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Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself Paperback – February 1, 2013
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In one of his most famous parables, Jesus points us to a man who gets down off his donkey and helps someone in dire need. Now, with energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls you to dismount, get messy, and live a life that makes a real difference. He reveals two mutually reinforcing truths: First, helping others is often the best path for our own personal development. And second, as you become more the person you were designed to be, you increase your capacity to serve others. It all starts with a decision to get off your donkey--today!
"A challenge for all Christians to lead their lives like Jesus--to love and serve others. What a fabulous message! What a wonderful book!"--Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus
"In this inspiring book, we have biblically based courses of action and illustrations that are invaluable for those who want to live out Jesus's imperative to love our neighbors as ourselves."--Tony Campolo, emeritus professor of sociology, Eastern University
"Reggie's new book vacillates from very good to fabulously good. In fact, this book is so good I don't want to talk about it here. Read it, and then we'll talk."--Leonard Sweet, bestselling author; professor, Drew University and George Fox University; chief contributor to www.sermons.com
"If you've ever wondered what God wants you to do with your life, Reggie McNeal has written a book that will show you exactly how and where to get started."--Larry Osborne, author and pastor, North Coast Church, Vista, California
"McNeal brilliantly examines one of the elements central to well-being: well-doing. His book will change how you think about the role of religion and spirituality in leading a thriving (and well-doing) life."--James K. Harter, chief scientist, The Gallup Organization; New York Times bestselling author
"For everyone who wants to make a difference . . . this is a must-read."--Eric Cooper, president and CEO, San Antonio Food Bank
Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people enjoy more intentional lives. He is a bestselling author, teacher, and popular speaker for groups engaged in community service, including the US Military, businesses such as The Gallup Organization, and faith-based groups and other not-for-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army.
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I learned from reading this book that if I am so involved in congregational activities and fellowship I probably won't have time for people who need help; this would make it more about religion than following Jesus. Jesus loves the people in the world and if I am stuffed away in my congregational building most of the time I won't have as much time to help people in the world. It gave me a reminder that there are countless ways to serve other people, such as feeding and clothing homeless people, listening to a widow who needs someone to talk to, or mentoring children in an after school program. Even though I am already a person that likes to spend some time serving out in the world, this book helped move my interest level up a notch to want to spend less time at my congregation and to find more time to try to help people out in the world.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Beginning with the Parable of the Good Samaritan, he asks readers to first put themselves as an observer of the various characters of the parable, and then to make a choice which one they want to be. He asks probing questions like:
What is keeping you on the donkey?
Are the distractions of life such as busyness and unavailability preventing you from stepping out to help others?
What are the fears that are stopping us from proceeding a life of service?
Are we under the shroud of apathy?
Are we unwilling to change at all, even when we know there is a lot of good we can do?
Slowly and surely, McNeal moves for the jugular of fear. Why let fear keep us from helping our neighbours?Read more ›
But, IF YOU DESIRE TO LEARN HOW TO GET OFF YOUR DONKEY AND HELP YOURSELF AS YOU HELP OTHERS, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. Through "Get Off Your Donkey", Reggie will guide you in a personal journey of expressing your God given capacities for helping to make a better world. And here's the deal. He is able to guide you because he lives the journey himself. What you will read is not just "Reggie speak" (even though that can pretty hilarious stuff)!
Bottom line, I encourage you to let Reggie McNeal, through this book, be your personal coach for getting to know yourself as you also express the life restoring power and presence of Jesus amidst human need. Small group leaders, pastors, teachers, parents, community ministry leaders, couples, nonprofit leaders...use this tool. I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very beneficial giving great insight into our behavior and sharing ideas of how we can better serve in helping others.Published 9 months ago by Penelope Wesley
Reggie talks about those things people don;t like to hear, things like THE TRUTH.Published 13 months ago by Dave Bailey
It is about the people who walked by the robbed person, who was on the way to Jerusalem, and how the good Samaritan got down off his donkey to help this man. Luke 10:25-37. Read morePublished 19 months ago by charlotte e
A Christian perspective on service to others--used at a conference for Pastors and lay leaders.Published 20 months ago by Bert Ferren
Thought provoking, ...Get off your donkey , or comfortable couch & help others.Published 21 months ago by gram4