True Faced: Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and John Lynch makes a nunique and unexpected distinction bewteen the concepts of trying to please God and trusting God. The book explains that many believers or Christians seek to please God, yet can never obtain that goal, and in the fruitless pursuit of trying to use works to obtain merit, they lose out on the ability to trust in God. In contrast, this book explains that as believers we should strive to trust God rather than relying on our own works to merit God's favor. In fact, as scripture sasy, we can not obatin salvation by our works- the best of which are simply filthy rags before God's perfect standards. It is by grace we are saved and not through our own works and merits. In fact, our fruitless efforts to please God are often based on our own pride as the motivating factor. In contrast we are called to humility and to humbly accept God's undeserved gift of grace and salvation.
This book covers relevant issues such as the desire to keep up appearances, trusting God, as well as the concepts of grace, repentance, love and forgiveness. This specific book is considered to be the experience edition, which may be adapted to a study group. This book is interactive in that it has discovery sections that engage the reader to meditate and refelect on the principals discussed. As a blogger for Navpress I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.