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Do you wonder if God has a destiny for you? Let the story of Joseph show how God's plan is perfect.
The biblical story of Joseph offers us a powerful lesson: Our true destiny is decided not by the depth of our troubles but by pursuing the will of God in the midst of them.
Joseph’s life is a winding tale of hard choices, sad tragedies, and God's loving protection. Out of the ashes of disaster, God enabled Joseph to grow in character and maturity as he rescued Egypt, forgave those who had hurt him, and saved a deeply flawed family that grew into a great nation.
Let author Jerry White show you how the "Joseph Plan” can reveal your own true destiny as you learn more about the character of God
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The Joseph Road
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A Lesson in Perseverance From the Life of Joseph
The biblical story of Joseph has always fascinated me. Like a beautiful quilt, multiple stories of many individuals' lives and struggles comprise the pattern which God has then assembled and pieced together. Stories of how people relate to one another and overcome obstacles with God's help. Yet, most of all, stories about how people are transformed and strengthened by God and how "for those who love God all things work together for good."
Jerry White, the author of The Joseph Road, weaves his own life stories honestly into this latest book detailing Joseph's life and the lessons it holds for us all. White's background in discipleship shows forth in his insightful, readable style and his Reflection Questions concluding each chapter, making this book well suited for a Bible study. Relevant stories from the author's own struggles in his family, his career in the Air Force and at NASA are thoughtfully interwoven into the chapters.
Honestly, I did initially wonder whether White would have much to add to this familiar story. Yet he has shared quite a few insights into the life of Joseph and his struggles, both explicitly drawn from Scripture as well as more subtly implied. Perseverance in the midst of difficulties, serving others faithfully, recognizing God's workings in your life, and extending grace and blessing to others are just a few of the lessons which this book shares.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. 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.
4/10/2010 12:40:22 PM
The Joseph Road
Jerry White tells the biblical story of Joseph and his journey in Egypt; all this compared with the nowadays ordinary life people. Joseph's life is a fight between dreams (always they say the future) and destiny (with God's sign).
Style: the book's narrative is easy to follow as White is a popular speaker and keeps your attention high all through the book.
The Joseph's story is interspersed with the events of White's personal life; usually I don't like authors talking about personal failure or success, White this time has changed my mind: he tells his story without pride or recrimination, following, as Joseph, his own path because already marked, although not all the dreams become reality.
The Joseph Road is also fun when White reports excerpts from the Egyptian Gazette (maybe from Jerry's personal library).
Reflection questions at the end of each chapter helps you to bring this book again and again.
I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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: "Guide Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3/7/2010 11:30:20 AM
The Joseph Road has been a such a great blessing. I would like to thank Navpress for sending me a free copy of this book to review. Jerry White has done a fantastic job of bringing out practical, rubber meets the road truth and applications from the biblical account of Joseph. The Joseph Road brings into view God's sovereignty and our responsibility when dealing with life's difficulties. So many books offer little more than popular self-help theology under the guise of Christian truth, but this author succeeds in exposing life's troubles in light of God's truth explaining how we should react accordingly. Joseph's life serves as an example of how God uses different circumstances, many of which we don't understand, to bring about his ultimate good. The Joseph Road will show you how to navigate and respond to these trials while keeping your eyes on the God who controls them. I highly recommend this book to everyone! This would also be very effective in a group bible study where participants could encourage each other along the Joseph Road.
2/19/2010 12:58:01 AM
Good, basic book
“The Joseph Road” is a good, basic Christian Living book. It's an easy read: easy to follow and easy to understand. It had basic (but good) insights for those whose lives aren't working out as expected but who want to walk in a God-honoring way through it all.
The author looked to Scripture as our guide (specifically at the account of Joseph found in Genesis, but he also quoted other parts of the Bible). He used Scripture, some Bible background information, and reasonable supposition of what Joseph went through emotionally to describe what Joseph went through and how he reacted. He then showed how to apply what we learned to our lives today.
I was initially concerned that there seemed to be a slant toward “people can do what’s right if they decide they want to,” yet most people I know struggle to consistently do so. I was happy that later parts of the book pointed out that we need God at work in our lives in order to be consistent in our walk with Him.
Overall, I’d recommend this as a basic book with good guidance about how to act when people act unfairly toward you, when people betray you, and when things just don’t work out as expected.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. 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.”
Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club
2/14/2010 1:34:47 PM
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"This is the crux of The Joseph Road," writes Jerry White in this wonderful new book. "Not knowing one thing about the future, Joseph simply did good in whatever tasks or opportunities came his way."
Some books you must read quickly-vainly searching for the good stuff. Other books you savor slowly and chew on the morsels and insightful questions. This is a chewable book. It's devotional. It's thought-probing. And amazingly, it's also a page-turner. How could that be? After all, many of us have known the story of the Old Testament's Joseph since childhood.
White weaves the reader in and out of Joseph's journey from favorite son to hated brother to forgotten slave to Potiphar's senior VP and then to prison. Yet even behind bars, "he ended up managing the whole operation," says Genesis 39:22 in The Message. I must confess, I've never used any leadership and management principles from the life of Joseph-but his faithfulness, endurance, and integrity ooze with dozens of insights for future staff meetings.
As the president emeritus of The Navigators, you would expect Jerry's book to have meat. But he also adds a friendly dose of personal stories (including a tragic family event) as he notes his faith-walk through the Air Force, NASA, teaching at the Air Force Academy, serving as a major general in the Air Force Reserve and then giving leadership to The Navigators. There's joy-but there's also plenty of tough CEO choices and sadness.
White's bullet point summary of Joseph's life is fascinating and so he convinced me to "bullet point" my major life events-to see what I could learn from those forks-in-the-Joseph Road. Jerry illustrated how to do this exercise with bullet points of his own life.
I won't spoil the ending of this epic biblical account for you. You may think you already know the story. Think again. This is the PERFECT book to give to your staff or department prior to a team day or staff retreat. I just hope Jerry is working on another Old Testament hero for his next book.
John Pearson, former CEO of CLA and Christian Camping Intl.
1/13/2010 9:00:09 AM