Last winter, Batterson came out with his book, Win the Day. (You can read my review of it here.) He wrote about living in day tight compartments and introduced seven habits. Those habits take time and practice to become part of one's life. That's what this journal is about.
In this journal, Batterson explains each habit then includes writing prompts with space for personal reflection. Some of the prompts are questions asking for thoughtful responses. Others are directions for actions in carrying out the habit. Scriptures are included as are quotes relevant to the topics. There are spreadsheets and charts for things like goals and time management.
Here's a review of the seven habits.
- Flip the script: seeing experiences as part of God's working in and through us.
- Kiss the wave: review and own your past and come to terms with it and discover a new dimension of God's character.
- Eat the frog: starting your day doing those hard things first, habits, goal setting and morning routines.
- Fly the kite: doing the little things, sacrifices, risks, to accomplish the big things, goals.
- Cut the rope: cut what's holding you back, prayerfully dream bigger dreams.
- Wind the clock: make the most of every minute (time) and every moment (opportunity).
- Seed the clouds: take measures today to produce the desired outcome tomorrow.
Batterson suggests taking time in going through this journal, concentrating on one habit for as long as needed. He also suggests doing this work along with a trusted friend, something I think would be vary beneficial. While this journal could be used on its own, it would have a greater impact when it is used beside the original book.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church, a multi-site church in Washington, D.C. NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffee House, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Batterson holds a D.Min. From Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books. He and his wife have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
Multnomah, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy 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.)