Friday, January 27, 2017

Builders and Blockers of Life by Randal Smalls

Smalls says he has written this book to help us discover the reservoir of strength and wisdom so we can get busy making our dreams come true. “No one else can make me change for the better-,” he writes, “I am responsible for helping myself.” (14) He does remind us that we have God's help.

Smalls wants us to make better choices. He addresses areas that can hinder or help us: doubt – belief, pride – humility, fear – courage, rejection – affection, resentment – affection, addiction – devotion. He helps us break from the past, change habits, and much more. He illustrates his teaching with examples from his own life. He provides questions for reflection at the end of some chapters, as well as a prayer and encouragement for future action.

There is good encouragement in this book to overcome many issues that hold us back. No detailed strategy is included however. The most helpful way to read this book would be with an accountability partner. A strategy would need to be developed and worked through based on the encouragement in this book. An accountability partner would be a great help in that process.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Randal Smalls is founder of The Better Life Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to empower at-risk teens and adults. Creator of The Better Life Course, he conducts Better Life events in a variety of venues. You can find out more at

Whitaker House, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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