Sunday, January 2, 2011

Book Thoughts - Chazown

I heard Craig Groeschel speak at WIllow Creek Leadership Summit last summer, so when I saw Chazown, I knew I wanted to read it.

This will be a hard book to explain my thoughts, because this book is really geared for someone that wants to change and is motivated to do the exercises and things suggested in the book. Merely reading it cover to cover really isn't enough, and yet, I'm not quite ready to embrace "defining my vision. Pursue my passion. And Live my Life on Purpose" as the subtitle suggests. So maybe this wasn't the book for me to read, because I'm a skeptic when it comes to change. There's so much I don't understand about God and how he changes us, it is completely a mystery to me, and in these pages, Mr. Groeschel goes though many aspects of vision, passion and purpose. He lists personal experiences as well as other's experiences. There are diagrams and things that make so much sense and yet I still felt defeated reading this. It seems to say that anyone can find their purpose and gifts and follow God in a unique, vibrant way, and he might be right. I don't know because I did not engage in the things he suggests. But what he writes makes sense..... thinking on your core values, spiritual gifts, and past experiences to discover your unique part that God has for you that will fulfill you and fill you with purpose that is a joy to do daily.

If you are eager to embark on such a journey and spend some time in prayer and reflection, then this might be a life-changing book for you. If you are weary and tired and still a skeptic of what God can do by you and through you, you might want to hold off reading this book until you are able to really listen to what he has to say.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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