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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.
Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus seemingly contradictory path to powerfirst giving it up.
In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.
Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry and theology. He holds two Masters degrees and is currently earning a PhD in systematic theology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children.
Kyle Strobel is a professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and is an emerging voice among evangelicals on spiritual formation, discipleship, and theology. Kyle speaks regularly and has written for Pastors.com, Relevant magazine (and Relevant Magazine.com), ChurchLeader.com, and DeeperStory.com. Kyle lives in Southern California with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.
Bill OVirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great reminderMay 12, 2017Bill OVirginiaAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We need this reminder that we are in a struggle for our eternal soul.
This book gives great insight on the threat of compromise in our faith.
I recommend it highly.
Scotty5 Stars Out Of 5A great book for Christians generally, a new "must read" for church leadersMarch 29, 2017ScottyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In February of 2012, I posted my review of Leonard Sweet's book, "I Am A Follower," and that has remained my top recommendation for church leaders since.
Today, I want to tell you about a book that is every bit as important. A new book that is a great "read" for Christians generally, but what I think is a new "must read" for anyone serving in a leadership position in the church, especially vocational and bi-vocational ministers.
What's the book? "The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb" by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel (published by Nelson Books).
I rarely ever underline or highlight in a book, especially my Bible. Occasionally, for a really good book, I'll make a few stars or underline a couple of passages. But in this new work by Goggin and Strobel, the ink is flowing! I haven't marked up a book like this in years, and I've done so because the content is that important and that good.
This writing team --- Goggin a pastor and Strobel a professor --- have taken on a critically important topic and they've done so with biblical accuracy, scholarly research, and personal self-examination, all of which are obvious in their writing.
What's the critically important topic? Power in the church, and in our lives.
We've gotten the topic terribly wrong.
We routinely teach the wrong message.
And we're drowning in daily social media exhortations to pursue power when Jesus taught differently and the pages of scripture direct us otherwise.
Goggin and Strobel do such a good job at revealing how we have missed the mark on this topic I'm convinced that as Christians --- and especially church leaders --- wade into this book, one outcome will be a lot of conviction and repentance.
"Over time we have come to see that the way of power commended in Scripture is not the way of power we have seen in evangelicalism ..." the authors begin in the introduction of the book.
"Power is the capacity to affect reality. We human beings have the capacity to physically, emotionally, and spiritually influence the world around us. God has given us this capacity for good - to glorify him and bless the world. But as Christians, our primary interest is to bear fruit of the kingdom - the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). We were not created to pursue power as an end in itself, but rather to pursue God, the powerful one, and abide in his power to bless the world," the authors contend, and further write, "A way of power exists that is good, true, and beautiful; but there is also a way of power that is evil, false, and ugly."
That "good" way of power is what the authors refer to as "the way from above," and the evil, false, and ugly power they call "the way from below." Which do you think so many church leaders have not only embraced personally, but also teach to their congregations and audiences?
The book is divided into two sections - "Discovering the Way," the section which I think is the strength of this book, but is followed by the insightful and instructive section of "Embracing the Way."
The insights woven throughout the content doesn't rely only on the observations, personal experiences, and biblical study of the authors, but Goggin and Strobel significantly expanded their research to include in-person interview conversations with some great "sages" of the Christian world --- J.I. Packer, James Houston, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, Dallas Willard, and Eugene Peterson --- and include their insights as well.
The authors claim, "And so we see that the way from above is power from love and for love," and "To produce kingdom fruit, both internally and externally, fruit that is from God and for God's glory, we must abide in Christ by the Holy Spirit."
Is that how you're living your life?
Are you sure?
Get this book and read it cover-to-cover. It will inform and inspire you in your walk with Christ, and in your leadership in the church.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. 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."
Grace-alive5 Stars Out Of 5WOWMarch 6, 2017Grace-aliveQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0this was so eye opening for me. I do believe the church has gone so far from the concept that we are to be defirent from the world. We must get back to doing life like Jesus, the Lamb.
ciciAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Weakness is PowerMarch 2, 2017ciciAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In so many aspects of life we can see the power of "helping" others which can feed our egos more than just actually helping others. The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel is one amazing book devoted to the true power of "giving it up". This may be the kind of book that can be used in so many aspects other than ministries. I took so much of their powerful words and devoured them for all they are worth. I may not fit the criteria that this book is about, but it is enough to change my life and anyones life that reads this book as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I received a copy for this review from blogging for books and all opinions are my own.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5The Way Of The Dragon Or The Way Of The LambJanuary 23, 2017MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb" by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel is a good title on the topic of letting God use weakness as the way to true power. The book is around 220 pages and addresses such topics as:
1. Weakness is the way in Christian life and ministry.
2. Jesus champions the weak and insignificant instead of the powerful and great.
3. The devil's strategy usually involves operating within the church more than open attacks.
4. The importance of living in community with others.
5. Too often what a church is looking for in a pastor has nothing to do with being a pastor.
6. Pastors are under-shepherds of the Good Shepherd.
7. A pastor can lead out of self-willed compulsion or willing love.
8. Toxic leaders are the product of a toxic culture.
9. Ministry is about bringing the life of God into people's lives.
10. Christian leadership must be different from worldly leadership.
11. The importance of silence and solitude.
The title is very readable, thought-provoking, and smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter. A good read and reminder to remember, it's about Jesus, not us! I was given a review copy by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.