This is a review of the book The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb? by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel.
One of the great ironies of Christianity is that Christians are empowered (Acts 1:8), yet are called to be humble (Eph. 4:2). This paradox is not lost on Goggin and Strobel, and this conundrum is the focus of their latest work: The Way of the Dragon, or the Way of the Lamb? Coming from the perspective of church leaders who have been forced (at times) the hard way to learn what it means to do so, Goggin and Strobel lay out a treatise of sorts on how to live a life of persuasive power through peace, humility, and submission.
I appreciated the sincerity Goggin and Strobel reflect through their words. The writers do not shy away from their struggles. They both have their moments throughout the book where not only do they describe where and how the situations arose that revealed their character foibles, but also the implications and how they addressed them.
The big driver for the book, however, is not the authors using their lives as examples, but through writing about their studies of the topic in the Bible, and reflecting on encounters with Spiritual mentors (Peterson, Willard, and Packer to name a few) that makes the topic of the book really come to life. One of the most powerful chapters in the The Way of… was the eighth chapter in which Dallas Willard is the focus. In the chapter, Goggin and Strobel write about their meeting with Willard and how he helps them to understand the importance of paying attention to the little things, being faithful to do things right, even when it seems like second nature.
“As men with a calling to teach and lead, we can often default to analyzing the error of others without honestly assessing the truth about ourselves.” Humility is something that does not come easily for me, and as soon as I read this sentence in Chapter One, my first thought was Ouch. That hurt a little. The Way of the Dragon, or the Way of the Lamb is full of those types of moments. I am at a place right now where this advice is timely. I will revisit this book again and again, and I would recommend it to others to do the same.
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