Sipping Saltwater ebook

How to find lasting satisfaction in a world of thirst

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A unique take on understanding idolatry and how it affects Christians, particularly in our contemporary culture of numerous hidden idols.

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A unique angle on the problem of idolatry and how it affects Christians, particularly in our contemporary culture of numerous hidden idols.

The uniqueness of this book comes in the metaphor of sipping saltwater. Even as Christians, we 'sip' on idols such as money, relationships, careers, sex, food, human approval…the list is endless. These things promise to satisfy us—to quench our thirst. In the end, however, they fail to do so and leave us thirstier than we were before drinking them. To make matters worse, we are left with devastating hangovers—the negative consequences of our idolatry.

This book enables readers to identify their own source(s) of saltwater and explains how to quench their thirst with Jesus’ living water—the only drink that will ever truly satisfy us both now and for eternity. It inspires readers to go on in the Christian life as they started—by making Jesus the centre of our lives and giving our worship to him.

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  • 1. Our nagging thirst
  • 2. Our drink of choice
  • 3. The saltwater cycle
  • 4. Living water
  • 5. Water fountains
  • 6. Quenched
  • 7. God - Garbage - Gift
  • 8. Money
  • 9. Sex
  • 10. Control
  • 11. Comfort
  • 12. Busyness
  • 13. People
  • 14. Food
  • 15. Works


Author Steve Hoppe
ISBN 9781784981839
Format Electronic book text
First published 2017
Language US English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Customer reviews

“Concise and stimulating read”

(Review written for 'Sipping Saltwater')

A wonderful critique of the human condition and the gifts that God provides. If only we could learn to appreciate what he provides. An easy read with some important messages.


“Deepening Our Prayer Life”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for Your World')

I've never encountered such a positive response from a book centred on prayer. We recently ran our week of prayer and I chose this series to be the theme. I have had several people enquire about receiving copies and sharing how they see prayer in a wider and practical context. I used this particular book for our focus on Remembrance Sunday 2017 praying for our armed forces. It was received very well.


“Helpful, accessible and gets you praying!”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for Your World')

Praying for the needs of our world has overwhelmed me in recent years. This book helps to focus thoughts and prayers for our world, based upon scripture, and has the end result of getting me praying - what's not to love?! Accessible and helpful for all ages, I have used this with my parents, youth group and at a Church prayer meeting.



(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for Your World')

An excellent resource to help us pray for a world in need.


“Immensely practical in a troubling world ”

(Review written for '5 Things to Pray for Your World')

If, like me, you cry when you read the news, you'll find this book extremely practical in helping you to respond in prayer to the things that happen both close to home and further afield. We've really no excuse not to be praying when there are resources like this to help us. Anyone could use this book, so if you're not used to praying it would be a great place to start. For those who are more seasoned pray-ers, it is full of Biblical ideas. We have also used these books to help us plan prayers for our church small group.


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