“Life is full of experiences that shape our character and influence our relationships with God and others.” Tom Lane
Tested and Approved:21 Lessons in Life and Ministry by Tom Lane is a book well worth reading. Spoken from a place of authenticity and experience, Lane draws the reader in immediately with his personal experiences over his years in ministry.
Anyone who has spent anytime in ministry, in any form, is aware of the difficulties and victories that accompany the walk. Whether inside the church, or outside of the formal setting, those who seek to follow Christ and His leadership example, often struggle with some of the same basic areas Lane dives into.
This book addresses these common areas and with the use of Scripture encourages the reader to press forward in their own ministry journey.
The messages in this book cover all aspects of Christian ministry. Tom Lane has had years of experience as a pastor. His use of personal experiences and application of Scriptures to his situations provide a deeper understanding of his message.
Lane dives into areas of relationships, purpose, and discouragement. He unpacks the myths of what excellence truly is, why accountability is important, and the truth behind influence. He unpacks how to embrace rhythm and rest and deal with past failures or regrets.
Divided into 21 easy to read chapters, this book addresses areas that we often silently struggle with but are to afraid to admit. Each chapter is complete with practical wisdom to consider and backed with Scripture and wisdom that can be personally applied.
Tested and Approved is a valuable read for anyone who finds themselves in Christian service in any capacity. It will leave you feeling refreshed and comforted in knowing the struggles you are facing are not just yours.
This book is a great resource for those who are balancing work and life and gently reminds us that our work is not finished until we meet our Savior face to face.