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Learn how to answer God’s call to action with this “wonderful, inspirational book that reinforces how one simple gesture, one small act of kindness, can make an enormous difference” (Laura Schroff, New York Times bestselling author of An Invisible Thread).FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO FAITHDo you sometimes feel as if your faith has gone flat? Does your spiritual life feel listlLearn how to answer God’s call to action with this “wonderful, inspirational book that reinforces how one simple gesture, one small act of kindness, can make an enormous difference” (Laura Schroff, New York Times bestselling author of An Invisible Thread).FINDING YOUR WAY BACK TO FAITHDo you sometimes feel as if your faith has gone flat? Does your spiritual life feel listless and boring? Perhaps you’ve unconsciously drifted toward what Clare De Graaf calls beige Christianity. You go to church, attend a Bible study, and even volunteer, but there’s no spark anymore—no joy in your spiritual walk. You may not understand what is happening to your faith, but you do know that you long for something more.If you want to break out of this spiritual gerbil cage and begin living the adventure Jesus intends for you, the place to begin again is living by The 10-Second Rule: Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do (and do it within the next ten seconds before you change your mind!).The Rule is like a spiritual defibrillator! Just a few chapters in, you’ll begin to experience the excitement of making yourself available to God 24-7, and impacting the lives of everyone around you, even total strangers. All over the world, Christians just like you are returning to the simple faith of Jesus and living by the 10-Second Rule. In living by the Rule, you’ll rediscover the revolutionary power of simple obedience as Jesus taught it, the early church lived it, and before religious Christianity tamed it. Finally, a rule you’ll love keeping!...

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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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  • Molly Rottschafer
    2019-03-26 09:17

    If you are bored with your life and tired of a joyless existence, read this book! really read it!I have now read both versions of this book; the second even more challenging than the first. I found myself relating to the beige christian life while desiring and hoping for a vibrant colorful spirit-filled life and to impart that to my children. The author gives practical ideas on how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others which has been beautiful to engage in as a family. I feel that i have eyes to see these opportunities as they are presented. May the Spirit awaken his Church through these little acts of obedience.

  • Suzy Sammons
    2019-03-06 06:35

    Clare DeGraaf has written a convicting instruction manual on how to deliberately navigate a life that begins to eliminate the conflicts of the rules of the world: the rules we invent, the rules of the culture, or the rules of our family. Clare has been teaching and mentoring people for decades on what he calls “The 10 Second Rule.” “In the next ten seconds, just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do.”The sneaky time-twist on the ancient WWJD idea is exactly where this concept gets meaningful. Clare tells dozens of stories of people who face common temptations, opportunities, invitations and interruptions along their path, who’ve learned the miraculous joy of acting on the impulse to love the way God would have us love. Most of all, DeGraaf tells each story with a heart genuinely filled with humble understanding and grace. Of course it's disruptive. Jesus is disruptive. But Clare shows us we too can be this bold.

  • Mark
    2019-03-04 04:22

    Good book. Not life changing for me, I'm already trying to be more thoughtful, generous, understanding, committed, etc. to others than I have in the past. More of a reconfirmation that you don't have to do extreme things. Sometimes just being there for someone is a tremendous help to them.

  • Rich
    2019-03-21 10:08

    OH MY GOSH! This is what I have been looking for to really try and transform the congregation I serve. This is what I have been trying to say with limited success. This book is concise, relevant, and absolutely what every Christian needs to read!

