What Do Contentment, Identity, and Joy Have in Common? Three Great New Resources

Michael J. Kruger

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November 5, 2018

So, pleased to see three great new resources released this year by my wife, Melissa.  And they cover the topics of contentment, identity, and joy.

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First, Ligonier ministries just released a new 8-part video series with Melissa on contentment which would be fantastic for Bible studies, women’s groups, or Sunday School classes.

Here’s the summary from Ligonier

Many Christians struggle with comparison, covetousness, and complaining. But the Apostle Paul was content in plenty and in want. What was Paul’s secret, and how do we cultivate contentment in our lives? In Contentment, Melissa Kruger considers what it really means to be content: to place our trust in our good and sovereign God. God’s love for His people is unchanging, and He is using every detail of our lives to shape and fashion us into the image of Jesus Christ. As we look back to the cross of Christ and look forward to the hope of heaven, we will discover that ultimate contentment is found in Him.

She has treated this theme in a number of places including her book, The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012).

Image result for In All Things Melissa KrugerSecond, Melissa edited and contributed to the volume Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ (TGC, 2018).  This volume includes essays from a number of fantastic women authors and tackles a really important subject in our modern culture.

Here’s the description of the book:

Who am I? It’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point. Depending on the season we focus our identity on our job performance, marital status, personality type, or social network, among other options. However, there’s a larger question to consider. Who does the Bible tell me I am in Christ? From the wisdom and perspective of insightful authors-including Jen Wilkin, Hannah Anderson, and Jen Pollock Michel-we’ll seek to answer this question by: Exposing our false notions of identity; Understanding the biblical truth of our identity in Christ; and Reflecting on what it looks like to live in our new (and true) identity. In 10 chapters we’ll cover everything from our identity as children of God to citizens of heaven. At the end of each chapter, study questions will facilitate group discussion as you consider this glorious truth with your friends. Join us as we explore how knowing who we are in Christ changes every aspect of our lives.

Image result for In All Things Melissa KrugerThird, Melissa just released In All Things: A Nine-week Devotional Bible Study on Unshakeable Joy (Waterbrook, 2018).  Effectively this is a Bible study of the book of Philippians and is a fantastic look at joy in the Christian life.  It was endorsed by a number of key leaders including Jen Wilkin, Ligon Duncan, Nancy Guthrie, Trillia Newbell, and Kristyn Getty.

Here’s the description:

With warm teaching and perspective-shifting insights, Bible teacher Melissa Kruger walks you through the power-packed words of the apostle Paul to believers in the early church to discover what he knew about the secret to unshakeable peace–and how his insights can help any woman discover a secure and satisfying contentment no matter what life may bring. With the Scripture passages printed right in the book for handy reference, this is an ideal resource for busy women of any life stage who want to deepen their spiritual life and increase their daily joy.

These are three great resources that I hope you will take advantage of. And check out this video introducing her video series on contentment:

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