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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433679221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433679223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So much men's work has been built exclusively on secular sources or exclusively on religious sources. Bill Delvaux teaches from wisdom wherever it is to be found, including our Judeo-Christian sources.
 
Richard Rohr
Franciscan priest, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and best-selling author of Adam's Return and From Wild Man to Wise Man
 
 
In Landmarks: Turning Points on Your Journey Toward God, author Bill Delvaux describes a series of unexplainable choices that yielded satisfying results. He left a ministry position for teaching, and left his teaching position to write and speak about faith. A thoughtful writer, Delvaux was asked by a colleague to explain how his spiritual journey developed through these counterintuitive decisions. Delvaux responds that though he never knew he was going in the right direction, his Heavenly Father provided certain “landmarks” along the way. For frequent readers of evangelical nonfiction, the landmarks may seem unsurprising—giving up idols, addressing old wounds, seeking sexual purity. Yet Delvaux’s way of addressing these topics gives this slim book both gravity and purpose. When discussing idols, for instance, Delvaux shares his own former insistence that the details of his life be in order, right down to his junk mail. He realized that grasping toward perfection was ultimately idolatrous. As he reveals his own story, readers are gently guided to consider their own. A movie fan, Delvaux situates many of his lessons within the context of popular films. A small book that leaves a big impression, Landmarks tells how one man was transformed by embracing the principles he’d been teaching his whole life.
 
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About the Author

Bill Delvaux taught Men of the Bible classes for two decades at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Duke University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is now a full-time speaker and retreat minister. Landmarks is his first book.

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I found the author's life stories very interesting.
Liz K
Bill Delvaux's book- Landmarks- will help you dig out the things that are hidden deep inside that are affecting your relationship with God and others in your life.
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This is a thoughtful book, and an interesting read from this first time author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed Freeman on March 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have known the author since our high school days. Yet, I never knew the depth of his heart and insight fulness until I read "Landmarks". Delvaux has an uncanny way of articulating our aches, fears, and desires. He also knows the Father who can meet our needs beyond our expectations. This book explores the life journey that we all travel and identifies the "landmarks" (though unique for each one of us) that we all seem to encounter. This is a must read for those who want to understand our journey and how we can make a bigger impact on the world around us by taking up the "quest" that God sets before us. However, a word of warning, it is not for the faint of heart who would prefer a comfortable, safe ride through life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By c. b. on March 8, 2013
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This is as honest a book as you will ever read. Author uses his own frailties, weaknesses, trials, experiences, and triumphs in aiding his readers in their own journey with God. A rare and helpful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Lehman on March 24, 2013
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Bill Delvaux has the rare ability to get to the heart of the matter, and Landmarks is a book that cuts to the core. Each chapter in the text focuses on an important life concept or moment, and Bill explores each concept with a depth and vulnerability that can sometimes be lacking in Christian books today. He references movies, literature, and his own life story to convey his message. I found myself engrossed with not only the nuggets of truth in Bill's writing, but also how he connects these truths to the anecdotes from his life and the common truths we can relate to in literature and film. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Rogers on July 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a good read, and I would recommend it. Bill seems to have a good grasp on some of the journeys we all take as we venture through this life. My hesitation is that I did not identify with all of the landmarks Bill lays out, even though in the introduction, he tells you that this is pretty much how life goes for everybody. I disagree. I have not found these things in my life, and I'm not convinced that everyone must go through these particular few. I do, however, appreciate the honesty with which he tells his story and weaves it into a bigger story, and he has some very valid points and some beautiful words and some inviting narrative. It was a bit of a difficult read for me in terms of style; he probably could have cut 2,000 words out of this book if not every sentence started with "for" but after awhile, you get into his voice and give him grace because that's probably just how he talks, and I love authenticity in a book and in an author's voice.

What I honestly think is that, like so many of the good writers, Bill wrote this book for himself. When you get to the end, you see it's been kind of a personal speech or a private letter, but you know reading it that this is just a guy who wants to encourage you with everything he's come to learn. That's what makes it good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Leicester on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
While everything the author writes about is real, and true, and based on eternal truth, the format, the personal anecdotes, and the length of the work all caused me to lose interest in the work.

The format: text only. Page upon page of text. Might we have had a picture or two? Or an imbedded video? Or a graph? Perhaps an early painting of Jeremiah or Isaiah? Something that might have helped me get through the text.

The personal anecdotes: very few things turn reads away from the work like an overabundance of personal anecdotes. I have the same tendency because I know so many wonderful stories. But, writer, resist this tendency! Use the stories of others, lest you be considered narcissistic and boring.

The length: it was a sermon turned into a book. Great stuff, really, but much too long to keep my interest.

Might be very good as a slideshare presentation, if you narrowed it down into chapter titles and some good images.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Doc" Hilton on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Landmarks: Turning Points On Your Journey Toward God
Bill Delvaux
ISBN 978-1-4336-7922-3
Christian Life\Discipleship\Spiritual Life
B&H Publishing Group
190 pages
$14.99 U.S.

"The well-worn rut most of us live in is safe, comfortable . . . some would call it dead. By contrast, coming alive requires a willingness to journey into the unknown. Following Jesus is just such a path . . . there are risks involved, and there is no point A to point B map. But there are landmarks . . ."

Sometimes the story gets in the way of the message. Unfortunately, this is my experience with Landmarks: Turning Points On Your Journey Toward God. While author Bill Delvaux provides an interesting outline to consider, and a good visual aid ( "landmarks" while one is on a journey ) the principles that are considered in each chapter serve to jog his memory about "the time when I . . ." Upon further reflection, the subtitle might well have been, "Turning Points On MY Journey Toward God." I'm not biased against personal anecdote, providing it keeps its proper place; sort of a signal flare that guides the reader into a deeper spiritual truth. But when the anecdote becomes the main point . . . I tend to lose interest.

I appreciate everything that Bill has gone through, and there are many "landmarks" that he and I have in common. But, for me . . . the story got in the way of the message.

3 stars
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