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Descending Into Greatness

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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 ex ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 23rd 1994 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 1993)
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Melissa Musser
Loved the chapters close-reading Philippians.

I did NOT care for the case studies. The individuals and families themselves were great and the way they lived out of humility is all great...but the writing...my goodness it was hard to get through. It’s like someone trying desperately to win an award for poetic journalism by drenching the text in smug adjectives, descriptions, and characterizations that were far more annoying than successful in bringing the stories to life.

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Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read and keep as resource. Basic ideas about servanthood, selflessness, and the overall message of Phil. 2. Compelling illustrations make it a worthwhile read and a good way for building conviction and determination to pursue a path of smallness. Also deals well with the day-to-day issues of the heart rather than focusing on large paychecks and titles as the core problem or demonstration of pride. Throughout are hints of the ministry philosophy and strategy of Willow Creek.
John
Mar 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
another forgettable christian book, although i would say that it is quite edifying and a nice tool for discipleship.
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Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A powerful book on saying "yes to God" becoming a humble servant. Totally recommended!
Kara Rull
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great reminder to live a life of service. In order to be the best example of Christ, we need to be a living example of service and love to others.
Nick Woodall
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. In fact, I think it was the best one Hybels wrote.
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, a non-denominational church with eight regional locations in the Chicago area. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Simplify, Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, Too Busy Not to Pray, and Becoming ...more
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“One way to track the pulse of a society is to measure its words. Their meanings and values change with the times and movements of history. Take the word “servant.” Before complaint became a national way of life, it was considered an honor to serve someone. There was no higher cause than to provide for the needs of others out of love. Yet in a culture that panders to self-expression and individualism, “servant” has virtually disappeared from our vocabularies. The six o’clock news features one self-absorbed person after another assertively demanding his or her individual rights. Occasionally a newscast ends with a “human interest” story on someone who serves others. What surprises us is not that this person is featured, but the obvious fact that the servant—one who looks after more than his own self-interest—is now considered a novelty, the odd man out.” 1 likes
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