How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less than His Best

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Are you ready to experience God's best?

In How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, best-selling author, teacher, and pastor Dr. Charles F. Stanley lays out seven essentials to an abundant life―the life of purpose that God planned specifically for you.

"You are not here by accident... You are here to accomplish a job that God assigned to you from eternity past."

If you settle for less than God's best in your life, the world will lose your ...

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Overview

Are you ready to experience God's best?

In How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, best-selling author, teacher, and pastor Dr. Charles F. Stanley lays out seven essentials to an abundant life―the life of purpose that God planned specifically for you.

"You are not here by accident... You are here to accomplish a job that God assigned to you from eternity past."

If you settle for less than God's best in your life, the world will lose your contribution, and you will miss the exhilaration of reaching your full potential.

"It is an awesome, eye-opening, and inspiring thing to catch a glimpse of how God is working in your life―weaving together who He made you to be with those things He has prepared you to do and experience."

Chapter by chapter, Dr. Stanley makes the biblical path to fulfilling your God-given potential clear, practical, and inspiring. Follow it to experience the joy, peace, and love that your heavenly Father has waiting for you. Read these pages, embrace these principles, and enjoy every moment of life at its best.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400202928
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 250,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Charles Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta.He isthe founder and president of In Touch® Ministries. His bestselling books include The Source of My Strength and How to Listen to God.

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How to REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL for GOD

What You Must Learn From The Bold Confrontations Of Christ
By Charles F. Stanley

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Charles F. Stanley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0092-4


Chapter One

Do You Want God's Best?

I awoke suddenly one morning about three o'clock. I had been soundly and deeply asleep. But in an instant, I was sitting up in my bed wide awake with this question burning in my spirit:

Do you want to reach your full potential?

I have experienced similar encounters in the past and have come to recognize that when something like this happens, God is trying to get my attention. More importantly, He is about to impart to me something I need to know or something I need to preach.

Immediately I replied, "Yes, Lord!"

I didn't hesitate or ponder the question. Without a doubt I want to be and to do all that God has created me to be and to do! That is my deepest heart's desire.

I reached for the pad of paper and pencil that I keep by my bedside for just such words from the Lord, switched on the light, and began to write as He spoke into my spirit. If you truly want to reach your full potential, you must have a clean heart, a clear mind, a balanced schedule. Within a matter of minutes, I had completely outlined the content of the bookyou are holding in your hands.

Then I turned off the light and fell back into a sound, restful sleep knowing that I had heard directly from God.

When morning came, I got down on my knees and prayed about the words that the Lord had given me during the night. I knew with certainty that I was to preach His message-a message not only for me, but also for the entire body of Christ.

I could hardly wait for Sunday to arrive so I could launch into this wonderfully rich area of the Father's concern-reaching your God-given potential.

The truth is, many people are not pursuing their potential. They are not factoring God into their decision-making or into their goal setting. They cannot clearly and succinctly say what they believe to be the Lord's foremost purpose and plan for their lives. They will stare at you blankly if you ask, "What do you believe is God's will for you? Why do you believe He created you? What is the Father leading you to do next in your life?"

Let me assure you at this book's outset of several great truths:

First, God has a will, plan, and purpose for your life individually and personally. He has a broad will, plan, and purpose for all of mankind, and He has specifically designed you and equipped you to fulfill a portion of that bigger will, plan, and purpose. You are not here by accident. You are not on this earth merely to live a certain number of years, months, and days, and then die. You are here to accomplish a job that God assigned to you from eternity past.

Second, your heavenly Father has already embedded into you all of the gifts and talents you need to complete the work that He has assigned, prepared, and provided for you to do. God has already embedded into you all of the raw material necessary for you to come into a relationship with Him and to develop the character of His Son, Jesus Christ. Your job is to discover the talents that God has placed in you, to develop them, and to begin to use them as the Lord brings opportunities for service or ministry.

Third, nobody can be who you are, nobody can replace you, and nobody else on this earth is capable of fulfilling the Father's plan for you. Nobody else can do the work He has gifted you to do, know the people He is leading you to know, or offer the praise and prayer that He is giving voice to. You must be and do what God made you to be and do.

Fourth, you must establish firm commitments in various areas of your life in order to pursue and begin to reach your God-given potential. It doesn't unfold accidentally or automatically. The pursuit of your unique potential and purpose requires you to seek God's very specific help in very specific areas of your life.

