Unreservedly I would urge every Pastor and Church Leader to enhance their leadership skills by reading and practising the teaching of this publication. John writes from years of experience. The book is rich in Biblical wisdom and practical counsel.
Wilbur WrightPastor, Auckland New Zealand
John Walton first published a list of do's and don'ts of pastoring in manual form some years ago. I read them, and found I had previously dwelt in the "don'ts" a lot! How I wished that someone with John's blend of insight, hands-on pastoral experience, candidness, humour, and love, had spoken into my life years earlier. This book is about pro-active and preventative stuff! If it helps just one developing leader to "get it right", if it spares just one saint or church unnecessary pain, it will serve a useful purpose. Read it! Others will be grateful!”
Brian RensfordNational Coordinator - New Life Churces Australia
John's writing on Practical Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders is relevant, practical and extremely necessary for leaders and pastors, guaranteeing longevity in ministry and enhancing good people relationships. A must for all pastors.” Kindah Greening
Kindah GreeningSenior Minister, Gold Coast, Australia
I met the author John Walton by pure coincidence as I sat in a Palmerston North cafe one afternoon reading a completely unrelated book on my Kindle. John has a Kindle and that started a conversation between two Kindle enthusiasts which led to his modest disclosure of being author to this book, "The Waltons from New Zealand". We talked a little more, and it turned out I'd met his daughter Johanna some 20 years previously at one of the summer youth camps I'd attended in the Coromandel. I found myself intrigued to read John's memoirs, an opportunity presented to me perhaps, by six degrees of separation.
The Walton Story is a book which really does inspire. It shows what happens when a man places his trust in God and works to build the kingdom of God through his daily life. A family history certainly, but more than a family history it is a book of faith. It's not a book about superstars or glory, but of day to day obedience to a call. It's also not a book about religious rules and regulations - John faced and dealt with those earlier in his life. It is a book about love, real love, which is expressed through action and decision. It is about reaching out to those in need and being available to help in a practical way. Not flinching from the difficult and challenging. John and Yvonne have not had an easy life, but a life filled with challenge and reward.
The historical details in this book really resonate with New Zealander like me. I was surprised to find out that my dad and John's elder brother must have served together in the second world war, as they belonged to the same group of reinforcements, and also went to Hiroshima as part of J Force.
Thanks John for a fine book and one which challenges me to live according to my beliefs.
I could not put this book down. It must have been such a sacrifice for the Walton family to walk away from their extended family. I appreciated the writers honesty and sincerity of how things were for them at that time. I also appreciated the contrast between the community of believers who relied on religious rules to make a decision and that of the community of believers who allowed time and grace for the writer to make his own personal journey of faith and growth, even when his views differed. Great to get a personal story from one who has left religion but found a personal, living faith inspite of the pain of religion and loss of their own extended family, a great contrast. There are some very funny stories in this book and again the contrast of some tragic events. This is real life. Really appreciate John Walton writing his story and would recommend as suitable to both those who have a religous interest and those who don't have any interest at all.
This is a personal account of some very dear people I have had the privilege and honor of meeting and loving! Nothing more is needed to be said! it is part of their story! I love them dearly!
An honest and moving account of life's timeline for John Walton and his family. The story is inspiring and challenges each one of us to live life to the full, and invest our lives into the well-being of family and friends, while being equally mindful of eternity. A must-read for anyone who would dare to believe there is more to life if we would but seek it.
True and honest account of John Waltons life. It bought back many memories. A good read for anyone who has ever had anything to do with Exclusive Brethren or just wants to know some history of them. Very interesting book.