Robyn's Book Club
This week I read the book Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell. I was both inspired and challenged by this fabulous writing.
Dr. John Maxwell answer the question, "What is the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream?". He uses ten powerful questions that you must ask yourself. These questions are compiled as ten chapters within his book. Each designed to cause you to search deep within.
Whether you have lost sight of a dream you once had, or are searching for a new dream to be birthed, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step by step plan that you can use to not only see your dream, but to accomplish your dream as well.
I realized while reading this book that you can achieve your dream if no-one else in this world believes in you, but you will never achieve it if you don't believe in yourself. Dr. Maxwell caused me to do a inward evalutaion of what compells me, as well as what has held me back from achieving my own dream. Dr. Maxwell speaks on topics such as:
Is My Dream Really my Dream?
Do I Clearly See My Dream?
Am I Depending on Factors within My Control to Achieve My Dream?
Does My Dream Compel Me to Follow It?
Do I Have a Strategy to Reach My Dream?
Have I Included the People I Need to Realize My Dream?
Am I Willing to Pay the Price For My Dream?
Am I Moving Closer to My Dream?
Does Working toward My Dream Bring Satisfaction?
Does My Dream Benefit Others?
I recommend this book to anyone searching for the inspiration and the know how they need to really challenge themselves to be all that God has called them to be.
"Always remember there are only two kinds of people in this world- the realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they're going. The dreamers have already been there."
California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go. A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
This book was a life changing for me, not only did it open up the wonderful world of this fabulous author, Francine Rivers, to me, but it also drastically changed the way that I viewed the love of God. Based on the Book of Hosea from the Bible, Francine Rivers brings to life the love that God has for the sinner, the scared, and the broken. Redeeming Love uses a man to bring healing through the love of God to a woman that the world had forgotten. I recommend this book for not only woman who struggle with their past pains, but also to the men who love them. May God continue to bless the works of Francine Rivers' hands.