I have to admit: I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book all that much. When I found myself in my first pastoral job several years ago, I immersed myself in Stanley’s resources so much that I called him my mentor. But over the last few years, I’ve engaged much less with his materials and thought it might not mean as much to me anymore. I’m happy to say that I was thoroughly wrong. Reading Visioneering: Your Guide to Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision has been a spiritual experience. I didn’t have any specific vision in mind before I read, but within the first few pages, God captivated my heart and spirit with something I’ve been mulling over for the past year. I’ve experienced renewed vigor and passion to see God’s vision through and faithfully follow His lead.
A few notes:
This is in no way a self-help book. Stanley thoughtfully explores the Old Testament narrative of Nehemiah to extrapolate truth for contemporary contexts. He has a brilliant way of communicating that grasps the intrigue of Nehemiah’s story and connects it with tangible and helpful application for today’s audience. This enables Stanley to be both faithful to the text and meaningful for praxis. Besides a few minor editing errors, Visioneering is an excellent read for all Christians–readers and laypersons alike. Because Stanley focuses on the vision needed for both ordinary life and specialized situations, the book is beneficial for a diversity of readers.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
* A special thank you to Multnomah for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.