The Power of Significance by John C. Maxwell

71c55b11a511f4417e4ba194127f2773People want to live their lives with significance. They want to know they made a difference and lived with purpose. Sadly, not many would describe their lives as having purpose and most may admit that they do not live their lives with any sense of direction.

Leadership expert John Maxwell has written a small book titled The Power of Significance. This book, a condensed version of Intentional Living, seeks to aid the reader in finding their purpose and from this revelation, begin to live a life of significance.

Maxwell first starts by getting the ready to recognize that live a life of meaning requires starting to live with intentionality. Do not wander through life with no purpose, no goal; no reason. Rather, Maxwell challenges his readers to see the life they want and begin to make the changes necessary to see this life become reality.

The remainder of the book acts as a guide showing how to find one’s purpose and put small practices to grow and mature. As maturity is realized, purpose becomes clearer and significance begins to blossom.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  

Shaken by Tim Tebow

book-topLife is not a consistent time of smooth sailing. In some cases, life’s storms seem to be unending. These difficult experiences can wreak havoc on the spirit and may drain life away from someone.

Tim Tebow has experienced this times when it seemed nothing was going as planned. In his book Shaken, Tebow recounts stories in his life of hard times and how he sought strength from God and the Bible. He recounts how his identity is not determined by successes but rather by the love bestows on him.

I found this book to be a nice inspiration for those going through difficult times. Sometimes it is difficult to find encouragement and this book may be just the encouragement needed to give hope and strengthen faith for the road ahead.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

More-of-Less_spine_3D.jpg2“The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.” I’m unsure who coined that term but it can be quite true. Yet many people continue to desire more and more things. It is as if things define their lives; their existence.

In his book, The More of Less, Joshua Becker compels his readers to embrace the idea of minimalism. Believing that many are caught up in “keeping up with the Jones”, Becker seeks to show how this mindset is putting many in debt, ruining families, and making life a drab.

I found this book to be a hard-hitter. I suffer from being a collector and a saver. This book challenged me to let go of those things which are truly irrelevant and embrace the “breath of fresh air” that comes with minimalism

*I received a complimentary copy of this book form the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Born for This by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This Book

What were you meant to do?

Growing up, people have dreams of becoming something. Firefighters, teachers, dancers, athletes, business owners, etc. are just a few of the careers people have expressed over their lives of what they want to be when they grow up.

Yet, what if they are not meant to do those things?

In his book, Born for This, Chris Guillebeau instructs the reader that he/she may not know what they are meant to do and that is okay. In fact, it can be a great time if it is leverage right. By learning different skills, these “non-dream” jobs can develop a person so that when the “dream job” arrives he/she is prepared for it.

I really enjoyed this book and found its content to be inspiring and insightful. I am curious now to read Guillebeau’s book $100 Startup and may have to get a copy soon.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Business in exchange for my honest review.

Sacred Intent by Dr. Brent Crowe

It is not uncommon nowadays to hear often that there are a lot of books, self help books particular, relating to the maximization of one’s life. Here’s a thought: what if your life was a week long?

Brent Crowe, in new book Sacred Intent, has written a book with that in mind. What Dr. Crowe has done is divide the chapters as if they were days of the week. The seven items, or days of the week, have a subject that Dr. Crowe  focuses on to get the reader to see how valuable each topic is. The topics are: influence, time, calling, engagement, relationships, motivations, and dreaming.

What I appreciate about this is at the book can be read like a devotional but doesn’t necessarily have a devotional feel to it. By focusing on the seven items that can define someone’s life and make every moment valuable, Dr. Crowe has put together a wonderful book. I highly recommend that anybody who is getting ready to graduate either high school or college really take a look at this book. What it will do is hone one’s questions to what is really important in life.

I’ll also add that he has some very excellent quotes and prayers at the end in the appendices and is  something I highly recommend that the reader not overlook.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing Group in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Skinny Life by Crystal Dwyer Hansen

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing in exchange for this honest review.

Weight loss.

For some that evokes the seemingly insurmountable task of trying to get in shape.

Cutting calories, hitting the gym, weighing in daily. No sweets, no fun; no life. Who wants to live like that?

Crystal Dwyer Hansen understands and has written a book about such matters.

Skinny Life gets to the heart of the weight issues so many people face: your mind and its accompanying thoughts. Hansen teaches that you must first change your mind before the body begins to change. She does this by ending each chapter with an affirmation. Each affirmation puts positive thoughts into the mind with the intent that the body will follow. 

This does not mean that her readers can eat whatever they want. On the contrary, Hansen gives some examples of food that aids the mind and helps create mental optimization. From there the body begins to do what it was created to do: efficiently use food.

I am on a “get in better shape” phase of my life right now. This book really puts things into perspective and challenged me to live my life rather than endure it. That is what Skinny Life hopes to convey and Hansen has done it well.

Art of Work by Jeff Goins

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

I have followed Jeff Goins for some time and am currently going through a mini course of his on writing.  I find his passion and easy-to-follow communication style something that challenges me to be a better communicator and writer.

This book is a bit different than the rest of his books in that he focuses more on finding what someone is meant to do rather than instructing on how to do it.

I found that this book was very easy to follow and that he delivered on his goal: helping the reader discover what they were meant to do.

One area that stuck out was legacy. Recognizing that it is not enough to be passionate about something but to be so passionate that you think about those who come behind and how to benefit their lives.

Many people have the goal to be in it for themselves. Goins challenges that idea and shows that people who live their calling are those who think of others instead of being selfish.

I would recommend this book to those who are getting ready to graduate high school and/or college. Many people wander through life trying to find their calling. Goins is a great guide to help those in need.