Are you truly serious about allowing the power of God to transform your life? In this new book by respected pastor and author James MacDonald, you will confront three parts of the model for real change: The Preparation for Change, The Process of Change and The Power for Change.
- Life Altering Change The Biblical Way
Lord, Change Me by James MacDonald is quite a biblical take on change, which is refreshing as most books related to change are all about what we do not what God has done for us. It focuses on biblical concepts such as true repentance and the power of the Holy Spirit to change people.
It is great that it states that self-help methodology simply doesn’t bring any lasting change of any worth and that Jesus Christ is needed for major change to happen. The chapter on true biblical repentance is refreshing when a lot of people just shrug off their sin and think nothing of repeating it multiple times due to their limited understanding of grace.
He rightly points out that God is the one that points out the changes that are required through reading the Bible and prayer. The actual change is brought about by the working of the Holy Spirit with help from other Christian friends.
The narration was very good as usual, which made listening very easy.
This is a very good book for Christians looking to change from their old nature into the new nature that God has for them.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Poor 1st audiobook review experience
As some already know, I have reviewed quite a few books over the last couple of years. However, I decided to try something a little different and review an audiobook. Unfortunately, my first choice of books was "Lord, Change Me" by James McDonald.
I have no doubt that Mr. McDonald is a great man of the faith and has a lot of wonderful insight. Very little of it, however, was on display in this audiobook.
What I expected was some great wisdom on how God can change me to use me for his purposes and see others changed in the process. What I got was a watered-down, basic idea of faith that was not well-written and honestly, not read all that well either (read by Wayne Shepherd, who I have heard read well before).
What this seemed to amount to, for me, was a self-help book about how I can make myself into whatever I want to be rather than a book about our dependence on God and seeing Him move.
Also, I want you to know that I received this audiobook for free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program (http://christianaudio.com).
- A Great Non-Self-Help Book!
I just finished listening to Lord Change Me by James Macdonald. This was my first exposure to Macdonald's work and it really impressed me. I liked it mostly because of how practical it is. As a pastor, Macdonald's writing has been tested in the crucible of real-life, so he really understands where the popular reader is at.
The book is broken into three main sections:
1. The Preparation for Change - this section walks through understanding "faulty methods for change"; sets up a process for admitting to God that you are willing to change; and guidance for choosing things you're willing to change.
2. The Process for Change - this section frames a biblical theology for supporting the process of changing.
3. The Power for Change - this section outlines three main power sources: the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of faith, and the power of Christian friends who can keep you accountable and growing in your faith.
The book flows well through this outline, and I really liked the skill Macdonald has for making material engaging. He employs interesting stories, unique formatting, and memorable phraseology. But the best thing about the book is Macdonald's confidence. He really believes he has been honest with scripture and personal experience in order to develop a step-by-step process that really works. He introduces the book this way:
"This is not a book to help you 'talk a better game,' nor is it designed to fill your head with information. This book is about a different you. After much prayer and reflection, I believe I can promise you with 100 percent assurance that if you apply to your heart and life the biblical principles in this book, you will be changed!"
Overall, this first taste of Macdonald's writing has me really excited. I saved multiple quotes for Bible classes and sermon illustrations; I also plan to read more of his work.
Full Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Christianaudio.com reviewers' program, which does give away free books in exchange for reviews, but I am not required to give a positive review in order to participate in this program.
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- great companion audio to print edition
This book is about removing tumors from life to find joy. It is about change, not growth. This involves becoming radically different as soon as possible. It is not for those who want to improve, but those who want to differ altogether. It is about change according to the Bible, not a self-help book. It's about doing, now. Transformation, critically. This book is only for those who want and seek that radical, instantaneous change. This book is how to accomplish that change. It is divided into four sections: (i) prepare to change, (ii) process of change, (iii) power to change, and (iv) experiencing change.
Not what, not why, but how. This book of actionable change doesn't spend time explaining what change is or why it is necessary, but is only how to accomplish it. This book is for those who know they need to change and are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish said change.
The narration is smooth with an excellent inflection. It sounds like an audiobook, of course, but could easily be interpreted as a radio advertisement or video presentation that would accompany the printed edition. Medium-paced in a manner that is easy to follow along with, the audio achieves Five Stars with a salesman-like style to it. "Change Needs You - Now." Or so it goes...
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- Practical and Helpful Book
I enjoyed listening to this book and found it to have what many books lack...practicality.
I enjoy good theology but when the rubber meets the road people need to know what to do with that theology.
Often when a book is written on practical Christian living they are weak on theology Not so in this book.
With only a few things that I would disagree with doctrinally, this book was both biblical and helpful for me.
Here are a few things i appreciated about this book.
Great Narration - It was an enjoyable book to listen to and Wayne Shepherd has a voice that is very suitable for the subject
Very Practical - As mentioned already, the book was practically helpful but not filled with fluff like "10 steps to change" type books. James spends the majority of the book expounding Romans 6 and how the scriptures and believing God are the key to Change.
Biblical - With a few exceptions on which I would disagree doctrinally, the book is filled with scripture and will be the power of God unto Salvation for you if you will believe and apply
Overall, I would reccomend this book to anyone looking to overcome areas of sin in their life.
Thanks to the christianaudio reviewers program which made it possible for me to review this book but did not solicit a biased review of any sort.
- Very Helpful Tool
We all need to change. For the Christian, change, repentance, will be a part of our lives until the day that we stand before our Lord face-to-face. Sadly, for many, we have no plan for change and no process we intend to work through to accomplish life-impacting change. James MacDonald’s book, Lord Change Me, is a helpful tool that believers can use to wade into the process of change.
MacDonald writes very well on the issue of change. I specifically found his handling of the issue of repentance to be strong. Unlike many modern authors, MacDonald does not merely address one aspect of repentance such as new thinking or behavioral change; instead, he addresses repentance from a broader and more biblical view.
I would also add, among many positives, that MacDonald does the church a service by calling Christians to rely on God’s Spirit, to take intentional action, and to have godly friends in order to walk through the process of change.
There is little negative about this work. At points during the work, I felt that MacDonald left a bit too much of a door open to a “name it, claim it” view of change. I know, however, that this is not MacDonald’s teaching and is rather simply an impression that some of the language gave me. I also found MacDonald’s few comments in his book regarding the struggles that he had while working on “The Elephant Room” conference to be unhelpful.
I would eagerly recommend Lord Change Me for Christians who are ready to work on their lives for the glory of God. This book would make a useful group Bible study resource or an excellent tool for one-on-one discipleship. Yes, it has a negative or two—or it could be taken wrongly in places—but the book is stronger than its weaknesses, which is the best we can say for any book that is not the Bible.
For the purposes of this review, I listened to the excellent audio version of this book provided by ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. Listeners to this book will find that the reading is very good, easy to listen to, and meeting Christian Audio’s high standards.
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