Wow, put on your boots! This book is deep, filled with assignments that dig deep into your life to question what your doing with your life, and whether you are doing what God has called you to do. Points you towards defining your core values, helps you to identify spiritual gifts/"talents" God has gifted you with. Considering the serious topic, Craig writes with humor, and uses stories to help guide the reader, and uses self assessments that are scattered throughout the book, which has very short chapters/sections, to guide the reader to identify their life's purpose. Good for small groups, or individuals. What I like too, is that Craig has a Website that has free resources to help in your journey of discovery. I am actually going to go through it again slowly and let it sink in.
A practical read. I highly recommend it. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fantastic book and study. It is much better when done with a small group of close friends. This needs to be a very close knit group because it gets very, very personal. It is a rollercoaster of emotions but well worth the outcome. Just to know God's purpose for each one of us is tremendous!. Very highly recommend this study.
Chazown. Yeah, I wasn't sure how to say it either; but that is the only issue I had_ well, until I opened the book. Partly because the author, and pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Craig Groeschel, helps you with the pronunciation at the very beginning of the book. But also, you get past not quite getting the pronunciation because it is really of no consequence unless you are reading it out-loud to an audience; and in that instance, you could simply agree with your audience to pronounce it how ever you choose, just as long as they understand what you are saying.
Enough about the title, though. This book, Chazown: Define Your Vision. Pursue Your Passion. Live Your Life on Purpose., is an incredible book. It is the only adult* book that I know of that has chapters as short as the chapters inside, that encourages you to take as long as possible to read the book, and is still so powerful. (*I don't mean adult in a dirty way, but simply in terms of the target audience.) This book really helped my wife and I to focus on the vision, passion, and purpose God has placed inside of us. The 2-to-6-page chapters made it easy to pick it up when you had a few minutes and read, well, a whole chapter in just minutes! Every chapter and/or part of the book has questions and action steps to actually put into practice the message of the book; and the author wants you to actually take breaks from reading and focus on different aspects of your life, only returning to the book once you are ready for the next part. Despite the easy read, and the breaks for applying the principles, this book packs a powerful message coupled with an extremely practical application that I have not seen in any other Christian Living book. (Other than the Bible, of course!) ;)
I recently received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Couldn't wait to tear into it! Make sure you set aside time to not only read, but to do some serious soul-searching.
Of course, no book will give you answers to change your life. But rather, it can be used as a tool to aid us in our search for significance. It will ultimately be God who leads you on your customized journey.
Craig Groeschel has written this book as a blueprint for figuring out what we're created to do. It's like "The Purpose Driven Life" was just the introduction and this is the meat-filled portion of the "how to" book.
But be warned! This book is not a book that can just be read. This requires our time, energy, and sweat. Throughout the chapters, readers are challenged with questions; deeper questions than we're probably used to. But if you take the time to do the "homework" assignments, as I refer to them, you will discover more about who you were created to be-not to mention more about who the Creator is!
This book encourages you to dream big with God standing beside you. He really does want to give us the "desires of our hearts." What's yours?
Since Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life, the Christian market has been flooded with books on discovering your purpose in life. Craig Groeschel has taken that process of discovery to a whole new level. With witty quips and insightful illustrations he leads the reader into a journey of self-evaluation, meaningful meditation, and strategic exercises to identify their chazown, God's vision, revelation, or dream for their life.
Chazown provides a path for getting you where you want to go on purpose and not by chance. By identifying your core values and your spiritual gifts then overlapping them with your life experiences a sweet spot of God's design for your life begins to emerge. Identifying that sweet spot and formulating both a purpose statement and a plan of action is the heart of the Chazown experience.
Filled with meaningful questions and step by step instruction, you will be equipped to set goals in five major life areas that Groeschel refers to as spokes. These spokes are your relationship with God, your relationships with people, your finances, your work and your health and fitness.
I found the online tools that are at www.chazown.com to extremely helpful in working through the exercises in the book. Although, it could easily be accomplished offline, the online experience was a real help for me to make the most of the insights in the book.
If you are looking for a quick read that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, this book is not for you. But if you are interested in wrestling with the most important areas of your life and methodically pursuing growth in those areas, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book and the tools that are available with it.