New Book Shows Bible’s Messages Can Provide Weapon Against Life’s Battles

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Learn how to deal with issues and emotions encountered in daily life with help from a retired pastor. He shares how the Bible and its principals can help people grow in their faith, described in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Growing Upward: Biblical Perspectives for This Very Day” by Norman Smith.

Each issue and its accompanying biblical principle, example or illustration provides a way to turn potential hurdles into victories.

(PRWEB) June 16, 2015 -- When faced with the everyday challenges of modern life, some people forget an essential tool to help them through the worst: the Bible. As explained by a retired pastor in his new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, the stories in the Bible can bring understanding and healing to those undergoing struggles in their own lives. As Norman Smith counseled others, he found their life issues fell into a series of categories. Those issues led to a series of sermons on biblical principles that, in turn, led to his latest book.

In “Growing Upward: Biblical Perspectives for This Very Day,” Smith details very human issues such as stress, pride, worry, fear, complaining, doubt, loneliness, anger, resentment, guilt, temptation, lust, envy, greed, failure and procrastination. Each issue and its accompanying biblical principle, example or illustration provides a way to turn potential hurdles into victories, allowing people to grow and develop their spiritual disciplines. Knowing and trusting God can guide people through the hardships life sends their way, and recognizing struggles and faults enables people to help each other to “grow upward,” Smith writes.

“’Growing Upward’ is a timely manual for Christian living, guided by timeless and time-tested principles. Norm Smith’s wisdom, plain speaking, and love for Christ and his fellow man emerge from every page of this practical and invaluable treatise,” writes Father Aris Metrakos.

This is the third book for Norman Smith, a retired pastor who also wrote “Out of the Norm” and “Searching for the Norm.” Smith spent more than 30 years as a high school teacher before becoming a full-time minister. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoy traveling and spending time at their cabin in Mount Hermon, Calif, along with their daughter Jill and her family. They live in Broadmoor Village, Calif.


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Growing Upward: Biblical Perspectives for This Very Day
Norman Smith
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3685-4        320 pages        $16.95 US

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