  • Brittany
    2019-02-26 05:08

    The 10 Second Rule: Following Jesus Made Simple is a quick read with a large impact. The 10 Second Rule is summed up in the books second chapter, which is entitled, “Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you do to.” Typically, this decision can be made within 10 seconds of the task being presented. After 10 seconds, you’re likely to allow fear, doubt, or laziness prevent you from doing what you already know should be done. People often wonder how to recognize when God is providing direction for what should be done. The author reminds us that we already have our “standing orders,” what God has already told us to do in the Bible. We also receive “special instructions” from God that are more personalized. This book will have you recalling several occasions in which God may have spoken to you, but you decided to take a different direction in life. The author eloquently compares life to a baseball game where you are the pitcher and Jesus is the catcher. Jesus tells you what type of pitch you should throw and you ignore it or look to others for direction that you feel more comfortable with. Knowing that you aren’t going to follow direction anyway, Jesus stops telling you what to pitch.The book offers scripture and other examples of reluctant people to support being a servant of God and not merely relying on God’s grace for forgiveness after ignoring God’s directions. Truly a book to make you rethink what you bring to your relationship with God.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-05 10:13

    The 10 Second Rule: Following Jesus Made Simple is a quick read with a large impact. The 10 Second Rule is summed up in the books second chapter, which is entitled, “Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you do to.” Typically, this decision can be made within 10 seconds of the task being presented. After 10 seconds, you’re likely to allow fear, doubt, or laziness prevent you from doing what you already know should be done. People often wonder how to recognize when God is providing direction for what should be done. The author reminds us that we already have our “standing orders,” what God has already told us to do in the Bible. We also receive “special instructions” from God that are more personalized. This book will have you recalling several occasions in which God may have spoken to you, but you decided to take a different direction in life. The author eloquently compares life to a baseball game where you are the pitcher and Jesus is the catcher. Jesus tells you what type of pitch you should throw and you ignore it or look to others for direction that you feel more comfortable with. Knowing that you aren’t going to follow direction anyway, Jesus stops telling you what to pitch.The book offers scripture and other examples of reluctant people to support being a servant of God and not merely relying on God’s grace for forgiveness after ignoring God’s directions. Truly a book to make you rethink what you bring to your relationship with God.

  • Amy
    2019-03-23 12:32

    There have been many popular "how to" books for Christians over the years (i.e. The Purpose Driven Life, etc.). While they serve a purpose and can be used as a tool to help us know and understand more of our Creator, sometimes their message can get watered down simply by the fact that the book has been embraced by so many people. The 10-second Rule is not that type of book. Its message is not a "hop on today's 'here to day gone tomorrow' spiritual bandwagon" approach. It wouldn't matter if this book was picked up by someone 10 years from now, its relevance would be just as fresh as it is today. It simply states this: If you sense God prompting you to do something....do it quickly, before you talk yourself out of it. In a word, the book is about obedience. Clare DeGraaf writes from the heart. Reading this book feels like you are sitting in a coffee shop with a guy who is sharing stories about how quickly his acted upon obedience has changed his relationship with Christ. It has helped him to know Him better. Who doesn't want that? Not only is he sharing his stories, but he is sharing his struggles as well. He talks about how he will never attain pure obedience to Christ in his life but that is it is still incredibly important to pursue. This is a book worth reading and rereading!

  • Adriane Devries
    2019-03-05 06:17

    It’s not rocket science. When you feel that nudge to do something extraordinarily kind yet beyond the mundane, you should just do it. Unfortunately, most of us have trained ourselves to resist such challenges to our comfort, using every excuse in our arsenal: it might mess up an already busy schedule, it might embarrass me in front of my friends, I might not do it well, I might get taken advantage of, my retirement account might not grow as quickly, or it might not really be God asking it of me, etc. Clare Degraaf, through this simple time-tested rule, shows us that to not obey is quite simply sin. We need to retrain ourselves to obey, and obey quickly, when we hear that still small voice in what Degraaf calls areas of “entry-level obedience.” He uses logic against our quailing psyches, arguing that the worst that could happen as a result of spontaneous obedience is that something good gets done in the world, or perhaps a temptation will be resisted successfully (or we might get mugged or raped, but don’t worry about that). DeGraaf urges us to allow for uncertainty, to press forward in childlike faith, recognizing more and more the voice of our Father.