The question I ask you at the outset of this book is the same question the Lord asked me:

"Do you want to reach your full potential?"

If your answer is yes, then this is His message for you.

Chapter Two

Don't Settle for Less

Are you excited about your life?

Or do you feel as if you are merely existing?

Are you moving with confidence toward a desired goal?

Or do you feel as if you are drifting along from day to day without any sense of purpose or direction?

Perhaps there was a time when you were excited about your life, but now the excitement has faded, and you are asking, What has happened to me? Why am I so apathetic about my life? What happened to my inner drive?

People have said to me, "When I look at my life and the way the world is today, I just don't see much to be excited about."

Some think about their vocations or jobs and say, "I can't go any higher, do any better, or go any farther. I can't do more than I'm doing right now."

Others feel as if their lives have gone stale. Perhaps their marriages aren't as dynamic as they once were, or they have lost all interest in hobbies and activities that once gave them pleasure.

Some people tell me that they feel inadequate or unprepared for the future.

Still others say that they feel plagued by their lives-stuck in their circumstances, wondering, What's it all about? What is my life worth? What happened to my joy?

There are reasons we feel stuck, discouraged, or adrift.

There are reasons people lose their enthusiasm for life.

There are reasons God's people lose their hope, their sense of purpose, and their joy.

There are reasons life becomes just one long bore.

In my opinion, the foremost reasons are: (1) people have lost sight of who God made them to be and what He designed them to do; and (2) as a result, people are not actively, intentionally, and purposefully pursuing what the Father has planned for them.

If you truly want to pursue and reach your full potential, then you must face up to these two truths:

Truth #1: God has placed more within you than you realize.

Truth #2: You likely have settled for the life you have now.

ARE YOU LIVING A SETTLED-FOR LIFE?

Through the years, I have met countless people who are living what I call a "settled-for life." Someplace along the journey, they became complacent and content in their circumstances. They settled for what they believed was adequate or satisfactory.

A friend reminded me recently that several decades ago, children in the earliest grades of school were given one of three marks for their achievement: outstanding, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory. Children frequently compared their results, telling how many O's and S's they had received from their teacher. They never bragged, of course, about any U's. For most children, getting an S for satisfactory was just that-satisfactory.

S might also stand for settled for. If a student becomes content with a satisfactory effort, he will rarely apply himself to earn an O for outstanding.

The same is true in life. If a person becomes content with what is average, minimally acceptable, or satisfactory, she will rarely exert the effort or work toward something that is truly excellent or outstanding.

In the vast majority of cases, the longer a person remains satisfied with a string of S marks in her life, the more she becomes complacent about life. Going through the motions to achieve satisfactory results becomes the norm.

Eventually the person who has settled for a settled-for life may actually feel threatened by challenges to achieve, have, or experience more than what is presently the reality of her life. Ultimately she turns her back on her future and refuses to hope for more, seek more, or pursue more.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to begin to see yourself the way God sees you. When you look at yourself through His eyes, you will no longer rest on the satisfactory marks of your settled-for life.

HOW GOD SEES YOU

You may be asking, "Well, how does God see me?"

Your heavenly Father sees you through eyes of love and forgiveness. He sees where you are, but more importantly, He sees the person He made you to be. God sees all the awesome potential and possibilities He created you to fulfill.

And if you are willing to discover and align yourself with His plan and purpose for you, He will bless you more than you could ever imagine. God promises to bless you with life at its best. He sees the restored joy, peace, and sense of accomplishment that He wants in your life.

Psalm 139 is a wonderful passage that speaks about the way the Father sees us.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them (vv. 13-16).

These verses from God's Word speak of three important truths about the way He sees you.

1. You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

In God's eyes, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Other translations of this verse from the earliest versions of the Bible use the words "awesomely wonderful." That's what the Father says about you. He has made you in a way that is awesome.

In the first chapter of Genesis, God says again and again that what He made is "good." Everything the Creator made was, at the outset, perfect in its form and in its function. It was beautiful, ordered, and magnificently connected to all other aspects of creation. It worked exactly as He intended it to work.

But after the fall, both form and function became warped. Each of us was born into a sinful world that isn't always beautiful and doesn't always work well or harmoniously. Nevertheless-and this is a vital point for you to understand-God said about your creation, "It is good." the Father made you for good purposes, and He made you with the potential to be perfected by His Spirit.

