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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
The relationships in your life will make the difference between happiness and misery.
The right relationship will launch you to the heights of achievement; the wrong one will tether you to mediocrity. Your relationships will be your sources of greatest joy and your venues of greatest pain. Van Moody says, When people show you who they are, pay attention.
We need to undertake the important task of evaluating our relationships intelligently. We need to recognize the people with whom God has called us to walk in mutually beneficial relationships and to identify those who will derail our destinies or hinder His purposes for our lives. It is high time we cultivate our Relational IQs, understanding not only how to build great relationships but also how to avoid or skillfully exit bad ones.
Van Moody saw this need every day of his pastoral life, but he could not find a concise, practical resource for people who need to become more relationally savvy. He needed a beyond-the-basics study guide for Relational IQ. The People Factor is his solution.
God works in our lives through our relationships. Yet, all too often, we get our relationship advice from the most toxic sources we can find. The People Factor is based on the most effective, trustworthy relationship book of all time: the Bible.
If you hunger for a richer, more fulfilling life, your Relational IQ is the place to start. If you put The People Factor principles to work, you will become stronger, happier, and healthier in all your relationships. You will be a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss, a better parent, and a better person.
Van Moody serves as pastor of the Worship Center in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, he is on the board of Joel Osteen's Champions Network, is a member of Dr. Ozs Core Team, and is an associate trainer in Japan for Dr. John Maxwells EQUIP leadership organization. Moody, his wife, Ty, and their children, Eden Sydney and Ethan Isaiah, live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jon KenneyWarner Robins, GAAge: 25-34Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The People FactorApril 19, 2015Jon KenneyWarner Robins, GAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3About the Book
There complexities to relationships, whether they be extremely personal like marriage, a friend, or a co-worker. We must determine which relationships are good for us and which ones are bad for us. This is the premise of The People Factor by Pastor Van Moody, which is a simple look at relationships and how there are clear dynamics within all relationships that we have.
Moody takes time through the first half of the book to bring into focus some key observations about relationships and how we navigate them. He takes the reader into an introspective look at which people are propelling you forward and which individuals might just be holding you back.
Attempting to use scripture as a basis for his conclusions Moody looks to assist us in the process of assessment by taking inventory of individuals in our lives by becoming more aware of who they are and what they reveal about themselves to you.
When people show you who they are, pay attention.
Once you get towards the middle of the book, Moody turns to provide tools you can use to evaluate your relationships and offers insight into those who deserve to have input into your life. One of these relationships he calls covenant partners, these people are those who can accept change, who don't run away during difficult times, who trusts God, who trusts you, who trusts themselves, and someone who will help you and not harm you.
Moody ends the book walking through the ebbs and flow of relationships, pointing out that some relationships are merely for a season and some serve a greater purpose.
A Few Thoughts
While parts of this book were insightful, I couldn't help but find some of his conclusions based on scripture to be a bit weak at times. Moody definitely helps the reader objectively calculate their own investment into their relationships, but tends to make things almost too black and white. If the person isn't benefiting you and your goals, cut ties. While the book doesn't read that extreme, there we definite times when I walked away with that sentiment.
In the end, the Bible is not a self-help book describing how you can become the best version of yourself through your relationships. If you own that Bible, I suggest you walk away right now.
Cole JuneGuadalupe, ArizonaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentJune 20, 2014Cole JuneGuadalupe, ArizonaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recommend this book to all ages. When your children reach an age of 10 and above, you and your children will not regret it. Excellent, excellent. I love the book, I would always use it also as reference material.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5April 18, 2014Jennifer MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The tagline of The People Factor, by Van Moody, reads, "How building great relationships and ending bad ones unlocks your God-given purpose." This book is a manual in doing just that. It instructs you in both understanding and evaluating your relationships, so that you can make healthier choices and ultimately build a more joyful and fulfilling life. It gives you a biblically-sound blueprint for strengthening the positive relationships in your life, and how to avoid or gracefully exit the bad ones.
This is truly one of the best books of its kind. Moody writes with a warm, conversational style. It is easy to read, and easy to understand, prompting many "A-ha" moments as I read. The book is divided up into three logical sections:
1. Critical Laws of Relationships
2. How To Make The Most of Difficult choices
3. Essentials of Great Relationships
A few sections that particularly spoke to me on a personal level were those about always being yourself; recognizing the people who are on your side, and in your life, for the long term; how to navigate healthy relationships with unhealthy people; realizing that you can't be friends with everyone; releasing your past to embrace your future; and how to make difficult choices and constructive transitions in your relationships.
My favorite analogy was when he skillfully compared a relationship to expired milk... milk that once served a real, important, nourishing purpose... but ultimately became spoiled and was no longer healthy. It beautifully and concisely illustrated a very important life lesson.
This book covers everything you need to know when it comes to the relationships in your life, and gives you a solid, biblical perspective on dealing with them in the best, most productive way possible.
Relationships are such an integral part of our lives, and Moody understands this so well. This is a must-read for anyone needing to improve the relationships in his life (which is all of us!), and will aid in helping you become a better parent, partner, co-worker, and friend.
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Ben SilkHamilton ONAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5how to build great relationshipsFebruary 25, 2014Ben SilkHamilton ONAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the best books I have read on how to build great relationships. Van Moody, a pastor from Birmingham, Alabama explains that "there are no neutral relationships." The People Factor provides you with clear steps on how to approach relationships and to build them to be stronger than ever. He covers the laws that govern relationships and asks thought-provoking questions to help you enhance your "relational IQ". This is a book illuminates God's word in magnificent ways and allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the different types of relationships used throughout the Bible. By using examples from the Bible, Van Moody demonstrates that whenever "God wants to do something in a person's life, He usually does it through a relationship." Whether you are looking to define what to look for in a healthy relationship, find out if you are in a toxic one or learn how to end a relationship that is hurting you; this book covers it all. The People Factor not only taught me a great deal about myself, it made me incredibly grateful for the friends and support system I have surrounded myself with. It made me grateful for the relationship I have with God and that I can seek his word to find help on relationships that is still relevant in today's world! I encourage you to take the time to read this book and watch as it transforms your relationships.