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Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself
     

Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself

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by Reggie McNeal
 

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Jesus had little patience with institutional religion that cared for its own needs while neglecting the plight of ordinary people. In one of his most famous parables, he sets up as a model of Christian behavior a man who, unlike some religious folks, actually gets down off his donkey and helps a person in dire need.

With energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls

Overview

Jesus had little patience with institutional religion that cared for its own needs while neglecting the plight of ordinary people. In one of his most famous parables, he sets up as a model of Christian behavior a man who, unlike some religious folks, actually gets down off his donkey and helps a person in dire need.

With energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls believers to dismount, get down and dirty, and live a life that makes a difference. He shows readers how to recalibrate their spiritual efforts to move from church-centric service to greater community engagement in order to do their essential part in creating a world worth living in. McNeal also shows readers that helping others actually helps the one doing the service just as much as the one being served. In fact, serving is the very best way to learn about yourself and grow spiritually.

Anyone who longs to have the impact on the world that Jesus did will love this provocative and inspirational message.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801014970
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
917,668
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Reggie McNeal (MDiv, PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. He has lectured or been an adjunct faculty at several seminaries, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Trinity Divinity School, and has served in congregational leadership for over twenty years.

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Get Off Your Donkey!: Help Somebody and Help Yourself 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Reggie McNeal in his new book, "Get Off Your Donkey!" published by Baker Books tells us Help Somebody and Help Yourself . From the Inside Flap: You've been sitting on your donkey long enough! In one of his most famous parables, Jesus points us to a man who gets down off his donkey and helps someone in dire need. Now, with energy and enthusiasm, Reggie McNeal calls you to dismount, get messy, and live a life that makes a real difference. He reveals two mutually reinforcing truths: First, helping others is often the best path for our own personal development. And second, as you become more the person you were designed to be, you increase your capacity to serve others. It all starts with a decision to get off your donkey-today! In the Gospel of Luke Jesus tells a parable about a good Samaritan. The whole story can be found in Chapter ten if you would like to refresh the story. A man was badly beaten and in great need of help. Two others had already passed him by until finally a Samaritan stops, puts him on the donkey and takes him to an inn to recuperate. There are two ways to read the book's title: the donkey is a real animal that we need to get off of to make room for the other in need or by using the other name for a donkey, which we also use for a person's posterior, then it means we need to get up and move. Mr. McNeal points out that there is a great need in our world that can be met only by individuals who rise up to meet those needs. Want to feed the hungry but feel you have no money? Set up a coin jar at your Church and see how much you will collect when everyone just drops off the loose change in their pockets then the hungry will be fed. It is a question of desire, do we want to get involved? Mr. McNeal points out that Jesus commanded the person He told the parable to go and do likewise or as the Samaritan had done. If we all followed this command we could eliminate a great deal of need, hurting and suffering and bring others into the Church and then they would begin to help and bring even more in. That's how it works: help others, help yourself. I liked this book and recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
JWoolums More than 1 year ago
Reggie McNeal provides in this book what churches and leaders today need...CLARITY! We try to make the commission of Christ more complex than it needs to be! LOVE GOD....LOVE PEOPLE! SAVED PEOPLE...SERVE PEOPLE! If you want to go deeper in your walk with Christ....SERVE SOMEBODY! You are as deep as the last person you served! In his inspirational fashion, Reggie provides a great tool for all followers of Christ to use in developing their personal disciplines as well as one to invest in teaching others. This is a GREAT READ and a MUST for all leaders who want to multiply their impact in this world! This is a transformational writing! I plan to use it as a professor (as a text in spiritual formation) and as a pastor (to disciple others). Read this and then buy a dozen copies for people you want to invest in and start a movement wherever you are!
SkinnyVanilla More than 1 year ago
With a twist of a phrase, the title of McNeal’s book challenges the reader to stop talking about the negative things in our culture and instead become a positive force for good. McNeal writes, “The book is a call to action. Maybe you can’t change the world, but you can change your street. You may not be able to change the overall graduation rates, but you can mentor a kid out of becoming a high school dropout.” However, McNeal goes beyond simply challenging us to “Go do it.” The author outlines a pathway for becoming a transformational person who makes the lives of people around them better. He provides excellent reflective questions that help you write a personal mission, values, strengths, learning (what you need to learn), and scorecard for determining a win. More than an inspirational book, Get Off Your Donkey is a good resource for individuals, small groups, and families who want to make a difference in their community, but don’t know how to begin.