Does this mean that God will make you into the most beautiful woman or most handsome man on the earth? No. Rather, it means that He desires to engage in the process of transforming you from the inside out so that you are continually being molded into the most God-beloved, Christ-honoring, Spirit-yielded person you can ever be.

It also means that He is working all situations and circumstances for your good so that you can perform the functions He has equipped and enabled you to accomplish or complete during your lifetime.

God has an awesome, wonderful plan for you. The prophet Jeremiah explained it this way: "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer. 29:11). The Lord has a great plan for you and created you to accomplish it in His name.

2. God Knows Everything About You

The psalmist wrote, "Your eyes saw my substance." Your substance is more than your flesh. It is the sum of all your natural gifts, talents, dreams, personality, and abilities. Even before you were conceived in your mother's womb, God saw you as a whole and unique person. He made you one of a kind, and from your beginning, He saw your ending. The Lord has always known what you could be and do, because He is the One who created you.

3. God Is the Author and Finisher of Your Days

The psalmist wrote that the days of his life were "fashioned" for him. You, too, were born at a particular time and to a particular family in a particular location. He made your life a set number of years in a set environment so you could be and do all that He created you to be and do.

Every person is born into circumstances with both good and bad aspects. Each of us will encounter a degree of evil and righteousness. We all will face the realities of death and life. God created you, equipped you, and then filled you with His Holy Spirit, to face every kind of situation. With His help and guidance, these situations will transform you from death to life, evil to good, and bad to best.

Your purpose on this earth is to develop your God-given gifts, talents, and abilities to the best of your ability so you can impact the world around you for Christ. In Matthew chapter six, Jesus taught His disciples to pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (vv. 9-10)

God has placed you in a time and location that will allow you to maximize your role in establishing His will "on earth as it is in heaven." You will do that through your prayers, your praise, your efforts to tell others about Jesus, and your work on His behalf.

If you have ever wondered why you are on this earth, understand that God has placed you here as a unique person with a unique mission aimed at establishing and extending His kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." Your potential lies securely and completely in that purpose.

YOUR POTENTIAL LIES IN GOD'S PLANS AND PURPOSES FOR YOU

It is an awesome, eye-opening, and inspiring thing to catch a glimpse of how God is working in your life-weaving together who He made you to be with those things He has prepared you to do and experience. The threads of you as a unique individual are being intertwined with the threads of unique situations, circumstances, experiences, and relationships.

He is bringing into your path people, opportunities, challenges, and resources. He is placing in you dreams, desires, and expectations about the challenges that already are winding their way to you. He is preparing you in every way for the many opportunities that lie ahead. He is setting within you the anticipation that something purpose-filled and exhilarating is just about to emerge.

When you begin to see the wonderful, prepared future that God is unfolding before you, life will take on greater importance and purpose. You'll wake up every morning with an excitement and a desire to experience all that He has planned for you!

On the other hand, you can miss those opportunities to see God at work in your life.

You can get so bogged down and so self-satisfied in your settled-for life that when the alarm goes off, you roll over and go back to sleep. You can become so complacent and apathetic that you become blind to the fact that God has more and more and more for you to be, experience, receive, and do.

God has more ways for you to feel joy. God has more ways for you to experience His peace. God has more ways for you to encounter His beauty. God has more ideas to share with you. God has more expressions of love to shower upon you. God has an infinite supply of new mercies, new blessings, new accomplishments, new insights, and new inspirations to share with you.

As God's beloved child, you are in the hands of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, infinite Father who has divine plans and purposes for you-not only on this earth, but throughout eternity. There simply is no end to your potential when you serve an infinite God in an eternal heaven.

Our responsibility is to choose what He already has chosen for us. Repeatedly in His Word the Lord challenges us to "choose life." Again and again, God tells His children that He has set before us the possibilities of life. He wants us to embrace the life He has planned for us. This means that we must determine in our hearts and minds to live all our days to the utmost. We must welcome each new opportunity, grab hold of each new challenge, and face each new day with eagerness to discover what God has for us.

Furthermore, the Lord never holds before us an ordinary, mundane, merely okay, or satisfactory life. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). An abundant life overflows with God's presence; it overflows with His love, joy, peace, hope, blessings, and power.

Are you passionate about life?

Do you deeply desire to experience all God has for you?

Do you really want His best in your finances, your job, your recreation, your hobbies, your relationships, your marriage, and your family?

Or have you settled for a settled-for life?

