Why so many you may ask?
The only answer is, we desire them.
We're desperate to know how to live this life as a Christian. We are driven to find out what we need to start and stop doing. We search for the definitive answer to all of our parenting, marriage, and addiction problems. If we just know what to do we'll do it, and everything will be fine. Our problem, we believe, is that we haven't read the right book yet.
We've fallen for the lie that says the solution to our problem is more knowledge. We believe that if we know what to do, we will actually do it. However, that's not what the Bible teaches.
The truth is, doing is not the problem.
Sin is the problem and the only solution is Jesus' love for sinners.
Hear that? The solution is not more knowledge or even more doing.
The solution is love because only love, the unconditional love of Jesus, has the power to actually transform a human heart and change our desires.
Did you screw up this week? Great, glad to know I'm not alone. Was the problem that you didn't know what to do? Yeah, me neither. It was more likely that I knew exactly what to do but I either did not want to do it or I was too lazy to do it or I was too pig headed, stubborn or prideful to do it. But it was definitely not because I didn't know what to do.
So if you're like me, it's good news that Jesus loves sinners.
It's not just that Jesus tolerates sinners. He loves sinners. His heart is compassionate, full of grace and mercy and forgiveness and love and did I mention compassion? He doesn't shake his head at us and mutter to himself about how we failed the latest discipleship program.
He's clasping you to his breast. He's catching your tears and wiping your eyes. His love knows no limit and his mercies are new every morning. Even when you're not looking for his mercies, he loves you.
Even when you are wandering the bookstore still searching for the latest "how to" book...
...Jesus loves you.