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Grow Like Jesus : Practicing Luke 2:52 Discipleship (Paperback) (Stephen Caldwell)
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Grow Like Jesus is the perfect book for anyone who is new to a faith in Christ or for anyone looking to breathe new life into dry bones of their existing faith. It is the first book to look at Luke 2:52—a verse that spans the gap between Jesus the child and Jesus at the start of his ministry—and unpack its lessons in ways that are simple to understand but deep enough to drive meaningful changes in person’s life.
While we don’t know if Jesus performed miracles while living in Egypt or if he caught fireflies at night as a kid or if he went to sleepovers with his friends, we can be sure he wasn’t just hanging around eating lentils and pomegranates. Based on Luke 2:52, we know he was growing in four specific areas: wisdom, stature, favor with God, and favor with people. In other words, he grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially.
As it turns out, and it shouldn’t be a surprise, growth in these four areas continues to prepare us for success in life as followers of Christ—the type of the success that can come with hardships but that allows us to know God and make him known. In other words, real success.