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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014970
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You've been sitting on your donkey long enough!

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.

About the Author

Reggie McNeal (MDiv, PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. He has lectured or been an adjunct faculty at several seminaries, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Trinity Divinity School, and has served in congregational leadership for over twenty years.

More About the Author

Reggie enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations pursue more intentional lives. He currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. Reggie's past experience involves over a decade as a denominational executive and leadership development coach. He also served in local congregational leadership for over twenty years, including being the founding pastor of a new church. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), and Columbia International (Columbia, SC). In addition, he has served as a consultant to local church, denomination, and para-church leadership teams, as well as seminar developer and presenter for thousands of church leaders across North America. He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office, Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie's work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization.

Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals, including Leadership and Net Results. His books include Revolution in Leadership (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007). His latest book, Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009) details the three shifts that church leaders must make to engage the missional movement and offers suggestions for a different scorecard to reflect missional ministry.

Reggie's education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Reggie and his wife Cathy, have two daughters, Jessica and Susanna, and make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Very inspiring, easy to read book.
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Woolums on April 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I began to read "Get off your donkey!" I couldn't help but think of Bob Dylan singing, "You gotta SERVE somebody" (later recorded beautifully by Nicole Nordeman). This is a challenging book delivered as only Reggie can; direct, practical and CLEAR! Having been a pastor for 36 years and a professor for nearly 20 of those years, I love having something I can put in people's hands that I know they can understand and use to help grow their faith. During my years of service, I constantly hear students and church members claiming that they want to go DEEPER into the Word and their walk with Christ. What Reggie does is to provide a reminder that, "YOU ARE AS DEEP AS THE LAST PERSON YOU SERVED!" You want to go deep? Then invest your life in others...LIVE LIKE JESUS! This book is perfect for developing disciples who earnestly want to make an IMPACT in this world! I heartily recommend this for use in any Spritual Formation setting. I will be adopting it is a required text for my Spiritual Formations classes! This is a MUST READ!Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill H. on April 3, 2013
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"Get Off Your Donkey!" is a call to action for people to try to be more compassionate and help people who are in need, which in turn will help themselves in the process. It focuses on the Good Samaritan Biblical story from Luke 10:25-37. It explains that the quickest way to grow spiritually is to serve other people, and is a path to discipleship to live out Jesus' teaching to love others as we love ourselves. It helps readers come up with a plan to get off their donkeys, like the Good Samaritan did and develop a scorecard with an arena of interest, an activity, agenda, actions, and an accountability plan to move forward with making our world a better place for others and ourselves.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Coward on April 2, 2013
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My guess is, religious pietists who love their own donkey's won't like this book, as is probably true of anything else Reggie McNeal writes or says. But quite honestly, I'm not sure that is who he is hoping to empower. McNeal writes, "We don't have the room or capacity for new attitudes, new behaviors, or new habits until we first lose the old ones." If you already believe you have arrived...well....

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Conrade Yap on April 2, 2013
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If a face can launch a thousand ships, and a snowflake can cause an avalanche, as far as Reggie McNeal is concerned, it takes a random statement to launch the writing of a book. As a believer of helping others, McNeal uses the title, "Get Off Your Donkey" as a way to get people off their highs of comfort to go down to the trenches of real life ministry, and servanthood. It is written to three groups of people. The first group is for people who are already out there, raring to go and do something. Here, McNeal aims to help them "recalibrate" their efforts so as to be more effective. The second group comprises of leaders who are determined to make changes to their "ministry scorecards" for greater "kingdom engagement." The third group is for the non-believers (or non-Christians) to catch a vision of service, so that they too can go serve and bring help to the communities they are in. When it comes to serving one another, faith is no barrier. How McNeal does it, is through storytelling and challenging.

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?
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