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Chasing Contentment


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"Just about every day, I wake up and read Erik Raymond's insights on pastoral ministry, discipleship, and everyday living as a Christian. He always challenges me to love Jesus as I trust in the sufficiency of his work on the cross. As someone who struggles with contentment, I need his wise counsel to walk with Christ in freedom and joy." -Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Blind Spots "Contentment may not be as elusive as we think it is. Erik Raymond's enthusiasm in explaining the biblical text regarding contentment really shines in this book. Whether you've been wearied by trying to squeeze contentment out of the world or you're happy right where you are, Chasing Contentment will refresh your perspective as you marvel at the sovereign joy of Jesus." -Gloria Furman, author, The Pastor's Wife; Missional Motherhood; and Alive in Him "Erik Raymond is one of my favorite writers. Discontentment is one of my deepest struggles. What a joy, then, to have this author speak wisely, biblically, and pastorally about the value, the importance, and the pursuit of contentment. If you struggle as I do, you'll find help and hope in the pages of this book and, ultimately, in the Book of books it points to." -Tim Challies, blogger, "Too often our search for contentment leads us to sources unable to bear the weight of our desires. We trust in money, relationships, and circumstances, only to find ourselves increasingly dissatisfied. This book helps to clarify our understanding of contentment, as well as redirect our hopes to the One who is able to provide lasting joy. Raymond combines wisdom from church fathers with modern insights and examples that make this book readable, applicable, and needed." -Melissa Kruger, Women's Ministry Coordinator; Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood "Does any word better define our culture than 'chasing'? Does any word better describe what's missing in our culture than 'contentment'? By pairing these seemingly contradictory words, Erik calls us to end our pursuit of more and to begin our pursuit of enough. Read this engaging and enjoyable exploration of Christian contentment and decide, as I did, that this chase is well worth the effort." -David Murray, pastor, Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church; professor of Old Testament and practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Jesus on Every Page and Reset "Erik Raymond is the right man to write the book Chasing Contentment. I was immensely blessed and challenged by this fine work. You will be too as you read and apply it." -Jason K. Allen, president, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College "For decades, when asked for a book recommendation on Christian contentment, I always had to reference books by Puritans like Burroughs and Watson. I knew of no solid modern book on the matter-until now. Erik Raymond's Chasing Contentment is that modern work I have longed to see and use. This book contains the wisdom and insights of the timeless Puritan works, yet brings a culturally relevant pastoral sensitivity that will make this the go-to book on this subject-thoroughly biblical, immensely practical. I highly commend this book and the faithful man who wrote it." -Brian Croft, Senior Pastor, Auburndale Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Founder, Practical Shepherding; Senior Fellow, Church Revitalization Center, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary "In this book, my friend Erik Raymond isn't saying anything new-he's reminding us of some very old wisdom that has gone unheeded and unheralded in our discontented age. Drawing from the prophets, the Puritans, and his own personal experience, he puts his finger on our malaise and offers us gospel medicine. I need the truth in this book-and I'm betting you do, too." -Robert H. Thune, Lead Pastor, Coram Deo Church, Omaha, Nebraska

About the Author

Erik Raymond is the preaching pastor at Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a frequent contributor to many websites and periodicals, and blogs regularly at Ordinary Pastor, hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

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