Why Do Christians Fail? New Book Offers Possible Answer

As a major evangelical leader steps down on charges of drug abuse and an alleged homosexual affair, people both inside and outside the church walls ask: "Why do people of the Christian faith sometimes fail?" Author John Robin Murphy tackles that question head on as he reveals his own struggles with obesity, alcohol, depression and addictive behaviors.

Nashville, TN, November 10, 2006 --(PR.com)-- In the wake of the resignation and public ordeal of a prominent evangelical leader, many people outside and inside the church walls wonder: Why do Christians, who seem to have it all together, ultimately fail? Author John Robin Murphy certainly understands the question. He, himself, looked on the outside as someone who had a successful life, but on the inside, he struggled against behaviors he wanted to stop.

In his new book, "Be Transformed: New Life Awaits," Murphy explores his own questioning of why his conversion to Christianity did not result in behavioral change. A self-described “table-pounding” atheist into his late 20s, John Robin Murphy angrily rejected anything Christian. Meanwhile, his God–less life was slowly spinning out of control. At one point he tipped the scales at 300 pounds and regularly binged on alcohol. Weary of a life dedicated to medicating his wounded and empty heart with hurtful behaviors, John was converted by the truth of Christianity.

To his surprise, a relationship with Christ did not immediately solve all his problems. Although his penchant for alcohol quickly faded, out-of-control behaviors and intensely negative feelings were still a struggle. Depression and over-eating continued to plague him until finally John came to the realization that simply praying that his problems would go away was not working. There had to be more.

Murphy’s pursuit of wholeness is soberly and transparently chronicled in his new book, "Be Transformed: New Life Awaits" (Rock House Way Press/Ingram Books). Murphy describes his own difficult walk of dealing with the hardest, most painful issues of his life, and the power of God–led transformation to “rewire his heart.” After receiving several years of personal counseling and devoting himself to the study of the Biblical viewpoint of transformation, Murphy, now 50, devotes his time to helping others gain freedom from the bonds of their addictions and out-of-control behaviors. Murphy also candidly speaks to the reasons professing Christians are challenged by unwanted behaviors, and why they often fail to achieve and sustain a changed life when participating in faith-based programs, even those that use the 12-step method.

“The focus of any recovery program must be to transform the hearts of those receiving care so that their hearts will no longer drive self-destructive behavior,” says Murphy. “Such programs must seek the total commitment of the participants to respond to God’s call to be transformed and to be willing to change any aspect of their life that is necessary to support a life free of addiction. And they must press the point that one will not ‘arrive’ at the end of the program, but that a life of transformation is God’s call to all Christians, with many rewards along the way.”


About the Author:
John Robin Murphy has participated in a range of ministries from marriage enrichment to prayer counseling. Professionally, Murphy is a business growth consultant. He is currently expanding his practice into helping faith-based organizations improve their effectiveness through God-led transformation. Visit www.RockHouseWay.com for further information.

GENRE: Self-help; Recovery; Counseling; Personal Growth
PUBLISHER: Rock House Way Press DISTRIBUTION: Ingram Books
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