Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review: Going for Growth

On leaving Dundonald and preparing for pastures new, I was given a book which has already proved valuable, and will, I trust, continue to be valuable for my continuing ministry. The author has an impressive ministry which consistently points away from himself towards the Lord Jesus, and I have been profoundly thankful for Bishop Fanta.

Bishop Ken Clarke, of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, has written a great book, which I'm heartily commending. In Going for Growth, Fanta traces the life of the apostle Peter, through his failures and flops, as well as his repentance and faith, giving plenty of encouragement to believers to keep going - because of God's grace to Peter.

The main areas covered in the book are potential (what Jesus sees in us, even when we can't see it ourselves), keeping focus (on the Lord Jesus, no matter what's happening in our lives), handling failure (finding forgiveness and restoration), and going forward into God's future.

The book is good, sound Bible teaching from a big-hearted pastor with memorable and relevant illustrations. As you read, you can hear Fanta's voice, speaking God's word. It's an excellent book for any Christian, but particularly for leaders and aspiring leaders, reminding each of us that it isn't about us, it's about Jesus. And that's all that matters.

1 comment :

  1. We're using it in my small group, proving useful too!