Terry A. Smith serves as lead pastor of The Life Christian Church, a non-denominational faith community in West Orange, NJ. He is a cofounder of the New York City Leadership Center. His book, "Ten: How Would You Rate Your Life?" demonstrates seven steps to experiencing life in all of its fullness and achieving what God wants for us.
The majority of the book deals with leadership skills and how to develop them if you want to reach your God-given ambitions. If you aren't satisfied with your life then God has something better in store for you, and Smith will help you define your goals discover God's bigger plan for your life and head toward your dreams in spite of the obstacles in your way.
Just like any self-help book, you must desire to change and be agreeable to doing whatever it takes. Unlike others like it, Smith uses examples from the Bible and quotes Scripture to emphasize his seven-step plan.
If you are looking for more in your life and are willing to step outside of your comfort zone and do what Smith suggests, this book will be a good resource for you. The reflection questions at the end of each section will give you an opportunity to look at yourself and apply what you've read.
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Praiseworthy endorsements by a cross section of noted Ministers, humanitarians, leaders in business, education, community services, and faith based ministries assure the reader of the potential of the principles introduced by Terry A. Smith in his book "TEN: How Would You Rate Your Life?" Terry takes a fresh look at answering the question, "What Does it Take to Live a Fulfilled Life?"
The book is made up of seven parts guiding the reader through a progression of steps that will awaken hope for the future and help the reader discover life's individual role in fulfilling God's planned destiny. Smith introduces keys to discovery, creative imagination and the spiritual implications of leadership that will move your dreams from possibilities to actualities.
I found several significant concepts for additional refection and personal implementation especially intriguing:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The concept of giving birth to ideas that can exponentially impact thousands of others
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Partnering with God in my own destiny fulfillment
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Being a co-worker with God in accomplishing His plans
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Recognizing and operating within my life's boundaries
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The evolutionary and determinative elements in the development of my personal worldview
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The circles of change concept of fulfilling my destiny
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The transcendent steps: Choose-Respond-Change
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The power within me for change and the positive influence I can have on the lives of others
Terry Smith's writing is fresh and articulate. He uses a balance of choice scriptures with personal, contemporary, and classic real life illustrations to reinforce his message. He is well read. His writing is thoroughly documented. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Smith believes God wants to cheer you on to your future. "He wants your God-inspired dreams to come true." (xxii) The dream He has for you is the "more and better life than you ever dreamed of." (1) That life, on a scale of one to ten, is TEN (as in John 10:10).
You must want this future. It requires your will. Smith has written to encourage you to go after the more and better God wants for you. (5) "The future is in you now." (11)
AWAKE You can become fully awake to this God-inspired future. You must really want to create that better future. Take others along with you. "God specifically wired us to transcend and affect present realities and to create realities that do not yet exist." (27) "You have the potential to will and act to male something beautiful that reflects God's grandeur instead of humanity's mess." (39)
DISCOVER "We partner with God in destiny fulfillment." (45) Discover the destiny God has for you and choose to fulfill it. The Holy Spirit will reveal it to you. (1 Cor. 2:10) "In His sovereignty, God has decided, to a great extent, to limit His involvement in this world to the willingness of human beings." (61) You must decide how much you will work to see God's mission in this world successfully achieved.
IMAGINE Have an audacious imagination. See the future before it can be seen. Smith suggests you intentionalize imaging - "deliberately and prayerfully imaging the specific things [you] believe God has said is possible for [you]." (73)
GROW God is a Theory Y God. (Theory Y being a management style that assumes people want to self-directed and achieving, given the motivation. Smith likes to talk about "becoming God-actualized, where who we are in every way is fully matured so we can actually live out our God-given potential." (106) He reviews several aspects of personal growth.
With encouraging thoughts and inspiring stories, Smith covers the remaining aspects of TEN: ACT, LEAD, LET'S GO THERE (stuff happens on your way). I could have included ideas from these points, but then, I want you to read the book for yourself.
Smith wants you to live deep. He has provided encouraging stories and practical suggestions to inspire you on your way to a richer and fulfilling life - a TEN. But he doesn't stop at moving your own life to its God-given potential. A major theme in this book is you helping others see their potential as well.
He has provided reflection questions at the end of each of the major sections. These would be great for individual or group use. This book would be especially useful to a church council or similar group looking to determine God's plan for their future.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book for the purpose of this review.
This book was really inspiring. The local feel of the stories and biblical references conveyed a sense of relevance and accessibility. The idea of discovering what God wants for me and that He will help me to accomplish it is a powerful notion.
TEN is a great book that has impacted myself and many people I know who have read it. This book helps you to identify God's calling for your life, and helps you to follow that calling, which in turn leads to living a "TEN". It is inspirational and encourgiing through the stories Smith tells, and at the same time theologically stimulating and even challenging at times to what we think we know about God and his purpose for our lives. A great read for anyone who wants the "more and better life" that Jesus promised in John 10:10.