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richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Are You Using Man's Yardstick or the Plumbline?March 24, 2011richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In the book "Lord I Feel So Small: Using God's Yardstick to Conquer Self-Doubt" Pastor Jon Drury maintains that by measuring ourselves against man's yardstick we may miss our own greatness or significance by not recognizing the touch of God on our lives.
The pages are filled with contemporary stories from the lives of broken people struggling with the emotions of self pity, unworthiness, fear, and rejection. Other examples come from Biblical accounts of men and women who have faced similar challenges of adversity and challenge. In a natural progression Drury shows how these illustrations often parallel many of the life experiences he grappled with as he emerged from his personal wilderness journey.
The book is made up of twenty chapters divided into six sections. These include concepts including: crafting a foundation of significance, dealing with feelings of despair and fear, and keys from scripture which counteract these negative feelings, replacing them with hope, courage, and healing. Jon talks about hindrances along the way, externals that frustrate signs of progress, and experiences that obstruct true success, friendship and trust. He warns of the danger of determining worth through comparisons.
Each chapter ends with a section titled "Think it Through" made up of questions for reflection, application, or discussion. These questions which clearly relate directly to the material covered within the chapter also encourage personal reflection based on individual backgrounds and experience.
Jon's writing is transparent. He openly discusses his own feelings of anxiety, worry, and rejection as he equips the reader to discover God's purpose and to rebuild a life based on the Scripture. I enjoyed the user friendly format of the book.
I can highly recommend "Lord I Feel So Small: Using God's Yardstick to Conquer Self-Doubt" for anyone wanting to exchange their struggle with self-worth or feelings of insecurity for a life of significance and purpose as they recognize the touch of God on their lives.
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