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The Gift of Thorns Study Guide plus Streaming Video

Jesus, the Flesh, and the War for Our Wants
A. J. Swoboda
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Discover God's good will for our wants.

The Gift of Thorns Study Guide, a companion to The Gift of Thorns, dives deep into some of the hardest questions we wrestle with in the war for our wants:

  • What do God's desires and Satan's desires have to do with us?
  • Which desires did God place in our hearts at creation, and why?
  • What can we do when we start losing our desire for God?
  • Why do some unwanted desires persist after we start following Christ?
  • Can we want a good thing too much?
  • How can we discern which desires to crucify and which to nurture

This study guide has everything you need for a full personal or group experience.

  • The study guide itself--with thoughtful introductions, questions for personal reflection and application, and discussion questions for leading a group or team.
  • An individual access code to stream all video sessions online. (You don't need to buy a DVD!)

Sessions and video run times:

1. God's Desire (26 min.)
2. Human Desire (24 min.)
3. Satan's Desire (17 min.)
4. Fleshly Desire (18 min.)
5. Waning Desire (16 min.)
6. Undesired Desire (14 min.)
7. Killing Desire (15 min.)
8. Nurturing Desire (16 min.)
9. Ordering Desire (19 min.)
10. Resurrecting Desire (15 min.)
11. Longing Desire (17 min.)

Streaming video access code included. Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2029. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.

About the Author

A.J. Swoboda (Ph.D., Birmingham) is an associate professor of Bible and Theology at Bushnell University and lead mentor for the Doctor of Ministry Program on Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Friends University. He is the author of many books, including The Gift of Thorns, After Doubt, and the award-winning Subversive Sabbath. He hosts the Slow Theology podcast with Dr. Nijay Gupta and writes the widely read “Low-Level Theologian” Substack. A.J. lives and works on an urban farm with his wife and son in Eugene, Oregon.

  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 128
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310153320
  • Release: February 20, 2024