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Title: Good to Great in God’s Eyes
Author: Chip Ingram
Publication: April 4, 2017, by Baker Books
“A life of impact is about the one thing I do, not the twenty things I dabble in.”Chip Ingram
“You can be a good Christian by obeying God and loving people, but if you haven’t poured your life into others, your life ends with a period.”Chip Ingram
Let me tell you a funny story about how I got this book. I wanted to read Jim Collin’s best-selling business book, Good to Great so I visited a bookstore near my house. Luckily, that bookstore had a sale so I bought as many books as I could. I grabbed this book thinking it was Jim Collins’s book. Yeah, I know it’s dumb. But they have the same color scheme, font, style, and design?! But still, I got this at a bargain price so I’m grateful. Ingram got me wondering: What are the most 10 common practices of great Christians?
To be honest, it stayed in my un-read title on my shelf for a long time. The points were intriguing so one day, I decided to finally dig in. As a Christian, I’m looking for ways to improve my life and the lives of the people around me. We have this conviction that our goal is to be Christlike.
Chip identified 10 areas of the Christian life to improve, taking you from a good Christian to a great Christian:
- Think great thoughts
- Read great books
- Pursue great people
- Dream great dreams
- Pray great prayers
- Take great risks
- Make great sacrifices
- Enjoy great moments
- Empower great people
- Develop great habits
In reading this book, my eyes were opened up to how I should take captive my thoughts. References about great thoughts are from writings of Apostle Paul to the Ephesians which encourages us to think on whatsoever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely. (Phil. 5:8) This book also taught me that I should find a mentor, live a pure life, take great (calculated and prayerful) risks.
My favorite chapters are chapters 1, 2, and 3. These are the part I find relevant and helped me a lot in my Christian living. They are rich in scripture and practical examples. Chip illustrates his points with good stories and advice. Loved the insight into certain areas where I had not thought through his perspective before like the way we read the scripture. Chip mentioned that the Bible is a starting place to help us believers know what God says about our past and future. As we study the Word of God, we gain a better perspective of who He is and we truly are changed from glory to glory.
I used this book as a bible study tool. It had discussions and challenges at the end of every chapter. It kept me engaged while I read. I even filled out 3×5 cards and used it as a true guide of spiritual growth.
The only criticism is, with most books of this type, some pieces were more helpful than others. The points become somewhat repetitive. I found myself a bit bored at times (making me hesitate to call it a great book), but overall I enjoyed Good to Great in God’s Eyes.
This book certainly contained some useful and thought-provoking ideas. Buy it and read it. Don’t put it down until you’ve grown from it after every chapter. Good information for growth and drawing close to the Lord!