Item description for Directionally Challenged: How to Find and Follow God's Course for Your Life (Impact) by Travis Collins...
Overview In Directionally Challenged, trusted pastor Travis Collins helps readers discern God?s direction for their lives. Collins offers help to Christians who have gotten sidetracked and encouragement for those whose priorities have been overturned and life?s callings set aside. In his warm and engaging way, Collins provides sound, biblical teaching on finding the courage, conviction, and character needed to discern and live God?s call.
Publishers Description Does trying to follow God?'s call in your life leave you feeling directionally challenged? God rarely tells us where He?'s taking us or exactly how to get there. Instead, like a compass, He points us in the general direction we are to go. In Directionally Challenged, trusted pastor Travis Collins helps Christians discern God?'s compass for their lives. Collins offers help to Christians who have gotten sidetracked and encouragement for those whose priorities have been overturned and life?'s callings set aside. In his warm and engaging way, Collins provides sound, biblical teaching on finding the courage, conviction, and character needed to discern and live God?'s call.
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Studio: New Hope Publishers - Impact
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 6.88" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher NEW HOPE PUBLISHING #351
ISBN 1596690755 ISBN13 9781596690752
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More About Travis Collins
Travis Collins serves multiple congregations in two primary roles. As the Director of Mission Advancement and Virginia Regional Coordinator for Fresh Expressions US, he encourages and equips congregations to begin new forms of church primarily for those who are not yet members of any church. As a consultant with the The Center for Healthy Churches, he helps congregations and ministers in key moments such as visioning, conflict and transition. His church consultant role also includes membership in The Columbia Partnership Network, and one of his major passions is helping vocational ministers deal in a healthy way with the challenges inherent in their calling.
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Directionally Challenged by Travis Collins Oct 28, 2009
I picked up this book because this is exactly how I feel...Directionally Challenged. We all feel this way at one time or another and Collins does an excellent job of laying a good foundation on expressing these feelings of "lostness" into words. And yet, lays out a map to finding your way again.
Through stories and anecdotes, the author keeps your interest while driving the point home "you may FEEL lost, but there IS a way to the other side." Chapter 3 titled "The COMPASS" alone is worth the price of the book. In it, Collins outlines a guide to find your way in troubled times. Like a real compass, this spiritual map is practical and handy, but does not show you every step of the way.
Although the book could have been 100 pages shorter, it is a helpful guide through the muck of mediocrity. Directionally Challenged provides real world examples of those that seemed to wonder aimlessly only to find their place in this world. Not only does Collins' work assist those looking for direction, the book also challenges your direction. We must always remember that our path is one of what Collins labels "follower-ship" in which we are only told to follow Jesus. In this path we are lead to life of courage and mystery.
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A great book on a tough topic Aug 21, 2009
There is often a question that lingers in the minds of many Christians: How can I know God's will for my life? Many Christians desire to be obedient to the will of God in their lives, but often times struggle with how to determine what his will is. In this book, Travis Collins takes up the task of helping Christians discern the will of God in their lives.
Overall, I think Travis does an excellent job helping people to understand how to find the will of God in their lives. He explains this in terms of a "call." In other words, finding the will of God for your life is almost synonymous with answering the unique call God has placed upon your life. To help locate both of these, Travis proposes a "COMPASS" to help navigate. This serves as the illustration to help readers understand the many aspects of finding and staying in the will of God, which he discusses in this book.
There are really only two critiques I could offer. A few times The Message is quoted in the book as though it is Scripture. I would have preferred this translation not have been used as a Scriptural source because it is a paraphrase translation. Aside from that, the only other thing is that I felt like there was no cohesiveness among chapters four and following. The first three chapters flowed beautifully together. Each successive chapter covers an important aspect of the journey to finding and following God's course for our lives, but doesn't flow as well as the first three chapters.
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DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED, by Travis Collins Jun 30, 2007
DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED, by Travis Collins, is exceptionally well-written and thought-provoking. Written by a highly talented minister, to Christians, on how to find and follow God's will for our lives, it is one of the rare Christian books that transcends its purpose and targeted readership; the deep insights in it are valuable for all people, in all walks of life, regardless of religious convictions or lack thereof. The insights are presented in fascinating ways: sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always succinct, and unfailingly in a manner that reaches the reader. In reading this book, one feels that he/she is carrying on a mental conversation with its author: a witty, give-and-take, refreshingly honest conversation. DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED exhibits an unusual undersanding of the human mind and human condition, and is also fun to read--there's the mental conversation aspect, and also a deftness, a word-play, a lightness, and a joy that makes one finish reading it with a sense of "Hey, is this all?" On page 38 the author says, "Hearing and confirming the voice of God is not without its mystery." To read this book is to explore that mystery and the mystery of human life with a warm, generous, Christ-oriented, open-minded friend walking beside one.
A Useful Resource Jun 26, 2007
Travis Collins has written a practical guide to determining God's purpose for one's life. This book follows in the tradition of Blackaby and King (Experiencing God). The application goes beyond the individual level inplied by the subtitle, to the corporate level for the family, as well as the church community. Collins has well supported his thesis both scripturally and from practical experience. I particularly like the rich metaphors he provides throughout the book ("These will preach"). I also appreciate that Collins does not gloss over the difficulties/challenges that are inevitable in such a search, but rather presents a balance between realism and encouragement. Of particular interest was the acknowledgment of the need for the community in the discernment process ("Observation by others"). This is much needed and most helpful in our individualistic society.