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Posted February 21, 2010
Potential Study Material
I was excited to get this book. I know it is time to refocus my life in service to God, and since I enjoy and benefit from Charles Stanley's radio sermons, I thought this book would be perfect. Alas -- not so much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Stanley's "How to" book, in my opinion, would work much better as a group study then a solitary read. Interestingly enough, there is a study guide. If I weren't already so burnt-out from the enormous task of trying to read and utilize the suggestions and information in the book -- and answering the hundreds of soul-searching questions -- I might buy the study and give it another go. Maybe later, after I've let my brain rest and recoup.
I am sad that I cannot recommend this book. I have long been an admirer of Charles Stanley, but I think this theme is just too ambitious for one person to tackle by him- or herself.
I am a member of the Thomas Nelson "Book Sneeze" blogger program and would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for giving me a copy of this book to review.
Posted February 17, 2010
Good message.....dry delivery.
Thomas Nelson Publishers recently sent me a free copy of How to Reach Your Full Potential For God, by Charles Stanley, for me to read and review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was excited about reading this, because at this stage in my life I'm really looking for direction for my writing and for my personal ministry. I thought, "If something is standing in the way of my potential, I'd better find out what it is and deal with it!" It seemed, from the description, like this book would be great to help with that.
Well, I have to be honest. I was disappointed. I wasn't disappointed in the message of the book as much as the delivery of the message. Does that make sense? I had never read anything by Charles Stanley before, and his style.well, it didn't capture me. My husband summed it up best when he said, "Sounds like it's just not relevant." Bingo. It's not relevant to my life and how I experience God, so it was hard for me to get through. His message - of clearing any obstacles out of your life that might keep you from reaching the potential that God has placed in you - is good, but his delivery is just not.
If that sounds harsh, I'm terribly sorry. It's not my way, though, to provide a positive review if I just didn't feel it.
If you have read others by Charles Stanley, though, and enjoy his style, it's safe to say that you'll like this one. It's available from any book retailer and Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Posted February 15, 2010
A slow start, but convicting
How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less than His BestWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In his new book, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, Dr. Charles F. Stanley urges readers to examine themselves and the choices they make to see if they are living according to God's will for their lives. He outlines seven principles for people to apply to their daily lives to align themselves with God's plan. He points out that there is no plan nor dream that can be as amazing as God's.
When I came across this title, I could not wait to read it. Who doesn't want to live their life to the fullest and accomplish what God has designed? This book seemed especially timely in this turbulent time in my life.
I had a really difficult time getting into this book. I know that his book is saturated in biblical principles, but it came off feeling more like a self-help book at first. However, Dr. Stanley does an amazing job of emphasizing the bible as the ultimate authority on living for God and living up to your potential. He explores the following principles to establish a plan for reaching your potential:
1. A Clean Heart
2. A Clear Mind
3. Using Your Gifts
4. A Healthy Body
5. Right Relationships
6. A Balanced Schedule
7. Taking God- Approved Risk
As I progressed further into the book, I became more involved in Dr. Stanley's message. I recommend this book if your willing to work through a slow start.
This book was reviewed as part of Thomas Nelsons' "Book Sneeze" blogger program.
Posted January 11, 2012
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