Are you living your "Best Life"?

Have you ever felt that there was a need in the world that you were uniquely destined to meet?  Terry Smith (Pastor at The Life Christian Church for more than twenty-one years) believes that God has a dream for you and he has put together a 30 chapter/30 day challenge to “jump-start the best version of your life” and “fulfill your God-inspired dreams”

Using a well mixed blend of both anecdotes and scripture references, Smith makes it seem like the ideas he puts forth in this book are accessible by anyone. One such idea -that “regardless of who you are or what your natural inclinations or giftings are, you can and must lead yourself and others to the best possible reality ” is the kind one might expect to hear at a business or leadership convention and it gets you fired up just like one of those charismatic speakers– fired up until you realize that they’re not telling you anything different than any other person has before. He backs up his beliefs with both secular quotes and scriptural references. Take out the scripture verses and references to God, and this book would be indistinguishable from many secular self-help books. However, it’s one that will stick with you based just on the quotes and references alone.

At the end of each part of the book (of which there are seven), Smith asks questions to get you thinking and reflecting on how you are putting forth these ideas in your current life. Questions range from ” Explore the moral obligation to become your best self and to help others become their best self…” to “What are some ways you feel unworthy to partner with God and be a leader”.  I found the questions a bit cloying and over reaching for the most part, but did occasionally spend some time thinking of responses.

All in all — It’s an above average book in a sea of other “self-help” books that claim not to be self help books. Give it a shot- What’s the worst that could happen?


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I had this scheduled to read in February as part of my 2014 reading list, but decided to go ahead and read it early.

I’m always looking for more suggestions for good books to read– What’s on your list?

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