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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Testing my dream with "Put Your Dream to the Test" by John C. Maxwell

On the Woman’s Bookshelf

I’m an avid reader and I’ve been reviewing books for about 13 years. That’s why I started this column, On the Woman’s Bookshelf, so that I could continue doing one of the things I like most. Normally, I review books that are sent to me by publicists or books that I’ve had for awhile, but haven’t had the chance to read. It’s fun sharing books. (It’s okay, you can go ahead and call me a book nerd.)

When I found out that I can be a Book Review Blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishers, I jumped at the chance. The last book they sent was The Noticer by Andy Andrews and it was a great read. Honestly. I wouldn’t tell you that if it wasn’t true. Today’s review is about “Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It” by John C. Maxwell, a New York Times and Business Week best-selling author.

To tell you the truth, I was a little nervous about reading “Put Your Dream to the Test" because I thought, ‘What if I start reading this book and find out that I’m not pursuing the right dream?’ What I found out is not only am I pursuing the right dream, but I am learning key points to clarifying that dream and truly making it a reality in my life.

I must be honest here: I’m not exactly finished “reading” the book, but I have wrapped up the reviewing to tell you about it. I won’t mention that I missed my deadline and needed to get this done as soon as possible. ;) This book is compelling and has fueled me into action on each chapter instead of just barreling through without absorption. I am making notes, completing exercises and talking with those important to me about what I am reading.

The book consists of 10 chapters that pose questions and give guidance on what you should consider in regards to identifying your dream. Maxwell writes, “A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential” and later explains that it isn’t a vague notion of what you think may happen. It’s a specific outline of how you visualize it.

What I like most about the book is the fact that it has given me extreme clarity of my vision. I’m in the process of writing a specific vision statement that I’m going to post on my vision board, and I feel more in control of what will become of my future.

I find this book to be an invaluable tool to testing one’s dream and, of course, it’s high on my recommended reading list. “People who don’t possess compelling dreams are in danger of having their lives merely slip away,” Maxwell writes in the introduction. I know that I don’t want that to happen to me, and I’m almost positive you don’t want that to happen to you either.

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