Item description for Descending Into Greatness by Bill Hybels & Rob Wilkins...
Overview Learning to put God's kingdom first by choosing to put self second is the secret to finding true satisfaction. This book examines how that is possible by looking at various real-world situations.
Publishers Description In a society where 'upward mobility' is the highest goal, Bill Hybels asks a tough question: Do Christians place God's desires first-or their own? In Descending into Greatness, Hybels and writer Rob Wilkins take the example of Christ's downward journey as it was meant to be; the radical and essential answer for every Christian. In fourteen powerful chapters, the authors explore such topics as How Jesus managed power. The intentional decisions necessary to move down. The uplifting nature of true humility. Abundant life through dying to self. The ambush of joy. Moving down is never an easy matter that can be reduced to a formula. It involves a life committed to discipleship. Descending into Greatness introduces you to the touching stories of modern men and women committed to advancing the kingdom of God: from the pro football player, to the medical missionary, to a businessman wrestling with the priorities in the world of finance. Descending into Greatness asks tough questions and gives hopeful answers. Now, this powerful, urgent message also includes a discussion guide so that you can follow through, too. 'Like Christ, we must descend-into self-abandonment, unconditional giving, sacrifice, and death to self. And, like Christ, we will then ascend-into fulfillment, blessing, joy, and purpose.'
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Just Walk Across the Room, Too Busy Not to Pray, Becoming a Contagious Christian, Axiom, Holy Discontent, and The Power of a Whisper. Hybels is chair of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit organization that equips and empowers more than 15,000 Christian churches from 90 denominations. Each year, he convenes the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), a two-day, world-class leadership event that trains 190,000 leaders in 105 countries. With almost two million participants to date, the GLS is the largest leadership event in the world. An exceptional communicator, Hybels speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, personal growth, and building thriving churches. He holds a bachelor s degree in biblical studies and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. He and his wife, Lynne, have two grown children and two grandsons."
Bill Hybels currently resides in the state of Illinois.
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Challenging book from Bill Hybels Oct 30, 2006
Hybel's book will challenge the average Christian, like it did me. The book focuses on Phillipians 2 (one of my favorite passages) which Hybel uses to show the journey of the downward path to greatness that Jesus followed. Hybel believes that those who choose to follow Jesus should follow the same path. He showcases his points through vignettes of everyday people.
Although the writing is not the best, the points made in the book are very important. Personally I felt challenged by every chapter. And I think the conclusions he draws are true. We must give up our life to gain it. An ageless message that still rings true today.
I highly recommend this book to anyone in Christian ministry. The message is simple, but needs to be heard, and revisited on a regular basis.
How to harness unhealthy pride. Man's worst enemy. Aug 20, 2005
Have you ever wondered why "Pride" is the "Chief Sin"? Ever ask yourself why It is discussed in The Holy Bible hundreds and hundreds of times? The greatest among us down through all of human history mastered "Descending Into Greatness" through the conscious development of self-less-ness over self-ish-ness. Look at Mother Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Jesus The Christ. A great little book with solid value for everyone alive. Deacon Rev Lawrence L. Ruehlen
Not one of Bill's best Aug 1, 2003
After reading this book I have only one question: Why in the world did he write it. In it Hybels weaves a sermon based on Philippians 2 with anecdotal stories of the meaning of childlike humility. It is Hybels' thesis that only through the intentional decision to move down in the world's eyes does one achieve true greatness.
Despite a grand biblical them the book is fatally flawed and full of contradictions in its interpretation of the so-called decade of "greed and decadence" of the 1980's. Here are just a few of the problems:
When he speaks of the poor getting poorer, could not this be the result of the failed polices of 30 years of liberalism? Could not the breakdown of lifestyle he bemoans be traced back to the advent of the pill, the sexual revolution and liberal social engineering rather than Reagan's economic policies? Does he think that we would have faired better under the economic policies of Jimmy Carter with an 18% inflation rate and a failed economy? What would be the plight of the poor under those conditions? Does everybody in this book suffer from codependency? Could the miracle of Willow Creek happen without the decade of greed and decadence? Was not the church built on the tithes and offerings of all those greedy Yuppies?
During the `80's Hybels was drawing a salary of $50,000. Why didn't he cut his salary in half if he was so concerned about greed and decadence?
Do yourself a favor and your blood pressure (if you are a Ronald Reagan fan) and read some other book. It is not one of Bill's best.
Down-to-Earth Principles on True Success Aug 12, 2002
Hybels presents a fine definition of true, godly success in this work. He begins by describing the downward path to Christian success as opposed to the upward path to secular success. He then addresses various principles of success or greatness: power, commitment, servanthood, humility, obedience, and joy. Following an explanation of each principle and its biblical basis, Hybels includes a current-life illustration to drive his point home. He concludes his work by sharing his own personal story of descending into greatness, appealing to the reader to follow the biblical pattern. His conclusion is the most powerful part of the entire book.
I wholehearted recommend this book to all Christians, but especially to Christian leaders who are pursuing success. As the Scriptures say, and as Hybels says, being great is found not in becoming the head of the pack, but in becoming the servant of all.
True Discipleship Jun 29, 2000
In this incredible book Bill Hybels and Rob Wilkins put contemporary flesh on the biblical truth that he would lead must first make himself nothing. (Chapters are paired, one teaching a principle and its partner showing how it is playing out in the life of real people.) It's a powerful reminder that true Christianity centers on the advancing of the Kingdom of God, not in the advancement of ourselves. This book will change your life. It's a well written, soul scraping challenge that every Christian should read.