Sociologist and incoming Taylor University president D. Michael Lindsay has spent much of his career researching leaders at the highest levels of American society, producing landmark studies like Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite. In his latest book, Hinge Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Transitions, Lindsay turns his attention toward a subject affecting people of all ages and stations: the crucial decisions and turning points that shape who we are and what we’ll become. Leadership author and teacher Angie Ward spoke with Lindsay (a member of CT’s board of directors) about preparing for, responding to, and allowing God to work through the various hinge moments in our lives.
Why did you write this book, and who is it for?
I originally wrote the book for high school and college students, to help them prepare for big decisions in life: finding a mate, figuring out your vocational calling, maybe deciding where to go for college or graduate school. But as I got into it, I realized that all of us experience hinge moments throughout our lives. And when the coronavirus pandemic hit, I recognized that our entire society has been facing a kind of existential hinge moment, with ripple effects that are going to be with us for a while. As a result, I realized there is a lot this book can say to a broader audience.
Define what you mean by a “hinge moment.”
Just like hinges on a door allow the door to open or close, so also there are a few hundred moments of our lives that have a disproportionate impact.
These are moments when big decisions are made: You ask someone to marry you, or you get a big job, or your spouse is diagnosed with cancer. They are pregnant with promise ...1
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