Do you have a vision? Can you state your purpose in life? Are you aware of your core values that drive your behavior?
Chazown by Craig Groeschel is a book what could help guide you in answering these questions. Chazown in Hebrew means “vision.”
Chazown directs us to find our core values and spiritual gifts, and identify our past experiences. Ideally when we analyze these three areas of our life we should be able to zero in on our life purpose.
What I liked about this book is its brief easy to read format with many practical tools ad motivating and often humorous stories. You feel like you are talking with a friend.
This is the type of book I will pull off my shelf once a year or so when I am thinking of next year’s goals. Its words of wisdom will help me sort through the noise and get to my key foundational values quickly and clearly. He asks thought provoking questions we all should consider frequently in life:
1. If money was no object and you could do anything your wanted for the rest of your life, what would you do?
2. Besides loving, caring for, and ministering to those who are most important to you, what is the number one thing that you believe God wants to accomplish through you?
Several years ago I spent time with a life coach and dove into reading many books on vision and developing a personal mission statement. This life changing experience is key for me as I set goals each year and try to live my life as God wired me. Taking the time to clarify who you are and how you fit in God’s plan is essential to a fulfilling life.
What I didn’t like about Chazown is its lack of depth and in reality no new material if you have read much in this area and have spent some time seeking your core purpose before. If you haven’t done much work in this area, Chazown is a resource that you may find useful on your journey.
Another strength of the book is group discussion questions, a DVD series that would be great in a small group setting and a rich, interactive web site (http://chazown.com/)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
What books or people have helped you discover your true self?