Courageous 10 Strategies for Thriving in a Hostile World is author Dr. Robert Jeffress’s blueprint for thriving as a Christian in today’s secular society. The ten strategies are spelled out succinctly, explained brilliantly, and punctuated with modern-day and biblical examples of courage.
The courageous acts taken from both modern and biblical times make for inspiring and motivating examples. Modern-day airline captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s successful plane landing in the Hudson River and Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition heroics rival that of biblical Joseph’s triumph over slavery and betrayal and Joshua who overcame fear with faith.
The strategies in Courageous are simple concepts that build upon each other to create a Christian foundation that’s certain to withstand the pressure of daily struggles. They cover the gamut from ‘Don’t Panic’ to ‘Victor Not Victim Mindset’ to ‘Learn From The Past’. If a reader desires to up the ante on their Christian lifestyle and is willing to apply the concepts and change their current thought process, this book has the potential to be a game-changer.
When I first read the subtitle, 10 Strategies for Thriving in a Hostile World, I assumed it was overselling a claim Jeffress wouldn’t be able to deliver. But he honestly nailed it. I was inspired by each of the strategies, plus I’m a sucker for real-life inspirational stories. Needless to say, the modern-day and biblical examples of courage really pushed this book over the top for me. On the flip side, I personally opposed the author's viewpoint in a few examples, but it didn’t detract from the overall message.
I’ll start by saying that the views in this book oppose homosexuality and gay marriage, as most mainstream Christian books do. Although these aren’t main topics and are mentioned only briefly as examples, let the potential reader beware. On the whole, Courageous is a powerful motivator for living out life as a Christian. It would be inspiring for anyone who’s looking to bring their Christian walk to the next level and definitely for anyone in the midst of a struggle.
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Dr. Robert Jeffress is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, a Fox News Contributor, and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Jeffress's radio program, PATHWAY TO VICTORY, and television program are worldwide. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Baylor University.
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