Fatigue, shallow relationships, fractured families . . . these are just a few of the troubling side-effects of a frenetic culture that seems to be "always running but never arriving." Ingram offers a soul-healing alternative! Learn to make "love" your #1 priority, slow down to a "meaningful speed," concentrate on what really matters---and simplify your life. 160 pages, hardcover from Howard.
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I have heard of Chip Ingram's ministry "Living on the Edge," so when I saw his name on a book, I thought I might would give it a chance. I liked the title and the look of the book. It was very simple, which kept with the theme of the book.
My favorite part of this book were the three questions that he challenged his readers to ponder on concerning what is our view of success. 1. Instead of asking "How did I do?", we should ask "Who am I becoming?" 2. Instead of asking "What do I have?", we should ask "How am I using it?" 3. Instead of asking "How much do I give?", we should ask "Why do I give it?"
These were some very thought-provoking and were questions that I would love for my children to grow up asking themselves. I don't want them to look at themselves, but look to God and I feel that's what these questions do. He mentions putting them on index cards for a few weeks, but I think I want to make them a little bit more permanent in our house and write it on canvas as a reminder to us of what success should be.
Chip serves as pastor in Los Gatos, California and his congregation knows something about the world's view of success. It's a very fast-paced place where people go to work early, come home late, eat dinner in the car on the way to dropping kids off at ballgames/practices....sound familiar? I think it describes where we all live.
This book is very relevant to everyone and is challenging to make relationships a priority. It's a reminder about how we are called to love...which can't be done if we are not relational people. The book covers loving those who are lovable to those who aren't so lovable. At times, I felt very convicted and it has caused me to think on these points even after I have finished this book.
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