Dave Stillie Releases EXTREME SURRENDER
In "Extreme Surrender: Breaking Free from Futile Religious Ritual to Develop a Real Relationship with God" (published by CrossBooks), Dave Stillie's new book, readers are guided toward a genuine worshipful relationship with God.
Stillie contends that many people who believe they are faithful Christians are simply hoping that their "obedience to manmade church ritual will convince God to tip their life scale in favor of heaven." He says the Bible teaches that people can know they are saved, that salvation is God's gift, not payment for ritual obedience, and salvation is defined as having an intimate relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ. "Extreme Surrender" exposes what Stillie sees as the false ritual some Christians depend upon and directs believers to a "genuine worshipful relationship with Jesus."
An excerpt from "Extreme Surrender":
"Tragically, the vast majority of Americans claiming the name of Christ today are content with performing perfunctory religious ritual to fulfill their perceived obligations to God. They reject the heavy responsibility of maintaining an ongoing intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, believing that their observance of surface ritual suffices to fulfill their religious requirement. They tip their hat to God, exchange air high-fives and continue on with life the way they want to live it, without regard for His plan or design."
Stillie calls "Extreme Surrender" the "next step in personal spiritual growth," and says readers will be surprised by the assertions he makes. "Some readers will be confronted with their own ritual attempts to please God and will be challenged to focus on a genuine relationship with Jesus," he says. "Other readers will find comfort in realizing that salvation is God's free gift, not dependent on the performance of their futile religious practice."