Possibilities: Partnering with God to Become Your Best Self
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
By Lisa F, Submitted on 2017-05-04
I have to admit that I have felt "stuck" with my life for a long time. I make goals and then do not follow through. I want my life to be better, but I have not taken the steps necessary to make it better. I don't think that I am alone in this cycle.
Kiersten Lortz felt inspired to write a book about making her life better. She had been praying about becoming happy. As usual, her answer wasn't given to her. Instead she was prompted to search it out and write a book. I am grateful for her promptings because she has shared her research with all of us, I definitely need the inspiration!
I was struck by her words in the first chapter. It is under the header of the "List".
"Get started by writing down your desires. Divide your paper into four sections, and label them Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional. Under each section list your desires for that area of yo r life. See if you can include at least one to-be and one to-do in each category. This will enable you to become your best self by aligning what you are doing with the person you want to become."
She then goes on to show a sample list and explain the importance of each category. After this she made a statement that for me was one of those "light bulb" moments. It brought it together. The thing is that I know the principle, sometimes it take someone to word it one way, or share their insight that makes it finally sink in to my brain.
"Once your list is compiled, you are ready for the final step --- making it happen. This is the place where most of us stay stuck, which is why the rest of this book is dedicated to taking action. Why do so many of us hesitate to move forward or allow defeat to come so easily? The reasons are endless--- guilt, laziness, low self-esteem, obligations, and on and on. Guilt, in particular, is always telling us we should be taking care of everyone else and leaving ourselves in the dust, there to wallow until all the children are grown, the house and cars are paid off, and our husband's career is winding down. One then, we say, it is 'our turn.'"
She also talks about the adversary putting up road blocks. He doesn't want us to be happy. He wants us to be miserable. This is a book that I needed at this time in my life.
The book is written with LDS terms, but the message is universal. I believe that it can be enjoyed by anyone. The terms are defined, in case it may be confusing.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
By Shauna Wheelwright, Submitted on 2017-05-03
How I love authors who help us remember where we need to be even though we might not fully realize we are stuck; but we really are. And if not stuck, we are usually imbalanced like I am most of the time. This book teaches you how to set goals to achieve greatness in four areas: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional. I needed these lessons so that I might more fully become a better self than I am right now. You will love reading the stories Kiersten shares to help illustrate the principles she is teaching. Sometimes life gets in the way-- books like this help put us back on the path-- and show us the 'possibilities' that lie ahead. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS ONE!
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-05-01
This is a really good non-fiction book. I liked the way it's written from an LDS perspective, but I liked the way that LDS specific terms are defined for those that aren't familiar with our little quirks.
I liked the author's voice in this one. She helped me to see things that I personally need to work to improve without seeming overly preachy. I liked when she talks about her own things she needs to work on. Things like not being an overly happy person and just how she has to deal with that to make sure that she's not rubbing her unhappiness off on the members of her family.
I liked that the author used a mix of her own personal experiences, friends experiences, scriptures and quotes from prophets and apostles. I thought that she did an excellent job combining all of the sources and making a book that is easy to read and learn from.
This is a great non-fiction book. I enjoyed reading and learning from it.