Going from Instant to Intentional New Book Helps Believers Recalibrate Discipleship


Brenda Smotherman
Publicity and Marketing Manager
Abingdon Press

Going from Instant to Intentional New Book
Helps Believers Recalibrate Discipleship

(Nashville, Tenn.)–Following Jesus is not a new concept to believers, following Jesus completely becomes difficult when life moves faster and faster. Taking a cue from Scripture’s use of the number seven, Pastor Josh Moody examines what it means to follow Jesus completely in his latest release, Seven Days to Change Your Life: Find Focus Through Intentional Living (Abingdon Press).

While on a hike contemplating his son’s health issues, Moody experienced a dramatic shift in his thinking: It suddenly occurred to him that God watched his own son suffer and could have stopped it, and that God deliberately did not stop it for the sake of those for whom Jesus died. “That thought began a new search for a resource to help others come to a point of starting again. You don’t have to be in crisis. You just have to want to be revitalized,” he notes. This sent him in a different direction regarding discipleship; namely, how much currently competes for believers’ attention and the biblically profound, practical plan they’re missing as a result.

This premise complements a 2016 study conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego, which suggests that humans are inundated with the equivalent amount of 34 Gb (gigabytes) of information each day, enough to overload a laptop within a week. According to the study, the main effect is continual interference with the human ability to focus, subsequently affecting the process of deeper thinking and reflection. Moody encourages readers to “turn it off. The whole lot. Every bell, whistle, beep, buzz, and ringtone” when reading his book.

Structured around the number seven for two reasons—simplicity and the biblical association of divine completion—Seven Days to Change Your Life can be read in seven days. Woven throughout are other ‘sevens’ found in Scripture, including:

  • the seven “Follow me” statements from Matthew’s Gospel
  • the seven signs given and the seven “I Am” statements from John’s Gospel
  • the seven letters from Jesus to the churches of Asia, in the first chapters of Revelation

Moody underscores that by living as an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ, believers discover what it means to live in hope, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory. Written to help those who struggle with being too busy, and for those who find themselves going through empty motions of a spiritual life, Seven Days to Change Your Life encourages readers to recalibrate what it means to be a disciple of Jesus when the competition for their focus is fierce, unrelenting, and compounding each day.

Josh Moody is the Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, which is listed by The Church Report as one of the fifty most influential churches in America. Josh is also the president and founder of God Centered Life ministries. He and his wife, Rochelle, have four beautiful children. Learn more about Josh at godcenteredlife.org.