If you're in ministry of any sort, this book is a must read. This book details honest discussion that many of us in ministry are not having.
The concept of SPIN is one that the Jutilas introduce. (side note: I think that everything Craig has ever written uses acronyms-which is why I'm a fan, I LOVE a good acronym!) According to the Jutilas, SPIN shows us that we must recognize the following areas in our lives and act accordingly: Seasons, Priorities, Isolation, and Neglect.
The authors sum the SPIN problem up by saying, "You end up doing more than you were designed for. In my experience, the devil will always use your SPIN to tempt you to sin." Again, YES! No one in your church will tell you this! It's crucial that we fight for these four areas and understand our responsibility in each.
The book discusses what the Jutila's call "ministry addiction" and the problems that it creates. "This addiction, manifested in my desire to do the best and be the best, put me in a situation that, over time, was less than healthy."
Those of us who live with this addiction would do well to remember these words from the book, "there is only one person that came to change the word. And you just work for Him.....I don't need to change the world. I just work for the Guy who does."
The way to combat S.P.IN. is to set a sustainable P.A.C.E. They stress the importance of practicing soul care (P), acting accordingly (A), coming together (C), and enjoying life (E). Within each one of these chapters is honest, practical advice. It will challenge you to get serious about the pace that you've been living your life. It will challenge readers to make tough
decisions that are needed for the sake of our families.
The entire book is full of truths. Most of us in ministry never talk about these truths. While we continue to hear "bigger, more, and better" over and over, we've got to be skilled in learning to slow down and live healthy lives. The very lives of our ministry and our family depend upon this.
This book should be a required read for any college ministry student. We lose so many in ministry to burnout and to moral failure based on the fact that we're too tired to see it coming. Perhaps if we could all have honest discussions like the ones found in this book before trouble arises, more pastors could be saved before it's too late for them.
I have related on a very deep, personal level with this book. If you're a driven, highly motivated person who has been wired for ministry, this book will stick with you. It will change what you do and why you do it. It will cause you to become exactly what God intended you to be in each particular season you experience in life.
I may have highlighted more of the book than not!