Lord, I Feel So Small: Using God’s Yardstick to Conquer Self-Doubt
Pastor of Adults at Redwood Chapel Community Church (Castro Valley, California), Jon Drury (DTS, 1976) writes to address the believer’s personal insecurities and struggles for significance. A director of Christian Writers Conferences, the author has penned over 320 articles and devotionals.
In Lord, I Feel So Small, Drury speaks from a pastor’s heart through his own experiences and those of the many with whom he counsels. Divided into six sections, the work begins with “Crafting the Foundation,” that is, how to revision one’s sense of inadequacy from God’s perspective. He then addresses “Feelings That Immobilize Us,” “The Flesh That Hinders Us,” “Externals That Frustrate Us,” “Experiences That Hamper Us,” and “Rebuilding from Smallness.”
In well-honed prose, Drury disarms the reader by recounting his own debilitating feelings of inadequacy—as a child, military pilot, seminary student, and pastor. Yet the author’s transparency through years of self-doubt encourages readers to embrace “a life of rock-solid confidence in God, and their life mission under His call” (jondrury.com/page3.php). In short, thought-provoking chapters, the book guides the reader through biblical steps to a fullness of living. If the bibliography is somewhat dated, the truths are not. Each of the twenty chapters concludes with questions for personal application suitable for either teaching in groups or individual contemplation. The book is highly recommended.
About the Contributors
J. Scott Horrell
Scott Horrell, Th.D, until recently was Senior Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and continues as adjunct professor at DTS (including the DMin Brazil program), the Seminário Teológico Centroamericano (DET/PhD SETECA) in Guatemala, the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary (Amman), and the Centro de Desenvolvimento de Liderança in Maputo, Mozambique. Most of his ministry years have been outside the US and centered on theological education and pastoral training especially in basic doctrines of the faith. While teaching at several schools in Brazil he was coordinator of graduate studies at the Baptist Theological Seminary in São Paulo, and co-founder/editor of Vox Scripturae, at that time the largest Protestant journal in Latin America. He has written and contributed to various books and written multiple articles in Portuguese and English, notably From the Ground Up: Biblical Foundations for the 21st Century Church (Kregel 2004), Exploring Christian Theology, Vol 1, eds. N. Holsteen and M. Svigel (Bethany, 2014), and A Trindade, a Igreja, e a Realidade Social (2021). His current writing centers on the doctrine of the Trinity, the supernatural world, and human personhood.
His wife Ruth, children, and eight grandchildren currently reside in Dallas and Houston.