The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

 

My first encounter with Andy Stanley was through his Podcast series called “Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast“. I listen to podcasts a lot during my commute to and from work. In one of those podcasts he spoke about the Principle of the Path and it struck a chord with me. So reading the book was a logical next step.  
In his book Andy leads the readers by painting some powerful and not all that common stories from the Bible right to the wisdom of the Principle of the Path.

The key idea that I got from the book: Direction – not intention – determines your destination. And it’s a big one if you dare to consider it serioulsy enough as I did. People are full of good intentions but they will bring you nowhere. Only steps in the direction will get you somewhere. I am full of good intentions both in my personal as work life. It takes courage to take steps towards your goals in stead of sticking to the intentions you have.

This principle affects your health, finances, carreer, literally all aspects of life are affected. One of the thought provoking quotes from the book: “Submission – not talent, information, or insight – is the key to good decisions“. Ultimately in the view of Andy Stanley this means submission to the will of God. And allthough I agree with him on this point I dare to say that even for people who don’t believe in God or aren’t religious there is truth in what he says about good decisions.

It is foolish for a person to seriously believe that all knowledge is already in his posession. Good decisions are made when you have tapped into as much knowledge and advice you can get, and submit to it. Or, to willingly go in the direction that is pointed out by the combined information and knowledge you have gathered.

This book is not a book to be read once. It is a book you may need to reread every time you need some advice and direction, because a big decision is to be made. I do read it every know and then, just to stay focused in times of big decisions.

 
 
 
 

Review of “Through the Storm” by Lynne Spears

Sometimes reading just comes natural to me and sometimes things are very slow. I intend to write about the books I read on this blog because of the fact that it forces me to reflect on books just before I put them back on the shelf.

I tend to have a couple of topics for books that I like to read. I blend them together with autobiography types of books. Generally you can learn a lot of people who take the effort to write down what happened to them.

As part of the Thomas Nelson Book review blogger initiative I got the chance to read the book “Through the Storm” by Lynne Spears, the mother of Britney, Bryan and Jamie Lynn Spears. This book has given me an peek into the hectic life of a family that went into a world not suited for them nor even made for them. As Lynne tells herself in this book they were just a middle-class small-town family.

The book is very well written. It is an easy read but not boring at all. Balanced and with tension are words that come to mind. Two things really stand out after reading this book:

1. Stars are just ordinary people not prepared for the things that come with stardom. In a sense the Spears family didn’t ask for a lot of things that came with the tremendous success of Britney. They just have a place where they grew up just as all of us. They come from the same planet. The people and the media treat stars as if they are from a different planet.

2. Your life is greatly affected by the choices you make. Thinking about big decisions in your life is really, really important. I see a sad combination of wrong choices, wrong people and bad luck as the factors that attributed to the trials this family went through. Lynne sums it up quite nicely somewhere in the book when she writes:

“I wish now I had trusted the professionals a little less and given myself more credit for my own instincts.”

Together with the fact that she puts here hope on GodI makes this book a strong story because not all whent well. In the end a glimpse of hope is evolving and I sure hope and pray that life will bring more joy for the Spears family.

Title: Through the Storm, a real story of fame and family in a tabloid world
Author: Lynne Spears with Lorilee Craker
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book review as part of the Book Review Blogger initiative by Thomas Nelson (http://brb.thomasnelson.com)

Perspective: “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews

When I came across the Book Review Bloggers program from Thomas Nelson I immediately signed up. I love reading and writing about books that have impacted my life. I heard about The Noticer project from @michaelhyatt on Twitter.

The book is a novel about planting seeds of perspective in peoples lives. It is a lovely read, beautiful stories tied together by Jones who appears in the lives of people just at the right moment. The only thing Jones does is offering people a new perspective on their lives. And frankly until you read it this might sound odd to you, but the words are really powerful.

Around the book – available this week –  is a campaign to notice the five most influential people in your life. On a special web site people are encouraged to notice and acknowledge these people for the things they have done. I have added an item to my quarterly review list to think about and name the five most influential people in my life.

Title: The Noticer
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

As part of the Thomas Nelson Book review Bloggers (http://brb.thomasnelson.com)