Dave Stillie’s New Book Teaches Readers to Form Loving Relationships with God

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Retired pastor helps readers give up stifling religious rituals in ‘Extreme Surrender’.

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Other readers will find comfort in realizing that salvation is God’s free gift, not dependent on the performance of their futile religious practice.

In “Extreme Surrender: Breaking Free from Futile Religious Ritual to Develop a Real Relationship with God” (published by CrossBooks), Dave Stillie’s new book, readers are guided toward a genuine worshipful relationship with God.

Stillie contends that many people who believe they are faithful Christians are simply hoping that their “obedience to manmade church ritual will convince God to tip their life scale in favor of heaven.” He says the Bible teaches that people can know they are saved, that salvation is God’s gift, not payment for ritual obedience, and salvation is defined as having an intimate relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ. “Extreme Surrender” exposes what Stillie sees as the false ritual some Christians depend upon and directs believers to a “genuine worshipful relationship with Jesus.”

An excerpt from “Extreme Surrender”:

“Tragically, the vast majority of Americans claiming the name of Christ today are content with performing perfunctory religious ritual to fulfill their perceived obligations to God. They reject the heavy responsibility of maintaining an ongoing intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that their observance of surface ritual suffices to fulfill their religious requirement. They tip their hat to God, exchange air high-fives and continue on with life the way they want to live it, without regard for His plan or design.”

Stillie calls “Extreme Surrender” the “next step in personal spiritual growth,” and says readers will be surprised by the assertions he makes. “Some readers will be confronted with their own ritual attempts to please God and will be challenged to focus on a genuine relationship with Jesus,” he says. “Other readers will find comfort in realizing that salvation is God’s free gift, not dependent on the performance of their futile religious practice.”

Extreme Surrender
By Dave Stillie
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 218 pages | ISBN 9781462728640
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 218 pages | ISBN 9781462728626
E-Book | ISBN 9781462728633
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Dave Stillie is a retired pastor, having served churches in Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming for more than 35 years. He holds doctor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Southern Baptist seminaries. Stillie and Sharon, his wife of 46 years, have three children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks’ innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to crossbooks.com or call 1-866-879-0502.

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