Juggling Chainsaws on a Tightrope:                  Real Life Stuff for Men on Stress  -     By: The Navigators
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With all its demands and pressures, life can feel like a bizarro circus act. Men have to juggle dozens of responsibilites—all while walking a treacherous tightrope demanding our spiritual and physical balance. But you can be the spiritual ringleader you want to be. Take eight weeks to study a biblical approach to thriving under pressure. Learn to master the art of juggling chainsaws on a tightrope—or at least try to improve your skills a little bit at a time. Designed for small-group use for lively discussion, support and accountability, the Real Life Stuff study series combines excerpts from popular authors, literature, and the best-selling Message.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1576838196
ISBN-13: 9781576838198
Availability: In Stock
Series: Real Life Stuff for Men

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How do men keep everything in their lives balanced?
Cue the circus music . . .
“Hey, Jim, I’m going to need that TPS report by noon.” [one chainsaw]
“Jim, don’t forget we are going to my mother’s for dinner tonight.” [two chainsaws]
“Daddy, do you have time to help me with my homework?” [yet another chainsaw]

Men have to juggle dozens of chainsaws—er, responsibilities—all while walking a treacherous tightrope demanding our spiritual and physical balance. With all its demands and pressures, life can feel like a bizarro circus act. But you can be the spiritual ringleader you want to be. Take eight weeks to study a biblical approach to thriving under pressure. Learn to master the art of juggling chainsaws on a tightrope—or at least try to improve your skills a little bit at a time. Designed for small-group use (yet just as hospitable for a solo act), studies in The Real Life Stuff for Men series don’t demand a seminary-trained leader at the helm. These studies help participants discover personalized application and offer an accountability system to make sure the changes stick. Other thought-provoking titles in The Real Life Stuff for Men series:
  • Leaning into a Hail of Bullets
  • Treading Water in an Empty Pool
  • Chasing God with Three Flat Tires

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not written for everyone
    May 26, 2015
    J. Poe
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Our church originally purchased the "Real Life Stuff" books for a couple's study on Wednesday nights. After reviewing the content, we decided not to purchase the material. Since we were planning on offering them as a couple's study, we needed something the couples would talk about in their homes throughout the week. These books seemed the obvious choices. However, even though they both dealt with stress, the chapters did not match up! I have no idea why that is, but that was a problem.

    Another issue was the format of the book. Both the men's and women's books are laid out the same. You have the same READ THINK PRAY for each chapter. The problem is, there is a lot of white space for men to read the chapter and write down their feelings, summarize their wants and needs, and then go to the group and discuss questions like, "Describe the last time you felt disappointment from your wife." While these sort of questions can be discussed while sitting around a coffee table in someone's kitchen, they will not go far in a class setting. To give the study it's fair share, even though it is marketed as a Bible Discussion guide, the introduction states that you should have no more than six participants. SIX!

    Theology is very limited in these books. The very loose "Message" is employed, along with snippets of mostly contemporary writers, published reports, and news articles. Each Bible passage question usually ends up asking, "What does this passage mean to you?" with little guidance.

    This study and the others in the Real Life Stuff series are 100% felt needs. While the information found therein is somewhat helpful, I don't believe the theology or the format is conducive to men growing in God's word together in a classroom setting. Instead, it may be helpful with a new or struggling Christian to do this study one-on-one during discipleship, or used for counseling a couple.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Has some great points
    November 1, 2011
    Amy Rice
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We are still in the middle of the study, but so far the book has been fun. There are interesting views on stress and how to handle them. The Men's class seems to really enjoy this study.
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