Chazown: A Different Way to See Your Life (March 2006)

Published By: Multnomah Books

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Religion

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Reviewed by Bob Pike CSP, CPAE-Speakers Hall of Fame

Are you as happy as you want to be? If you were lying on your death bed and knew that time was running out--and also knew that your "doing" days were over--what kinds of thoughts would be running through your mind?

This might be a poor way to start a review for a book that I really, really want you to read. I hope not. I hope it rings a responsive chord. In 1991 I had a heart attack, and for 48 hours, I did not know whether I'd live or die. Those hours were filled with regrets--a realization of great hopes unrealized.

I got a second chance, but this book made me realize that I still have many hopes unrealized. After reading the book I now know why--and what to do about it. Chazown is from the Hebrew and it means "vision."

God has a unique plan or vision for your life, but do you know what it is? Do you believe that the God of the universe could have a plan or vision that fulfilling it would bring you more happiness, joy, and peace than you thought imaginable? More than your own plans even?

Groeschel lays out a way of finding that vision and acting on it that revolves around three knowable things, things that will take time to explore:

Your core values: What do you get passionate about? What gets you righteously angry when it is violated?

Your spiritual gifts: What are the things you do noticeably well, and love to do?

Your experiences: These experiences, both good and bad that make you who you are today.

The book lays out step by step how to focus and clarify these three things and identify where they converge. The author provides downloadable forms and a journal to help you with the thinking needed to find the answers to all the questions. It is a process, not a crash course--but a worthwhile process. It is simple, but not easy.

Armchair Interviews says: This is a challenge to you. Get this book if you are ready to maximize joy, peace, and happiness!

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