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Bill Hybels

Autor(a) de Too Busy Not to Pray

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About the Author

Bill Hybels was born in 1951 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received hs BA degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University near Chicago. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Bill Hybels is the senior pastor at Willow Creek Community mostrar mais Church in the Chicago suburb of South Barrington, Ill. Hybels founded the church after surveying the community and designing Sunday morning services for non-believers, with services for believers held on another day. He is the creator of the Global Leadership Summit. His book, Rediscovering Church: The Story and Vision of Willow Creek, written with his wife Lynne, outlines the successful formula he used. His other books include Honest to God: Becoming an Authentic Christian; The God You're Looking For; Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to be With God; Making Life Work and Power of a Whisper. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Bill Hybels

Too Busy Not to Pray (1994) 2,521 cópias
Becoming a Contagious Christian (1994) 1,745 cópias
Courageous Leadership (2002) 1,278 cópias
Honest to God? (1990) 719 cópias
Fit to Be Tied (1991) 518 cópias
Network Participant's Guide (1994) 438 cópias
Descending Into Greatness (1993) 351 cópias
The God You're Looking For (1997) 298 cópias
Christians in the Marketplace (1982) 126 cópias
The Heart of Christmas (1998) 99 cópias
Getting a Grip (1998) 96 cópias
Prayer (1997) 95 cópias
Community (1996) 87 cópias
Marriage (1996) 76 cópias
Live Wisely James (1999) 75 cópias
Authenticity (1996) 70 cópias
Colossians (1999) 66 cópias
Philippians Run the Race (1999) 64 cópias
Fruit of the Spirit (1997) 62 cópias
Commitment (1996) 61 cópias
Laws of the Heart (1993) 59 cópias
On This Holy Night: The Heart of Christmas (1672) — Autor — 58 cópias
Jesus (1997) 58 cópias
Essential Christianity (1998) 58 cópias
Just Walk Across the Room (2006) 53 cópias
Parenthood (1996) 52 cópias
Transformation (1997) 51 cópias
Evangelism (1996) 47 cópias
Lessons on Love (1996) 47 cópias
Laws That Liberate (1985) 45 cópias
The Real You (1996) 34 cópias
Transparency (1997) 33 cópias
Serving Lessons (1998) 32 cópias
Sermon on the Mount 1 (2001) 31 cópias
Freedom (1997) 29 cópias
Overcoming (1998) 24 cópias
Sermon on the Mount 2 (2001) 24 cópias
Mut zur Demut (2003) 4 cópias
Ta första steget (2006) 4 cópias
Hinner du inte be? (1991) 3 cópias
Was Familien stark macht. (2002) 3 cópias
Getting Women in the Game (2004) 2 cópias
Wiser Together 2 cópias
Légy bátor, és vezess! (2004) 2 cópias
Trovärdig tro 2 cópias
Life Changing Tools for Christians (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
Curajul de a conduce 1 exemplar(es)
Connect With Others 1 exemplar(es)
Leadership Summit 2001 1 exemplar(es)
Financial Freedom 1 exemplar(es)
Living Excellent Lives 1 exemplar(es)
No tengo tiempo para orar (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
He Shall Be Called 1 exemplar(es)
Rakkaudesta rakennettu (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Surprised By God AUDIO 1 exemplar(es)
Alt det som ingen ser 1 exemplar(es)
Team Teaching Revisited 1 exemplar(es)
Willow Creek Vision 2001 (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Vision-Driven Budgets 1 exemplar(es)
Turn The Gospel Loose 1 exemplar(es)
Leadership Summit 2002 1 exemplar(es)
突破綑綁 1 exemplar(es)
Tavalla tai toisella tarttuva usko (1997) 1 exemplar(es)
Vain muutama askel 1 exemplar(es)
Prayer Together (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
What Makes a Man? 1 exemplar(es)
Up to the Challenge 1 exemplar(es)
Does God Whisper? 1 exemplar(es)
Når Gud hvisker 1 exemplar(es)
Gemeinsam (Willow Creek Edition) (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Creating Change 1 exemplar(es)
委身委心 1 exemplar(es)
內在更新 1 exemplar(es)
Transformaion 1 exemplar(es)
Welcoming the Stranger 1 exemplar(es)
you'll get throught this 1 exemplar(es)
Christianity 101 1 exemplar(es)
Gods Story 1 exemplar(es)
Grace 1 exemplar(es)
Prostota 1 exemplar(es)
Ministry Essentials Bible-KJV (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Quien Soy Cuando Nadie Me Ve? (1996) 1 exemplar(es)

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An excellent book. If more Christians read and practiced what Hybels suggests, fewer non-Christians would dislike Christians.
dlinnen | outras 7 resenhas | Feb 3, 2024 |
3.5 stars

There are lots of stories here of actual volunteers within the author's megachurch, so readers will be inspired and encouraged to think creatively about how to get involved in their own churches and communities.

