You have to love the title of this book! Dwight Robertson writes a compelling rationale for living out the Great Commission. His story telling style draws you right in from the first chapter as he commissions his roof repair guy as a missionary. From the start you can see both his heart for the Lord and his desire to help everyday people see themselves as partners with God in Kingdom building.
The book is laid out in four parts: The Plan, The Power, The Problem and The Possibilities. In each section, he continues to engage the reader with quotes, stats, and illustrations that are really down to earth. Along with a rationale for joining God's labor force, he encourages the reader to trust the Lord to love others through them. He offers a number of simple doable strategies for getting started or building on any of your current efforts. Study questions for each chapter are in the back of the book.
Some of my favorite takeaways from this book were:
"Jesus never knew a stranger. Everyone only belonged to one category: people to love."
"[Kingdom] laborers are ordinary people who deeply love God and actively love others."
"Significant Kingdom work will be accomplished by nameless, faceless people who do what they can where they are—with God adding the increase to their labor. That’s God’s Plan A."
" You don’t even need to have the perfect approach all figured out. Every heart has multiple entry points.
"the greatest gift you’ll ever give the world is your intimacy with God."
And don't miss the section about "missionaries in camouflage"! That's all I'm going to say on that one.
I picked this book up on a Kindle deal and read it straight through in one sitting. It is that good.
You are God's Plan A; and There is No Plan B is a great book for anyone who is serious about joining God's love army. It's easy to read and would make a great study for a group that wants to make a difference. Whether you have been active in ministry or you are brand new, this book is a wonderful resource to help you be on mission. Super encouraging! As my sister would say, "Run- don't walk!" I highly recommend it.
Robertson, Dwight (2010-03-01). You Are God's Plan A: And There Is No Plan B . David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. Quotes are from locations 303, 324, 619,1475, 2376 in the Kindle version.
On any given day you might find Andrea in a meeting, on a plane, or in some part of the world where she meets amazing people and sees just a few of the awesome ways that God is working. She serves as the Global VP for Leadership Development and HR with Campus Crusade for Christ. When she’s home, she enjoy books, time with friends and occasionally gets to the beach. You can find her on twitter at @AndreaBuczynski and blogging at abreflections.
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