You Can Change in the USA

I received an advance copy of the US version of my book You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions today. It looks great – thank you Crossway! It’s published on 31 March. You can pre-order copies here from I know of a number of churches in the States who are already using the UK version as part of their pastoral or discipleship program.

Here are some commendations …

A book about Christian growth that is neither quietistic nor moralistic is rare. A book that is truly practical is even rarer. Tim Chester’s new volume falls into both categories and therefore fills a gap.
Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

There are few books that are shockingly honest, carefully theological, and gloriously hopeful all at the same time. Tim Chester’s book, You Can Change, is all of these and more. He skilfully uses the deepest insights of the theology of the Word as a lens to help you understand yourself and the way of change, and, in so doing, helps you to experience practically what you thought you already knew. The carefully crafted personal ‘reflection’ and ‘change project’ sections are worth the price of the book by themselves. It is wonderful to be reminded that you and I are not stuck, and it’s comforting to be guided by someone who knows well the road from where we are to where we need to be.
Paul Tripp, President of Paul Tripp Ministries

A wonderful book for those who are serious about personal change. For so many Christians the gulf between our aspirations and the reality of our daily Christian walk is very large. Here is very helpful material to help us bridge this gap and become the whole people God intended us to be.
Stephen Gaukroger, Senior Minister at Gold Hill Baptist Church

We are called to be salt and light. Yet often the church fails to live differently. In our busy culture, we rarely spend time dealing with sinful areas of our lives; instead we try to sweep them under the carpet. Tim’s book is a biblical and practical challenge to the very root causes of ungodly patterns of behaviour. Read it and allow God to change you!
Andy Frost, Director, Share Jesus International

The book is structured around a series of question to help people work on issues in their lives:

1.   What would you like to change?
2.   Why would you like to change?
3.   How are you going to change?
4.   When do you struggle?
5.   What truths do you need to turn to?
6.   What desires do you need to turn from?
7.   What stops you changing?
8.   What strategies will reinforce your faith and repentance?
9.   How can we support one another in change?
10. Are you ready for a lifetime of daily change?

Here’s a sample chapter (from the UK edition): You Can Change – Chapter Five: What Truths Do You Need To Turn To?

And finally here’s a video introduction …

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2 thoughts on “You Can Change in the USA

  1. My small group read this book together last year (but it took many of them a long time to receive their books from Amazon–so thankful it will now be offered in the US).

    I also tried to start a book club on my blog last summer centered around this book. But, again, had trouble getting readers to join in for the difficulty in ordering. I hope to try it again and really appreciate this book as a hands on and practical yet theologically rich look at sanctification.

  2. This book has been so helpful for our ministry, I say that because of the help it has offered to me! Constantly pointing it’s readers back to treasuring Christ, this has drawn a clear picture of how we can bring the gospel word to those around us – both believers and unbelievers.

    Thanks, Tim, for writing it. Really appreciate your ministry.

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