"I felt it might be better for believers to raise up what unites us in following Jesus, rather than what divides us."

Author Heitz shares his conviction that a multitude of extraneous factors make the Bible, with its timeless teachings, seem far more complex than it needs to be. He offers a five-step program founded on diligent research and a rational overview, helping Christians cast aside unnecessary things and develop a clearer, simpler path to comprehending, accepting and obeying God’s will and wishes for his creation. Five significant standards are stressed: “Simplify for God,” “Thank God,” “Trust God,” “Listen to God,” and “Act for God.” Heitz explores each of these dynamic principles based on his personal experience, well-researched historical evidence, and a cogent stance that reverberates throughout.

Heitz reminds readers that Jesus often used recognizable, human-level situations in parable form to promote understanding among his followers. Thanking can arise by observing God’s grace and the many opportunities to receive it. Trust is built on discerning natural patterns and recalling incidents that can point to a higher power. Prayer and religious study can be forms of listening. Acting offers scope for creative and constructive crafts and bringing God’s principles to one’s home and workplace.

Heitz has had a successful career in business and entrepreneurship and is an exemplar of purposeful philanthropy both in his home region and overseas, notably helping to support community programs in Africa. His thoughtful, well-organized treatise centers on a genuine wish to help his readership explore their faith-based values and expand their determination to live according to God’s word. Each segment concludes with pertinent questions for readers’ study, and his encouraging “Final Thoughts” express the hope that his five simple steps can become a foundation “to become more Christ-like and… further God’s present Kingdom on earth.” His book will undoubtedly evoke group discussion, enhancing individual understanding and attracting those new to the Christian faith.

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