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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400070082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400070084
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brendle, associate pastor at an evangelical megachurch in Colorado Springs, Colo., aims his first book at 20- and 30-somethings who are in limbo: they may be called by God to be pastors, or gardeners, or parents, but they need more time to mature before taking the next step. Brendle's book is about living faithfully in the time between the call and its fulfillment. Too often, he says, we are tempted to "manhandle" God's plans for us or forget about our call because it seems to take too long to play out. Brendle urges us instead to follow the lead of the biblical David, who was anointed by Samuel, but then had to wait on the Lord until his calling was fulfilled. The life stage to which Brendle draws our attention is important, but the book is flawed. Many readers may not have experienced the same kind of clear call that Brendle presupposes and experienced himself in his career and marriage decisions. Brendle may also one day regret lines like "Okay, wow. That was heavy. I need to take a deep breath now because I'm fired up and the veins in my neck are bulging a bit." Perhaps he could have followed his own advice and let this book coalesce a little longer. (Dec.)
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"This timely and dynamic message has everything you need to transition successfully from one season to the next in your life. The book’s frank style will position, then equip and empower you. Rob Brendle is brilliant, fun, and witty. He is a man who has moved wisely within his years. Read In the Meantime...and reap."

--John and Lisa Bevere, speakers and authors of Drawing Near and Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry 


“Finally, a guide to help us do what most of us do so poorly, wait!  Insightful, practical, and truly witty, Rob Brendle pens the heartfelt path from God's calling until God's fulfillment of His call.  Bravo!” 
–Douglas Weiss, Ph.D, Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center

“Rob Brendle’s book is an important contribution for young people who are confused about the pursuit of God’s will for their life, and also a great reminder for the not-so-young who need to continue on the journey with the Author who writes all of our stories for His grand plan. Rob has a gift for writing in a both humorous and down-to-earth style, and he clearly is one who is living his calling.”   
–Ed Young, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Church, Grapevine, Texas, author of YOU! The Journey to the Center of Your Worth

“A young pastor brimming with zeal and wise beyond his years, Rob Brendle conveys a fine combination of Christian insight and earthly good sense in this stimulating, enjoyable book.”
–Dinesh D'Souza, author of What’s So Great About America, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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I suggest reading the book, then buying a dozen for your friends.
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He is living an examined life...and encouraging the rest of us through his example to stay steady and live into God's purposes for our lives.
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It is such a great mix of stories and teaching from the life of David.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Culver on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rob Brendle's definition and discussion of proactive waiting helps illuminate the misconception that waiting means inactivity. Utilizing well painted word pictures and quoting authors like Steven Covey or Jedi masters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, he describes proactive waiting in such a way that challenges the audience to truly absorb the moment, live life to the fullest, and train for the defining moment when life can move into a

"new season." It should be required reading for the twenty to thirtysomething crowd, especially those looking to make the leap of change (college, career, or otherwise), but haven't stepped onto the springboard yet. Listen to the Tank Commander turned Pastor, and be prepared to be entertained as you learn!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Youngblood on December 13, 2005
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Do you know anyone who waits well? It's hard to find good role models in the fast food line let alone life. All of us have reason to believe there's something great hidden away in our innermost being. We can feel it when we have to do repetitive tasks, mundane chores or make decisions that seem to lead nowhere day after day. Rob Brendle encourages readers to take a close look at the life of King David. Suddenly called in one day from the field as a teenager to be anointed king then forced to continue to shepherd for several more years would have made most of us write aggressive rap music rather than worship psalms. King David knew how to cultivate a lifestyle in the secret place while waiting on the Lord. This is the key that you will place in the hands of readers when you give them this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carl Holmes on February 2, 2006
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So, you have looked at your life and asked yourself "What is the big picture" or you are saying "I know the big picture so beam me up Scotty". But, nothing is happening. You are frustrated and ready to tear your hair out. Relax, you are in your prime time with God.

This book has the humor, and the guts, to show you how to discern God's heart for your life and how to relax and work into your calling with God.

Rob utilizes personal experience, biblical stories, and theology to weave an intricate story about his life, which by the way, probably looks a lot like your life to.

I suggest reading the book, then buying a dozen for your friends.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Bartalo on January 17, 2006
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This is the first book of hopefully many from this young Associate Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Co. The writer blends the narrative of the life of King David with his personal life experiences, resulting in a guide on how to live out one's specific calling. Rob fills the book with his energy, wit, wisdom, and biblical insight, along with his personal relationship with his Lord and Creator.

While the book's main focus is how to live out God's personal and specific calling, the principles set forth are invaluable for those navigating the general calling of God. Regardless of the reader's life circumstances, the principles in this book will help them to live life well.

It is my sincere hope that this is the first of many writings from this gifted and talented young man, and look forward to the next book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Sun on December 20, 2005
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Rob Brendle, a unique blend of former tank commander and pastor, writes with characteristic humor, vulnerability and insight as he answers the question, "What do we do while we wait to fulfill God's calling in our lives?" First, he advises us what not to do, charging ahead of the Caller for example. He suggests that the process is the calling, "the walk of obedience through the seasons of life," and describes the process as submitting, training, serving, and losing our lives. Brendle includes a valuable discussion on the idea of preemptive holiness, fleeing temptation and resisting the devil, rather than fleeing the devil and resisting temptation, and our two sources of power, the Word of God and an intimate friendship with God. Spoken with the wisdom of someone who has gone before, this book is a recommended read for anyone wanting to know what to do in the meantime when God calls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Caraotta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 30, 2012
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Waiting. Not a topic of popularity these days but in God's economy it is an essential step toward actually advancing. God is smart and has devised a plan for our lives but author Rob Brendle wants us to know that our time ought to be spent more in pursuit of our relationship with Him than chasing after the dream.
In response to God's declaration over his life, he has believed that as we live into the answers and see the plan unfold that our true substance emerges. As you allow this book to encourage you during your time of waiting you will discover three paradigms- some of which you may already identify with- that people live by as they wait for the fulfillment of God's calling for them.
*A man handler will run ahead of God's timing and directive and end up having to reap the consequences.
*Waiting fifteen minutes then forgetting is a term that means losing hope quickly if things don't come to pass and then believing it was not meant to be.
*Super-spiritualizing leads to talk and prayer but is void of essential action due to underlining fear.
A lesson from David's life on submission cements the concept that God placed authority over our lives and that as we submit we shield ourselves from the enemy and are then able to enter into our calling. It is in being faithful in small things that God's bigger picture unveils. "But when we subordinate them[dreams], lay them aside- die to our heart's dreams and lose our lives for Christ- then our dreams advance."
We are to guard Scripture and "make it our single greatest source of delight." Brendle believes we should long for the secret place with God- an abiding friendship that David had, that can propel us out of obscurity and into His Divine favor.
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