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Posted May 23, 2013
The Difference You Make
By: Pat Williams
I received this book from TBCN in exchange for a review. I was excited to get to read this book. The subtitle says it all: Changing Your World Through the Impact of your Influence. You have been influenced by many things; you have influence. How can you be an influence? Read this book to find out!
This book is about Pat Williams and his battle with multiple myeloma, his position in professional sports, and his journey as a father. This book gives you tips on how to use your influence wisely. You can influence others by the way you treat them, you words, and accepting responsibility for your impact on others.
There are sections in this book on the influence of our actions, words, and how to be a Christian of influence. Once you finish this book, you will understand how to be a true influencer: If we truly want to influence our world and the people around us, we must begin with prayer. The last quote in the book is the best: The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today. For encouragement and inspiration, check this book out today!
Posted May 20, 2013
The Difference You Make is a book that I will be reading again, it holds so much life changing principles .
It is about how our experences can make a difference in our lives and how we influence others by the way we handle ourselves in times of adversity . Pat also talks about change , if you think something should be changed, you shouldn't expect someone else to do it. It's my responsiblity to take action and change it. these are wise words to live by daily.
I encourage you to read this book .
I received a free copy through The Book Club Network.
Posted May 13, 2013
Pat Williams has hit it out of the ballpark and slam-dunked it with his book, The Difference You Make. What an eye opening and provocative book. Pat reflects over his life and the people who have influenced him, along with the ones he has influenced.
The entire book is about the impact of influence. Pat touches on how his struggles with multi-myeloma cancer have helped open his eyes to the influences each person has, influences for good or bad, whether the person realizes their influence or not.
As a Dad, Pat had a huge impact on the lives of his nineteen children. In addition, he has influenced as a coach for minor league baseball teams and influences as GM for a major league basketball team.
The book illustrates how we never know how we will influence people, even ourselves sometimes. Pat cites an example on page 131 that richly demonstrates this. He once copied a passage he loved, only to find he was the author of the quote.
Each chapter of the book ends with a series of questions for group discussion or individual reflection, enabling a deeper understanding of the chapter.
He helps us learn and inspires us step by step, in how to become more strategic and intentional within our spheres of influence. He also helps us to use our lives as a mission to impact as many people as is possible with a lasting and positive influence.
Pat ends his book with the sentence:
The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today.
The book really brought home how important and significant our lives are as people, Christians, parents, bosses, co-workers or whatever our walk in life may happen to be. We never know how what we say or do will influence someone else.
Even though the book has a sports slant, it carries an effective and interesting message for everyone, male or female, sports nut or not.
This book was provided to me by Revell through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 31, 2013
The Difference you make by Pat Williams with Jim Denney
An uplifting book sure to inspire greatness. The author Pat Williams uses his experiences as a ball player, sports manger and motivation speaker to show us how to use our influence to change the world or at least our world. He has influenced the world by raising 19 children, being mentors to many in the sports world. He has faced the hardship of multiple myeloma cancer with his eye on the prize, eternity with Christ. His influence shows us how to live a life of strong moral character. Accountability, honesty, courage, perseverance, integrity, self-control and generosity lead to a full life of positive influence to others and can be used as a model of leadership worthy of the great leaders. The author gives you life changing principles to change your own leadership abilities.
Posted March 26, 2013
A Five Star Wow!
As I came to the end of The Difference You Make, my immediate response was, "Thank You, God, for Pat Williams." I felt tremendously blessed to have been in his company, through his authorship, along with the others whose stories are told in the book. The Bible advises in Proverbs for us to seek wisdom, and this book is a fount of wisdom. The best words spoken, by some of the most encouraging people of the past and today, were infused to my being as I read the book. I am not the typical follower of sports and its celebrities. Even so, I found the book to transcend the category of being only for sports enthusiasts.
The Difference You Make is a book I want to keep handy for future reference, hopefully for reading on an annual basis. I am also recommending it to my son who is graduating from college in about a month. He will be following the right and fruitful path of life if he applies the wisdom in this book. I would give his whole graduating class a copy of the book if I could.
I received a free copy through The Book Club Network. I promised to read the book and give an honest review which I have done.