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Mid-Course Correction [Paperback]

By Gordon MacDonald (Author)
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For those who sense a need for putting order back in their lives, MacDonald offers hope not only for those who have experienced defeat and disappointment in their lives, but also for those who have been successful, yet yearn for something more.

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Mid-Course Correction is written for those who sense a need for putting order back in their lives again. It offers hope not only for those who have experienced defeat and disappointment in their lives, but also for those who have been "successful" yet yearn for something more. MacDonald focuses on making choices that lead to personal transformation, significant communal relationships, practical service in the kingdom of God, and a revitalized life of faith and worship. He demonstrates that new significance and meaning are available no matter what your situation has been.

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  • Ingram Advance - 01/01/2005 page 103

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 7, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  078526762X  
ISBN13  9780785267621  

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Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

Gordon MacDonald was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Glamorgan, UK.

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  1. Gordon MacDonald Bestseller Series

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Survive your mid life crises.  Jan 9, 2010
Gordon MacDonald is, in my opinion, one of the best possible writers on how to surffer, survive and grow through living those awkward years of a man's growth to maturity. We think we are mature until the bottom falls out, and then we relequish control to the One Who should have had it all along, but somehow, we didn't get it. Gordon, bless him, has cut right to the chase and helps us to progress in Godliness throughout all our days. Thanks. This book is emminently worth reading, two or three times.
Leave, Follow, Reach -- Good, but Disappointing  May 9, 2009
I purchased this title with high hopes, after having read the author's book "Ordering Your Private World." I'm a little disappointed -- he could have done better here. His basic principles are good, but the way he develops them lacks clear focus.

When reading the title, the impression many potential readers will have is, "I have been in the Lord's service for years, but I sense God taking me in a new and different life direction. Surely this book will have some detailed answers." MacDonald does offer some basic insights, but he fails to develop them well. The author looks back to the life of Abraham and other Biblical characters for guidance as to how God may lead us to change mid-course in our lives. The three ideas he seeks to develop through the book are leave, follow and reach.

For those to whom God offers mid-course correction, the first thing He does is to call them to leave something. Just as Abraham was called to leave Haran, so we may be called to leave something with which we are very familiar. The second thing God does is to require them to follow. Abraham had to follow God in his journey of life, growing deeper and deeper in character. He was changed into someone who learned to rely more and more on God and less and less upon himself. So we too, once we leave something, must follow God as he refines and strengthens godly character within us. The third thing God does is to compel them to reach. Abraham was never content with the status quo, but was always reaching for more of what God desired for him. The Apostle Paul also was one who pressed forward toward the mark, willing to strain and to stretch to become more of God's man. So we too much always be reaching and yearning to stretch for all God has for us.

The threefold theme of this book is very helpful -- leave, follow, and reach. Many of the stories used and the comments made to develop the theme however, lack clarity. MacDonald sets the bar very high with "Ordering Your Private World." This title falls short of that standard, so despite its good insights it is disappointing.
Elder, Ph.D., Sunday school teacher, professor  Sep 10, 2007
This book is not as good as thought. His first book (ordering your private world) is still the best
Excellent Book For Evaluating Our Lives!  May 10, 2003
Gordon MacDonald, one of my most favorite authors, has written and excellent book on the need for us to evaluate our lives as we enter the 30s and 40s and beyond. Granted, this book may be more appropriate for older readers, but younger ones will also benefit as they prepare for the "prime of life".

Among the principles MacDonald covers include:

1. Abraham exercised great faith when he left the comforts of his home and followed God's voice to go to a new land.
2. Although Abraham experienced scars in his life, he was a man who learned to trust God.
3. We have to go to quiet places to get a glimpse of God's majesty. Faith is built in the tough places of life.
4. Character is what truly exists in the hidden life of a person. A fall in character is often due to the neglecting the inner life.
5. Principles of perseverence.
6. Jesus was (and is) very interested in a person's character.
7. A person's character is revealed in impossible situations.
8. To have life change, we must be willing to reach for the unfamiliar.

All in all, an excellent and highly recommended book!

MacDonald does it again  Apr 16, 2000
"Mid-Course Correction" is Gordon MacDonald's best book to date. As in all of his books, this is a very practical book, full of concrete suggestions. He suggests that all of us need to be in a lifelong process of continuing conversion. Either we need to escape from a certain staleness in our life, or we need to become more dedicated "Christ-followers" He sees Abraham as the most relevant model for conversion because his conversion was most like that which people today face. He, and we, come from a pagan culture and need to learn much that some from the culture (or subculture) take for granted. MacDonald is a gifted storyteller who uses events from his own life as well as biblical narrative to illustrate his points effectively. read this book, you will be better for doing so.

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