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Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family Paperback – October 9, 2000
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Among the points Farrar covers include:
1. The qualification for ministry is proven character.
2. Be careful of relationships with other women.
3. God's success radically differs from the world's definition of success.
4. Do not let a busy lifestyle come between you and your relationship with God.
5. Uninterrupted success for a prolonged period of time can result in a dangerous form of pride.
6. Characteristics of people who think they are leaders but are not.
7. God will use our times of unemployment, obscurity, waiting, and loneliness to mold us into the people He wants us to be.
8. God can use the failures and disappointments of our lives to mold us into His likeness.
All in all, a good and recommended read!
It is terrifying to think how easily men can "screw up" their own lives, and the lives of their families. And yet, God's word clearly points to ways in which such screw ups can be avoided.
This book has caused profound change in my outlook and behaviour and I have used it effectively with men's groups.
You will not be disappointed!
The book has a good beginning. Farrar paints a grim picture, perhaps accurately, of how few men finish strong in the faith. This is a great wake-up call to faith. He uses anecdotal evidence and some statistics to prove his point. This brings me to one of the major flaws of the book. Logic is not his strong suit. For example, he lists from his research several things that these men did not do that stopped them from finishing strong. One of the points is that these men who did not finish strong were not in a small group. I can not agree or disagree with this. I agree small groups are important. However, his logic is flawed. These men did not do a lot of things. They probably did not walk on the moon. They probably did not swim the English channel. This inaction in these areas probably did not stop them from finishing strong. One can exhort men to meet in small groups from the evidence of scripture. One can also research men who did finish strong. One can may be able to assert after research that all these men were in small groups. This also does not prove the point, but it is better than what he wrote. Do not insult my intelligence by using questionable logic and spotty research.
His exegesis is questionable at times. In one case he takes a passage of scripture and proves his four points.Read more ›
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Husband likes this book. Helping grow his faith. He meets monthly with some other men and they use this book for a small study.Published 1 month ago by Dan11
Advertised as "Like New, " but had substantial hi-liting and notes in book. Did not return only because it was not worth the hassle.Published 1 month ago by Redeagle
I highly recommend this book for men. I've read this & gone through it with other men numerous times in a one-on-one setting as well as teaching from it in a classroom environment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Farrar loves to tell stories and he's got tons of them. Each chapter starts with a story that grabs your imagination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy J. Etherington
I've given out a 'ton' of these books over the years to men I work with, incl prison inmates. Truly, it doesn't matter how you started...it's how you finish that counts.Published 4 months ago by Dangerous Dan