  • Adriane Devries
    2019-03-22 10:32

    It’s not rocket science. When you feel that nudge to do something extraordinarily kind yet beyond the mundane, you should just do it. Unfortunately, most of us have trained ourselves to resist such challenges to our comfort, using every excuse in our arsenal: it might mess up an already busy schedule, it might embarrass me in front of my friends, I might not do it well, I might get taken advantage of, my retirement account might not grow as quickly, or it might not really be God asking it of me, etc. Clare Degraaf, through this simple time-tested rule, shows us that to not obey is quite simply sin. We need to retrain ourselves to obey, and obey quickly, when we hear that still small voice in what Degraaf calls areas of “entry-level obedience.” He uses logic against our quailing psyches, arguing that the worst that could happen as a result of spontaneous obedience is that something good gets done in the world, or perhaps a temptation will be resisted successfully. DeGraaf urges us to allow for uncertainty, to press forward in childlike faith, recognizing more and more the voice of the Lord.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-21 04:08

    Ok, let me start out by saying that I have no objections to the 10 second rule in general. I don't even have too many objections to taking a simple concept such as listening to the Holy Spirit and repackaging it with a snappy name to make it appeal to a certain group of people (maybe I should, but I don't). What I do object to is a topic that really would require only a book of about half the size taking up a book this size with filler material. Really, the concept could have been explained in a pamphlet, yet the author wasted my time with an entire book. There were also numerous instances of "evangelicalizing" in this book that made me cringe. You DO NOT have to "do stuff" to make Jesus love you! I only recommend this book if you feel that you can handle wading through this nonsense.

  • Jeff Bobin
    2019-03-24 12:23

    This book as some good thoughts about doing good things and acting on our faith it felt way to much like works righteousness to me. I would agree that too often we spend too much time thinking about what we should do and too little actually doing it but I think there are way too many people making 10 second decisions that should take a little thought. If you are looking for something simple to get you starting in doing something with your faith other than thinking about it this might be a good start. If you are looking for something that will deepen you in your faith journey and inspire you to deeper faith I think this comes up short. Too many great books on the market for me to put this on my recommended reading list.

  • Gary Braham
    2019-03-22 11:33

    This was a pretty good book, but there wasn't a whole lot to it. The authors style was pretty good, he's very honest about his own flaws, which is pretty refreshing, and I appreciate it. It was actually a very quick read, only a few hours spread over a couple of days. The author tells you what the ten second rule is, why most people don't follow it, and ways to improve your ability to follow it, and why you should. That's about it. He tells some stories of people who have followed the rule, some personal stories. It's not bad, but it could also be a magazine article and not lose anything.

  • Ken
    2019-03-21 11:26

    This book prods me where an don't necessarily want to be prodded, but I know it speaks truth, I believe in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I believe we are called to be generous. I have had occasional glimmers of living out my faith in Jesus in the way this book describes.Yet, I fall far short, for a number of reasons. One influence that I don't like admitting is the opinions of people. It is challenging to commit to following this way of life, yet also profoundly simple.Clare De Graaf is an engaging and honest writer. He makes me want to join him on this exciting path, and there is not a defensible reason not to do so,

  • Emily Hess
    2019-03-10 04:12

    This book came to me as a friend recommendation on good reads. All I can say is "I am on fire for The Lord!" If you think it is tough to get out and evangelize, read this book. The author has a concise plan for following Jesus, and it is so EASY! You will kick yourselves for thinking you could never do it. Just go out and Read this book! I can not wait to share with my husband and together go out there in our own backyards and make a difference. Thank you Pastor Rich for the recommendation, and thank you Clare DeGraaf for being the inspiration to get my spark back!

  • Eric Reidsma
    2019-03-20 05:25

    I think everyone does it – ignores or reasons away that inner voice telling you to do something out of your comfort zone. Clare De Graaf who is a West Michigan native and who admits to having a fear of failure writes in a manner that I found very easy to relate to about acting on those impulses rather than over thinking and missing the opportunities to live more like Jesus. If your spiritual life has become routine, predictable, unfulfilling – beige, “you’ve prayed for the Holy Spirit to rekindle the fire” then I would recommend this book for you.

