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A Resilient Life

Gordon Macdonald
A Resilient Life
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A Resilient Life

Gordon Macdonald

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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.

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?It makes little difference how fast you can run the 100 meters when the race is 400 meters long. Life is not a sprint; it is a distance run, and it demands the kind of conditioning that enables people to go the distance.?
?Gordon MacDonald

Running Strong

Whose heart doesn?t leap at the sight of a beautifully
conditioned runner, effortlessly gliding along, stride-bystride, mile-by-mile? And what runner gets to this place without a thankless?and often lonely'regimen of strategy and self-denial?

Isn?t this the perfect metaphor of what your heart is longing for?running life's race with intentionality and grace? With strength and focus?

Well, you can. Veteran pastor and best-selling author Gordon MacDonald says you must develop resilience?the courage and ability to get up when you fall, to keep running when you're bone-weary, and to keep your eye on the goal even in the murkiest moments. Using the backdrop of his own experiences as a champion runner, MacDonald demonstrates how resilient people

  • 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.
Because he has also run many long, punishing laps in the tough race of life, MacDonald is uniquely qualified to coach and encourage you in developing that resilient spirit?to weather adversity, to finish what you start, and to never be satisfied with anything short of God's best for you.


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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.
- Publisher

?It makes little difference how fast you can run the 100 meters when the race is 400 meters long. Life is not a sprint; it is a distance run, and it demands the kind of conditioning that enables people to go the distance.?
?Gordon MacDonald

Running Strong

Whose heart doesn?t leap at the sight of a beautifully
conditioned runner, effortlessly gliding along, stride-bystride, mile-by-mile? And what runner gets to this place without a thankless?and often lonely'regimen of strategy and self-denial?

Isn?t this the perfect metaphor of what your heart is longing for?running life's race with intentionality and grace? With strength and focus?

Well, you can. Veteran pastor and best-selling author Gordon MacDonald says you must develop resilience?the courage and ability to get up when you fall, to keep running when you're bone-weary, and to keep your eye on the goal even in the murkiest moments. Using the backdrop of his own experiences as a champion runner, MacDonald demonstrates how resilient people

  • 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.
Because he has also run many long, punishing laps in the tough race of life, MacDonald is uniquely qualified to coach and encourage you in developing that resilient spirit?to weather adversity, to finish what you start, and to never be satisfied with anything short of God's best for you.

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Meet the Author

Gordon Macdonald

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.

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Essential Reading for Christians Who Want to Finish Well and Finish Strong!
5 stars By Dr. Bernard Low, Feb 27 2015
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!
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  • Catalogue Code 237254
  • Product Code 0785287914
  • EAN 9780785287919
  • UPC 020049075470
  • Pages 272
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Apr 2006
  • Sales Rank #7606
  • Dimensions 209 x 136 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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