Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just Finished : The Relationship Principles of Jesus

While meant to be read in 40 days - it took me more like 400. (Well, not quite.) 

The Relationship Principles of Jesus

Whether you enjoyed the Purpose Driven life, or despised it, this book from Tom Holladay - a pastor at Saddleback- is an easy read filled with practical lessons. It offers nuggets of wisdom found in the interactions Jesus had with the people in his life, encouraging the reader focus on what is truly important - people.

6 weeks focused on:

  • Placing the highest value on relationships. 
  • Loving as Jesus loves you. 
  • Communicating from the heart. 
  • Judgement - As you judge, you will be judged. 
  • Servants as the greatest. 
  • Treating others as you want them to treat you. 
All areas that I need to be reminded about, often. 

It would be a great group study since he provides discussion questions in the back  of the book. I often pass my books along, but I already feel like this is re-readable because of the applicable content. I am adding it to the library. 

(And just so you know - I didn't get anything for this positive review. I just liked the book and thought you might, too.) 


  1. Sounds like a great book! I'm studying Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge with a group of women at our church. I read it thru the first time on my own and thought it would be good to process in a group. Oh wow. Way more than I planned on. Very intense experience - we call it our "group therapy" session! Highly recommend if you haven't read it.

  2. Sounds good! I need to spend more time reading books....

  3. I personally hated Purpose Driven Life. Read it as a church, and i disagreed with it every step of the way. Warren definitely Cherry-picks his verses and presents a Devil that comes from an alternate reality. Beware megachurches and their writings. I have never read Relationship Principles, just wanted to chime in on Warren.

  4. Sean - PDL isn't my favorite book either. It may be why I found Relationship Principles to be so refreshing. It was a pleasant surprise to actually find the book followed the life of Christ and not be just "feel good" non-sense. PDL reminded me of the whole "Prayer of Jabez" phenomenon - the second offering by Wilkerson, Secrets of the Vine - was a million times better, but got none of the hype.

  5. That sounds like a GREAT book!

  6. Anonymous1:04 AM

    What a great resource!


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