Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One Month To Live - Book Review

A 30 day challenge: One Month To Live is written by Kerry & Chris Shook, and it will have you questioning how you have been living, yourself.



"Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are, 
help us to spend them as we should." Psalm 90:12

 Want to live a no-regrets lifestyle? Here's a great start. This devotional-like book will help you turn your life around in 30days. In the beginning, you look at your calendar and circle 30 days from the day you begin to read it, to see how much your life has changed since you began reading. For me, this sounded so amazing to do, but I have a hard time reading just a chapter a day, in books; I always end up wanting to read as much as I can in one sitting. This is what caused my review on the book to be so behind. You would think it would have been the other way around though lol. I made sure to jot down helpful information as I went, to be forever reminded of the great points the author's wrote, so I will be sharing bits throughout this post.

   I enjoyed reading 'One Month to Live' for the most part. I like that the book is based on a challenge for yourself and even has a place to sign your name at the beginning, to commit to live the next 30 days of reading-as if they were your last- so you can experience life to the fullest. Maybe this is where I went wrong..I never signed my named to fully commit, I suppose. >< I also like that at the end of each chapter, there is a set of activities or questions to discuss with yourself, so it's best to keep a journal along with the book :) One of the activities was to write down 5 things you want to change about yourself. I'm sure this is an easy activity for most people. The world is a sad place where not many people love themselves. But if you read through this book and follow the activities, I'm sure you will find things changing for the better; finding happiness and enjoying yourself.

"Life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away." 

   I especially liked a story they shared, about a boy who found a butterfly chrysalis on a tree branch.  He thought the butterfly was struggling to get out of its chrysalis so he decided to help it out, with his pocketknife. He ended up pulling the butterfly out by its wings and holding it in his hand, thinking it would fly away, but it didn't, it died instead. The butterfly had to struggle out of its chrysalis itself, in order to live. I like this story because it' showing us, that we too have our struggles, but we get through them and live. If we have someone doing everything for us, trying to make our life perfect and pretend the bad isn't their, it just won't happen. "The key is to recognize that God doesn't cause the problem, but He allows it in order to strengthen our wings so we can soar to our full potential." I know there are people who do not believe this, or asks 'how can God let this happen?' and I understand, when it's a time of hurt, it doesn't make any sense to us and doesn't feel fair. But in the end, it's building up to the life God has planned for us. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


If you ever come across this book, pick it up, check it out. 
You never know how it could change your life :)


"God created us to take risks in faith and to conquer 
the giants that paralyze us with fear."



*This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.
 

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