(Continues...)



Excerpted from How to REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL for GOD by Charles F. Stanley Copyright © 2009 by Charles F. Stanley. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Do You Want God's Best? 1

Chapter 2 Don't Settle for Less 5

Chapter 3 Ready... Set... Pursue Your Potential! 21

Chapter 4 Essential #1: A Clean Heart 35

Chapter 5 Essential #2: A Clear Mind 53

Chapter 6 Essential #3: Using Your Gifts 87

Chapter 7 Essential #4: A Healthy Body 119

Chapter 8 Essential #5: Right Relationships 149

Chapter 9 Essential #6: A Balanced Schedule 169

Chapter 10 Essential #7: Taking God-Approved Risks 201

Chapter 11 Essential #8: The Ongoing Pursuit 223

Chapter 12 Essential #9: The Best Is Yet to Come! 235

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Have you ever looked at your life and wondered, "Is this all there is?"

    So often the world says, "You're average. You are merely one in six billion. You need to be content and settle for whatever comes your way."

    Or have any of these thoughts crossed your mind recently?

    When I look at my life and the way the world is today, I don't see much to be excited about.

    When thinking about your job, do you find yourself saying this, "I can't go any higher, do any better, or go any farther. I can't do more than I am doing right now."?

    Others feel that their lives have gone stale. Perhaps their marriages aren't as dynamic as they once were, or they have lost all interest in hobbies and activities that once gave them pleasure.

    But almighty God, the heavenly Father who crafted you as a uniquely gifted individual, knows better He gave you a purpose here on earth and has equipped you specially to fulfill it. If you will seek Him, He will awaken your passion for that purpose in ways you never imagined.

    In How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, Dr. Stanley challenges you to pursue the Lord in ways that will stir passion and purpose that is both spiritual and practical. He says such devotion leads to a life of fulfillment that many seek but don't find.

    God has not only created you with the gifts and talents to do His work on this earth, but He also has created you with the desires, dreams, and disposition to become a person with whom He enjoys fellowship and spiritual intimacy. No one can fully understand the depths of His love, the help that He desires to give, or the blessings and rewards that He has prepared.

    This book has been a huge eye opener for me. Not only about what I personally thought about certain areas of my life, but what I expected from God and what He expects from me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck, discouraged or adrift in your life right now. You need to remember God has placed more within you than you realize, and you likely have settled for the life you have now. So if you're ready to see what your possibilities are, I would recommend reading this book.

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review for Thomas Nelson publishers.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    How to Reach your Full Potential for God by Charles F. Stanley

    This is one of the best books that I have read about how to grow and reach your potential. No matter where you're at in your spiritual life this book will help you reach your maximum potential. I believe that we are really not living unless we are striving to grow and use what God has given us. This book will help you find, grow, and use whatever talents God has given you so that you can reach your potential for God and others.
    The book goes through seven essentials that we must have in order to reach our full potential. They are: "A Clean Heart, A Clear Mind, Using Your Gifts, A Healthy Body, Right Relationships, A Balanced Schedule, and Taking God-Approved Risks". These are essential for doing what you are called to do and accomplish.
    This book challenges the reader not to settle with where they are at in life. The book also talks about the hurdles that everyone one will face. But by overcoming them, you can accomplish more. This book has challenging questions to ask yourself and God. It makes you think and put into place different God-given principles and choices, so that you will be successful. I will recommend this book to you as well as others.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Incredible, Transforming Read!

