New eBook // What Thirty-Somethings Need to Hear: When Age Meets Grace

Navigating through the changing seasons of life is not a simple task.

As the years pile up on us, we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed by it all. Responsibilities increase. Demands on our time and energy increase. Coming face-to-face with the harsh realities of life in a broken world, we can wake up wondering how we’re going to make it.

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Yet, the God of all grace has mercy available for every season. The God of all encouragement has words of comfort and strength for those wrestling with weariness, dealing with discouragement, contending with comparison, and simply searching for meaning in the midst of the mundane.

I’m excited to announce the publication of a book called What Thirty-Somethings Need to Hear, designed to help us re-kindle the wonder of grace in our hearts even as we age (the eBook is available now on Amazon).

If you are currently in the throes of your thirties, searching for encouragement as you are heading into your thirties, or simply reflecting back on this unique season of life, this eBook is for you.

Here’s what others are saying about What Thirty-Somethings Need to Hear: When Age Meets Grace:

“For many of us, the thirties have been filled will mundane tasks, working hard, and caring for family. There’s nothing glamorous about it and we’ve lost some of the excitement of “what’s next?!” that we had in our twenties. Craig Cooper gets it and he has a good word for those of us in the trenches—God is with us and grace abounds. What Thirty-Somethings Need to Hear reminds us that there is hope for the weary, tired, and even bored as Craig shines light on our great God and Savior. This book is indeed what we all need to hear.
TRILLIA NEWBELL
Author of Fear and Faith (2015) and United (2014)

“The thirties are a time where personal responsibility is at an all time high, margin is at a low, and novelty of the twenties is long past in the rear view mirror. Its been true for me. Craig Cooper understands the disillusionment of the thirties, but his wisdom doesn’t stop there. Craig models in his life and in his writings an anchoring beyond himself and a compelling hope in God’s grace. What Thirty Somethings Need to Hear is a refreshing read and even anticorrosive agent to cynicism, resignation, frustration, and disillusionment that we all feel. Read and recover your thirties.”
BRANDON ADDISON
Pastor Fellowship South Nashville
Founding Member New Nashville

“We have so many voices in our culture telling us what we should value and who we should become. What this book does so well is let Jesus answer and define those pressing questions by viewing them through the lens of Scripture rather than the eyes of the world. Craig has been able to communicate a voice of Biblical truth that is louder and much more persuasive than anything in our culture. And its a voice worth listening to.”
JOHN HAMSTRA
Lead Pastor, Mercy Hill Church
Munster, IN

“What Thirty Somethings Need to Hear will challenge you to be still, to listen for God’s voice, and to thrive in what are some of the most rewarding years of your life.”
CHAD NIKAZY
Blogger at Trifatherhood.com

Come up for air and breath again as you read What Thirty-Somethings Need to Hear: When Age Meets Grace. Refreshment awaits you. Grace awaits you. Mercy awaits you.

The book is available now for Kindle on Amazon. Just click here to get your copy. 

A Review of The Book “God Took Me By The Hand” by Jerry Bridges

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, I visited a local bookstore and picked up a copy of Jerry Bridges’ new book God Took Me By The Hand.

God Took Me By the Hand

For many reasons, I have been greatly anticipating the release of this particular book. As I sat down one early morning to read it over the holiday weekend, I was not disappointed. A rare experience for me, I actually read the entirety of the book in one day. I simply could not put it down.

Why I Am Personally Grateful for Jerry Bridges

Mr. Bridges is 84 years old. He’s been walking with the Lord for over 65 years. There is a wisdom, grace, and spiritual maturity that comes from one who has been walking with Jesus for so many years. I’ve met Mr. Bridges personally and have been impacted by his humility, his reverence for God, and his personal appropriation of the goodness of God and the gospel of grace. I’ve heard him teach several times, and the simplicity and profundity of his teachings and writings have greatly impacted my spiritual life over the years.

On my bookshelf, among others, are the following books:

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    The Pursuit of Holiness
    The Practice of Godliness
    The Discipline of Grace
    Transforming Grace
    Trusting God
    The Joy of Fearing God
    The Transforming Power of the Gospel
    The Gospel for Real Life
    The Fruitful Life
    The Bookends of the Christian Life

So, what makes this book unique from all the others?

God Took Me By The Hand is, in my view, the most personal of all of Mr. Bridges’ books. The book is actually structured as a personal recounting of the providence of God in Mr. Bridges’ life.

Mr. Bridges writes,

“When I was seventeen years old, it seemed as if God took me by the hand and said, ‘Come with Me.’ And for more than sixty-five years, God has, as it were, continued to hold my hand and lead me in the path He has marked out for me… There have been lots of times when life has been hard and discouraging, but through it all, I see God’s hand drawing me along the path He ordained for me before I was born… The purpose of this story, then, is to explain, illustrate, and exalt God’s providence… so that believers will come to recognize and appreciate more of God’s work in their own lives” (pages 11-12).

Following this structure, the book gives the reader a sensation as if he or she is sitting in the living room with Mr. Bridges, enjoying a cup of coffee and conversing around the glory of God’s providence displayed throughout his years of walking with Christ.

Mr. Bridges describes four physical defects and deformities he was born with (e.g. he was cross-eyed, with an underdeveloped right inner-ear, and he had abnormalities in his breastbone and spine among other physical difficulties he coped with throughout his childhood and adult life). He sees the providence of God in it all:

So I was born physically exactly the way God wanted me to be and to parents who were poor, uneducated, and socially isolated, all because that was the plan God ordained for me before I was born. But if you fast-forward my life to the present, you have to be amazed at what God has done for a cross-eyed, partially deaf boy growing up in poverty alongside the railroad tracks… Furthermore, all that God has done, He has done solely by His grace” (Page 17-18).

Throughout the book, Mr. Bridges describes the circumstances leading up to his conversion, his entrance into the US Navy, his providential passing of naval hearing test (through a make-shift hearing exam administered through a naval officer), his introduction to the Navigators, his conversion to Christ, and his invitation to write and teach.

In the account of his life, suffering is intermingled with joy, and hardships are mixed in with God’s blessings and grace. As I read the book, I found myself reviewing the 37 years of my own life and thanking God for His quiet providence that led me to Christ and to where I am today. I also found myself wondering at what the future may hold as I continue to walk with Jesus. It definitely had a comforting, encouraging, strengthening, and inspiring effect on my own soul.

For any Christian seeking to grow in their faith and awareness and appreciation of God’s providential working in their own lives, I highly recommend God Took Me By The Hand.

Like me, you may not be able to put it down.

Question: Have you read God Took Me By the Hand, and if so, what effect did it have on your own soul? What other books by Mr. Bridges have you read, and how have you benefitted from them?