Why is happiness in life so elusive - even for Christians who are -walking in the Spirit-? Is happiness even possible? Will I always scream at the children? Do I have to live with this lustful spirit forever? Why am I fat and miserable? Will I ever reach the place where I won't lose my temper with my spouse? Why does my stomach get all ktted up when I think about that hurtful event in the past? If you have ever asked yourself one of these questions, or countless others like them, then you need to kw this: The Holy Spirit came t only to comfort the afflicted, but to afflict the comfortable. Unfortunately, too many of us who call ourselves -Spirit filled- have grown comfortable, finding it easier to wear a mask than to permit ourselves to live transparently-and run the risk of being seen for who we really are. That's what this book is all about. Transparency. Openness. Risky living-the kind that, if practiced, will allow the Holy Spirit to take off your mask, peel back the layers, and heal you from the inside out. All who are self-sufficient should stop here. This book won't apply to you. But if you are t really happy-if your inner person is lonely, empty, and confused-if you kw your mask is keeping you from experiencing authentic relationships with people and with God-then read on. Real happiness is possible. Are you willing to take the risk? Risky Living Ministries, Inc. www.rlmin.com
Jamie Buckingham spent his entire adult life in ministry. He devoted his writing and speaking talents and sacrificed his time to teach and spread the gospel, eventually becoming an internationally renowned author, columnist, and conference speaker. He was a friend to nearly every significant Christian leader in the charismatic movement until his death in 1992 at the age of 59. Jamie was the author of more than 40 books, including Run Baby Run, (with Nicky Cruz), Tramp for the Lord, (with Corrie ten Boom). Shout it from the Housetops (with Pat Robertson) Daughter of Destiny (with Kathryn Kulman), and Mission (chronicling U.S. Senator Bill Nelson's trip into space aboard the space shuttle). Other popular books included Risky Living, Where Eagles Soar, The Nazarene and Summer of Miracles. He was also a regular columnist for Charisma and Christian Life magazine and other publications. Jamie traveled frequently, but his favorite destination was always the land of Israel. He produced several video series and workbooks teaching biblical lessons -on site.- He also wrote the book A Way Through the Wilderness, which follows the actual footsteps of Moses as he led the children of Israel through the Sinai Desert. While Jamie's ministry reached around the world, his true love was always the local church he pastored for nearly twenty-five years, the Tabernacle Church in Melbourne, Florida. Jamie founded the Tabernacle Church at a time when he was seeking a deeper relationship with Christ-a search that quickly led him to a fuller understanding of what it means to be truly filled with the Holy Spirit. (Not coincidentally, this was the same time his writing career began to take off.) The church started as a small group of several families and some friends, but it soon outgrew its original facilities. In a few short years, the -Tab, - as it was affectionately known, overflowed on Sunday mornings and evenings, as people traveled from all over the country to listen to Jamie and see what the Holy Spirit was doing in the sleepy beach town of Melbourne. To Jamie, church was all about relationships. His teaching struck a balance between bringing God's Word to new believers and feeding the sheep who already made up the body of Christ. He had a special gift for weaving stories about everyday situations into life-changing lessons about the love, mercy, and power of God.