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5 Stars Out Of 5
May 19, 2014
This book is a must read for anybody interested in growing. The laws that Maxwell describes are time tested and just make sense. But this is also a book not to be read at leisure, it should be read with the intent to grow. The last thing someone should do is to read this book and then never put the principles into practice. The principles in this book are foundational and transcend different areas of study. The principles laid out in this book will benefit anybody in any walk of life.
I have been in the business world more years that I care to admit.
I have followed John Maxwell since the beginning of my career. I've read many of his books, including books one and two of the Laws series: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. I have just finished reading the third book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. As in the first two books of the series, the third book is full of wisdom, motivational sayings and true illustrations.
Each chapter discusses one of the fifteen laws, such as: "The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself;" "The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You;" and "The Law of Trade-offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up." At the end of each chapter, Maxwell has included questions designed to help the reader realize how the law discussed in that chapter can be applied to their life resulting in personal growth.
Another benefit of this book is the sidebar quotes found on almost every page. Motivational statements such as Phillip Yancey's "Faith is trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse;" "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone;" (Neale Donald Walsh) and ""If you want to keep giving, you have to keep growing," will be added to my collection of motivational statements.
In The Fifteen Invaluable Laws of Growth, as in all the Maxwell books I've read, every sentence, paragraph and chapter is written to make the readers think, and the motivational statements to spur them into action.
Last, but definitely not least, Maxwell's sincere desire to help people be all that God created them to be is evident throughout the book. He relates in the book one particular incident where he needed to make an immediate connection with the group, while at the same time proving to them that he cared. When he walked out on the stage he said, "Hello, my name is John. And I'm your friend." He still says that today.
I strongly encourage you to purchase this book. The first read-through will give you a great head start on developing your personal growth plan. Subsequent reads will reveal much information you missed and reinforce what you learned the first time. It is a book you will keep and refer back to many times.