Monday, October 5, 2015

Intentional Living ~ John C. Maxwell

    Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455548170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455548170

John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, helps readers take the first steps to living a life that matters in INTENTIONAL LIVING.
We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achieve. That they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference.

The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to achieve significance and create a lasting legacy. The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can't make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that's ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it's hard; other times it's easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.

In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell will help you take that first step, and the ones that follow, on your personal path through a life that matters.

My take on this book:
Our lives are like a story, there is often the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly that we often want to hide, but overall, the way that we live and what we do is our story. Honestly I had never thought about it in such simple terms until picking up Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell. The great thing is as long as we are alive, we have the ability to shift our story to who we want to be instead of who we might be right now. Instead of living an unintentional life where things just sort of happen, we can begin to live intentionally, and choose to make a difference, then it becomes like a ripple effect where we might just influence someone else. Reading Intentional Living will show the reader the simple steps they need to make to start living life with purpose, and one of the simplest steps is changing ones mindset! 

This is the first book I have read by John C. Maxwell and if I had to describe it in one word it would be POWERFUL!  There is no way to read this book and not be inspired to live the best life you can live. A life without regret, a life where you make a difference. This book motivates and inspires but it also touched a place deep in my heart as I read the stories the author shared. The writing style is so easy to comprehend, and I truly felt like I was listening to Mr. Maxwell speak as I read the book. There were so many favorite passages that i underlined, but the one line that jumped out at me was this " If you give with no expectation of return, you can make a difference and live a life that matters," and honestly isn't that what we all want. Truly a timely book for today's society one that everyone should read. I have found myself rereading certain passages because I truly want to live a life that matters and this book holds the keys to help unlock the potential that lives inside all of us!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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