Looking Back To Move Forward: Embracing Setbacks For Greater Fruitfulness

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From time to time, Christians experience something of the sour taste of disappointment. It may be a broken relationship, a project that didn’t work out, or simply that life has not gone as planned. It might be our fault, or the result of choices made by others, but what do we do when we experience that sense of failure?

This book suggests that intentional reflection of past experiences in the presence of God may be the key for future fruitfulness. In other words, to effectively move forward in the purposes of God, we must first look back.

Drawing from his own experiences, the author takes us on a journey through the Scriptures, with particular focus on the early chapters of Deuteronomy where a new generation about to enter the promised land must start by facing their past if they are to move forward with faith.



Terry Nightingale is a pastor serving in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, having previously worked in Christian education both in the UK and Perth. He graduated from Vose Seminary with a Masters in Divinity in 2016. He loves sharing the Gospel and teaching the Word of God.

Terry and Sue arrived in Australia in 2003 from the UK for a 1-year adventure. They never returned! The beaches, the sun and God’s call upon their lives persuaded them to settle in the land ‘down-under’. Today they have two grown-up children both married, with four grandchildren and counting.

Terry writes a popular weekly blog at terrynightingale.com called ‘4-minute Devotions’, short Bible -centred messages for the busy Christian on the go. He also writes Christian worship music and plays the guitar.

‘Looking Back to Move Forward’ is his first non-fiction book for Christian leaders – in fact for anyone who occasionally faces discouragement or setbacks. His second book, based on his blog, is entitled Bite-size devotions for the busy Christian.


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