John C. Maxwell gives a powerful and straightforward challenge to be a dreamer and also to be a completer of those dreams. He uses ten questions that should be asked to determine whether we totally understand the nature of a dream. If we can come to the point of answering all the questions with a "yes," we will be much better prepared to realize our dreams. It certainly challenges you to reach forward to accomplish that dream.
I love that this book is NOTHING LIKE what we are all so exposed to nowadays - prosperity gospel. We are not being positive because of what new age motivational speakers would have us believe that "If you believe it, you can achieve it." The positivity pull of this book is to see the path that God has for us, which leads to prosperity in all aspect of our lives. The minute we wallow on negativity is the time that let go of the possibility that God will ever see us through.
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This is a book written by John C.Maxwell. It is just like what its name suggests- it puts "your" dream to the "test". Divided into ten chapters, it questions one to analyse his/her dreams, to understand one's dream internally and externally and ways to evolve them into good and practical use one day in the future.
I find that overall, it's not really a page-turner. Unless, you do have a specific dream such as those being described in the book. It kind of made me confused as to what I really want in life. In a way, it's good that the book questions as it made one realise the difference between a real dream and a daydream. The book inspires with characters who are willing to make a difference for their dreams, gives specific examples to what a dream must be like and some objectives on how to achieve it. However, if one could not answer yes to the first chapter, it is easy to feel that the other chapters are irrelevant as one cannot move on. It is not easy to immediately identify and realise a dream just after reading and questioning oneself.
The book can definitely motivate one to persevere if you are amidst moving towards fulfilling a dream. However, if one felt that they cannot endure the hardships of that particular dream, one is left to wonder about what he/she really wants in life, what kind of dream or destiny is awaiting. It's encouraging to read the book and it does provide great examples to follow, great questions to ask oneself regarding one's dreams about life and yet; not inspiring or spiritual enough to make one discover the path one is meant for. A fairly good read.
To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.
This book is inspiring and helps you define goals.
July 15, 2011
In Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See it and Seize it by best-selling author John C. Maxwell you will answer ten powerful questions to help you determine whether your dreams will stay dreams, or become a reality. John Maxwell, an internationally respected leadership expert uses his many years of counseling and experience to encourage and prepare readers to achieve their dreams. He offers a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to visualize, own, and reach your dream. In 286 inspiration-filled pages he will help you filter out the daydreams that serve to distract, the pie-in-the-sky dreams with no strategy, and the destination dreams (those in which you believe that a place, position, or person will make you happy) to find the true gems that are valid and worthy of the investment of a person's life. He defines those dreams as being, "an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it. A dream worth pursuing is a picture and a blueprint of a person's purpose and potential."
I have dreams. We all have dreams. At least, I hope we all do. We all should. God planted within us special things, and has a specially mission for each of us being here. One of my pastors used to say that if you are still here, you haven't fulfilled your mission yet. Well, I am still here, so how do I take the next step to find out the rest of my mission? Not that I am in any hurry to leave here, but I do want to be doing what the Lord intended for me to do. I do not want to stand before Him and have him say, "Well, I put ----- on your heart. Why did you ignore me all those years?" That is the reason I picked this book to review. I have several dreams that I believe in and I wanted to see what Mr. Maxwell had to say about whether they were even viable, and how to go about embracing those dreams as goals, if they were something I should pursue.
Basically, in the book, he asks you ten questions to help you find out in what stage your dream is, and how committed you are to pursuing it. Then points you in the right direction for how to take the next steps in achieving your dream by asking pointed and challenging questions revolving around the following topics: Ownership, Clarity, Reality, Passion, Pathway, People, Cost, Tenacity, Fulfillment, and Significance.
One I went through the process of analyzing my dream and my response to it, I determined that it was something that was viable. The next thing was to develop a plan and to learn how to make that dream a reality. He teaches you the steps to make this happen through a series of inspiring stories about people who have made dreams, sometimes dreams that defied all odd, a reality, as well as widom gleaned from his years of personal experience with striving to achieve dreams. These incredible testimonies to the power of living your dreams made the book extra-special for me. I am all for how-to books, but if you can mix a bit of "here's how he/she/I did it" into the information, then it seems more personal...more like having a mentor or friend to walk beside you all the way through the process. I like that.
To make the process even simpler, John Maxwell provides journaling ideas, targeted questions, and action-plan suggestions at the end of the book for every chapter. This feature makes this book ideal for use in a group setting, which I actually think would be the best way to use it. I often "hear" online gurus chatting about the usefulness of having a group of people who have similar goals to work with on achieving your own goals.
These days, finding such a group can be just a click away, if you do not have people you can meet with in person. You will likely want someone to discuss the important points in the book, and to help you to evaluate, understand, and apply the information. Of course, if you don't have anyone with which to read the book, the information is still a valuable resource, and I would highly recommend it. I am planning on passing the book to my two older sons next, so they can clarify their life-courses, and then, perhaps, we will be able to discuss the topic thoroughly. I know that so far, this book has been helpful to me. I will continue to use it and to go through the rest of the activities over the next month or so.
I highly recommend this book if you have ever had a dream that you entertained for a day, a week, a year, a decade. This book will assist you in finding if your dream has the qualities it needs to become reality, and if YOU have the ability and tools to make it become true. If you don't currently have a dream, this book will help you find one. Having a dream that is aimed at some specific goal, and working to achieve it diligently, will not only bee good for you, but it has the potential to influence others who see you striving toward a goal...not to mention the help that your idea could provide to others.
Do yourself a favor. Find a copy of this book, read it with an open mind and heart, and give yourself permission to dream a little. You will be glad you did.