Book Review | Survive or Thrive by Jimmy Dodd

Survive or ThriveWhile the book “Survive or Thrive” is written primarily for pastors, I found it to be an excellent and informative resource for ministry leaders too! The book is divided into two sections based on the book title. “Survive” covers topics such as hiding your real identity, avoiding isolation, thorn in the side and community. “Thrive” includes coaching, mentoring, counseling, friendship and more. Many concepts are derived from the PastorServe website and community. Transparency is woven throughout the book and Jimmy shares deep conversations.

The book is written with the message of Christian love, while at the same time confronting and convicting pastors and leaders of their weak points. It’s not a shaming or condemning book to read, and addresses hidden struggles. The target audience is primarily men and mens issues, where women are identified in their roles as “pastors wives” and how the men can minister at home.

My favorite feature in the book is the chapter endings. Each one includes a set of very powerful questions:

  • Reality questions
  • Rewind and review questions
  • Reflection questions
  • Remember questions
  • Respond questions

While many of the questions are personal for private journaling and mentoring, a few might be useful for team building your ministry staff. Many included related Bible verses for discussion.

Also included in the book are infographics for emphasis and effectiveness. Use the book for individual study, mentoring, coaching or as the foundation to helping pastors in your community.


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