A Resilient Life
- Practice spiritual self-discipline to build stamina and grit;
- Know what's up ahead, what obstacles they will likely face; and
- Bond with special friends who share their commitment to finishing well.
Also Available In
- eBook - $11.99
You May Also Be Interested In
About "A Resilient Life"
At a young age, Gordon MacDonald recognized that he had inherited a "quitter's gene," and because of this-and an influential track coach-he began a lifelong quest for answers. "Why," he had to ask, "do some people finish what they start, persevere in moments of adversity, push themselves in the direction of their potential, and often make their greatest contributions in the latter half of life? Why do others expect to retire from life when they reach their senior years?" The key element in those who don't quit is resilience. Those who have it, MacDonald insists, have gathered all the lessons from life-successes and failures-to build a foundation of strength and character, preparing them to face anything. Using examples from the Bible, from his own life, and from the lives of contemporary people, MacDonald identifies the characteristics of resilience, leading readers through the self-assessment needed to develop them. The journey is demanding and humbling, he reminds us, but the rewards of living well are immeasurable.
Meet the Author
Gordon MacDonald is a best selling author speaker and pastor. Gordon speaks at numerous conferences for church and business leaders and is presently Interim President of Denver Seminary.
Customer Reviews For "A Resilient Life"Write Your Own Review
From the pen of Gordon MacDonald comes another important book which is essential reading for anyone who wants to finish well and strong. Because the race of life is a race of distance, resilience is vital and needful. From his study of Christ-followers, including biblical ones, and what he learnt from his running coach Marvin W. Goldberg, MacDonald observes that Christians who are resilient possess these five spiritual qualities: (a) they are committed to finishing strong, (b) they run inspired by a big-picture view of life, (c) they run free of the weight of the past, (d) they run confidently, trained to go the distance, and, (e) they run in the company of a "happy few." These qualities, which form the book's five main sections, are explained and illustrated over 28 chapters. Every chapter contains gems of insights and principles to help the reader cultivate these resilience-qualities. Noteworthy is the chapter where MacDonald talks about how resilient people practice repentance, with particular reference to his own moral failure and how he bounced back. Equally helpful is the final chapter in which MacDonald argues that we need a few people who will coach us, stretch our minds, listen to and encourage our dreams, protect us, share our tears, rebuke us, play with us, and seek after God with us. To live the resilient life, read this book and cultivate the five qualities!