Would you rather be important or influential?

26 Feb

VIPBook Review: VIP—Very Influential Person: How to influence with vision, integrity, and purpose, by O. S. Hawkins

Culture preaches that we should strive for importance. We long to be a VIP—Very Important Person. We get caught up in the pursuit of wealth, status, power, and fame. We want to be “liked” on Facebook. But is that the best way to live?

Author O. S. Hawkins takes a counter-cultural approach by encouraging people to pursue influence rather than importance. Just as each person has a unique fingerprint and DNA, he believes that God has designed each of us with a unique sphere of influence. But to have the greatest impact possible, we need to become a VIP, a person of Vision, Integrity, and Purpose.

According to Hawkins, a person of influence is a person of:

  • Vision—They cast a vision of what God wants them to be, where he wants them to go in life, and how he wants them to get there, and others get caught up in the flow.
  • Integrity—A person of integrity is authentic from the core to the crust. There is no difference between their private life and their public life.
  • Purpose—A person of influence knows why they exist, and they marshal all their energy to achieve that purpose.

The author weaves together numerous passages of Scripture to flesh out his concepts. He also includes the examples of several people who demonstrate these qualities. The strength of the book is that it motivates the reader to want to live this kind of life. The weakness of the book is that the author does not address how to develop these qualities. The assumption seems to be that if the reader is pointed in the right direction and encouraged to start the journey, they can figure out the rest on their own. While the book is encouraging and biblically sound, it is not that helpful. Consequently, it falls short of the goal.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Books, Leadership, Scripture


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