Alive with Passion and Purpose

Alive with Passion and Purpose

by Sandy Landry, Arthur Burk

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The best way to learn the redemptive gifts is through seeing them in action. This book profiles 21 people who lived out their redemptive gift dramatically. As you read their stories, you will recognize many of your friends through the way these people responded to the circumstances around them.

By the time we get to be adults, we are a complex blend of many influences. We have our redemptive gift, the influence of our family line, the impact of the academic and social cultures we were in, and our personal collection of bumps and bruises. In the course of a day, each of these things from our past can influence our choices and affect our world view. How do we determine what is “original software” and what is a learned response?

The seven redemptive gifts provide the template for the way we see God, ourselves and other people. When we understand what that looks like for us, we can treat everything else as an add-on. This book is a powerful tool for you to understand the redemptive gifts and to determine which one you have. More important, it will give you insight for how to live out your gift in a strategic manner.

For the beginners, this book is designed to show you the redemptive gifts in action. We have taken individuals who lived their gift in an exaggerated fashion so you can feel what each gift acts like. Sandy Landry has done a simply astounding job of capturing the inner workings of each gifts’ thought processes, as well as showing what it looks like for them to live life on Monday morning. As you read her stories, the sound and tone and feel of each person’s experiences with life will leave you easily recognizing yourself and others around you.

This is the single most effective way we have found for learning how to understand and recognize the gifts – by feel, not by a list.

For those who are already adept at recognizing the gifts in people, this book provides the added resource of highlighting the critical choices which can release the power of the gift and the choices that can reduce a life to shallow existence. For each gift, Sandy profiled a Biblical person, then someone historical who walked out their gift well, and someone who absolutely perverted their gift. While the book is presented in a narrative fashion and is not in a textbook or workbook format, those who are insightful will come away with great treasures of understanding regarding what makes each redemptive gift thrive or become toxic to the individual.

And even if you had no interest at all in the science of design or the art of living big, Sandy is a wonderful word smith and the book is a joy to read. Her skill at crafting characters is immense and the flow of events is spiced with one-liners that crackle with life and intensity.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940016010205
Publisher: Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,042,525
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sandy is a Southern woman. Her early roots were in Mississippi and Louisiana. In her adult life she graced the town of Cleburne, Texas, while also traveling far and wide for business, ministry and pleasure.

She has seen the hard edge of generational poverty, the elegance of Southern hospitality, the disruption caused by hurricanes and the excesses of the gas and oil industry.

She has seen flagrantly dysfunctional lives, dysfunction covered by a thin veneer of culture, and the beauty of people living big.

Sandy loves life as it was meant to be lived. Whether parenting her own children or teaching high school English students, she tried to help people bring the disparate parts of their lives together to unleash the treasure that was in them.

After learning about the redemptive gifts of land, she tried her hand for quite awhile on the spiritual and cultural dysfunctions of her own community.

Through all of this, she was living big, seeking, searching for the sweet spot in the game of life. While she helped many others, it eluded her.

Then she started writing this book and the Scrabble tiles seem to leap off the tray in the right order to spell a gloriously alive word.

She discovered how naturally research comes to her. She found great joy in distilling a mountain of irrelevant data into a story line where the visible was actually driven by this invisible force called the redemptive gift.

Her word smithing abilities finally found a large enough playing field to soar and dance as she captured subtle shades and nuances followed swiftly by the sublime.
Sandy is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a teacher, a writer, a Southern lady - but more to the point, she is more gloriously alive, with passion and purpose than she has ever been before.

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