I've read plenty of personal development books and a ton of Christian growth books. Batterson's book may be the best I've ever read that combines both subjects. His message is clear, to be the very best we can be for the glory of God, giving God an A plus in effort. The key is living today, winning this day.
Batterson reveals his strategy for excellence in seven habits. The first two habits deal with our past, what we should forget and what we should remember. The next two habits deal with daily decisions, unleashing the power of a 24 hour day. The next two habits help us imagine tomorrow, taking risks and recognizing each moment is a gift from God. The last habit reminds us to seize the day because right now, this moment is all we've got.
Like most books in each genre, Batterson gives a number of inspiring stories and studies to illustrate his principles. Some are familiar but others introduce new insights. Unlike many books, Batterson actually includes practical suggestions to help us develop and live into his seven habits. He shares many of his own best practices and gives valuable tips throughout his writing.
I rarely read a book more than once because there are so many new ones begging my attention. Batterson's is a book I plan to read once a year to encourage me and help me develop my own best practices to win my days.
I highly recommend this book if you are ready to make an “uncompromising commitment to continuous improvement.” (2046/3740)
Tomorrow is mystery.
Win the day!
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. He has a DMin from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of seventeen books. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill with their three children.
Multnomah, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)