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Rescuing Ambition

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Dave Harvey
Foreword by C.J. Mahaney



What comes to mind when you think of ambition? Many think of ambition as nothing more than the drive for personal honor or fame. As a result, ambition—the God-implanted drive to improve, produce, develop, and create—is neglected and well on its way to paralysis.


For some, dreams are numbed. For others, there are no dreams; life just happens. And for those who are dreaming, motives are often confused. One thing is certain: ambition needs help.


Dave Harvey is calling for a rescue. He wants to snatch ambition from the heap of failed motivations and put it to work for the glory of God. To understand our ambition, we must understand that we are on a quest for glory. And where we find glory determines the success of our quest.


Has your God-given ambition been starved and sedated for too long? Are you ambitious? It’s time to reach further and dream bigger for the glory of God.

Format: Paperback
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: May 2010
Pages: 224

About This Book

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Table of Contents | Reviews




Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is responsible for church planting, church care, and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries, having served on the leadership team since 1995. He is the author of When Sinners Say "I Do"
and is a contributing author to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. Dave lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimm, and their four children.



Free Chapter Downloads

Foreword by C.J. Mahaney (300KB PDF)
Introduction: Ambition's Face (330KB PDF)

Chapter 8: Ambitious Failure (460KB PDF)



Table of Contents


Foreword by C.J. Mahaney

Introduction: Ambition's Face

  1. Ambition Conceived: We Are Wired for Glory
  2. Ambition Corrupted: Growing Smaller in Our Attempt to be Great
  3. Ambition Converted: Where to Go When Your Best Ain't Good Enough
  4. Ambition's Agenda: Every Amnbition Has an Agenda-What's Yours?
  5. Ambition's Confidence: God-Centered Faith Sparks God-Glorifying Ambition
  6. Ambition's Path: The Path of Ambition Is a Paradox
  7. Ambition's Contentment: If Ambition Defines Me, It Will Never Fulfill Me
  8. Ambitious Failure: Where Is God When Our Dreams Lead to Defeats?
  9. Ambitious for the Church: Ambition Finds Expression in a Surprising Place
  10. Ambitious Risk: Ambition Needs Risk to Produce Reward
  11. Ambition Paid Forward: The Mission Marches On When Ambition Looks Ahead

Afterword: Why I Wrote This Book



"In Rescuing Ambition, Dave Harvey distinguishes ambition for the glory of God, which is good, from ambition for the glory of self, which is bad. But godly ambition doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so Harvey helps us see how it is intertwined with humility, contentment, faith, and above all, the gospel. Dave Harvey is both an experienced pastor and a gifted writer, so you will find this book not only profitable but also hard to put down."—Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness


"Thomas Watson said, ‘Selfish ambition is the mother of all schisms.’ But Dave Harvey shows us a better way in Resucing Ambition. With wit and wisdom, Dave uncovers the truth in Scripture to teach how God forms a gospel-driven ambition in us for use in his mission and for his glory. I hope every leader in the church today will read Resucing Ambition."—Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research


"Dave Harvey thinks well, writes well, tells good stories and cites people of substance and insight. I have long appreciated Dave’s integrity, wisdom and perspective. Were I not afraid of feeding his ambition for greatness, or my ambition to write a memorable endorsement, I would add that Resucing Ambition is biblical, honest, witty and sometimes amusing. I’m happy to recommend this fine book on an important and overlooked subject."—Randy Alcorn, author of If God Is Good and Heaven


"Rescuing Ambition is a book for all of us who were created by God, who strive to excel. It applies to every Christian. Dave Harvey brilliantly and accessibly answers the question, 'Can Christians be humble and ambitious at the same time?' He explains why and how we can, always rooting his presentation in Scripture. This is a book that has needed to be written. You will not be disappointed."—Jim Tebbe, Vice President of Missions; Director, Urbana Missions Conference, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

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