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Jim Collins's Good to Great became a bestselling business book because it studies the characteristics of great businesses. But should Christians want to become great in the eyes of the world? In Good to Great in God's Eyes, bestselling author Chip Ingram shows how Christians can honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work. Believers become great in God's eyes by Jim Collins's Good to Great became a bestselling business book because it studies the characteristics of great businesses. But should Christians want to become great in the eyes of the world? In Good to Great in God's Eyes, bestselling author Chip Ingram shows how Christians can honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work. Believers become great in God's eyes by applying the 10 common characteristics of great Christians: • think great thoughts • read great books • pursue great people • dream great dreams • pray great prayers • take great risks • make great sacrifices • enjoy great moments • empower great people • develop great habits Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left a lasting legacy, Ingram offers practical steps for becoming great in all areas of life, in spiritual growth, family, relationships, and career.


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Jim Collins's Good to Great became a bestselling business book because it studies the characteristics of great businesses. But should Christians want to become great in the eyes of the world? In Good to Great in God's Eyes, bestselling author Chip Ingram shows how Christians can honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work. Believers become great in God's eyes by Jim Collins's Good to Great became a bestselling business book because it studies the characteristics of great businesses. But should Christians want to become great in the eyes of the world? In Good to Great in God's Eyes, bestselling author Chip Ingram shows how Christians can honor God with lives of great faith and excellent work. Believers become great in God's eyes by applying the 10 common characteristics of great Christians: • think great thoughts • read great books • pursue great people • dream great dreams • pray great prayers • take great risks • make great sacrifices • enjoy great moments • empower great people • develop great habits Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left a lasting legacy, Ingram offers practical steps for becoming great in all areas of life, in spiritual growth, family, relationships, and career.

30 review for Good to Great in God's Eyes: 10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was so great! While none of the 10 practices surprised me, they challenged me to examine my own life and live even more radically for God. I will be rereading this in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    There is a fine line between simple and simplistic. For me, this book fell on the wrong side of that line. I did glean some useful tidbits, but most of those were via quotes from C.S. Lewis or Howard Hendricks.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I am on journey to understanding Greatness. I don't want to just be a good Christian...I want to be a Great one. Chip has outlined 10 practices that all Great Christians have in common. Fantastic read! I am on journey to understanding Greatness. I don't want to just be a good Christian...I want to be a Great one. Chip has outlined 10 practices that all Great Christians have in common. Fantastic read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Hudgins

    This was my second time to read this book. However, this time it made more of an impact on my life. As life moves forward at such a pace with church, family, work, sports, etc., it's easy to get into a routine and get satisfied with mediocrity. There's nothing profound about each principle but they are challenging. The common text for each chapter title is 'Great'; i.e., Dream Great Dreams, Pray Great Prayers, Take Great Risks, etc. which doesn't leave a spot for mediocrity. I am already taking This was my second time to read this book. However, this time it made more of an impact on my life. As life moves forward at such a pace with church, family, work, sports, etc., it's easy to get into a routine and get satisfied with mediocrity. There's nothing profound about each principle but they are challenging. The common text for each chapter title is 'Great'; i.e., Dream Great Dreams, Pray Great Prayers, Take Great Risks, etc. which doesn't leave a spot for mediocrity. I am already taking steps of action as a result of this reading and I'm growing dissatisfied with mediocrity. I don't see these principles as a list to check off but as Chip writes "these principles are, however, an opportunity to fulfill the highest and best purposes God has for you." Chip's second principle is Read Great Books, I would add this one to your list.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gerald

    If only I could implement just 10% of all the sermons I've heard. Or adopt all the good ideas from the books I've read. How different would my life be? The principles in this book sound so simple, maybe too simple, but implemented they are incredibly life-changing. Really loved this book but felt a sense of defeat - how can I get myself to implement even half of this principles on a consistent basis? I'm already set in my ways, in my thinking, in my habits and in what I think makes my life work If only I could implement just 10% of all the sermons I've heard. Or adopt all the good ideas from the books I've read. How different would my life be? The principles in this book sound so simple, maybe too simple, but implemented they are incredibly life-changing. Really loved this book but felt a sense of defeat - how can I get myself to implement even half of this principles on a consistent basis? I'm already set in my ways, in my thinking, in my habits and in what I think makes my life work and that is so difficult to change. That's a shame because I need to adopt these principles....urgently!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    For those who have pursued a walk with God for years, this book is somewhat basic. But it is a good reminder of what it takes to prosper as a follower of Christ. I especially appreciated the chapters on pursuing great people, reading great books, and investing in the lives of others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    First two chapters were solid, rest of the book were kinda simple and a throw away kinda list of thinking processes. Not my favorite book but the Lord told me a thing or two in the first two chapters. Read those and move on

