I want to tell you about a great book that was introduced to me on Sunday but, first I am going to talk about my current path. My New Year journey has been amazing. Each day I learn more about myself, I become more consistent, more determined and fascinated with the information and resources placed in my path. When I start to feel disorganized and a bit overwhelmed, I grab my High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard and I review my day and my checklists. His template does not include checklists but I have created my own system at the bottom of each page. I am learning to appreciate all of the questions but I am still struggling with one that asks what bold action could I take today. I am not a BOLD person. I can be loud and a bit too sarcastic but not BOLD. My clothes, my hair, my house and my lifestyle are not BOLD. I like the challenge of being BOLD and I look forward to growing into the ability to be BOLD without fear.
Now back to Sunday and the book. I have not been to church in a while. I found a small church I liked. I volunteered in a group. Unfortunately, there were several times I could not attend because of military or family obligations. Once this happened, I started to fall out of the practice of going to church. Towards the end of December, I kicked a cold I had for several weeks and decided it was time to get back to the gym. I got back into a routine, the New Year came around and I was reminded that in order to truly grow I needed to get back to church. I love Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. I love all the people, the energy, the multitude of people greeting, the loud “hold your hands high” music and the support they provide. I left Sunday feeling uplifted and a new book by the lead pastor Robert Morris, “Beyond Blessed”. Honestly, I bought it because they were offering it for $10. I am a sucker for books and I figured I could put it on my bookshelf and get to it when I had time. Reading and the bible are part of my daily checklist. Robert Morris always backs up his writing with biblical references. I figured I would give it a try and fulfill two tasks at once.
I was hooked in the first chapter. It may help that I am a big fan of the way Robert Morris preaches. I can hear his voice when I read his words. I am grateful for this book. I read the previous book, “Blessed Life” and it was very good but the stories felt not familiar enough for me. This book was made for me. I sat in church listening to James Robison speak. He yells to much for me, which is a quick way to shut down my attention, but I was certain he would have something important to say so I did my best to listen. What rang loud and clear was, I am holding on to my life and my plans too tight. Mr. Robison explained how he GAVE his life to the Lord. I was amazed and certain that I have never done that and could not say with certainty that I would ever do that UNTIL…. I read this book. If you are searching for answers about serving the Lord, tithing, being a child of God…all of it…please read this book. I am only on Chapter Four because I am taking so many notes and writing in the book. Yes, I am the person who highlights and underlines text in books. I just can’t get enough of this book and I wanted you to know. It is helping me to walk an even more amazing path in 2019. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
Do you have a great book from 2018 or this year? Please share. I love everything books.