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The Best Idea in the World: How Putting Relationships First Transforms Everything [Paperback]

Mark Greene
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310290759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310290759
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars an all-round good egg :) 9 Nov 2009
Really great book - very readable, whilst being thought-provoking. I loved the relevance to modern society and daily life (and the humour alongside that)! Speaks honestly and accurately about the heart of Christianity and God's message of love for the world - because of that it challenges the reader, but is really worthwhile! Good for those who have a Christian faith already, and good for those who wanna know what it really is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best idea in the world 22 Mar 2010
Although primarily aimed at a Christian audience, this small book would make good reading for all who are interested in helping their fellow men (and women). It is easily read in an hour or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea 15 Oct 2010
As expected Mark Greene has written with clarity, perception and conviction.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Idea in the World 26 Feb 2010
This book is well written and very interesting. In some ways it just scratches the surface, but it gives some useful website addresses etc to learn more. I would recommend it.The Best Idea in the World: How Putting Relationships First Transforms Everything
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4.0 out of 5 stars Think before you act. 16 Nov 2009
By J. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Out of my recent collection of freebies granted for prescreening by Zondervan, this was my favorite. It was the only one that actually challenged me to think outside my preconceived notions of religion in general and Christianity in particular. The central premise is that relationships are the basis of meaningful life, especially life with God. Using the Jesus Creed: love God, love others, Greene argues that every decision we make in life, including which microwave to buy has profound influence on our relationships with others, which influences our relationship with God. It's sort of a Christianized version of the butterfly effect. Great writing, excellent personal examples, and the first unique Christian literature I've read in some time. I strongly recommend this resource to those who realize there is something more to life than just following the rules, and are looking for a language to describe their internal predicament. I especially think this book would be helpful to emerging generations.
3.0 out of 5 stars Short little book with big ideas 13 July 2010
By D. Whitmarsh - Published on Amazon.com
The Best Idea in the World is a deceptively simple book, calling the Church back to its primary calling of loving God and loving others.

The idea, of course, is both profound and essential, the lifelong task of all who take their faith seriously. The commands are there, we know the call, but how to live it out in our 21st Century world seems to elude many.

This is the exciting part of Greene's work. While he lays a good biblical groundwork, while he does his theology, he spends the bulk of his time exploring what love and relationship look like to those just trying to survive, to make it through today, to the lonely and the lost and the broken. Through story, example, and suggestion, Greene offers help in learning to live out our call in the marketplace, in the train station, in the office, at home, in our churches. Real people and their very real problems pepper the pages of The Best Idea. This is not so much a book for pastors as for those who get up and head to the public workplace every day.

But let me be clear about something else: while making the case that it is our call and duty to love God and love others, Greene shows us that this is no drudgery, no mundane task, no law to be followed. For it all begins with the fact that God loves us, that God chooses to be in relation to us. That God is present, seen in Jesus and the Spirit; that God is faithful and will never leave, that God is close to us and for us in this world. We can experience the fulfillment of our own deepest longings, our own loneliness, our own quiet desperation as we live into our relationship with God. As we do that, we can turn and share that love with the world around us. And as we do, we will see God's Kingdom lived out in our lives, and in the lives of those around us.

As I said, it's also a simple book. The kind that takes a couple days to read, the kind you can carry along and read in the waiting room of your doctor's office (I did) or on a plane flight (my current location). It's the kind of book that skims along nicely, and then arrests your thinking with a profound nugget, forcing you to stop and reconsider the ways you live in the world, the choice you make, the ways you treat people around you. If you're not the type to read much, even if you don't think you have time to read, this is the book for you. Interesting, stimulating, full of stories, the kind of book with real feet on the real ground. And it's about the most important thing on earth, so it can't hurt to give it a go. I recommend that you do.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Idea for a Book 16 Oct 2009
By J. A. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
In this short book author Mark Greene attempts to explore the simple question, "How does what I am about to do affect relationships?" His hope is to help his readers find satisfaction in a frazzled world.
I have to admit that Mr. Green had some difficulty in capturing my attention. He writes in short paragraphs that appear to be thoughts, but they don't always seem to have a sense of continuity with the rest of the chapter. He seems to think that every single decision we make has a relational impact on those around us....even the purchase of a microwave. What about pizza? Does the pizza that I order affect those around me?
I found much of the book to be a combination of an attempt at a self-help to re-focus on building relationships, complaints on socio-political issues that I have no idea about, and brief reflections on scripture. I would suggest that if you are going to write a devotional book...write it. But too much of this book mixes and matches with topics and context that leaves me wondering why I bothered to read it. I even read ahead to find some hope. But, alas, it was not found.
Perhaps Mr. Greene is writing to a different audience that I am familiar with? Perhaps you should stick with speaking on contemporary culture at conferences around the world? I'm not even sure that I will keep this book.
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