    Well reader, sometimes God uses my own stupid procrastination to force me to grow. Or maybe He knew I would procrastinate reviewing this great title and knew He could change me through my actions. Regardless of God's position on my personal problems, reading Charles Stanley's December 2009 release of How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best, from Thomas Nelson offers a life-changing experience. And the God-inspired message in this book has the potential to to propel How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best into a timeless classic, able to infiltrate and transform the heart of even the worst of God's wonderful little human procrastinators like me.
    Stanley's overall message is focused on God's plan and purpose when he created each and every one of his children.
    The long-time pastor and author starts out exhorting readers to "determine in our hearts and minds to live all our days to the utmost. We must welcome each new opportunity, grab hold of each new challenge, and face each new day with eagerness to discover what God has for us."
    Every page of this book offers uplifting and encouraging information.
    "No person can reach her potential without the Father's help or apart from our God-given talents and gifts," Stanley writes. "No person can reach her potential without factoring in the spiritual dimension associated with it. God has not only created you with the gifts and talents to do Hs work on earth, but He also created you with the desires, dreams, and disposition to become a person it whom He enjoys fellowship and spiritual intimacy. Part of your potential lies in who God made you to be, not only what He created you to do."
    As a reader I wanted to run out and shake some publishing executive's suit collar and scream, "Don't you see my potential!? God does!"
    Page after page of inspiring reminders of who we are in the eyes of God makes this book a must read - regardless of what year it was published.
    Stanley reminds readers that "The Lord gives you opportunities for developing your talents and gifts. He orchestrates your life to put you into the company of the right teachers, encourages, and yes, even competitors - all of whom have a role in pushing you to achieve your full potential.
    This book follows through with a host of practical and life-changing questions the reader must inevitably ask himself if he wants to be changed by God.
    I did. I was. And oh, am I ever thankful. I don't want to go to heaven and have God say, "What happened? I gave you a job and I equipped you perfectly. And you looked the other way."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Great Read!

    Charles Stanley has always been one of the foremost Christian teachers and this book is no exception. He breaks down the steps in the simplest forms and uses stories to reinforce. I find that I'm most receptive to this type of "self help" books. I found this book easy to read and follow. It took me a LONG time to read this because I would read a chapter, let it sink in, read it again while changing my thoughts and actions to reflect the teaching. If you are looking to take your walk with God a step further I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Book For Every Christian!

    I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score" by R.A. Clark. It's revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you ever felt trapped by anger, guilt, resentment and/or pain, then this book is for you.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

    How to Reach your Full Potentional with God-

    How To Reach Your Full Potential For God is the newest book by Charles Stanley. In this book, he deals with Christians who settle for less than God's best. In doing so, he points to 7 essentials to live an abundant Christian life:

    Essential 1: A clean heart
    Essential 2: A clear mind
    Essential 3: Using your gifts
    Essential 4: A healthy body
    Essential 5: Right relationships
    Essential 6: A balanced schedule
    Essential 7: Taking God-approved risks


    Principle 1: Every person has potential
    Principle 2: Every person has been created to bring God glory
    Principle 3: No one can reach his potential without the Father's help
    Principle 4: No potential without spiritual dimension
    Principle 5: Only he knows the limits of your potential

    IF you are a fan of Charles Stanley, you will not be disappointed. This is a good book and easy read for any new convert or any seasoned believer who wants to review some basic Biblical principles.

    I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson book review bloggers program.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    For the Self Help Crowd

    As the title suggests, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God is basically a self-help book written from a Christian perspective. Stanley makes use of the typical self-help style-book in employing numbered lists and rhetorical questions that could easily be transferred to index cards to be taped to the reader's mirror. What sets this one apart from the norm is the last phrase of the title that shifts the focus off of the self and back to God.

    Unfortunately, the book felt simultaneously heavy on sweeping generalizations and very specific instructions with little scriptural (or other as appropriate) support. The book's best moments were when the author got lost in telling a biblical story that related to the point he was trying to make. Those were unfortunately few and far between. The advice given was for the most part pretty solid, but the reader would have to take Stanley's word for it. I would strictly recommend this for the self-help crowd or fans of Stanley.

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Not only is this book spiritually enlightening, but it beats any motivational book ever written. If you want to know how to lead a purpose driven life filled with God's blessings, then get this book.

    I had a plan to begin 2010 a new way, but God had a better plan. Thanks to the awe inspiring writings of Dr. Charles Stanley I was able to envoke an even better plan for my life in line with God's word and best for me.

    This is a devine inspired reading that gives you hope, direction, comfort, and assurance. If you're not sure about your purpose on this earth and what God's absolute best is for you, then you need to read Dr. Stanley's "How to Reach Your Full Potential for God."

    This reading leads you to not only recognize your God given talents, but how you can effectively use them to live out your life at its best and do it in service to the Lord. It's a win-win situation. Pick up the book, you will be Blessed.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    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.

    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.

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    A slow start, but convicting

    How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less than His Best
    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.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Charles Stanley--A Must Read

    Charles Stanley has been a mentor to me, literarily, for as long as I can remember. I have a huge libray of his works--so, I TRUST him in whatever he writes. Recently, I've been having some personal struggles & picked up ...Full Potenial & found the guidance I needed. I can recommend this work to anyone searching for answers to life's ups & downs.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Dr. Stanley does it again...

