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Excerpts from the book SURVIVING GOD
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Accepting the death of one you love

“There are different levels of attachment we make in life. One set of attachments to our family, another to friends, one type for fellow workers, a different type for our pets, and even attachments to inanimate objects like cars or books or old pieces of furniture. What many of us find difficult is drawing the line between those different types of relationships and realizing which ones are truly important and those that are of lesser value. I think some, if not most of this delineation of values must come from the heart and not the mind.”

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”Those investments in the living are the most important investments we can ever make. That’s why it is so difficult to lose those relationships, even when that inevitable time comes, either through natural causes, or war, a self-inflicted injury, an act of violence, or accident.”

“For most, the challenge of confronting death will be in front of us many times. We cannot run away from it or hide behind shields made of unrealistic hopes that death will go away. However, in all situations we can pray for guidance and know that God can bear our burden with us.”

Overcoming leadership challenges –
the value of faith and trust

“. . .  God instructed Moses to leave the security of Egypt. To paraphrase, “He should take all that he could carry, get all of his friends and family to do the same, and head out into the vast northeastern deserts to find a better place to live and worship . . . the “Promised Land”.

God’s challenge was huge! To have his believers give up their livelihoods, many of their possessions, and risk their lives, all because of a promise . . . a challenge most of us will never know. Yet, in spite of what would appear to us as overwhelmingly negative odds, thousands of God’s children not only left, but also with God’s assistance, fought to leave. Sure, there were doubters, but in the end, they departed Egypt, and even more importantly, eventually succeeded in reaching that Promised Land.”

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“Each of us is put in situations where we must either lead or get out of the way. And if we choose to lead, are we prepared to be a good leader, or bad leader?  In other words, is our heart true and honest or are we motivated to guide our followers based on mortal temptations as greed or ego?”

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“Great leaders are forged and tempered by surviving great challenges.”

Overcoming the loss of a job

“Many people may never know the various feelings that you can face after losing a job. One person said, “Ya know, when it happened to me once, it was like a death in the family.  There was a period of grieving, of remembrance, some regrets, and then, after some time passed, I was able to move forward with my life.”

That’s not a bad analogy!

Whether the loss of a job is your fault, the company’s, or just a poor economic environment that affects many people at once, it is still a challenge that has to be overcome. What we have to be very careful not to do is drown in a pool of blame, BUT we do need to always analyze what has happened, beginning with ourselves.”

Holding on to respect and dignity

“In a world that is commoditized, pre-packaged, shrink-wrapped, and mass-marketed, there is a value that can never be bought or sold. It is “respect”. You can strip away all other human attributes or adjectives to describe someone, and in the final analysis they could still have respect; but the real question is, "will they be respected?"

Gaining and holding respect is a tremendous challenge. I sometimes feel God gives us respect, in order to take it away and then see how (and if) we will work to regain it.”

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”How sad that the acts of so few can cast a shadow on the respect deserved by so many.”

Understanding what is truly valuable in life

“We need to be sure the scales by which we assess ourselves and others are both accurate and relative. Just as we would not use the Kelvin or Centigrade scales to measure the weight of groceries, we should not use the value of accumulated assets to measure happiness.”

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“Like so many other innate gifts of God, the ones of most importance are given to us freely and have no economically quantifiable value.”

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“But what happens if you lose all of those assets you have accumulated? Can you survive without them? Will others recognize you for who you are rather than what you have? Can you start over once, twice, or be gracious in your material loss, because in the end, what will your world remember about you. “

Respecting the wisdom of our elders

“It’s too bad that we do not take the time to appreciate older people when we are younger - a time in our lives when their experiences could be of such importance in shaping our future.”

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“For the early Jewish and Christian families, this reverence and respect for their elders was very apparent and required. As part of the various laws, in Leviticus 19:32 it is spelled out, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God”.”

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“Some people today believe that technology is diminishing what younger people see as the value of their elders. They think that Internet search engines, with just a few keystrokes, will provide all of the information they need. What they fail to realize is that information does not equate to experience nor can they talk to the computer to get the tone and emotion which can change the character of the words and wisdom.”

Raising children in faith

“As much as many of us hate to admit it, in various ways we are no different from many of the other creatures God has placed on Earth. We too have the tendency to fit into the world in which we find ourselves, often mimicking those around us and following in the footsteps of those that came before us. And as parents or guardians of some of the littlest forms of these Earthlings, God has placed both an emotional blessing and a difficult emotional challenge at our doorstep as part of that responsibility to make sure they mimic, then become, the best of what life should be.”

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“Like weights on a scale, life’s trials and tribulations always seem to balance our children’s joys just as they do for us as adults. And like the good shepherd, we need to be there for them.

In our role as guardians of their physical well being, we must also be guardians of our children's spiritual health, because, and very importantly, if it is not kept intact, their soul may have difficulty healing when it is unavoidably and most assuredly injured by this world.”




SURVIVING GOD   Author and Book Site
Background

"SURVIVING GOD" was developed over seven years. The catalyst was the confluence of several life-changing situations confronting the author, Ken Guthrie, early in 2002. Chief among them was the loss of his position as Vice President when the global organization where he worked suddenly disclosed they were virtually insolvent.

That same year, a freak hailstorm damaged the family's home, totalled one car; and their youngest son entered the Navy to become a Combat Corpsman with the Marines. After spending four long months looking for a new position, continuing to burn through savings, and with little prospect for a job in his profession, Guthrie began to consider  a wide range of alternatives for income. 
 
Having a strong belief in God, (and always an optimus), Guthrie fell back on a decades old set of skills in construction. Along with another person who he had known for many years, they worked as partners doing whatever jobs they could from finishing basements, building custom cabinets, painting, (and as described in the book) even crawling under a house to patch an escape route for a cat. All were far removed from the high rent corporate offices where he had spent much of his career.

Through it all, he had the support of friends, family, and a group of Christian men with whom he had worshiped and studied most Friday mornings for over 14 years.

Idea For The Book

As Guthrie dealt with these issues, he began to keep notes about how any individual should approach not only the challenges he was confronting, (minor in comparison to many), but others faced by all humans, regardless of their beliefs or stature in life.

The methodical and thoughtful approach Guthrie had previously used in writing business articles, cases, and lectures, made it easier for him to organize and structure the materials. His notes and research formed the basis for the fifteen challenges covered in the book.

Bringing It To Print

As individual chapters were drafted, Guthrie received input and critique from a wide variety of sources including his wife, selected friends, and the men at "Leadership Ministries", an Atlanta Christian men's group founded over 25 years ago.

In addition, a high school classmate, Philip Yancy, an author with over 14 million books in print, advised him of potential directions to take . . . the most logical being to self-publish the first copies.

Later, another suggestion was made five years into the book's development to create a guide for reflection and study. Surprisingly, this added over a year to the project, but the result is now incorporated at the end of each chapter.

So, Here It Is!

We hope you honor us by buying the book and telling your friends about it as well. Although you can purchase it through this site, you should also be able to order it through your local bookstore if they do not have it in stock. It is published by TEEK Press, www.TEEKPress.com.

Following the Table of Contents below, are exerpts from several of the chapters.

You can also download Chapter VIII, "HOW ARE YOU MEASURED?", for free.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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