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A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah

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He was one of the Bible's greatest leaders. A man of action who took on the incredible task of rebuilding ancient Jerusalem. He was dedicated. Wise. A zealous man who saturated himself with prayer. In all of this he helped set the standard for godly leadership. And yet you probably know nothing about him. He was Nehemiah.

Indeed, his Old Testament book reads like the memoir
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 18th 2000 by Crossway Books (first published December 31st 1994)
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Audrey
Jun 16, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it
A very challenging book which spoke volumes to me and called me to exemplify the passion for faithfulness that Nehemiah exhibited, not only in leadership roles I may take on in the work of Christ, but also so very much in my home and in the everyday tasks that I perform and that I want to be done as my love offering to my Lord. But not only did Nehemiah show a passion for faithfulness, so also did Paul and our Lord Jesus himself. Packer says that "the tone of Nehemiah's memoirs shows that behind ...more
Jt
Another great book on the life and leadership of Nehemiah. He was a man passionate for God's Agenda and Glory to be known among his people and surrounding nations.
Mark Loughridge
Mar 24, 2016 Mark Loughridge rated it really liked it
Packer packs in plenty of pastoral wisdom for leaders and for non-leaders from Nehemiah.

Its not a commentary, it doesn't cover the whole book - instead Packer focuses on Nehemiah himself, and draws lessons from him in terms of godliness, passion, faithfulness, leadership, prayerfulness, perseverance and many other areas.

His last chapter on the twin imposters of Success and Disaster is a helpful corrective in a world that only looks at short term results.

I rather enjoyed it.
Pat Ennis
Jul 04, 2014 Pat Ennis rated it really liked it
Nehemiah was a exceptionally gifted leader/manager and provides us with an even more compelling example of faithful perseverance. Dr. Packer's book will serve anyone who has a leadership or management role and I highly recommend it.
Luke Burgess
May 13, 2016 Luke Burgess rated it really liked it
A good devotional guide while studying Nehemiah.
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Classic Packer! His chapter on Spiritual Opposition is worth reading, if you only have time to read one.
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One of my favorites.
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What do J. I. Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common? Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

Dr. Packer, the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as “a doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptabi
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