How does God view you and what does he want you to do? Is God angry and aggressive, interested only in punishing people? Perhaps a genie who will do what you want if you believe in him enough?
To understand the mind of God you must first understand his heart.
The first book of the Head and Heart series looks at 5 Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong. Everyone has assumptions. Could God be different from what you think?
This book invites you to put aside any preconceived ideas about God and listen to Jesus’ own words as you explore what is in the mind and heart of God.
Dr. Jeff Bogue is a pastor at Grace Church of Greater Akron. His desire to clearly share the truth about God comes from his own experience of searching for the mind and heart of God, and being completely changed by what he discovered.
My passion is to make Jesus make sense to everyone.
Jeff became a Christ-follower when he was a junior in college and has been married to his soul mate, Heidi, since 1993. Jeff is a graduate of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He’s grateful for the privilege of sharing life with the amazing people of Grace Church for nearly 30 years.
In his powerful new book, Jeff Bogue transitions the reader’s spiritual journey from the head-only assumption of a God who demands compliance to the heart concept of the sacrificial Jesus who loves us. Jesus told us he did not come to condemn us—we’re already condemned by our sin—but to rescue us. Pastor Bogue clearly shows this. Once the reader comprehends the love of Jesus as Lord and Savior, the motivation to serve him and others becomes their passion. Truly understanding the love of Jesus makes such a difference! Pastor Bogue clearly shows God offering individual salvation and giving life commandments for the best existence possible—following God himself and not bondage to rules. I highly endorse it.
Dr. Tom Phillips
Vice President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Executive Director, Billy Graham Library
I love and appreciate Jeff Bogue so much. What an amazing gift this book will be for generations to come! I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Author, Pastor, and Senior Vice President of Liberty University
Are you in search of the truth? Are you troubled by the feeling that there has to be more to the Christian faith than escaping hell and being a rule follower? Or are you at times puzzled and overwhelmed by difficulties in life? If you fall into any one of these categories and want a change for the better, then you must read Jeff’s book, Five Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong. From reading this book, I found that Jeff does an excellent job challenging prominent biblical misconceptions, and in response to those misconceptions we, the readers, receive the truth! From the beginning to the end, you will find within the pages of this book guidance, encouragement, and motivation to pursue a life in which you can learn what it truly means, feels, and looks like to follow Jesus and have the abundant life that Christ promises.
Radio host with ESPN Cleveland and three-time Super Bowl Champion
The power and passion behind our daily walk as followers of Jesus are fundamentally tied to our assumptions about God. If those assumptions are wrong, we find ourselves with little power and minimal passion. With the personal vulnerability that readers have come to appreciate in Pastor Jeff’s writings, his book Five Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong is a timely resource that confronts the God-myths that each of us in some way struggle with. Jesus followers, with the courage to explore this book’s scriptural portrayal of the real God, will experience deepened intimacy and passion to live and love as he does.
Dr. David Ferguson
Great Commandment Network
Misconceptions about God are endless. In the dark collage of cultural confusion Jeff Bogue uses the reality of scripture to shine light on the truth. I highly recommend 5 Basic Assumptions About God and Why They are Wrong. Do yourself a favor and read it now!
Lead Pastor of Sun Valley Community Church
Jeff Bogue has done it again! His new book Five Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong is a clear reflection of the wisdom gained along the journey. In this must-read, you will discover a way to dramatically break through the assumptions holding you back from an authentic relationship with God. I love how this is a book filled with stories I can relate to in my life. As a prominent leader, I am excited to share a resource with someone from my community seeking to understand the heart and mind of God. Jeff, thanks for adding another weapon to my ministry!
Vinnie Fisher, Esq.
Founder and CEO of Total CEO and Fully Accountable
Am I really going to heaven when I die? And what does God want from me? Talk about an important topic! Jeff is clear, simple, and warm as he uses stories and Scripture to show how simple it is to be a follower. This is a book we will use with those who are not yet Christians and for new believers too. It is well-written and easy to understand with good follow-up questions to consider. I work in the inner city, and this is a tool we will use for teaching people to understand what it means to be a follower. I highly recommend this book.
Executive, Director of CE National and the Urban Hope Training Center, Philadelphia
Jeff’s life journey mirrors what many inside and outside the church wrongly assume about what it means to be a Christ follower. Take the journey with Jeff and enjoy a fresh renewal of the love relationship God wants with each of us. I needed the recharge and refocus this little book provides.
Senior Vice President of Student Experience at Lancaster Bible College
Having been privileged to see this relational view of God lived out in Jeff’s life over the past ten years, there is great joy seeing this picture of a loving God in print. Using his authenticity and relational approach, Jeff has painted a wonderful picture of how loving God is and how messed up our assumptions can be. I love the practical steps at the end of each chapter and have benefited from them greatly as I worked through my own misconceptions about God. Jeff’s consistent and persistent nature to go back to the Bible and build his theology from there pulls me in every time.
Lead Pastor of Family Ministry at Grace Church
Through working closely with Jeff, his extraordinary teaching and leadership have greatly influenced my view of God. This brilliant book is an insightful collection of unexpected thoughts, correcting our faulty assumptions about God. I’m excited for every person who picks up this book and discovers the true heart and mind of God.
Young Adult Pastor at Grace Church
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It’s more than a Book
Listen to these original songs from Grace Church that capture the essence of the book, chapter by chapter
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