The emphasis in the book was definitely on serving in the local church, because in a megachurch, there is a huge variety of ministries reaching out to the community. In smaller churches, members very well may need to go outside the church to volunteer, and I wish this had been addressed more in the book - many pastors and church leaders don't really acknowledge any kind of service outside of the church building as counting for the Kingdom.

I really appreciated that Hybels warns against overcommitment and burnout, and counsels both members and leaders of a church about best practices for getting involved, which include jumping in and just trying out some different opportunities, but also using those experiences to learn more about yourself and how God has gifted you and given you particular passions, so that you can work toward using those things to bless others, and actually enjoy the work, and feel fulfilled by it, at the same time.
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RachelRachelRachel | outras 3 resenhas | Nov 21, 2023 |
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book - primarily, I think, because Hybels seems to have mixed messages in it.

The chapter about discovering others' stories was my favorite; it had some good nuggets. Hybels emphasizes in some chapters that God created us the way He did for a purpose, and encourages us to "stay true to ourselves" when we are interacting with non-believers. We're not supposed to take on the persona of a forceful evangelist/super missionary and toss aside the gifts that God has given to us. We can serve Him with the personality that He has gifted to us as individuals. I really liked this bit, as it's something I see forgotten frequently!

"God made you exactly as you are. He wired you and gave you the temptation and the experience and the background that you have because he wanted someone just like you in this world right now." p.84

However, Hybels seems to change his tune a little later in the book. Hybels claims to be "mildly extroverted", though I have a hard time buying the "mild" part. The large bulk of his stories of people being faithful to make friendships with non-believers that eventually led them to know Christ are stories about him doing the work, although he also includes a couple of stories from his church members.

He sounds very, very busy, and I don't mean that in a good way. He has regular date nights with his wife, plus weekly "seeker" dinners, plus he pastors a large church, plus he has a sailing group, plus he goes out of his way to always be with people in crowded places, plus, plus, plus. As an introvert, I became exhausted just reading about everything he does on a regular basis! And while I can appreciate that he's serving God in a way that befits his personality, I got the distinct impression that he didn't actually mean his earlier claim about serving God the way we are. There were no stories of introverts included in the book that I can remember. Not one.

At one point, he mentions a man who wrote jingles for a living and who became a Christian (who, of course, also attends his church, because why would anyone possibly want to attend any other church?); he states he encouraged this man to stop writing jingles and to do something for Christ instead. "Write songs that help people go to heaven." p.181

Hold up there, Hybels. Since when does a person have to be doing "Christian" work to serve God? He says in the beginning of his book that people assume he has constant interaction with non-believers because he's a pastor and he actually has much more contact with Christians, and is jealous of laypersons who work in a secular environment. And yet he seems to only believe that "Christian" work is the way to truly serve God. How does he know that God didn't have plans for the man at the advertising agency where he worked? Undoubtedly, there were other non-believers there that he already had relationships with and who needed to know Christ.

Also, one chapter is all about learning to tell your story in a concise, effective way to those who inquire. Hybels believes a person should focus on their before/after conversion experience. Throughout the entire book, he talks to Christians as if all Christians became believers as adults (which, not surprisingly, is when Hybels came to know Christ). Never is it even considered an option that someone might believe as a child, so I couldn't relate much at all. I became a Christian when I was 5 years old and so I, quite frankly, don't have a dramatic before and after story with which to wow everyone.

There were a few other tidbits here and there that rubbed me the wrong way (Hybels talks of threatening his babysitters, for one... why that would be necessary is completely beyond me!), but I won't list anything more as this review is already too long.

The good: I like that Hybels is encouraging Christians to get outside their Christian bubbles, the way Jesus did, and yet not compromise their own beliefs or message. It is possible to love and value people without justifying or "accepting" their sin.

"….even the most "Christlike" Christians on the planet will be totally ineffective unless they get near people who are living far from God." p.82

"[Jesus] didn't expect people who had lived their entire lives far from God to be holy when he encountered them. What was of utmost importance to Jesus was that irreligious people were willing for him to make them holy." p.88

However, as an introvert, I cannot recommend this book as it seems to disregard the fact that not everyone has the exact same personality, or has had all the exact same experiences, as Bill Hybels.
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RachelRachelRachel | outras 7 resenhas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Oriented towards 4 key leadership categories: Vision & Strategy, teamwork & communication, activity & assessment, personal integrity.
MenoraChurch | outras 3 resenhas | Oct 30, 2023 |



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