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Williams

    I really liked most of this book. I think it’s probably 4+ stars just as the content, but the section on dreaming great dreams was transformational for me and I’ve put into practice a lot of the challenges in the book. The practical use of the book after reading is huge.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Nothing too ground-shaking here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Ingram has a gift for saying old truths in new ways, and this book has definitely caused me to think differently. Nothing too ground-shaking here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Ingram has a gift for saying old truths in new ways, and this book has definitely caused me to think differently.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I enjoyed this book. The title may sound a little strange, but it has good principles to work into your life, reading great books, investing in great people, enjoying great moments. Good stuff.

  11. 5 out of 5

    April

    So much of the good stuff, right here. Great book, helpful, insightful and full of excellent resources to use!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Very practical and unlike the books that focus on greatness as the world sees it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Oluremi Ladeji

    It is not unusually for Christians especially new converts to ponder how their ambitions and dreams relate to the new found faith. To be more precise many Christians both new and old usually wonder if it is ok to be ambitious, or to aspire greatness afterwards the scriptures clearly told us we are not of this world. The fact is Jesus does not ask us to rid ourselves of passion or dreams, but to turn the passions toward God. Well, the disciplines struggled with the same issues as we can clearly s It is not unusually for Christians especially new converts to ponder how their ambitions and dreams relate to the new found faith. To be more precise many Christians both new and old usually wonder if it is ok to be ambitious, or to aspire greatness afterwards the scriptures clearly told us we are not of this world. The fact is Jesus does not ask us to rid ourselves of passion or dreams, but to turn the passions toward God. Well, the disciplines struggled with the same issues as we can clearly see in Luke 22 right after Christ instituted the Lord’s Super. The argument was which of the disciples should be considered the greatest. Christ did not rebuke nor condemn his followers but rather turned it into a teachable moment by defining greatness with a familiar but counterintuitive conduit. Furthermore, In John 17:4 Christ also asked God to glory him before his crucifixion “I have brought you glory on each by completing the work you gave him to do” Christ asked God to glorify him on earth and that his glory be shared with his disciples. In a nutshell Chip Ingram’s “Good to Great in God’s Eyes” defined the attributes of greatness from God’s perspective. Chip Ingram delineating 10 practices great Christians have in common: (1) Think great thoughts, (2) Read Great Books, (3) Pursue Great People, (4) Dream Great Dreams, (5) Pray Great Prayers, (6) Take Great Risks, (7) Make Great Sacrifices, (8) Enjoy Great People, (9) Empower Great People, and (10) Develop Great Habits According to Chip Ingam the practices are not required for salvation but an opportunity to fulfill the highest and best purposes God has for your life. Moreover, followers of Christ who dream of eternal impact in God’s life are motivated to do whatever it takes to be used by God. So if you desire to start the new year dreaming of having eternal impact in the kingdom of God or if you envision crossing the finish line as one of God’s great saints “Good to Great in God’s eyes” is a must read for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul Goble

