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Grace under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress

by Christopher M. Kennedy

Item #: 124627 / 2022 / Paperback / 144 Pages

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Christ's words at his crucifixion are an important and iconic point in the Bible where He shows grace and love, even while dying on the cross. But, in your life, it can be difficult to find grace in stressful situations. As sinful humans, we act ungraceful when stress, anxiety, and difficult times come around.

We could all use more Christlike grace. 

Study Christ's words on the cross to see how you can have more Christlike grace in your life. Start by understanding what the four dimensions of grace are in the Bible: Common, Saving, Sanctifying, and Sustaining. Then, study seven different quotes from Christ on the cross to see what He teaches in these moments, and how you can apply them to your life. 

Perfect for group or individual study, each chapter has a Q&A at the end, and the back of the book includes a leader guide. 

What Others Are Saying

"Pastor Kennedy offers real, practical guidance for a 'new creation' response to life's many stress-inducing situations. . . There's guidance here for all who want to exhibit less 'me' and more Jesus in the words and deed of their daily Christian walk."
—Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, executive director of Grace Place Wellness Ministries, Lutheran Church Extension Fund

"Chris has captured the struggle every reader has with life's stresses, and he offers a Gospel-oriented assurance of Jesus' presence in the midst of that stress!"
—Rev. James Otte, MDiv, MEd, LPC, associate pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Texas District director of congregation and worker care

About the Author

Christopher M. Kennedy is a blogger, podcaster, and pastor, serving a large congregation in San Antonio, Texas. He is also the author of Equipped: The Armor of God for Everyday Struggles. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication, a master's of theology, and a doctorate in ministry. He and his wife are parents of four. 

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A thoroughly enjoyable book!

In his engaging, conversational style, Pastor Chris Kennedy first explores four dimensions of God's grace. He then offers a fresh perspective into Jesus' familiar seven last words on the cross, offering the reader a perfect example of grace-filled responses to extreme stress, as well as ways we can respond grace-fully to everyday stressful situations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading GRACE UNDER PRESSURE. The author also provides a leader's guide and great questions for personal reflection. It's ideal for individual or group study.

Relavent, Relevant, Relavant!

The title says it all. "Grace under pressure." We all face pressure. Pressure with family, pressure with work, pressure After what we all went through with covid-19, pressure has only grown. Chris walks us through some of life's most greatest pressures. Then, he gracefully connects our lives to Jesus. What ever pressure you're facing today, this book strives to connect your own pressure to Jesus, so that you may drink from The True Vine, find the strength and courage to respond, and live out your life gracefully.

God's Grace for Stressful Lives!

Christopher M. Kennedy understands the need for God’s grace in our daily life and why we feel stressful and anxious in today’s world. His newest book Grace under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress helps us learn to deal with stress in our lives, and receive and proclaim God’s grace. Part 2 of the book focuses on the last words of Christ from the cross as he suffered and died for our sins. His grace comes alive as he offers forgiveness and eternal life to the thief on the cross. Since each chapter ends with discussion questions, the book would make a great Bible study for small groups. I highly recommend this book that will equip, encourage, and engage its readers. Kay L. Meyer, President, Family Shield Ministries

Timely and helpful!

We live at a time when grace is in short supply. Any mistake made by someone is fair game for criticism. For Christians seeking to faithfully follow Jesus, simple decisions can feel like walking a tight wire knowing that just one misstep could be disastrous. Speaking to the kind of pressure we all face, Chris does a wonderful job of reminding us that our value in God's eyes comes from what Jesus has done for us. He encourages Christians to let Jesus - who responded graciously under pressure - work through us to help us faithfully respond to the stresses we all face. Wonderfully written and easy-to-read, this book is a wonderful reminder of the place from which our help always comes!

Shepherd of the Hills
Riding the Stressful Waves

Have you been in the sea of life and had a killer wave try to take you under? We've all been there in our lives be it pressure from work or family. Pastor Chris' book "Grace Under Pressure" guides the reader eloquently to gracefully ride those waves and know you are never alone.

You need this in your coping toolbox!

If you’re looking for a comforting, hope-filled tool to put in your coping toolbox, this is the book for you! In a world that isn’t getting any easier to live in, Pastor Chris’s words in “Grace Under Pressure” jump right off the page and straight into your heart. It’s like he’s speaking right to you. If I’m going to be honest, I struggle BIG TIME with bitterness. I have a tendency to dwell on not only my past failures, but past and current injustices in my life and in the world. Where is the room for grace? Pastor Chris beautifully and boldly takes on the topic of grace under pressure and always points you back to Jesus’ ultimate example of extending grace from the cross. I already feel more equipped and eager to extend grace to others and myself because I read this book. Pre-order your copy now! You will be very glad you did 😊

Graceful Living

Have you ever felt after an encounter of some kind that your response did not exhibit Christ-like love? Do you wish you had responded in a different manner, a more gracious manner? I have just finished reading "Grace Under Pressure" by Pastor Chris Kennedy. This new book can help you to develop a more gracious attitude and way of looking at things. Pastor Chris writes in easy-to-understand language with abundant everyday illustrations of both non-gracious and gracious responses to the pressures we all feel in this life. While the book is easy to read, there is a lot of meat to chew on as you contemplate Christ on the cross and how He shows the grace of God to those who don't deserve it (and that includes us), and how His grace enables us to be gracious toward others. This book is also excellent for use in small group settings where the participants can openly talk about how they can be more gracious especially when it is difficult and how they have been the recipients of a gracious response from others when they had caused stress or pressure in the life of someone else. I highly recommend this book as we can all be more gracious in our living in a pressure-packed world.

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Encouragement for the stressed-out 21st Century

As I was reading this book, I was facing some heavy pressure in family and work. The focus on Christ's final moments on the Cross, and the grace He continued to bestow, encouraged me as His disciple to live out the same in my life. Thank you Chris for putting this encouragement in the hands of disciples of Jesus!

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Timely and Thought Provoking

This book is an excellent resource for anyone who needs to be reminded that God is walking with us is our struggles and that Jesus has been where we are. As an individual or in a small group, this is an excellent resource for thought provoking deep study into dealing with life’s ups and downs.

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