Righteous and Lost
Finding Hope for the Pharisee Within
by Michelle S. Lazurek
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2017 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2017
Word traveled fast about the celebration, but out in the field, the older brother stood his ground. He found no joy in these events.
When Jesus first spoke the parable of the prodigal son and his older brother, he sought to confront the religious leaders of his day, the Pharisees. They were filled with a critical and biting spirit. Today’s church is full of similarly minded older brothers who are just as lost.
Christians often become burned out on church but don’t know why. We can easily become the older brother grumbling in the field, jealous and envious of all the spoils our younger brother receives. This parable is one of longing, of wanting, and of a Father who extends his hand and gives freely to both sons—yet only one gratefully receives. This book will help you identify the attitudes and behaviors hindering you from the intimate walk with God you desire.
In Righteous and Lost, you will
· explore biblical passages that will help you embrace the love of your Father
· identify symptoms of a religious spirit
· analyze how a religious spirit can block you from a relationship with God
· apply practical tips and advice to prevent a religious spirit from coming back into your life
“Stuck in a spiritual rut? Striving for closeness with God, yet feeling like he’s further away than ever? Take a seat with Michelle as she shares her secret to closeness with God. Allow her to pour a tall, cool glass of refreshing truth, taking you straight to the arms of Jesus. For anyone out there who knows there’s something more, but can’t seem to find it, this book is for you!”
—Erica Wiggenhorn, author of An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder & Devotion of the Early Church and The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers
“With her scriptural insights and life experiences, Michelle leads you to a deeper understanding of the parable of the prodigal son—especially the feelings of his older brother. She personally relates to those feelings, and you will too as she challenges your thinking through end-of-chapter discussion questions. Her research enriches the book with snippets from the writings of others. You will surely recognize some flawed attitudes of your own as you ponder her points.”
—Shirley Brosius, speaker and author of Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories about Women Who Made A Difference
“I identify with the ‘older brother,’ so I appreciate Michelle Lazurek’s gentle wisdom. Her vulnerable sharing assures us God is wooing us into sweet intimacy with a loving, welcoming Father who does not condemn. This significant book helps us see the subtle elder brother responses we can easily ignore. Yet it offers even more hope for freedom-producing healing. Even if you don’t think you are like the older brother, read this book—you will benefit.”
—Kathy Collard Miller, speaker and author of many books, including Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today