Fil Anderson

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Fil Anderson offers the message of God's love, grace and mercy found through Jesus Christ for all people. Providing thoughtful and creative opportunities to discover God's loving care, our ministry extends as far as God leads and reaches through us.

How to Make Time Stand Still

They say time flies but it doesn’t always have to be that way. These words from John O’Donohue give the recipe for how to make it stop.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

-from To Bless the Space Between Us

When I think about “someone of ease who feels they have all the time in the world” Fil Anderson comes to mind. His eyes are kind, his presence is calming, and when in a conversation with him, I’ve never felt like  he has something more important to do. He’s self-deprecating and funny and I’m sure he would make some kind of joke about the reason it seems he’s not in a hurry.

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But I know it’s because he’s been with Jesus.

Several years ago when I read his book, Running on Empty, I told him how much it meant to me and what a great book it was. “Well,” he responded, “I have great editors.”

Listen, I know his editors are probably great but they can’t make you say something you didn’t say.

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Fil is a guy who remains unimpressed with himself. He’s slow to speak, quick to listen, and the times I’ve sat down next to him, I feel the kind of calm that comes when “drawing alongside the silence of stone.” When around Fil, I don’t sense he needs to be somewhere else. If there is an agenda, it’s you. Nothing more.

That’s why Fil is an artist who influences. And I’m so grateful for him.

 Fil Anderson is Executive Director of Journey Resources, based here in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences, offers individual spiritual direction, and directs retreats and workshops around the country.

I’m happy to include Fil in the running list of artists who influence. You can check out Fil’s books Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers and also Breaking the Rules: Trading Performance for Intimacy with God.

Book Review: Blind Spots. What you don’t see can hurt you: by Tim Riddle & Fil Anderson

I received this book from Audra Jennings at New Growth Press, for the purpose of reviewing. However I want to state from the start that this fact has no influence on my review. 

This book is insightful, personally challenging, encouraging and well worth reading. Its a wake-up call; the authors tackle the rather prickly subject of personal blind spots; how to identify our blind spots and bring them out into the light of the Word of God. They manage to do this in a not at all ‘preachy, holier-than-thou, I have made it’ way, but instead, they candidly expose some of their own personal blind spots. 

In addition to personal examples, they use Biblical characters to explain both blind spots and people who were real and self aware. For instance, without wanting to give away too much, and spoil the book for you, there is a wonderful example taken from the way Jesus saw Nathaniel for who he really was, describing him as “a man of complete integrity.” Nathanael was authentic, real, true and self-aware. And Jesus saw that at a glance! 

And that’s the way God wants us. Authentic, real, genuine, self aware. We all have blind spots – areas of our lives and character that need “attention”, that we just can’t, or even refuse to see. Here’s a tiny excerpt that explains it far better than I am attempting to: 

“These blind spots can leave their mark in all areas of our lives.” Riddle and Anderson say. ”When a blind spot affects us spiritually, we start to live on autopilot as we allow other things to distract us from our time with God.” (Excerpt from Blind Spots Tim Riddle and Fil Anderson. This material may be protected by copyright.)

With sound Biblical teaching, Riddle and Anderson offer practical guidelines to on how, submitted completely to the Holy Spirit, we can identify these blind spots in honesty and humility, so that God can move us forward.

I really enjoyed this book, and feel encouraged after reading it. It’s my pleasure to recommend it.

JILL MCILREAVY



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