God wants us to thrive, Toney writes. God wants us to live up to our potential. Using Proverbs 11:28 as a basis, she helps us understand how to find and use the unique gifting God has given us.
righteous thrive. Toney helps us understand what it means to be
righteous, concentrating on the aspect of intentional right living.
“Righteousness can be understood most simply as right
looks at integrity and the importance of even small decisions and
actions. She explores boundaries, giving some practical advice on how
and when to say “no.” When boundaries are not kept, wounds
result. She writes about forgiveness and the healing of those wounds.
on she addresses the ideas of focus and goals, with suggestions on
setting realistic goals and using time management. That requires
living with courage, making it past our fears. She helps us
understand the role of thoughts and the importance of what we think
on. She gives tools for fighting fear.
makes possible the next step, fighting the injustice around us.
“...God is always acting for justice and righteousness – and God
has invited us to participate in that action.” (113) She then
encourages us to pursue hope. To make sure we use our resources
wisely she also addresses the issue of pacing ourselves.
ends her book with a call to excellence, reminding us that every
choice we make defines who we are. (162) We were made for excellence,
for a life well lived.
are discussion questions at the end of each chapter for group or
is an inspiring book. It is full of suggestions and tools for living
up to our God-given potential. Toney shares experiences from her own
life to illustrate her ideas and encourage us in our journey.
choose to pursue excellence. Reading this book is a good place to
start. It is an excellent resource for taking those steps toward
living life to the fullest.
H. Toney (M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary) is Associate Executive
Pastor and a member of the preaching team of a large church in
Pomona, California. She leads their spiritual formation ministry and
is a regular speaker at universities, churches and seminars. Lisa,
her husband, and three children make their home in southern
Press, 192 pages. Publisher's product page.
received an ARC from the publisher for the purpose of this review.