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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

We all want to matter

Deep inside each of us is a longing, a yearning--for greatness. We want to know the world is different because we have lived. We want to make our mark. We want to be remembered for something beyond average, something great.

But how do we get there?

In this practical and inspiring book, Nelson Searcy encourages you to take the next step on your journey toward a full, abundant life. As Searcy explains, if you're not serving, you're not growing. He provides the tools you need to get connected--to others, to God, and to your greater purpose--through service.

You can be great. You can matter. You can find the purpose and significance you are longing for. Open these pages and find out how.


Nelson Searcy is founding pastor of The Journey Church, a multi-site church with locations across New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. Searcy is also the founder of www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the author of several books.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City.

About the Author

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.

Jennifer Dykes Henson
is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Jennifer also worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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I just gave away 35 copies of this book.
Andrew Haskins
There is a great need in this world for more people to live significantly for others.
Dr Conrade Yap
Here's a short, easy read that will really lift you up and take you places!
Krista Miner

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"When you bless others, God blesses you."

That is how Nelson Searcy defines "The Greatness Principle." At first glance, I worried that he was entering prosperity gospel territory, where our financial generosity becomes a quasi-legal obligation on God's part to make us rich. But that is not Searcy's point. Instead, building on Mark 9:33-35 and other New Testament passages, he encourages us to use our time, talent, treasure, talk, and testimony to benefit others.

As we live out this multiform love for neighbors, we begin to experience God's blessings on us. Those blessings take tangible and intangible forms, and they include greater influence as well as visible miracles. Proverbs 11:25 puts it this way: "those who refresh others will be refreshed."

The crucial question is this: Do we see both the multiple opportunities to bless others that cross our pass every day and the manifold ways God is in fact blessing us?

The Greatness Principle is short (95 pages), easy to read, and inexpensive ($6.99). Each chapter includes questions, making it desirable for use in personal study or small-group discussion. And if you register at TheGreatnessPrinciple.com, you will receive additional resources to use with the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Jay on October 24, 2012
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This is a great little book. I purchased it on Kindle and when I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Cover to cover inspirational. This is a book I am going to buy copies of to give away to everyone I can.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hopkins on November 21, 2012
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This is not a book for the new believer. It's one that needs to be filtered by God's Word. It had some good, useful points, but it also had some questionable content and ideas. Its emphasis is on serving God through serving others, and we can all benefit from understanding this. Woven in, however, are, what I consider to be, very worldly views. The first fourth of the book is devoted on how to make yourself great. Although it does agree with the biblical principle of humbling yourself to achieve greatness, the motivation seems to be very self-centered. It suggests that you should do because of what you will get out of it. The authors use Luke 6:38 to tell of God's promise to bless. "Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." Then the authors go on to say, "Jesus is talking about financial blessings." I don't think so! Go back and read verse 37 in your Bibles. He's talking about forgiveness. Another quote from the book says, "...you may still feel a little odd about expecting it [God's blessing]. After all, shouldn't you want to bless people purely out of a servant's heart, with no expectation of anything in return? Well, sort of.... Still, expecting God's blessing sweetens the process." And, they go on, "Through being a blessing and being blessed, you will quickly become part of an upward spiral of meaning, purpose, and significance. You will become great." These theologies of using God's commandments and promises for financial gain and seeking to become great bother me greatly. I almost gave up on the book about 70% into it for this very reason.Read more ›
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By dmh on January 18, 2014
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Good reminder behind the 'secret' to greatness. Nothing revolutionary here, but a great reminder to re-center our lives around Biblical greatness.
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By marylusaylor on October 3, 2013
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The Greatness Principle was full reminders that it takes a little effort but it is SO easy to be in service to The Lord. This is a reference book that I will turn to.
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By Ocean Breezes on September 9, 2013
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Given the differences among Christian denominations, I'm sure some reviewers will take issue with some of the author's theology. However, regardless of any doctrinal hairsplitting, The Greatness Principle is a priceless reminder to Christians to help others in their times of need, and to do so with a glad heart so we can receive God's blessings. The main thing I took away from The Greatness Principle was the idea/reminder of LOOKING for those in need -- same as I look for those Hidden Mickeys mentioned! -- instead of waiting for someone in need to just fall into my lap.
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Love receiving free e-books to read. This book has great material that is useful for daily living. Looking forward to more freebies.
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Even though this is a smaller book I'm reading through it a bit at a time and enjoying the different reminders on how these things can be worked into my daily routine...it's worth the read.
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