Monday, September 10, 2012

HIRI: A Resilient Life

A few thoughts and points from A Resilient Life by Gordon MacDonald:

Quotable: "The satisfactions of life go to the man or woman who pursues self-control and who is willing to push the body and mind beyond natural points of resistance." (xvii)
"We are most free when we live under discipline." (151)

What I Liked:  The practicality of the book.  There were numerous chapters that after two paragraphs I had a general feel of the chapter content and thought: "I probably don't need to read this."  Then, after a reading a few more paragraphs of the same chapter, I was hooked.  The content of the chapter was exactly what I needed to hear.  This happened again and again as I read.  Maybe it's writing style, maybe it's just a very practical book, but MacDonald was able to speak into many key areas of life with clarity.

What I Liked II: Resilience. The idea that you should stick with it (life, jobs, sports, etc) even in the hard times.  It's the sticking with it that develops more resilience so you can continue to excel.

What I Liked III: Lingering.  This (Chapter 25) was one of those "I don't need to read this" chapters.  Until I read it, then I realized it was exactly what I needed.  I need to linger more.  At the end of a day or a meeting, I just need to be around and linger with people.  

What I Didn't Like: There were a couple chapters that felt forced.  The content wasn't bad in any way, but maybe slightly out of place for the overall theme of the book.

2012 Personal Impact Ranking:
1. A Resilient Life by Gordon MacDonald
2. Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen
3. Margin by Richard Swenson*
4. Where's God on Monday? by Alistair Mackenzie and Wayne Kirkland*
5. Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan*

*I own this book and you're welcome to borrow it.  Just ask.

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