Following Jesus is like running a race. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. While we prefer to live in the immediate, our God is not after quick fixes. His ways and his timetable are better. He wants to make us like Christ, and that takes a lifetime. So how do we run the race with endurance?
In Endure, Daniel Ritchie explores how God’s people run well. Within this book, you will find direction and encouragement for how to trust God in every year, every day, and every minute. You are loved by God. And specific attitudes and habits will build your faith and connect you to God’s love. Learn how the seemingly mundane choices can be the most important—for your good and God’s glory.
The Christian life is not about a moment of faith at the point of conversion. It is about a lifetime of faith that endures until the end. Daniel Ritchie has written a helpful guide on how to cultivate faith that will endure until the end of our days.
—Dayton Hartman, pastor, Redeemer Church, Rocky Mount, NC
Daniel's book is as powerful and insightful as his testimony. I can assure you that you've never met another Christian like Daniel, and his book will impact you at a fundamental level. God has written his story in a way that enables him to speak with authority on building a faith that lasts.
—J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham; author of Just Ask!
A biblically and experientially rich road map to run well and finish well with our eyes glued to Jesus. This is a book that will bless and encourage many.
—Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Faith is not a sentimental leap into the unknown. It is a gift from God given for our perseverance in him. This is why I’m thankful for Daniel Ritchie’s Endure. This book is designed to help you in every stage of your journey with God—through discouragement, doubt, and suffering. ... This is the stuff our faith is made for, and this is the stuff Endure will equip you to press through by God’s grace.
—Jared C. Wilson, assistant professor of pastoral ministry at Midwestern Seminary; author of Love Me Anyway
“The prayer for patience is answered in the opportunities to be patient. If patience were a muscle, these opportunities give the muscle a workout—and, as we see with physical fitness, patience isn’t built in a day. Time is a necessary part of our growth as both a person and as a child of God.” (Page 1)
“There are two things in life you never pray for: brokenness and patience.” (Page 1)
“There was no instantaneous fix to the issues of my life, but there was an instant Advocate and Lord with me through it all. My initial assumptions about the speed at which God was going to change my brokenness were totally wrong, but that did not mean He was distant from me. It only meant that He was at work in my life by His means and His timeline. And that is a good thing.” (Page 8)
“Even if you are in a place where you feel like your gospel opportunity is tiny, do not despise these small moments of faithfulness. A lifetime of small, faithful moments adds up to showing the world an immensely faithful God behind it all.” (Pages 25–26)
“To be a disciple of Jesus is a lifetime commitment to follow Jesus in every season of life through every circumstance imaginable. This is the ultimate display of endurance.” (Page 21)
In the companion video series to Endure, Daniel Ritchie explores how God’s people run well. Each lesson concludes with reflection questions to facilitate group discussion or to help you think through the teaching on your own.
Daniel Ritchie is a speaker and writer from North Carolina. He is author of My Affliction for His Glory and has 10 years of experience in student ministry. He and his wife, Heather, have two children.