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Number of Pages: 151
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
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Professor, former business man, writer James ODonnells motivational autobiography presents an intriguing, teaching portrait of a humble Christian mentor (Arthur) seeking to live out a purposeful life, a man who said Jesus without even cursing. Breezy, straight-from-the-shoulder, ODonnell relates his journey from a self-centered winner to a man who met God, found out He was love, and set out on a journey to become a more loving, forgiving human being. ODonnell doesnt wow with theology, or overwhelm with Christian language, but he does include Bible passages and Christian experience. The epilogue, A Word From Arthur, provides just the right finish. A small book, easily read, Walking With Arthur entertains, encourages and challenges. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
Arnold MainMindemoya, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful story of change and growthMay 16, 2012Arnold MainMindemoya, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book could be very encouraging for someone looking for hope and a reason to live. It reminds us that fame and fortune cannot satisfy a hungry soul.
alexMargate, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great book!May 15, 2012alexMargate, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thoroughly enjoyed this book, having read it in bite-sized chunks every day so I could give it enough thought. It's extremely well-written and thought-provoking; you will grow from having read it. I was concerned that it might be too sappy, but not the case at all. Wonderful lessons, very readable and humorous, moving and deep.
christine4 Stars Out Of 5August 11, 2011christineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I purchased this short memoir to give as a gift to a family member who has much in common with the author in the hopes that he would be drawn to Christ through reading it. The author shares how his friendship with Arthur leads to his own relationship with Christ.
Wanda Frankum5 Stars Out Of 5May 14, 2010Wanda FrankumA very inspiring book. It lets you look into the life of a man that needed God so desparately in his life. It encouraged me to be more aware of the people around me, that no matter how put together they seem to be on the outside perhaps on the inside they are crying out for God. A very good book. I read it in one afternoon.
Submitted: May 23, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. "I began my career helping rich people invest for the future. Today, I invest in my students futures," even if I happen to have a resume that reads like an excerpt from Who's Who on Wall Street. I teach a small Christian college today, Huntington University, and try to share with my students the savvy I earned as a senior executive at some of the nation's largest financial services companies. From 1981 to 1985, I served as vice president and national sales manager for the Dreyfus Corporation, in New York. One year at Dreyfus, I personally sold $1.5 billion in new investments. From 1985 to 1989, I led the sales and marketing division of the Portfolio Group, Inc., (now part of J. P. Morgan Chase) increasing assets under the firm's management from $800 million to $2.5 billion. I was then recruited to Fidelity Investments, in Boston, first as senior vice president, then as executive vice-president and founding director of the firms marketing arm serving wealthy individuals. Though in a worldly sense, highly successful, I always cut against the grain in the dog-eat-dog world of money. I tried to be a man of deep conviction and thoughtfulness. I strove to inject principles of his Christian faith into an industry often characterized by cut-throat competition. I try to be a thought- provoking writer, and have had my opinions on ethics and finance appear in Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times, Woman's Day, Christianity Today, America, and other publications. However, soon after I left the business world in 1994, my wife, Lizzie, was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Letters for Lizzie, my first book, is my tribute to Lizzie, as well as a raw look at a family struggling to make their way across the terrifying landscape of advanced illness.
What was your motivation behind this project? Walking with Arthur is my memoir of a friendship and my own personal transformation as I came to faith in the mid-80s through a friendship with a man named Arthur. Today, I still serve as Executive-in-Residence at Huntington University, and still seek to integrate Christian faith, ethics, and redemptive values into the teaching of business and economics. I'm fortunate to have become a popular speaker off-campus, a winner of Professor of the Year honors, and a teacher whose students have nominated him for Whos Who Among Americas Teachers. I try to bring high standards to the classroom as well as raise challenging ethical questions that bear on real workplace issues.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I would like my readers to think about the immense importance friendship plays in our lives, for good and for bad. Women seem, almost instinctively, to value their women friends, sharing the joys and struggles life offers, gaining wisdom and strength from a sort of shared vulnerability. Men, on the other hand, often just "hang out" watching a ball game or taking about work. They do projects together but talk about important stuff much less often, or so I sense. I hope that Walking with Arthur challenges all of our ideas about the value and and meaning of friendship.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I've been influenced in my own life and my journey of faith by Jesus and by Scripture. But I've also been affected immensely by my friendship with Arthur, the namesake of my book that tells how a friendhip began a transformation of my life. Writers who have influenced me include C. S. Lewis and Frederick Buechner.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Here are some recent reviews of Walking with Arthur: From The New York Times, April 10, 2005: Walking with Arthur the story of a life changed by the vulnerability of a male friend. From Publishers Weekly, December 13, 2004: Gentle wisdom and hope to exhausted strivers. From Christianity Today, May 13, 2005: Touching storythese principles apply in the colorful rooms of the daycare center and in the cubicle next to yours. From the Ft. Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette, February 26, 2005: A spiritual awakening through a series of conversations with a wise older man.
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