If I had to pick one quote to sum up Tested and Approved: 21 Lessons for Life and Ministry, it would be this: 

“The true foundation of success is to know and do the will of God.” (p. 23)

Doing the Will of God is our greatest goal as Believers and the ultimate marker of success as Christ-followers —

What is God’s Will?

— that we love Him and love others. 

That’s what this book aims to help us do as it encourages us to trust God’s character, value people more than progress, and be accountable to our Christian conduct.

“Results without relationships are just noisy, busy activity that really amounts to nothing.” (p. 13)


Tom Lane began this book over twenty years ago as a legacy for his children. He wanted to personalize some of the life lessons he learned over the years to one day share them with his children and grandchildren. 

But, as he jotted down these principles and worked through each lesson with his friends, it became apparent to all who know Tom that these life lessons are practical for us all. 

Each lesson walks us through the ups and downs of everyday life as a Believer in a world that continually rejects our efforts. Being under constant scrutiny for our motives and actions has a way of wearing on us and can make us question why we even bother. 

But, it’s a little easier when there is someone who understands — someone who has been there and knows what to say to offer encouragement and hope… 

That someone is Tom. 

With more than 30 years of ministry experience to pull from, Tom focused in on 21 lessons he thought to be the most beneficial. 

Topics include:

    • Effective ministry principles
    • Healthy spiritual disciplines
    • Relationships and communication
    • Truth, honor, and integrity
    • Understanding God’s place in everything
    • Responsibility, accountability, and excellence
    • Finishing strong in work and life

 This book is an excellent tool for anyone navigating the Christian life and needing help staying focused on Christ and His purpose for us.


Comment below for a chance to win a free copy of Tested and Approved: 21 Lessons for Life and Ministry by Tom Lane. 


Comment about the topic or simply put, “I’m in!” 

One commenter’s name will be drawn at random Wednesday morning, February 3rd, and announced on More Morning Walk and the Zac and Susan Show. The winner will be contacted after More Morning Walk.

****** Congratulations to Michelle Norweck!! ******

And a big thank you to everyone who participated 😀 

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  • What is your “go to” verse to stay encouraged when loving people gets difficult?



Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org, and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell and Ruth Schwenk. Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.

  • Susan E. Greenwood
    Posted at 08:20h, 03 February

    Congratulations!! Your name was pulled this morning! Email your address to [email protected], and we will mail your book to you.

  • Teri Hockman
    Posted at 14:34h, 02 February

    I think we all want to be “tested and approved” and to pass that along to others.

  • Michelle Norweck
    Posted at 22:58h, 01 February

    I’m in too!

  • April S
    Posted at 09:31h, 01 February

    I’m in!! 🙂

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