    Do you know what God has in store for you? Have you reached your maximum potential? In Dr. Stanley's latest book he offers you 7 essentials to help you answer those questions and reach your full potential for God. It will enlighten, challenge and guide you to the deep recesses of your being and pull forth all that God has planted in you and help you develop them into their best.

    It was not a quick read but a thoughtful read. I underlined, wrote notes and spent lots of time pondering and journaling as I read this book. I came away feeling like I had a road map that over time would lead me to be the best person I can be for God. It gave me a deeper understanding of who I am and what my purpose is and how to tap into the God-given gifts and potential that is stored up in me. You cannot read this book and walk away not having been touched in some way to think, do or be better than you were before you started. I highly recommend it for those who want to take their relationship with God to a whole new level.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    How to reach my full potential for God.

    This book is written to help you to live up to what God has planned for your life. How do you know if you are reaching your full potential for God? This is the question behind the book, and Mr. Stanley tries to help you answer this question with some some very good questions as he attempts to help you find answers. Then he lays out 7 essentials for each of us to ensure that we are living the life that God wants for us.

    To me this book cannot be read for mere enjoyment, it will make you think and will change your life in some way, no matter how small or large. As I read through this book, I found myself thinking about how I currently was in these areas of my life and also how I needed to improve in that area. I was challenged in my current thinking and realized my need to improve my relationship with God. The one thing that I have taken from this book is that God will not always show you the entire route that you are going. He wants you to listen for his directions and then to take faith based action that he will send you in the right direction.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    How to Reach your Full Potential for God by Charles Stanley

    God has a will, plan, and purpose for humankind, and each person has a part. Everything someone needs to reach his or her God-given potential is within, waiting to be discovered and developed. Reaching your full potential for God can be achieved by working with His Spirit to develop a clean heart, and clear mind, and a balanced schedule.


    When I read this book, it was as if Dr. Stanley could read my mind and heart, saying "You have settled. You're threatened by life's challenges. When are you going to have enough faith in God that he really has a plan for an abundant life for you? When are you going to make the most of opportunities and start moving in the direction of God's plan?"


    This book lays out seven essentials for moving toward the path God has designed for each individual. It is also peppered with appropriate Scripture references and Biblical examples that illustrate the step-by-step plan Dr. Stanley has outlined for moving from excuses or despair to realizing an abundant, promise-filled life.


    I would definitely recommend the book, especially if you're feeling directionless or seeking your place in the world. Be aware, however, you will be challenged in every area of your attitude and daily life.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles F. Stanley

    Just as the title suggests, readers are taken on a step by step journey to discover their full potential while serving God. Markers along the way include: having a clean heart and clear mind; using your gifts; a healthy body; right relationships; a balanced schedule and taking God-approved risks. Each part is crucial in discerning what God created you to do and be.

    Being an avid reader, few books have impacted me as this one has. The first chapter entitled, 'Do You Want God's Best?' began the Holy Spirit's stirring in my own life. My heart resonated with discovering God's full potential for me. I was both challenged and inspired by this book. Each chapter seemed to speak to what was occurring in my life at the time.

    I highly recommend this book if you have an intense desire to reach your full potential for God. It is a book that I plan to re-read often.


    * A complimentary copy was graciously provided by Thomas Nelson.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Get Inspired to Change!

    Bravo! If there is ever a book that will speak to the point that it invokes change in your life, it is this one. While reading this book I was convicted in love to make some serious changes in not only my life, but the life of my family. One particular area was in the guarding the heart of my child and making sure that what she takes in through her eyes is pure and has purpose. My family and I took a closer look at the television shows that are watched in our home and discussed the messages (whether stated or implied) were appropriate for our Christian household. Was evil being portrayed as good? Were the morals of the T.V. families contradictory or in line with the morals that my husband and I are instilling in our child? Those and many more questions were ignited by this book. This book is practical, easy to read and thought provoking for any family that needs to assess where they are in God and presents actions to take to make those assessments. If you read this book just for the sake of reading it, you will miss the message. If you read it prayerfully and pause to think about the message of each chapter or sub-section, this book will move you to make changes that will be beneficial in enabling you to reach your FULL POTENTIAL IN GOD!
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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Book better than the cover

    The book is way better than the cover looks! In fact my cover is completely different so I'm not sure if they have the right one. It's not your typical "How To" book which makes it even better. I was skeptical at first but it's worth the read.
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