The Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews

In the Spring of 2015 a friend posted a subtle rebuke on a Facebook post I had made by simply referencing this book by Andy Andrews. He is a man I respect a lot so I bought my copy and started reading it. I was so affected, I had to read it a second time and annotate it on my third read.

The chapters are about personal responsibility, getting input, becoming a person of action, having a decided heart, choosing to be happy, having forgiveness at my core, and being persistent without exception. It is not about theology or God and yet is the story of one man whose life was transformed by knowing Jesus and studying what traits successful people had embraced and it turns out, they have everything to do with Biblical principles.

When it comes to life skills, the guiding principles of how to approach life, this is THE book to read and embrace the principles. 

The strength of the writing, the impact of some of the staements Andrews makes smacked me in the face and changed my thinking. Try this one on for size as Andrews talks about being rejected:

CRITICISM, CONDEMNATION, AND COMPLAINT ARE CREATURES OF THE WIND. THEY COME AND GO ON THE WASTED BREATH OF LESSER BEINGS AND HAVE NO POWER OVER ME.

This is powerful stuff, all my family and most of my leaders have read it. I would recommend you do to.


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Slavery to Sonship

I have mentioned numerous times in a variety of venues that my biggest takeaway from my first time at Bethel, Redding was the atmosphere of sonship . I bought the book by Jack Frost and have made it part of my summer reading list ever since.

The opening chapter describes that 'Shackleton' moment, the moment of letting go of the past, setting yourself free from the comfort and false security of our hurts and fears in order to see the restoration of our futures. From that point on, it had me hooked.

Of course as someone who was impacted by the Father's love message that came out of Toronto in the mid nineties and as a man with a deep wound from not having a father, this book wrecked me in all the right ways.

I cant recommend it highly enough but don't read it once, make it part of your routine.

 


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