Finding Your Heart's Desire: Ambition, Motivation & True Success  -     By: R.T. Kendall
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Finding Your Heart's Desire: Ambition, Motivation & True Success

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Why do we seek significance? Is it okay to want to feel important? Examining two sides of ambition---as an affliction and as a gift---Kendall explores what makes us tick. Discover how to become aware of hidden motives, be objective about yourself, learn patience before judging others, and use your aspirations in ways that please God. 192 pages, softcover from Chosen.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Chosen Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800795679
ISBN-13: 9780800795672
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Biblical Teaching on Ambition Offers Surprising, Discerning Insights

What drives a person to seek significance on this earth? Is it okay to want to feel important? Is ambition wrong?

With his usual warmth, humor, and candor, beloved pastor and author R. T. Kendall explores what makes a human tick--and why it is important to know. Ambition, he states, is not inherently good or evil. It is a gift, and one of the main ways God motivates his children to do his will.

Readers will delight in self-discovery as they
• Become aware of their hidden motives
• Understand what it means to be objective about themselves
• Learn patience before judging others
• Channel their ambition into actions that please God

The greatest satisfaction, Kendall contends, comes from experiencing praise that God alone can give. Whatever their level of ambition, readers will discover honor and significance as God means for them to enjoy it. This, says Kendall, is true fulfillment and success.

Author Bio

Dr. R. T. Kendall, a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oxford University (DPhil), is a protege of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He was the senior minister of the historic Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. The author of numerous bestselling books, he conducts conferences all over the world and writes a bimonthly column for Ministry Today. Kendall has been interviewed on many media outlets, including Focus on the Family and In the Market with Janet Parshall. He and his wife live near Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    December 5, 2013
    Alannie Marshall
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I recently finished reading Finding Your Heart's Desire: Ambition, Motivation and True Success by R.T. Kendall. What an inspiring book! I had never heard of R.T. Kendall before, but I certainly know him now! R.T. is a very godly man with many words of wisdom to impart on his readers. I found his testimony and struggle with ungodly ambition to resonate deeply within me. He has a way of writing that keeps your attention while still staying relevant to the topic at hand. Being a young person in this day and age, that is not an easy feat! Some thoughts that really connected with me were his thoughts on striving not for earthly glory, but for the glory of God. Also, being the anxious person that I am, I found that many of the topics discussed hit home. All in all, I will definitely be recommending this book to any Christ-follower! Especially those of us who struggle with perfectionism! I received this book through the Goodreads "First Reads" program.
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Discover Honor and Significance
    November 11, 2013
    Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    With warmth, humor and candor, beloved pastor and author R. T. Kendall explores the life-changing concept that ambition might actually be a gift in his new book, Finding Your Heart's Desire. Using eye-opening biblical insight, Kendall reveals that ambition—often considered by Christians as a negative quality—is, in fact, one of the main ways God motivates His children to do His will.
  3. Ashland, Ky.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Quite What I expected
    November 10, 2013
    BTNSBJ
    Ashland, Ky.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    In his book, "Finding Your Heart's Desire", R.T. Kendall asks/answers such questions as 'Is it wrong to be ambitious? to want to succeed? to strive for earthly significance? He balances these questions and more w/Godly wisdom and principles from His Word, giving the reader practical insights as to the struggles we all face in the area of motives. His main message is to stop seeking the applause of man and start living for the glory of God. (edited to say that this book was not quite what I expected from the title).

    I received this book from Bethany House/Chosen Books for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    food for thought for ambitious Christians
    November 5, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Ambition, the desire to achieve. It is Kendall's thesis that God often uses ambition to motivate us to do what He calls us to do. God often appeals to our self-interest, he writes. He also realizes that the trait has been tainted by the fall and needs to be upgraded to the motivation of wanting to please God alone. Our motivation must be developed so that it becomes God oriented instead of toward self-interest.

    "God knows how to secure the response He wants in us. He has a thousand ways to do it." (60) He knows us best and knows how to get our attention - how to motivate us. "It is not a sin to be ambitious," Kendall writes. "Ambition becomes sinful when it is not subservient to a love for the honor of God." (73) We are to lay aside all ambition except to please our heavenly Father.

    He shows how our ambition should be channeled in one direction - to glorify God. He relates ambition to the gifts of the Spirit (Kendall teaches that the gifts of the Spirit are active today), and the fruit of the Spirit. He looks at the ambition of various Bible characters.

    He also looks at selfish (unsanctified or carnal) ambition in biblical characters and the damage it caused then and what it causes now. And one can have too much ambition, even spiritually. Kendall says that is his problem, that he missed his children growing up, etc.

    Kendall looks at Ananias and Sapphira and then explores the wrath of God (not eternal punishment but a severe chastening from God). This was hard reading, that God would bring about judgment on people during their lifetime (not having to do with their salvation, however).

    I found it interesting that Kendall says a person either has ambition or not. (148) It cannot be taught. So ambition is something God uses - but only if you have it.

    Kendall ends with this admonition: "Make it your ambition, then, to excel in your love for His glory." (179)

    Kendall's book is also biographical as he tells on himself quite a bit throughout this work. He also uses the background of the 2012 London Olympics, an event going on while he was writing this book.

    This is a good book for a person to read who has great ambition, whether it be ambition for worldly success or in a spiritual endeavor. This book will give one a great deal to think about. As Kendall says, not everyone has great ambition. Those readers many not find much of interest in this book.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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