The Extravagant Fool (Zondervan, 2014)

The Extravagant Fool is a deep dive into the reality of Kevin Adams. You will follow him as he goes from a successful businessman to the depths of despair during the recession. Yet, through it all he learns an important lesson: sometimes you don’t have all the answers and you need to simply and fully trust God.

The book read much like a journal into the everyday life of Kevin and his journey through challenging times. A few lessons I picked up on while reading this book are:

  1. What we often fear isn’t as bad as we think it is (we just value things that really don’t matter)
  2. You can fully trust God even during the most difficult challenges

While there are more lessons to learn then this, the Extravagant Fool is a bare all story from Kevin’s own journey. Wether you’ve been through similar trials or you just want to learn a better way to face future trials, you’ll find just the encouragement you need in this book.

The Hope Quotient – Measure it. Raise it. You’ll Never Be the Same. (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

Why are some people more effective than other people? Why do some enjoy life while others endure life? Why do some soar while others sink? These are the questions that Ray Johnston answers in his new book The Hope Quotient.

The author makes the case that the one contributing factor that makes all of the difference is not your IQ or your EQ, but your HQ. The HQ is your Hope Quotient.

The book goes on to outline 7 factors that raise your hope quotient. These 7 factors have nothing to do with your smarts or what you inherited from your parents. These 7 factors can be developed and nurtured by anyone.

  1. Recharge your batteries
  2. Raise your expectations
  3. Refocus on the future
  4. Play to your strengths
  5. Refuse to go it alone
  6. Replace burnout with balance
  7. Play great defense

Question: How do you develop inner strength and hope?

How High Will You Climb Book Review john Maxwell

How High Will You Climb? (Thomas Nelson, 2014)

How High Will You Climb is a book by John Maxwell designed to help you change your attitude. Many of us just don’t realize how powerful our attitude can be on an everyday basis. Your attitude will directly dictate your performance.

A few questions you will get answers to include:

  • Why is our attitude all that important to our daily lives?
  • What exactly are the main ingredients to developing the right attitude in life?
  • What are the things that cause a negative attitude to develop in us?
  • What are some practical steps for turning a negative attitude into a positive?

What of my favorite parts of the book is where John talks about limiting beliefs. He shares stories of how other people’s opinions can influence our attitudes temporarily, but we are the only person who can do it permanently. Here is his exact quote: “Others can stop you temporarily, but you are the only one who can do it permanently.”

This is a great book to have on the shelf for those times in life when you feel beat up and need some encouragement.

empty promises book review

Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You’re Believing (2012)

In the book Empty Promises, Author Pete Wilson tackles the most common empty promises people in our culture struggle with. The prevailing question is not whether or not we struggle with idols, but “what do we do with our idols?”

If there one big takeaway from the book, it is this: what we worship shapes who we are.

Pete said it best in the book:

Do you like the person you are becoming? If not, might I suggest that you take a look at what’s on the throne of your heart? Because one of the fundamental truths in human nature- and the greatest dangers of idolatry- is that what we worship shapes who we are.

Some of the other fundamental truths about idolatry that the author shares in this book include:

  • Understanding that we have an idolatrous heart to begin with (something Pete does a great job of explaining)
  • The exact things we tend to look to give us what only God can give us
  • Why only God himself is the only replacement for our idols
  • Understanding the reasons why idols need to be replaced and not just removed.

Do you want to live a fuller life? Do you want better relationships? Do you want to live in better alignment with God’s will for your life. Read this great book and come to a better understanding of the “good” things that can take the place of the “greatest” thing (your personal relationship with God).

What has a tendency to take the throne of your heart?