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How Express Checkouts Are Making Us Weak, & Other Discoveries

Six months ago I released a little book called Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life. It’s about how Jesus’ famous Sermon in the Mount is actually a guidebook to resilient living. Since then the audiobook has been released, a free study guide too (go get it!), and the Resilient DVD will be out soon. I’ve also had the joy of speaking at events and in the media about the book’s message. Here is one of those conversations.

Clare Chate is many things: a wife, a journalist, a musician, and the creative wiz behind Hope 103.2’s brilliant website. She’s also my former producer and a good friend. When she suggested we do this video interview on Resilient, it was a fun reversal of roles and an opportunity for me to face some great questions – about pain and loss of identity, the ‘Aha!’ moments that turned them around, and how we can all stumble into strength.

The Interview Highlights:

Macys Express Lane

Photo: ‘Macy’s Christmas 2015’, Alex LiivetCC BY 2.0

Clare and I cover a range of things in this short interview. Here are some highlights with time markers:

01:15 The experiment that led to my ‘Aha’ moment about the Sermon on the Mount

03:45 The surprising comprehensiveness of Jesus’ teaching

06:25 Rebuilding my identity on a stronger foundation

08:45 Jesus’ acceptance of those who limp

10:30 How express checkout lanes are making us weak

12:15 How psychology is catching up with Jesus’ insights on strength

16:15 How your trials uniquely place you to help others

19:20 Turning your pain into wisdom and your wisdom into resilience

More ‘Resilient’ Conversations

You can see Clare’s larger article on our chat here. While we’re at it, here are some other select media conversations you may find helpful:

Radio and Podcasts

Living Resilient Faith: Live the Promise with Susie Larson

How to Be Resilient in Your Marriage: Family First with Mark Merrill

Conversation with Clayton Bjelan: 89.9 Light FM

Breakfast interview: Ultra 106.5

From Resurrection Year to Resilient: Luke and Susie

HistoryMakers interview: Matt Prater

Video

The Four factors of Resilience: Premier Radio

My Journey to Resilience: Hope 103.2

Reviews and Articles

Finding Resilience: Third Way Magazine

Jesus-Shaped Resilience: Christianity Magazine

Fully Known: Christianity Today Men of Integrity Magazine

Jesus-Shaped and Stronger: Kara Martin, Bible Society

His Identity Was Lost: Woman Alive

Who Are You Going to Be This Year? Claire Musters, ChristianToday

Resilient review: Beauty for Ashes

Building Resilience in Your Life: Inspire Magazine

Resilient review: Lucy Mills

Resilient review: Library Educated

Resilient review: Hank-Jan van der Klis

Resilient review: Paul Child

Resilient review: Australian Christian Writers, Ian Acheson

Can You Feel the Agape? Andrea Corrie

Sacrificial Lemonade: Journey for Bubba

When You Want a Resilient Life: Creative&Free

And Coming Soon: The Resilient DVD!

Sheridan Voysey 2015 11_530wFilmed in a funky warehouse in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, this 6-session DVD has additional material to help you reflect further on the Resilient message, and use it in a small group or as a sermon series. Due out in the US mid-June and in other countries mid-September.

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