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Are you tired of the status quo Christian life? Do you long for a spiritual breakthrough? Are you looking to go to the next level or get a fresh infusion of faith and spiritual passion? If you answered yes, then this book is for you. Great Christians live out their faith with purpose. Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left an indelible mark on the world, Chip Ingram offers clear steps to becoming great in the things that matter most.
This updated edition features a new foreword by Bob Buford, a new introduction, and helpful discussion questions to facilitate group or individual study.
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Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2012
• think great thoughts
• read great books
• pursue great people
• dream great dreams
• pray great prayers
• take great risks
• make great sacrifices
• enjoy great moments
• empower great people
• develop great habits
Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left a lasting legacy, Ingram offers practical steps for becoming great in all areas of life, in spiritual growth, family, relationships, and career.
The lead chapter is perhaps the most valuable, underscoring the Old Testament message of, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). Ingram talks about the negative effects of modern news broadcasts, seductive advertising, and depressing online material. He refers to Paul's advice about the renewing of the mind and quotes Scripture in regard to a list of positive concepts with the admonition to "think about these things" (Philippians 4:8) There is nothing original here from Ingram, but it is valid nonetheless.
Another chapter deals with finding positive people in our lives to have as mentors. It spends a lot of time on the topic of forgiving our parents for not being perfect, praising them more for whatever they did right, and moving on with life. (I'll confess, I sat down and wrote my mother a long letter after finishing that chapter.)
My personal favorite is chapter six, which talks about becoming a risk-taker. The examples of Esther before the king (Esther 5), Peter stepping out on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), and Paul as a convert going back into the Jewish temple (Acts 21), are radical steps of faith. The dangers were obvious, but the results were staggering. Ingram tells us to take the leap of faith, to get out of our comfort zones, to let God do His work through us. It is both scary and exuberating.
Don't expect to find breakthrough concepts here, especially in a book that confesses in its very title that it is emulating someone else's idea. Still, there are truths here, and they are organized systematically into good reading order. Good to Great in God's Eyes reminds readers of things worth being nudged about. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
CB5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookNovember 29, 2014CBI have just started reading this book and haven't gotten too far, but what i have read has been great. it is written in a style like i am sitting across from Chip having a cup of coffee and just talking about these things. Really a great book.
Spydermanwestern North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5I'm involved in a weekly study/luncheon w/ book.August 6, 2012Spydermanwestern North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I find this book to be very rrevealing and well organized to prove his points using Scripture and personal anecdotes. I especially liked " Dream a dream, Form a team, one page paper".