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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Jump into the Deep End
What is a deep person? If youd like to become one, would you know how? Would you like to help others become deep? If so, you have come to the right place.
In this fascinating book, best-selling author Gordon MacDonald discovers that his small New England church could be headed for trouble. Why? Because of a serious shortage. There are plenty of good people, well-meaning people, sincere peoplebut not enough deep people.
In his celebrated and engaging style, Gordon transports you back to the fictional setting from his critically acclaimed book, Who Stole My Church? He identifies the crucial missing component in his community: people of true depth, people of real influence. And he offers unforgettable insights on how to cultivate spiritual maturity and exhibit life-altering faith.
As it turns out in Gordons townand probably yourswhats needed is people who are willing to seek Christ passionately with a hunger to go deep. This may be exactly what youve been looking for.
Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.
Pastor Gordon MacDonald revisits the fictional New England congregation of his critically acclaimed book Who Stole My Church? to deal with a new dilemma: What's his church's story? What is it doing that justifies its existence? The importance of these questions is anything but fiction.
Through a series of e-mails and discussions with friends and parishioners, Pastor Gordon's search for their story leads him to realize that the future of the Christian faith, and thus the church, is at risk. As MacDonald says, "We seem to know how to get unchurched people to visit our buildings. We even seem to know how to draw them across the line into a declaration of personal faith in Jesus. But what we do not seem to know is how to cultivate spiritually deep people. Tomorrow's church could be headed for trouble."
Deep people. People who possess spiritual awareness and maturity, people with solid, grounded, life-altering faith. MacDonald shows that the church needs people with a passion for God's presence and a desperate hunger to seek him above all things.
Join Pastor MacDonald and his congregation on their quest to cultivate spiritual depth and grow into a community of believers whose hearts and minds are truly focused on God.
Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5leaders read this!September 28, 2012Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A book that focuses on how to become a influential Christian leaders. Going Deep by: GordonMcDonald. I would have been a more motivated reader, "We seem to know how to get unchurched people to visit our buildings. We even seem to know how to draw them across the line into a declaration of personal faith in Jesus. But what we do not seem to know is how to cultivate spiritually deep people. Tomorrow's church could be headed for trouble." I love this line... I appreciate that because of the ability to learn by example--albeit a fictional example--but other readers might prefer a more straightforward read. I can relate to almost every story, person, thought, and implication in the book. I'd recommend Going Deep to pastors or church leaders who are looking to intentionally disciple people for God's glory.
junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5a must readAugust 27, 2012junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Every individual character in the book you can relate to and picture that person in your life. This book can change the way we think, it certainly has changed mine. This book really does give you the opportunity to become a person of influence, and I really think that I am on my way to learning. It will encourage you to grow and become more mature in your Christian walk. I think this would be an awesome idea starter for pastors and their fellowships, but as a mere sheep in the flock of millions, this was a bit too much for me.I think that this is a great book and follows in a great line of other books by Gordon MacDonald. I deeply appreciate that he tells stories, and is incredibly open about his own life and experience. I recommend anything he has published.
Gordon has has written a masterpiece, written with pure love and talent! If you missed this book, then you miss 25% of your christian maturity. A must read!
thecoverbybrittAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great idea, hard to readMay 1, 2012thecoverbybrittAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3When I was looking through books to read this one immediately caught my eye. I loved not only the cover, but the concept behind the book. However, once I got into the book, it was hard to read. The author takes the time to carry on full conversations about ideas discussed throughout the entirety of the book, which makes it a little slow moving. I really enjoyed the message portrayed in the storyline, but could not read more than a chapter at a time without becoming distracted by something else. It might just be that I have been reading a lot of fiction lately, and this non-fiction type book just couldn't capture my attention to draw me in. I have set the book aside to try to re-read at another date. I know I can get more out of it that I did :) I learned some great concepts and have taken on some of the "tasks" of becoming a deeper person, but would definitely like a twice-over for this one. I think this would be an awesome idea starter for pastors and their fellowships, but as a mere sheep in the flock of millions, this was a bit too much for me.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com <http://BookSneezeÃÂ®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Intentional ParentingAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Richly InspiringApril 19, 2012Intentional ParentingAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Richly inspiring!
Going Deep is the fictional story of Pastor MacDonald and his wife, Gail answering a leading from God to step out in faith and intentionally disciple people into a deeper relationship with Jesus. This discipleship effort, called "CDP - Cultivating Deep People," would not only equip its members to turn around and disciple others, but expect it.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I felt as if I knew the characters intimately. I was anxious to get back to the story each night. Going Deep is encouraging, inspiring, and challenging on so many levels. Personally, I love how it lines up with biblical discipleship the way Jesus did it. Is there anything better?
From an Intentional Parenting perspective, we can use this same model to disciple our kids. Teach them about Christian character, spiritual gifts, effective communication, leadership... I could go on but I'll let you read the book and experience it yourself.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
AnonymousWindsor, ONAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent leadership book for PastorsMarch 20, 2012AnonymousWindsor, ONAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are a few leadership books that I highly recommend should be on every leaders shelf and this is one of them. Going Deep is kind of a follow-up book to Ã¢â¬ËWho Stole My Church', also written by MacDonald. This book explores what it means to truly be a Ã¢â¬Ëdeep person' and ultimately become more like Jesus in all you do.
MacDonald writes from his perspective as the pastor in New Hampshire and his journey to helping cultivate and grow Ã¢â¬Ëdeep people' in his church. It starts out as a Ã¢â¬Ëgreat idea' and you journey along with MacDonald and those in his congregation to exploring, implementing and seeing this Ã¢â¬Ëgreat idea' become reality. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the journey of the CDP (Cultivating Deep People) group. I cried and was overjoyed as I saw their growth taking place on paper as if I was truly a part of their lives.
I seriously recommend this book to those in leadership. Who doesn't want Ã¢â¬Ëdeep people' in their church? On their team? In their ministry? This book gives a lot of helpful ideas and an amazing strategy of how to make this happen.
MacDonald totally kept my attention, I could hardly put the book down. I was inspired to do this with my own leadership teams and look forward to exploring this in the near future. The biblical content is excellent and give a lot of wonderful resources.
A Must Read!!
By the way I received this as an ebook from Booksneeze.com to preview and am not required to give positive reviews.