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Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family Paperback – October 9, 2000
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Among the points Farrar covers include:
1. The qualification for ministry is proven character.
2. Be careful of relationships with other women.
3. God's success radically differs from the world's definition of success.
4. Do not let a busy lifestyle come between you and your relationship with God.
5. Uninterrupted success for a prolonged period of time can result in a dangerous form of pride.
6. Characteristics of people who think they are leaders but are not.
7. God will use our times of unemployment, obscurity, waiting, and loneliness to mold us into the people He wants us to be.
8. God can use the failures and disappointments of our lives to mold us into His likeness.
All in all, a good and recommended read!
My problem is that Farrar takes excellent practical advice and tries to wrap a Bible story around it. Sometimes this works very well, like with Uzziah from 2 Chronicles, sometimes it feels very forced, like with Diotrephes from 2 John, and sometimes it is clearly wrong as when he said that David didn't finish well. I feel that if Farrar could just make his points and not always feel like he needed to cloak them in scripture the book would have been much better. My point is that the Old Testament is about Jesus (Luke 24:27, John 5:39, 1 Cor. 10, etc.) and yet Farrar treats it as if it is about how we should behave. At the end of each chapter I found myself asking where Jesus was in any of this. Often, it felt like he was on the sidelines watching rather than before the throne of God interceding.
Theological quibbles and all, it is not a bad book and an encouragement to press on toward the finish.
It is terrifying to think how easily men can "screw up" their own lives, and the lives of their families. And yet, God's word clearly points to ways in which such screw ups can be avoided.
This book has caused profound change in my outlook and behaviour and I have used it effectively with men's groups.
You will not be disappointed!
I am praying that the text of this book will inspire him to maintain faith and hope and move him to better himself while incarcerated.
Thank you Steve Farrar for a great book!
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Whether you're on track or out of track, this book has been designed for all men to FINISH STRONG....for that is all that matters!Published 2 months ago
all men should read this book if they want to finish strongPublished 3 months ago by Othoniel A. Valdes Sr.
This was a wonderful book that came on time and i'm enjoying itPublished 4 months ago by George Johnson
Such a good awesome book. For any christian man that is walking with god and starting a family. this is the book for you. Goes well with word of god(bible).Published 5 months ago by darrel morgan
Husband likes this book. Helping grow his faith. He meets monthly with some other men and they use this book for a small study.Published 6 months ago by Dan11
Advertised as "Like New, " but had substantial hi-liting and notes in book. Did not return only because it was not worth the hassle.Published 7 months ago by Redeagle