A couple weeks ago I downloaded a copy of Gordon MacDonald’s A Resilient Life: You Can Move Ahead No Matter What. This morning I was trying to remember how I heard about it. Was it mentioned in an article? Did I hear someone talk about it? Honestly…I haven’t been able to recall how I heard about it. But I do know what prompted me to download it once I heard about it.
I downloaded a copy because one of my core convictions is that whatever I want to happen at the member level in our small groups…has to be experienced by small group leaders first. And it just follows that in order for small group leaders (and coaches) to be able to pass anything of significance on to their members…I will need to set the pace. In a very real sense I will need to be able to say, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV
Like everything I’ve ever read of Gordon MacDonald’s, A Resilient Life is very readable. Might even be called an easy read. Certainly not a difficult read, but be careful that you don’t fly through it. Take the time to re-read passages, making sure you’ve truly digested what is there. Packed with great insights, powerful questions, and quotable lines, you’ll get so much more out of it if you’ll take the time to really consider what it is there.
I loved many of the chapters and my digital copy is full of highlights, notes, and bookmarks. No doubt I’ll be referring to many of these principles as I spend time with the coaches and leaders in my ministry. If you’re looking for some great stuff to chew on, I suggest you pick up a copy (or download one) of A Resilient Life. So good. You won’t be sorry.