    This book presents a set of practices to help "good" Christians become "great" Christians. The book is aimed at readers who already understand the basics of Christian life and who want to make a lasting impact on the world. Readers who are still at the figuring-out-how-to-pray-and-read-the-Bible stage will be baffled; readers who have been immersed in solid teaching for decades will be mostly disappointed. Although it assumes the reader is motivated to become great, the practices are still usefu This book presents a set of practices to help "good" Christians become "great" Christians. The book is aimed at readers who already understand the basics of Christian life and who want to make a lasting impact on the world. Readers who are still at the figuring-out-how-to-pray-and-read-the-Bible stage will be baffled; readers who have been immersed in solid teaching for decades will be mostly disappointed. Although it assumes the reader is motivated to become great, the practices are still useful for less-ambitious people. The book is unusual in that it falls between the vast numbers of "practical Christianity for beginners" and "profound theology for experts" books. Chip Ingram avoids the pitfalls which I expected to find in this genre. For example, goal-setting advocates typically shove narrowly-defined exercises at the readers, in which they are expected to come up with a clear statement of their life's mission in a matter of a few minutes. In the "Dream Great Dreams" chapter, Ingram recognizes that big goals may come along later in life, catalyzed and refined by crises, key encounters, and fresh insights. So instead of a goal-setting recipe, he provides tips for capturing and capitalizing on those moments when we begin to see our future direction. The writing is lively, organized and error-free. Each chapter includes exercises which are suitable as a basis for group discussion or individual reflection. A companion video series provides focus for each idea while providing additional material (it's not just a summary of the book!).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Having been a Christ-follower in vocational ministry for two decades, I have developed a short list of key books that I regularly recommend to others who want to grow. This excellent book has made the list! Easy-to-read, engaging, inspiring, challenging, practical, scriptural... it is good for anyone who wants to pursue greatness in the Christ-following life--or even for anyone who simply wants to grow. I am thankful the chapter "Enjoy Great Moments" was included amid the exhortations to read gr Having been a Christ-follower in vocational ministry for two decades, I have developed a short list of key books that I regularly recommend to others who want to grow. This excellent book has made the list! Easy-to-read, engaging, inspiring, challenging, practical, scriptural... it is good for anyone who wants to pursue greatness in the Christ-following life--or even for anyone who simply wants to grow. I am thankful the chapter "Enjoy Great Moments" was included amid the exhortations to read great books, think great thoughts, pursue great people, etc., because people who are in pursuit of greatness often need to remember that key parts of that pursuit include rest, gratitude, enjoying God's gifts, etc. This book is wonderful for personal reading, but also excellent to go through with a small group or in an accountability or mentoring relationship. I recently went through it with a mentee, and we both greatly benefited. I received this book as a giveaway through Goodreads First Reads and am so glad I did.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Some

    Unlike Jim collins' secular work which has been misused by Pop "Christians" Spiritualists, this one helps discerning believers and anyone with a shread of common sense come into the presence of what greatness is and how it is lived out. What you will find here is what meaningful (healthy) influences can do to boost the daily walk and devotion, humbleness, and passion for His recipe for success - a word so abused by so many Pop "Christian" influencers. Strongly recommended for those times you have Unlike Jim collins' secular work which has been misused by Pop "Christians" Spiritualists, this one helps discerning believers and anyone with a shread of common sense come into the presence of what greatness is and how it is lived out. What you will find here is what meaningful (healthy) influences can do to boost the daily walk and devotion, humbleness, and passion for His recipe for success - a word so abused by so many Pop "Christian" influencers. Strongly recommended for those times you have read a considerable amount in the Bible itself and seek contemporary inspiration. Bill Tucker, read this and tell me if you like it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    I read "Good to Great in God's Eyes" by Chip Ingram very slowly over the course of the last year. I think I averaged about one chapter per month. I found it to be a very practical book full of anecdotal and Scriptural support for living out one's Christian faith in a way that aspires to greatness rather than mediocrity. While the title may cause some to think this book's subject is more on how to earn one's way into heaven, the content is clear that salvation is by grace through faith, and the p I read "Good to Great in God's Eyes" by Chip Ingram very slowly over the course of the last year. I think I averaged about one chapter per month. I found it to be a very practical book full of anecdotal and Scriptural support for living out one's Christian faith in a way that aspires to greatness rather than mediocrity. While the title may cause some to think this book's subject is more on how to earn one's way into heaven, the content is clear that salvation is by grace through faith, and the practices identified in this book are geared toward living with impact in light of one's salvation. Highly recommended for Christians seeking depth in their walk with the Lord.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Albanese

    When I first picked up this book, I was kind of irritated by the title. It reminded me of the 10 Easy Steps to this or that books. You know the books - the title grabs your attention, but they speak in generalities, but don't really tell you anything you didn't already know. However, I had read other Chip Ingram books so I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the first few chapters. Chip gives plenty of specifics and his down-to-earth style with lots of stories about himself held my intere When I first picked up this book, I was kind of irritated by the title. It reminded me of the 10 Easy Steps to this or that books. You know the books - the title grabs your attention, but they speak in generalities, but don't really tell you anything you didn't already know. However, I had read other Chip Ingram books so I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the first few chapters. Chip gives plenty of specifics and his down-to-earth style with lots of stories about himself held my interest. The later chapters were good too, and maybe I was just ready to move on to something else, but I was not as gripped.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Walker

