Over the last year it seems that the world has been in a state of constant disruption as society evolves and reforms to fit the events that have transpired politically and economically. Many nations and individuals around the world have found themselves in a place of transition from the loss of employment, changing social interaction, or other familiar habits and routines being uprooted. Questions arise among everyone, not just leaders, as to how best to navigate these circumstances in a way to continue on a path toward success and health. Hinge Moments serves as a handbook not only for navigating these forced changes, but also how to wisely approach new opportunities as they arrive.
Hinge Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Transitions, written by D. Michael Lindsay and published by IVP, seeks to provide comfort and direction to the chaos, frustration, and doubt that ensues when we reach these times of change in our lives. Lindsay is a Pulitzer Prize nominee who was also a part of the sociology faculty at Rice University before his current position as president of Gordon College. He researched 550 PLATINUM leaders in order to develop the seven phases of transition outlined in this book.
Hinge Moments uses the analogy of approaching, entering and navigating a building to communicate the seven phases of successfully handling the opportunities and crossroads of life in a way that results in growth. The seven phases are:
- Approaching the Doors in Our Lives (Discernment)
- Standing Outside (Anticipation)
- Straddling the Threshold (Intersection)
- The Welcome Mat (Landing)
- The Deadbolt (Integration)
- The Hinge (Inspiration)
- Passages (Realization)
Hinge Moments addresses the balance of weighing caution against opportunity and issues we all struggle with when choosing which doors of opportunity we should enter. How do we deal with feelings of vulnerability when entering a new phase of life? What insight are we missing out on by not having a mentor? How do you develop stability in life, while also pursuing change? How do we approach transitions in a way that inspire growth, not fear? These questions and many more are addressed by Lindsay.
Hinge Moments has been a valuable resource for me to read as I navigate many of the changes in my life as a result of the global events of the last year. The author draws on his faith to inspire those seeking a godly approach to opportunities and challenges. I would recommend this book to any person who may be weighing options and seeking a successful path forward through the difficulties being presented today.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from IVP for the purpose of a fair and honest review.