Ordinary People Can Make an Impact

28 Aug

Book Review: Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, by Dr. Robert Jeffress

Can an ordinary person make an impact? Can an ordinary person influence another person or even a nation? Using the example of the prophet Elijah, pastor and author Dr. Robert Jeffress makes a strong case for answering “Yes” to both questions.

In his latest offering, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, Dr. Jeffress explains that too many of us settle for a listless life of mundane routine. While we long to discover a greater purpose for our lives, many of us don’t know if it is possible or where to look.

In the book, the author guides the reader through a study of the life of the prophet Elijah in the book of 1 Kings. He gleans seven principles from his life that if employed, will result in a life marked by significance, satisfaction, and success. The seven principles are (1) Discover your unique purpose; (2) Determine to influence your culture; (3) Wait on God’s timing; (4) Burn the ships; (5) Unleash the power of prayer; (6) Learn how to handle bad days; and (7) Live life with the end in view.

The author combines an exposition of 1 Kings with other passages of Scripture to flesh out his principles. He illustrates the ideas with current events, historical examples, and stories from his own life and ministry. Of the seven secrets, I think four of them come directly out of Elijah’s life and ministry, while the other three are loosely based on Elijah. That is not meant to diminish their impact, but rather to say I think the author stretched the point to make them fit his outline. Each chapter includes a number of practical suggestions as to how to implement the principles in one’s own life. The book is very encouraging and helpful.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in Books, Scripture


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