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Resilient: Spiritual Formation for Mind and Heart


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1. Introducing Spiritual Resilience; 2. The Single Most Important Question of All; 3. Worldview (Part 1) - What Glasses Are You Wearing?; 4. Worldview (Part 2) - World at War; 5. Wanted - Dead and Alive; 6. Grace that Cleanses; 7. Grace that Empowers; 8. The Adventure of Obedience; 9. Step into Life Together; 10. Character.

About the Author

The Reverend Dr Adam Dodds is the Senior Pastor of Elim Church Dunedin,New Zealand, where he is in his tenth year of ministry. Adam studied inScotland (MTheol), America (MLitt) and New Zealand (PhD), and lecturedin theology, ethics and leadership in New Zealand (University of Otagoand Elim Leadership College). His church has a large student population,and part of the calling of his church is to help students (and others) withfoundational spiritual formation. Adam is married with children and livesin Dunedin, New Zealand.


'Dodds' book is a gift to the church: pastoral direction for those wishing to follow Jesus faithfully over a lifetime, built upon a solid theological and scriptural foundation. Readers will be challenged by the probing questions throughout the book, designed to nurture the 'spiritual resilience' befitting true Christ-followers.' (Dr Matthew C. Easter, Director of Christian Studies, Assistant Professor of Bible, Missouri Baptist University.); 'A compelling masterpiece of biblical principles, insights, stories, and anecdotes that powerfully develops our spiritual resilience while skilfully drawing us closer to Christ, our First Love. I felt like I was reading it with the Lord in the room.' (Dr Lesley Gill, PhD in emotional resilience, Assoc. Professor, School of Business, Otago Polytechnic.); 'Dr Adam Dodds has the rare ability to combine theology with everyday living. He takes a topic we all need today - resilience - and plants it within a sound biblical framework. His engaging relational style weaves together the warmth of his personal life with thoughtful biblical research. You will find his book 'meaty', but not complex. I would recommend Resilient to a young, growing Christian, as well as with someone mature in the faith.' (Bill Mowry, The Navigators USA, Author of 'The Ways of the Alongsider'.); '"Resilient" reflects Adam's ability as a scholar. He draws on a wide range of sources and grapples with deep issues but in a way that is still accessible. His stories are amusing and apt, contributing enormously to the readability and relevance of the book. Spiritual resilience is a crucial topic in a day when the pressures on Christians are great and faith can be shallow. Resilient comes from deep roots and Adam helps us go deep in a range of areas central to Christian faith and life. I have learnt a lot from this book - truths with the potential to change my life. I need to read it again, taking time to ponder, pray and apply the lessons. It is that sort of book: biblically rich, relevant, accessible yet insightful and important enough to read slowly.' (Very Rev. Peter Cheyne, Mornington Presbyterian Church, Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.); 'Dr Adam Dodds bring his great experience and advanced theological studies to this insightful book. It is packed full of practical advice on how to build spiritual resilience. This book is a must read for every Christian looking to strengthen and deepen their faith. I highly recommend it.' (Pastor Boyd Ratnaraja, National Leader, Elim Churches of New Zealand).; 'There is so much wisdom to be gleaned from Adam's book! Packed with stories, thought-provoking quotes, fascinating snippets of history, relevant scriptures and entertaining stories, Adam had me thinking about so many areas of my life, character, and Christian walk. I particularly resonated with his over-arching premise - that spiritual resilience is largely determined by how we view God, ourselves, the Christian life, and the world. I found myself alternating between "Yes, I totally agree!", "Of course - this makes so much sense", and "okay, I need to work on that!" If you want to check you've got the (spiritual, mental, emotional) foundations of your life right, then this is the book to read.' (Belinda Stott, Counsellor, Speaker, Soul Tour Presenter, Author of the Kainnan series.); 'I know that Dr. Dodds doesn't claim to be a prophet, but the timing of this book is nothing else but prophetic. As the world is reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic and many are scrambling to make sense of an unprecedented season, it is obvious that our spiritual resilience is being tested more than ever. Dr. Dodds is both theologian and pastor, and I love that this book reflects that. It is both profound and accessible, revelatory and practical, in equal measure. I personally believe that "Resilient: Essential Formation for Mind and Heart" should become essential reading in Bible colleges and ministry training centres. It has now officially become my "go-to text" on the subject and I highly recommend it to everyone. Has there been a greater need for spiritual resilience in our lifetime than now? (Vicki Simpson, International speaker, Prophet - C3 Church, Sydney Australia.)

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