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Resilient: Your Invitation To A Jesus-Shaped Life Paperback – October 1, 2015
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After facing his own fierce storm, author and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey tried an experiment—he would read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount every day for a month. That experiment continued a second month, then a third, as he discovered Jesus’ astounding invitation for weak people to become strong, little people to become great, all of us to find resilience by putting these radical teachings into practice.
Rich with stories and deep with insight, Resilient is designed to recalibrate your callings, relationships, spiritual practices, and life choices. Join Sheridan Voysey in following the One who promises this: Though the rain comes in torrents and the winds beat against you, you will stand, not collapse. You will be resilient.
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The book came about as a result of Sheridan walking through a season when he read the Sermon on the Mount every day. He began journaling and then writing some blog posts on his reflections.
There are six sections that generally follow the three chapters of the Sermon: Your Invitation, Your Calling, Your Relationships, Your Practices, Your Choices and Your Resilient Life.
Each reading starts with a verse, from the Sermon or other, a page and half of contemplation using a real life example or one from the Bible, and then ends with two questions to ponder and answer.
It is a book to be read slowly to allow Jesus’ words combined with Sheridan’s reflections to percolate. To read it too quickly would miss much of the power of its content.
I particularly appreciated section six: Your Resilient Life. Living a Jesus-Shaped life leads to resilience especially when life is tough. Voysey outlines four factors that researchers have identified as leading to human resilience: Emotional fitness, Family fitness, Social Fitness and Spiritual fitness. None of these are that surprising. Positive emotions, healthy relationships, bodies and minds plus the meaning and purpose that comes from serving someone greater than ourselves.
Besides the quality reflection of Jesus’ words, the one aspect of these readings that sets it apart is the challenge to do something about them.Read more ›
I found each chapter easy to read and understand. Each devotional was challenging and the questions allowed me to reflect on how each chapter connected to my own life.
Sheridan's writing style is pastoral and personable and his commentaries really make Jesus' words relevant to us in our lives today.
I'd certainly recommend this for your own personal devotional time or for a group setting.
1) The "chapters" are written in brief, 2 pg, snippets, including verses, that expound on really, really deep Christian thought. Not just pablum that we've been exposed to as Christians over the years, but real heady, and heart-deep stuff;
2) I've only gotten through the first 90 pages or so. I've had to re-read most of them, and include my kids now, to prompt discussion. There is tons of insight, which leads to further pondering and reflection. It's good and inspired.
3) I've already purchased 2 copies, and will buy more to give away to friends.
This book goes right along with the "Resurrection Year" theme, and the practical and biblical ways we need to view, handle, and still glorify God in the difficult times, our very own resurrection year(s). Great job, Sheridan!
Dividing the message of the Sermon into six sections, Sheridan explores:
“Your Invitation” – Jesus request for us to ‘come’;
“Your Calling” – what Jesus has called us to be and do;
“Your Relationships” – Jesus sanctification of each part of human relations, seeking to make each thing ‘Holy’;
“Your Practices” – Jesus guidance on the Way to live out His purpose for our lives;
“Your Choices” – Jesus guidance, instruction and warnings across the decisions we make, big and small, in our daily lives;
“Your Resilient Life” – guidance for moving Jesus message from our head to our hearts and living out a life shaped by Him no matter what is thrown at us.
Along the way there are questions to ponder, allowing the reader to focus their thoughts on what has been said. Each section concludes with a strong summary which directs us back to Jesus’ desire to help us build the resilience that will see us through the trials of being His disciples, His friends, His people.
Throughout the book Sheridan’s writing is smooth and at times poetic, giving memorable quotes and images, all adding to the impression of exploring the text in the company of a warm, learned friend.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sheridan Voysey takes Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount as foundation to explain the life-changing gospel of the Bible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Henk-Jan van der Klis
I am absolutely loving this devotional. I don't enjoy Christian radio much or dime a dozen devotionals. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
After a particularly painful period in his life, Sheridan Voysey decided to read Christ’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 to 7) every day for a month. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aldyth Thomson
Sherridan Voysey’s latest book, Resilience, is a poignant and fresh look at the beatitudes and God’s unique ability to transform trial into blessing, hardship into hope and failure... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Heidi Goh - Author/Illustrator of 'York's Universe'
It's a tricky thing trying to write something on a spiritual theme that is at once easily accessible yet not superficial or trite. Voysey pulls it off here. Read morePublished 9 months ago by R Lewis
This book is written with you in mind. It is personal and invitational, with a great depth of wisdom and understanding. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jill Samera
In Resilient, Sheridan Voysey does a masterful job of exploring how the ideas in the Sermon on the Mount can shape a spiritually healthy Christian life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joanna
“We don’t develop resilience only by hearing or reading about it.
We develop resilience through action. Read more
This book by Sheridan Voysey is a real gem. Definitely one for your library. If you enjoy The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, Resilient will also inspire you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marie Atkinson