Martin Luther and Billy Graham are all well known leaders who have lived a life of purpose. Just like these leaders, you may have wished that your time on earth had a greater purpose than just merely your daily grind?
Well guess what , “no matter who you are or what your circumstances might be, God desires to transform your ordinary existence into an extraordinary life.” This week on the blog, I will be reviewing the book Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, by Dr Robert Jeffress.
SUMMARY ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK
Too many of us settle for a listless life of mundane routine. We long to discover a greater purpose for our lives, but we don’t know how. Dr. Robert Jeffress has an encouraging message for people looking for something more. God not only wants us to enjoy an extraordinary life, he has provided a roadmap for doing so.
In this inspiring and motivating book, Dr. Jeffress reveals seven secrets from Elijah that result in a life marked by significance, satisfaction, and success, including
– discovering your unique purpose in life
– waiting on God’s timing
– learning how to handle bad days
– and more
For the overworked parent feeling trapped at home, the businessperson feeling unfulfilled in a stagnant career, the Christian worker ministering in obscurity–for anyone who wonders if there’s more to life–God’s Word reveals seven secrets for experiencing a truly extraordinary life.
HOW DO I FIND MY PURPOSE
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BOOK REVIEW: CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE: GOD’S 7 SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE
Who doesn’t want to live an extraordinary life? The author highlights that too often many of us settle for a lackluster life even though we long to discover the overarching purpose for our lives.The problem is we aren’t too sure how to discover our purpose. The author uses a combination of biblical stories, current events and as well as experiences from his life and ministry to illustrate his ideas.
Using the biblical story of Elijah as a backdrop, Dr. Robert Jeffress walks us through how we can go about living a truly extraordinary life. While I have heard the story of Elijah quite a few times the author managed to bring another angle to the story which I hadn’t thought about before. He uses the story of Elijah to help draw a parallel to help the reader discover the divine purpose that God has for your life while navigating through periods of waiting and really bad days to ultimately living out God’s purpose for your life.
Throughout the book he dissects seven secrets. While I wouldn’t necessarily call them secrets, the author shares with us seven steps towards transforming your life from ordinary to extraordinary. These seven steps are:
Secret 1: Discover Your Unique Purpose
Secret 2: Determine to Influence Your Culture
Secret 3: Wait on God’s Timing
Secret 4: Burn the Ships
Secret 5: Unleash the Power of Prayer
Secret 6: Learn How to Handle Bad Days
Secret 7: Live Life With the End in View
In discovering your unique purpose, the author teaches us that the beginning point for identifying our purpose should be grounded in saturating our minds with the commands of God. By spending time with God, you will gain a clear picture of what he expects of us. 1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that in whatever we do we should do it to the honor and glory of God. The author also provides actionable steps on how we can get a clearer understanding of our gifts.
I particularly enjoyed chapter three as it was a friendly reminder that sometimes God takes us through a waiting period to teach us something. It might not be clear while we are going through it but often when we look back we can truly say, yes God knew what he was doing. We might question God’s rational but rather than question we should trust that the same God who led you to the point where you are currently at, will lead you away from there when he is ready.
WOULD I RECOMMEND
While I like the concept of the book and it had stories that helped to make the concepts easier to understand, a bit more in-depth details on how he found his overarching purpose would have been a welcomed addition. If you are searching for some clarity on finding your purpose in God, discovering your purpose, how to find your purpose and passion in life, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance is a good place to start. Looking for additional book recommendations? Check out my other book reviews.