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Choosing To Cheat: Who Wins When Family And Work Collide?

Work. Family. Church. Hobbies. Fitness. Housekeeping. Socializing. Sleep. With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can't fit everything in. And what we choose to cheat is a clear announcement of our values. When you come home an hour earlier, miss a round of golf, or let the dishes sit while you play with your child, you make your family feel valued and secure. Bestselling author Andy Stanley helps you restore your vision of what really matters - and guides you in making courageous decisions about your time.

Hardcover: 144 pages

Publisher: Multnomah (December 10, 2003)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1590523296

ISBN-13: 978-1590523292

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #254,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #550 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Dating & Relationships #761 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Family #56732 in Books > Religion & Spirituality

I honestly can’t remember why I ordered this book. I am sure someone recommended it to me, given the fact that not only have I been an accomplished cheater, but my wife and I are heavily involved in our church’s “marriage mentoring” ministry.I read it in two days. Andy Stanley is an accomplished writer and I have a feeling it comes naturally. I am not suggesting he does not put a lot of work into his writing, but only that he may not have spent hours studying and taking courses on how to be a top-notch writer. I’m sure that’s something I’ll ask him if we ever meet.Choosing To Cheat surprises its readers in two ways. First, sorry to disappoint you – it’s really not about having a romantic affair, not directly anyway. Secondly, Stanley comes out and tells you early in the process (and keep in mind he’s a Christian pastor) that it’s okay to cheat and you even have to. Wow. Now you’re ready to ready the book.The author tells you about the most important and most complex cheating situation one can have in life – that between ones loved ones (think spouse, children) and ones work. And unless you’ve figured out how to make that situation a perfect win-win one, Stanley tells you, you’re cheating one of them and the bets are on that it’s your family. But it gets worse. If you’re cheating here, the author says you are on a collision course if you haven’t had a crash already. He has a perfect “holding the rock” analogy he shares. And the bottom line is “picking up a rock that shattered into fragments after it got dropped and trying to put together again is next to impossible”.Stanley is careful not to make assumptions about your own specific situation, but neither does he let you off the hook. Your excuses just won’t fly.

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