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Faith Imagined: National Best Selling Book, I Dare You to Change, by Bil Cornelius: Signed Book Giveaway!

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

October 23, 2010

National Best Selling Book, I Dare You to Change, by Bil Cornelius: Signed Book Giveaway!

"DARE TO CHANGE" 60 sec SPOT from Bay Area Fellowship on Vimeo.

My pastor and major spiritual influence in my and my family's life, Bil Cornelius, has published his second book, I Dare You to Change! This book was published in September of 2010, and it has already become a national bestseller. People are being empowered to grow in the image of Christ, and lives are being radically changed all around me. It truly is a Holy Spirit breathed movement.

The byline of this anointed book reads, "Discover the Difference Between Dreaming of a Better Life and Living it."

What is a better life? What should be the goal of every Christian? How big should we dream? Jesus answers these questions with a simple yet profound promise: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (John 14.12 NIV).

With one sweeping statement, Jesus declares that every Christian should have just as much influence on this world as He. This is a bold thought, and many Christians push it away as ridiculous. But I believe that God's favor, promises, anointing, and glory are not limited. I believe that God has more than enough imagination to weave billions of beautifully tailored destinies into His Master Plan. He loves all of us equally, and He has an amazing purpose for every life that He creates.

However, our purpose is great, and it is beyond our current capability. We will have to change in order to achieve it. Change is extremely difficult, but I have found that change is made easier when it is demonstrated. Just as a child learns by modeling his parents, we learn by modeling others. My change for Christ greatly increased when my husband and I started attending Bay Area Fellowship Church over five years ago. I am growing in my God-given purpose because my pastor cleared a path for change. This is why Pastor Bil's book is so important -- it helps make change personal and possible for every person.

Giveaway Details!!!
Pastor Bil will be doing a Book Blog Tour for the next couple of months. I am honored to be his first stop. To celebrate, we will be giving away a copy of I Dare You To Change! signed by Pastor Bil. Every comment gets entered into the drawing, but I do encourage you to invest in this book....your dreams are worth it! If you would like to read a sample chapter, visit here. Deadline to enter is midnight 10/30/10.

The next stop of the tour will be at Woven by Words.

Favorite quotes from I Dare You to Change!

"Everything you need is available for your future if you will see what God already sees, especially since He created you to achieve at a level beyond anything you ever dreamed possible."

"In order to discover God's best for you life, you have to admit that you have been settling for less."

"If you're a parent who feels God calling you to be a godly leader to your children, you may have to look at your family's lifestyle and make hard decisions about what needs to change."

"Trusthworthiness cultivates credibility. Credibility creates trust. Trust builds strong teams."

"What I'm trying to say is that we need to learn to trust God, even when we don't understand everything about what He is asking us to do."

"When successful people fail, they think about what went wrong and what they can do differently the next time."

"I have been repeatedly given grace through Jesus Christ."

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33 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

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5:00 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I have wanted to write fiction for a long time, but this weekend God has laid it upon my heart to write an article or blog. It happens very rarely that I feel the call from God to share something specifically God related, I would love prayers to guide me while I plan and write this. Thanks!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the introduction of this book and it sounds very fascinating and compeling. It would be a good read for our family of three. We all need change but it sounds like a good read for our 20 year old college son to inspire him to set daily goals and disciplines moving him towards God's purposes and direction for His life.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Diana D said...

Would be interested in this book. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

4:24 AM  
OpenID bluecottonmemory said...

God has put calls on my heart - to create a divorce care program for teens and college students, to encourage others in their gifts, even to write a childrens book - and I stepped up to those challenges with action, but closed doors. God called us to action - to move - such a big challenge. My husband has a plan - but it's the first time I feel like an island floating so plan-less. It's very unsettling!

Thanks for sharing such a motivational book! I enjoyed the chapter!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous cheryl said...

Hi Alisa,

Thank you for always blessing us with your wonderful messages. God really works miracles in our lives!

"In order to discover God's best for you life, you have to admit that you have been settling for less." This a profound statement.

Thank you for this reminder. Blessings,

Cheryl

8:38 AM  
Blogger concretemom said...