  • Sarabellum
    2019-02-28 06:34

    Quick read, and simple to put into action. This book was a Christmas gift from our homeschool curriculum provider, Sonlight (www.sonlight.com). In particular I appreciated the tips to be PREPARED to act within 10 seconds, for example, carrying store gift cards, socks and blankets, (I live in an urban area with homeless). For any Christian seeking to be more than a committee sitter - it's a worthwhile read - and quick enough to read through a few more times to get yourself set to do the next thing you're reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do!

  • Shea
    2019-02-26 05:23

    I did not like this book because it was a bunch of fluff. I would relate it to a cake cookbook that tells you to bake a cake whenever you feel like it, but doesn't tell you how to bake a cake. He kept saying act on what God is telling you to do, but never really commented on how you know it is God telling you to do it and not just you. It felt like he woke up one day and was like,"I'm going to write a book!"

  • Thomas
    2019-03-07 06:35

    I had my doubts about this book. Many "simple" plans leave so much out. And while I still have doubts about the wisdom of having all believers follow whatever impulse they believe God is leading them to I believe the author has addressed many of my concerns. If everyone committed to trying to do the will of God and was less con earned with theology, doctrine and their personal ledger of good deeds maybe we would be in a better place.

  • Tyler
    2019-03-18 08:26

    A fantastic book about being obedient. A wake up call to stop making excuses which I do more often than doing the right things in spontaneous moments of opportunity to act Christ like. Not a Christian? I would still urge you to read this to learn how to train yourself to be a more decent and helpful person.

  • Bryan Stevenson
    2019-03-27 07:25

    This book is a call to action in the theme of WWJD, but without the trite, pop culture overtones. De Graaf lays out a compelling case for how to listen to our inner voice. I have started applying the lessons in this little book to my life, and have found it to be very rewarding. I highly recommend it.

  • Emily
    2019-03-24 04:06

    I received this gift from our main homeschool curriculum provider - Sonlight. It was a Christmas gift from them. And what a lovely, thoughtful book to receive during a season when we are all thinking about things we want to change or get better at. This is lovely approach to discipleship - an easy read, but not fluff. So thankful for this gift.

  • Megan
    2019-02-27 10:31

    Fantastic and fast read about how to immediately and fully obey the Holy Spirit's prompting in your life. I've gifted this book to many and will continue to do so as I think it's foundational information for anyone trying to follow Jesus.

  • Katie Sluiter
    2019-03-22 08:28

    the conversation my book club had was far better than the actual book. The biggest turn off for me was that he wrote from such a positive of privilege. it read as almost a how to be a better Christian if you're a rich white person. just not my cup of tea.

  • Tim Ogle
    2019-03-10 08:08

    This book isn't magic. It is a simple principle that may help you take deeper steps into following Jesus.Worth the read and the challenge. It has changed the way I view notions that come into my mind and heart.

  • Maxine Thomas
    2019-03-07 10:09

    What would life be like if we were immediately obedient to the urgings of the Holy Spirit? The author encourages us to follow through (within 10 seconds) the next thing the Spirit tells us and watch for the amazing impact on ourselves as well as the world. Challenging and thought- provoking.

  • Joan
    2019-03-25 11:35

    Quick but oh so convicting read. Practically lays out a method to live as a Christ follower. God help me!

  • Ronald
    2019-03-15 08:12

    Nice little read, purpose is to refocus us on people, their needs and how Christ wants to us.

  • Chad Benkert
    2019-03-17 07:36

    Read for a community mens bible study group.... basic premise ok but it felt like a book of stories we have heard for sermon illustrations over the years.

  • Pat
    2019-03-13 12:14

    Would be a great discussion for a small group.

  • Scott Macdonald
    2019-03-14 12:07

    Stop waiting and second guessing whether you're supposed to do it or not. Just get into the game....