Natasha’s Study: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

A Long Obedience in the Same DirectionDiscipleship in an Instant Society

The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us. Christian discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God’s righteousness and less and less attention to our own.

– Eugene Peterson on perseverance.

Why I picked up this book:

This book is a classic, and it was gifted to me by the women on my leadership team at the end of three plus years of service as the founder and leader of the mentoring ministry.

Who Should Read A Long Obedience in the Same Direction:

This work will be an encouragement to any believer. It is an apt tool for spiritual formation and development.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction book cover

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Book Review: “Prophetic Lament” by @profrah

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

To believe that the United States has assumed the mantle of blessing from Israel is a faulty assumption. Israel’s exceptionalism arises from God’s grace. There is no scriptural support that the United States has earned God’s favor as an exceptional nation.

– Soong-Chan Rah

Why I picked up this book:

Prophetic Lament book cover

I have found Soong-Chan Rah to be a thoughtful and honest theologian, prophetic voice, critic and lover of God’s church. I was thrilled to hear him speak on this topic shortly after the book’s release and received a copy of it then.

Who Should Read Prophetic Lament:

I believe this is essential reading for anyone who considers themselves a leader in the church. The subtitle speaks for itself, “Call for Justice in Troubled Times.” I don’t think I have personally observed or experienced as much injustice in my lifetime as we are witnessing and experiencing today. I am troubled by the senseless violence, the growing “wealth” gap between the haves and have nots, the abuses against women and vulnerable children, the complete disrespect and disregard for God and his holy standards, the devaluing of black lives and targeting of black men, the destruction of families, the growing hate speech, rhetoric, and false reporting that has become common place in the age of social media, and that’s just to name a few. The temptation of everyone in this time is to blame or ask God, “Where are you?”

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Natasha’s Study: “Essentialism” and the Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism book cover

 

Why I picked up this book:

This book was recommended to me by one of my mentors. It’s a New York Times bestseller.

Who Should Read Essentialism:

Essentialism has important implications for boundary setting and clarifying focus and direction for all individuals who want to live their lives on purpose. I think this book will also be captivating and freeing for those who work in corporate environments, or feel there are certain things they have to do to become successful. The truth is, when we narrow our focus, we can be more effective in the things that make us unique which can put us in positions to make better choices for our present and the future.

What’s in Store for You:

With the subtitle, “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” the author attempts to get the reader to do just that—pursue less. More specifically, the author is encouraging the reader to focus on “one thing” and to let go of everything that does not advance the one thing.

The book opens with the quote by Lin Yutang:

 

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

 

The author beckons the reader to immediately ask the question: What is essential in my life? He quickly drives home the point that: Everything cannot be essential, and everything cannot be a priority. When there are too many essentials and too many priorities, nothing is really a priority and you find yourself yielding to the demands and needs of others, and even becoming a servant to your own schedule. Your calendar should actually be in service to you.

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