with the wrong motives.

If we do, we are modern-day Pharisees.

Every religious act the Pharisees performed could have a Scripture verse attached to it.

In short, we often attempt to improve our standing with God by the things we do. We try to be a superhero.

This is the premise of my book, Death of the Modern SuperHero: How Grace Breaks our Rules.

Our society tells us the way to success is by being bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Life drills this into us from the moment we are born. We push to succeed in school, sports, and climb the corporate ladder.

This belief works its way into our faith as well, resulting very subtly, in a works-based faith.

I must be a better Christian.
I can work more at being a good father.
I must serve my spouse more.
I really should volunteer more at my churches outreach program.
If I give a bit more money, I may be blessed more in return.

Notice the repeated pronoun.

“I”

If we focus our efforts on ourselves, it turns into a dead work and we are attempting to be superheroes. I can make myself be bigger, better, faster, or stronger.

While this may work for a season, or result in some growth; we know all to well that left to our own devices we will fail.

Anyone remember their New Year’s Resolutions from last year? Come March of this year, our 52 book challenge will be on the scrap heap of failed hopes if we attempt it all in our own strength.

Rather, we need to focus our attention on Christ, doing these things not as requirements but as a response to what He has already done.

So please, Read.Many books

But lets keep the focus on Christ, and not on ourselves.

If we do, we will grow. This is a perk.
If we do, we will improve in our knowledge and our discipline.

And perhaps most importantly, if we miss a week, we won’t feel condemned or a failure. We will get back up and read again. Because this is not a “have to”, it is a “want to.”

So what if we read 15, 32, or 51 books this year? As a Christian, our eyes our on Christ.

This mentality will allow us to read more without the guilt and condemnation of disappointing God or ourselves.

So, lets take the challenge. But let’s do it with our eyes in the right place.

As a part of this post, Chris is giving away 10 copies of the his book Death of the Modern Superhero. Follow him on Twitter or like his blog’s Facebook page, NoSuperHeroes, in order to be entered. 

 

Chris-LautsbaughChris Lautsbaugh lives in Muizenberg, South Africa. He serves with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), teaching and training internationals to be missionaries and church leaders. Together with his wife Lindsey, they lead and steward training programs and ministries in and around Cape Town, reaching out to under privileged communities, planting churches, and meeting needs associated with the issues South Africa is facing. They have been in missions for nearly 40 combined years. They serve together with their two boys, Garett and Thabo.
 
Blog/Book site – www.nosuperheroes.com

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Last Updated on: January 6th, 2014 at 6:34 am, by Ron


Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.


3 responses to “52 Books Guest Author – Chris Lautsbaugh

  1. the twitter link didn’t work from here when I initially clicked it. Not sure why. And it doesn’t matter how many books we read even though 52 is an awesome goal…what matters is how we use what we gain. With Christ, we’ve already won.