Title: Saved From Success: How God Can Free You From Culture’s Distortion of Family, Work and the Good Life
Author: Dale Partridge
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Faith
Saved From Success recounts author and serial entrepreneur Dale Partridge’s brush with fame, fortune and notoriety. He received his wake up call when he was fired from his CEO position of one of the companies that he founded.
Specifically targeting Christians, Partridge shares his thoughts on the factors that affect one’s definition of success, By constantly juxtaposing our current post-modern cultural norms with Bible evidence, he hopes that Christians will continue to embrace Biblical teachings. Given his meteoric rise to fame and being on various top 40 and top 30 lists, Partridge bluntly recalls instances that he considers poor judgement on his part and how attaining success at any cost was not in line with The Creator’s plan for mankind.
Partridge desires that readers will be challenged to embrace spiritual maturity which he defines as choosing to walk in godly character traits that are not natural to your personality. This would involve conforming one’s flesh, mind, emotions and heart to the Word of God which for any Christian.
God has taught me that maturity is never earned through the escape of something tough. It’s earned through the commitment of remaining faithful in the face of struggle, even when it doesn’t make sense to our flesh.
Further says that the marks of maturity are knowing that just because you can doesn’t mean you should and just because it’s smart doesn’t mean it’s right. Saying these mantras over and over again to ourselves does not discount the fact that leaving opportunities especially those that are smart and within reach does not make them downright hard to turn down. For Christians, it will involve developing restraint to question and scrutinise the decision against God’s calling for your life. He says:
Ultimately, we must be mature enough not to let what we want to do prevent us from what we’re meant to do.
Though it feels like a collection of short essays, at less than 200 pages, this book does pack a punch. Some of the sections like the opening chapter on marriage felt like they deserved to be fleshed out. More showing and less telling; granted, he may have been reluctant to delve further into certain topics in his life.
This book would be perfect for readers in the college and the young professional age range who want to make better choices but are bombarded with messages of conformity. Christians who are struggling to find the “perfect median” between faith and ambition would be able to draw life lessons from him and be able to apply to their own circumstances. Granted that his tone is blunt and maybe some may even consider him a bit abrasive, Saved from Success would definitely be a great conversation starter or a great book club pick especially since you can very easily knock it out in less than 2 hours (both audio and print formats), since these topics need to be discussed in further detail in the Christian community.
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Editor’s note: The book and book cover were sourced from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.