Jones has written an inspiring and encouraging book to help us reach our potential. We might feel stuck and need a push to get us going to the next part of life. We might have an idea for a new career, a new ministry, or a new product and just need exciting encouragement to get going. That's what this book is all about.
Jones teaches using the foundation of Elisha and the woman in debt, found in 2 Kings 4. Lessons are drawn from the Bible story. The most surprising for me was borrowing. The woman borrowed jars from others to increase her store of the God given oil. So we can borrow from others, seeking their help, making use of their insights. Jones draws a number of other encouraging lessons from the widow's experience.
Jones also uses experiences from her own life as well as the lives of others to illustrate her teaching concepts. She asks major questions to help us hear from God and understand what He wants us to do for the next part of our life.
Readers will get plenty of inspiration and encouragement in reading this book. Jones provides good questions to help you understand what you want, assessing what you have, determining what you'll do and identifying why you'll do it. What you will not find is a clear strategy to determining how you will achieve your dream. There is nothing included about setting goals or practical concepts like that. You'll get very inspired to dream but you may have to look elsewhere to actually create a God inspired plan for your future.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
Beth Jones is a Bible teacher, pastor, and author who has been helping people apply God's Word to reach their potential for thirty years. Her book, Getting a Grip on the Basics, has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into nineteen other languages. Her The Basics With Beth television program airs on several networks internationally. She hosts a podcast and teaches thousands online through the Basics University. Beth and her husband, Jeff, founded Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1991, and they still serve as senior pastors. Beth and Jeff have four grown children and two grandchildren and live in Kalamazoo. You can find out more at thebasicswithbeth.com.
FaithWords, 320 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.)