    With a busy work schedule and my four year commitment to writing a book, I have neglected personal reading time. This book was recommended by the facilitator/pastor of an adult Bible study group. Great Book! The author, Chip Ingram, brings to the table, meat. The author's writing style is clear, simple, and articulate; this makes it easy for anyone - unbeliever to mature Christian - to easily understand his messages. I found in every chapter issues I need to work on and incorporate in my life. " With a busy work schedule and my four year commitment to writing a book, I have neglected personal reading time. This book was recommended by the facilitator/pastor of an adult Bible study group. Great Book! The author, Chip Ingram, brings to the table, meat. The author's writing style is clear, simple, and articulate; this makes it easy for anyone - unbeliever to mature Christian - to easily understand his messages. I found in every chapter issues I need to work on and incorporate in my life. "Good to Great in God's Eyes" is refreshingly unique, has thoroughly thought-out ideas, and is exceptionally well written.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was a great book. Especially the first few chapters. My favorite chapters were: Think Great Thoughts, Read Great Books, Pursue Great People and Develope Great Habits. Most of the book is very challenging - not to understand but to put into practice. Chip Ingram always comes across as a real person even though he is a pastor... the book is written the way he speaks. Overall a challenging and inspiring book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    My wife bought this for me without knowing much about it but that it sounded like a business book I had read. The first two or three chapters didn't offer much to me but I'm enjoying the middle section on Great Prayers and Great Risks. My wife bought this for me without knowing much about it but that it sounded like a business book I had read. The first two or three chapters didn't offer much to me but I'm enjoying the middle section on Great Prayers and Great Risks.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Carretto

    This wasn't what I thought it was going to be. High hopes were set after reading Jim Collins "Good to Great" book, but this one could have been summed up with a beginner outline. Not much depth involved. This wasn't what I thought it was going to be. High hopes were set after reading Jim Collins "Good to Great" book, but this one could have been summed up with a beginner outline. Not much depth involved.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dory

    12/15/09 - I saw this book in Borders recently and it looked interesting. I'll probably check pricing on Amazon, though! :) My boss is reading a secular business book called Good to Great, which Ingram mentions in his intro. 12/15/09 - I saw this book in Borders recently and it looked interesting. I'll probably check pricing on Amazon, though! :) My boss is reading a secular business book called Good to Great, which Ingram mentions in his intro.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Grimaud

    We read this book in our men's Sunday school class. The title and theme is based upon the GOOD TO GREAT business book by Jim Collins. This book gives good, practical advice to improving your spiritual life and to becoming an effective christian. We read this book in our men's Sunday school class. The title and theme is based upon the GOOD TO GREAT business book by Jim Collins. This book gives good, practical advice to improving your spiritual life and to becoming an effective christian.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chinna Kanthamma

    It hits every point in my life and what I'm going thru. On my journey to greatness. It's great book to read and easy to understand and it makes you look at your own life and see where you need to improve. It hits every point in my life and what I'm going thru. On my journey to greatness. It's great book to read and easy to understand and it makes you look at your own life and see where you need to improve.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Karg

    Good, not great. Some helpful insights. Used scripture to support his points, but not always with careful exegesis of the text. I also found the many personal examples wearying as if the author was claiming to have "arrived." Good, not great. Some helpful insights. Used scripture to support his points, but not always with careful exegesis of the text. I also found the many personal examples wearying as if the author was claiming to have "arrived."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    There are many books I read, and some it takes a long time because I want to think about what they are suggesting. This one is one that has taken a very long time. I would like to say I have implemented many of the suggestions in this book. I have not yet, but I am planning on beginning to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    B.j. Condrey

    The first three chapters were really, really good. I was excited to finish the book at first. However, after chapter 3, I did not get anything out of it. To be honest, it felt like after chapter three, the remaining chapters were completed so that it would be long enough to make into a book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Malia

    This was a good list: practical, backed by quotes and examples. I believe it would be best read in a group. Discussion and accountability would've helped me process and apply each chapter's challenge better. This was a good list: practical, backed by quotes and examples. I believe it would be best read in a group. Discussion and accountability would've helped me process and apply each chapter's challenge better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Actually, I've read this twice. I've taken notes. I've memorized. When I saw this "twist" on Jim Collins book "Good to Great" I HAD to read it. Well, I was rewarded and I read this book at least every-other-year if not more. It is one of the best. Actually, I've read this twice. I've taken notes. I've memorized. When I saw this "twist" on Jim Collins book "Good to Great" I HAD to read it. Well, I was rewarded and I read this book at least every-other-year if not more. It is one of the best.

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