Longwood, Fla. (PRWEB) January 27, 2010
For far too long the message of the gospel has been used as a yardstick by which to gauge the degree of sin rampant in our culture and our lives. The modern church has gone to great lengths to teach obedience to rules but has done very little to teach converts how to live freely. The result is that the Good News is no longer good news; believers either become exhausted by repeated attempts to live up to the standards put before them or they become arrogant in a belief that they are doing better than the pagans. W. Todd Pedersen's new book, The Disciplines of Freedom ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-624-3), is meant to be a primer on how to get back to the original mission of Christ as stated in Luke 4:18--setting the captives free.
"The modern church has taught Christians to be obedient but not to be free," the author says. "Only freedom leads us to a closer walk with God and provides the energy for lasting obedience and life change. The lack of freedom is why so many youth and discouraged adults to leave our churches. They leave our churches and taste freedom never to come back. The freedom the gospel offers is life-giving. The freedom the world offers is life-taking."
A medical device salesman by profession, Pedersen credits his involvement with men's ministry--and his application of these principles to practical situations--as the thing that opened his eyes to our need to reconnect with the freedom of the gospel. The Charlotte, North-Carolina-based author hopes that his book's message will resonate with both young converts and bored veteran Christians searching for a way to go deeper into the gospel.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Disciplines of Freedom through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The Disciplines of Freedom is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.