Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Thoughts: "Chazown" (Groeschel)

I just signed on to a program through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, where I get to get free books if I blog about them...(Um, okay...yes, please!)

Here are my thoughts on "Chazown" by Craig Groeschel.

You must know, to start off, that I am a Groeschel fan. I have read several of his books, and participated in several small groups in his video sermon series. He's authentic. He's real. He's down to earth. And he doesn't beat around the bush.

I mainly picked this book because, after all, I am a Groeschel fan. I don't have to worry about random theology thrown in. He's usually just a Biblical kind of writer, which I like.

Chazown's subtitle is: Define Your Vision, Pursue Your Passion, Live Your Life on Purpose.

I didn't look too much into the book past that when I signed up for Blogging for Books. Interestingly enough, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I know what my passions are, and I feel as if I already life my life on purpose (most days). God may have different plans than we, though, and we need to be ready and willing if He changes our path.
Whether you're at a fork in the road or are just driving along aimlessly, this book is a helpful tool to reach your ultimate goal of "living life on purpose." Groeschel takes the Hebrew word for vision, "chazown," (pronounced khaw-ZONE), and creatively encourages readers to find our purpose.

"Where there is no Chazown - no dream, no revelation, no vision, no sense of our created purpose - we perish." (p. 9)

The book is broken down into very short chapters (which is great for this Momma of a soon-to-be-5-year-old). It reads easy, and quite literally guides you through questions, self examinations, meditations, and even a few charts to help you truly dig deep into the person God has created you to be.

Guiding you through your Core Values, Spiritual Gifts, and Past Experiences, the author encourages you to combine the three in a Venn Diagram of sorts, seeing where they merge. Then you will find the Chazown. Then, instead of leaving it there, he talks about what to do to get it into action.

Then he breaks down our Chazowns, relating them to the spokes on a bicycle: Relationship with God, Relationships with People, Finances, Health & Fitness, & Work. In this section, he helps readers see that when a spoke is out, the wheel will not work properly. So it is with us: we must be Biblically balanced people as we travel on this road called life.

Get ready to be challenged. Watch out for your Chazown!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Below are some resources in case you're interested in reading this book on your own! I highly recommend it, as it was enlightening and motivating, along with Biblical and down to Earth. The first chapter is available from the publisher, as well.

{Also - not to beg, but please rank my blog so I can win cool stuff!}

Check Berean Bookstore for your very own copy, or as always, you could stop by my other favorite place to buy books: Amazon.

Chazown by Craig Groeschel (Chapter 1)

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