We attend BAF everytime we come to Corpus and love watching Pastor Bil on tv when we can. This is a great book with lots of motivational quotes and should be shared with all. I love how he talks about the importance of being authentic and trustworthy as a leader. shanneman at gmail.com

8:47 AM  
Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

This book sounds so needed. Yes love the cultivate trust idea. Sounds like a Great Pastor
kim

9:24 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

John 14:12 has been one I've pondered for some time...not just the works He did but even greater. If He said it in His Word, I want to see it manifest in my life. Change is what I need. Love the quotes you've shared from the book. I'll have to add this one to my TBR list.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I have been wanting to read Pastor Bil's book! We attended BAF in Corpus for almost 2 years before we moved to California and miss it so much there. Of course we still watch Pastor Bil on TV, which has eased our church "home sickness" a bit. ;) Thankfully God has planted us in another church with the same vision of reaching the unchurched. Whether I win a copy or not, I can't wait to read this and share it with others!:)

2:24 PM  
Blogger Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

I'm going to check out your pastor's website. I'd love to win a copy of his book. Thanks for the opportunity.

susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

Blessings,
Susan :)

5:36 PM  
Blogger Karen Lange said...

What a blessing! Will have to check this book out. Thanks for doing this!
Blessings,
Karen

7:10 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Sounds like a great book Alisa. Thanks for sharing it with us.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

That book sounds great. I am reading one that sounds somewhat similar right now but I will certainly check this one out.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

Interesting.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous shelby said...

This sounds like a very interesting book I would love to read the full book
snugles4433@hotmail.com

11:16 AM  
Blogger Toyin O. said...

Love this quote: "When successful people fail, they think about what went wrong and what they can do differently the next time."

It sounds like a great book,I will have to check it out the next time I go to the bookstore. Tnanks for sharing Alisa.:)

1:19 PM  
Blogger Together We Save said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Karla Meachem said...

Would LOVE to win a copy of this book.

empowered_life (@) yahoo (dot) ca


I'll be chewing on the following quote for awhile; thanx 4 sharing.


"In order to discover God's best for you life, you have to admit that you have been settling for less." ~ IDY2C

2:44 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Hi Alisa,
Oh, I've got to get this book - I think I'm heading over to Amazon as soon as I finish this comment!

My dreams are getting bigger - but in some ways, I still feel like I'm waiting for the first steps to start happening. What I'm trying to learn is that I need to TRUST God, not only His plan...but His timing!

Thanks for sharing...GOD BLESS!

8:07 PM  
Blogger From The Heart Online said...

Oh boy ... the quote "If you're a parent who feels God calling you to be a godly leader to your children, you may have to look at your family's lifestyle and make hard decisions about what needs to change." is exactly the pull I've been feeling recently. ... something needs to change.

Awesome stuff. I look forward to reading it (whether won or purchased)

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

This book sounds great! Would enjoy reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.
plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Hi Alisa,

I look forward to participating in this blog tour.
I'm set to post it the week of January 9 - 15
May God Bless You

1:57 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I'm definitely going to pick this book up - it's right on target for where I am with my life right now. Alisa, as always, thanks for being sensitive to the guiding of the Holy Spirit and being in the flow of where God wants you to be.

3:53 PM  
Blogger May said...

The book sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Velvet Over Steel said...

Great review! Sounds like a must read for anyone wanted to have a better and Godly life! I'll have to get it soon!

Great blog & spirit you have! Loved your bio and had to follow!!

Blessings & Hugs,
Coreen

9:45 PM  
Blogger Terrinda said...

I am definitely interested in reading this book. This sounds like a book you need a copy to keep and a copy to give.

heyterrinda[at]gmail[dot]com

1:25 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

This sounds like a great book. I need someone to push me and dare me to change! I need to find my purpose in this world.

Thanks for the chance to win.

coolandrew123 [at] gmail [dot] com

11:55 AM  
Blogger Rose McCauley said...

This book sounds like just what I need. God just fulfilled one of my dreams to get a book published. I got my first fiction contract last month and the book will come out next Sept., but I have been writing for almost 10 years. I do want to recommend to Meghan and anyone else interested in writing fiction to check out www.acfw.com for info on American Christian Fiction Writers. Also if you want to read about my first contract you can check out my blog at www.rosemccauley.com My addy in case I win is crmcc at setel dot com thanks!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Reign and Shine said...

Alisa,
I am confident God knows what and where and when to place stepping stones in my/our lives. Perhaps this is such a stone for our pathway.
thought provoking.
Thank you for your faithfulness pointing us to God.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Siobhan said...

Why do i always miss the cool giveaways with books i actually want to read!!??!?
sad face

7:04 PM  
Blogger Tea with Tiffany said...

Sounds like a great book for me right now..

thanks for sharing.
love the quotes.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

I've heard of Bil and his work. I'd really like to read his book. I'm in! wb

8:53 PM  

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