Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand—For Christians discouraged by life’s difficulties—both the life-shifting catastrophes and the drip-drip-drip of daily trouble—here is a surprising, even dangerous journey into the deepest crannies of God’s heart toward us. To get there, we drill deep into a single Scripture snapshot (Luke 22:31-32). Jesus tells Peter he’s about to be “sifted like wheat”—shaken hard, beaten, and pitched into despair until he’s separated from the person he always thought he was. Satan’s going to do it. And Jesus is going to allow it. But why? Jesus makes no mistakes with His metaphors, and sifting offers a brutally honest picture of God’s goodness at work on behalf of our freedom. It’s a rigorously honest, deeply challenging, yet powerfully redemptive exploration of the trials that beat us down, the good God who allows them, and the incredible beauty that the whole agonizing process can reveal in us.
“What a hot shower is to coal mining, Rick Lawrence’s book Sifted is to the ‘dirty secrets’ of discipleship. The question ‘why do bad things happen to good people,’ or ‘why do good things happen to bad people?’ is answered here differently than you’ll find any other place: an invitation to journey with Jesus into the cribs, caves, and coal-mines of human existence.
—Leonard Sweet, best-selling author of books, including Jesus Manifesto and Carpe Manana, chief contributor to sermons.com, and professor at Drew University and George Fox University
“The book you hold in your hands is spiritual dynamite! It’s EXPLOSIVE! Sifted is going to blow your world up! And then God is going to lovingly, carefully, and—like the Master Builder He is—skillfully rebuild you into a deeper, thicker, better, more Christ-like and Christ-infused you. A you that is more Kingdom-focused. This is one of the best-written books I’ve ever read.”
—Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church and author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart
“Have you ever read a book cover-to-cover, only to have the content become a major part of your thinking even after you are finished? I loved this book, and that’s exactly what happened with me when I read Sifted. Not only do I respect and admire Rick Lawrence, but his message in Sifted can change the way you look at life. This is an extraordinary book, and I have no doubt you will draw closer to God as you read it. Don’t miss the opportunity to for a life-changing experience as your heart is warmed with hope and guidance.”
—Jim Burns, PhD, president of HomeWord, and author of Teenology, The Purity Code, and Confident Parenting