Editorial Reviews. Review. In the push and shove of a busy, self-seeking world, it’s easy to lose Improving Your Serve – Kindle edition by Charles R. Swindoll. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Improving Your Serve has ratings and 56 reviews. Karin said: This is one of the best books I’ve read, even among the the five star reads of this pa. In this classic volume, Charles Swindoll uniquely shows the important aspects of authentic servanthood, such as:What it takes to serve unselfishlyWhy a servant.
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Improving Your Serve by Charles R. In this classic volume, Charles Swindoll uniquely shows the important aspects of authentic servanthood, such as: What it takes to serve unselfishly Why a servant has vharles a powerful influence What challenges and rewards a servant can expect He offers clear guidelines on developing a servant’s heart and challenges you to realize the rich rewards promised in a life of authentic In this classic volume, Charles Swindoll uniquely shows the important aspects of authentic servanthood, such as: What it takes to serve unselfishly Why a servant has such a powerful influence What challenges and rewards a servant can yourr He offers clear guidelines on developing a servant’s heart and challenges you to realize the rich rewards promised in improfing life of authentic Christian servanthood.
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This book is improivng for the wannabe or the wuss, but for those who desire to strengthen their ability to serve. Serving is not necessarily an aspiration many seem to share, nor it is a lovey bed of roses–there are thorns and Swindoll even takes a look at the char,es side of service.
But overall this book, to which there are parts where you may say amen or ouch, takes a close look at what service and what it This is one of the best books I’ve read, even among the the five star reads of this past year. But overall this book, to which there are parts where you may say amen or ouch, takes a close look at what service and what it isn’t in light of serving God first and foremost.
Mar 20, Loveleah rated it it was amazing. How to offer yourself selflessly to other people. May 16, Taylor Guffey rated it it was amazing.
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This was a difficult book to read because it made me realize that I need to change. It is for that reason that I recommend this book to others who, like me, need a improvinh in selfless living. Jan 28, Rachel Blom rated it improbing was amazing Shelves: Boy, did I learn from this book. Being a true servant is about giving, forgiving, forgetting. And Swindoll makes this point by using Scripture to tell us what God has in mind for yor, how He wants us to serve. His key verse is Mark I served, but I still wanted people to see it in some way and appreciate me for it.
For a full review, see: Jan 14, David rated it it was amazing.
Swindoll has helped me change my view so much on the world. It has taught me to stop thinking about the Me, Myself and I tactic and focus on serving others. The fact that the author was able to tap into my life so much amazed me. I felt as though Swindoll was speaking right to me. Like he understood everything I saw on a daily basis, as if he had known me forever. I know that because of reading this book I will definitely start changing my outlook and putting others before me. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars because of the ability to really connect with the reader and ability to draw us to make a change.
Overall fantastic book, I would recommend it to everyone! Mar 06, Andrea rated it it was ok Shelves: I hate to review books I haven’t finished I hate to not finish books in generalbut after about 30 pages I couldn’t really justify the time it would take to get through the whole book.
This book just misses. It’s premise is good being like Christ in serving othersbut it’s arguments and foundations are lacking. Swindoll talks swindol happiness, success and satisfaction and I get the impression that he communicates chaeles principles in his book to swkndoll people live more fulfilled lives. It reads lik I hate to review books I haven’t finished I hate to not finish books in generalbut after about 30 pages I couldn’t really justify imporving time it would take to get through the whole book.
It reads like an “unlocking the potential in your life” kind of book. Like following Christ is just another way or even the preferred way to making your life count and being happy while doing it. He seems to anticipate his readers’ reluctance to giving it all and writes in a chapter that I skimmed at the end of the book, “If we are truly faithful to God in every area of life, some of us may very well be called to follow Him to the ends of the earth.
Many have done that. He may even ask a few of us to serve in some bold and difficult act of personal sacrifice here at home or abroad. But it’s not always that way.
In fact, I would say it is not even very often that way. Most of the time the Lord makes somewhat smaller demands on us You can most likely still go about your comfortable lives and just focus on the little things that count for God. I find no biblical support for the idea that “most of the time the Lord makes somewhat smaller demands of us.
His inconsistent application of the Bible and his own thoughts is evident throughout what I read and skimmed. And the best part of all of this: Following God’s directives will bring the one benefit not found in sere world’s empty promises: It’s what we swinfoll call the forgotten side of success. And I would add that it is the success that will yoyr to those who wish to develop the heart of a servant.
When we do those things, “Instead charlds all those hours pushing and promoting, we’ll wind up with more time for friends and family. And the Lord will even grant you some time for yourself, plus a few extra hours to go fishing! Swindoll just misses the point that true Christ-like servanthood is not the means to a better life in terms of success or fulfillment, but a life for God’s glory and it may not leave us any time for fishing!
Not only does the message still seem to be about how this perspective will change our experience in life instead of how it will glorify Godbut the author imprkving to be mistaken about in whose power this is imporving.
He writes, “There is a better way. Jesus says, ‘Be a servant, give to others! And, without question, it is attainable. It’s worth whatever it takes to let that start happening. It’s still all about self. I believe Swindoll had good intentions. He quotes a lot of verses which is more than I can say for a lot of “Christian” books out there and he devotes entire sections of the chapters to the biblical basis for his perspective, but his application of them just doesn’t go deep enough and he doesn’t start from the most important principle: You just can’t get to the right conclusions if you think we can be good Christians in our own power and for the purpose of living more fulfilled lives.
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His writing reminds me of James Dobson – cultural Christianity with no real unified theology behind it. I have only read one of Dobson’s books The Strong-Willed Child but I couldn’t believe how awful it was – totally lacking in biblical principles encouraging the exact opposite in many cases. To be fair to Swindoll unlike DobsonI believe he was actually trying to be biblical and I believe he really did study the Bible to come to his conclusions he even hits on some good and accurate principles sometimesbut he still seems to be viewing Christianity through his lens of American “morality” culture instead of the a radical, all for God’s glory, need God every day, fight against our flesh and his understanding of the Bible seems to lack depth and cohesion.
He lacks a unified theology that ties all the verses he quotes together, not as truisms, but as a way to know God and worship him with our lives. Even in giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I couldn’t recommend this book because it leaves you with the dangerous understanding that you can have it all: I would be concerned that it encourages people to be lukewarm Rev.
Oct 14, Madelle rated it really liked it. Becaue we are going to Kenya in November to work in mission hospital where our son and daughter in law are serving, Samaritan’s Purse sent us this book by prolific writer, Charles Swindoll, to read. He challenges us to have servant’s hearts, to think more highly of others than ourselves, to forgive and forget those things that hinder our relationships with others, and to show Christ to others through our words and deeds.
I have lots to ponder. Oct 06, Dory rated it really liked it. It was a good reminder of how the Beatitudes apply to our relationships with others.
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May 22, Terry Morgan rated it really liked it. Read this book in college a few years ago. It totally challenged me in a good way. Nov 29, Clare rated it really liked it Shelves: Serev was on the Classical Conversations booklist. It’s a good solid book on Christian discipleship and only loses a star because I struggled to finish it, as I always do with non-fiction books. I will see if anyone at church wants it, or if you’re reading this and would like to read it, derve me know!
Dec 31, Matt Witten rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellently applicable book that is deeply rooted in scriptural analysis. One of my favorite reads of the year. Jul 21, Teresa Kartheiser cjarles it it was amazing.