This author is one that many of us know, a familiar name who spent 25 years as senior minister of Westminster Chapel in London. In the beginning of the book, he gives seven purposes for having written it. They are:
1. To motivate every reader to experience the joy and praise that comes from God alone – without caring whether people know what (we) may have achieved or sought to accomplish.
2. T0 teach us to become aware of our motives.
3. To bring us to the place where we may have a greater measure of objectivity about ourselves.
4. To teach us how to think.
5. To teach us patience with others.
6. To encourage (us) to use whatever motivation or ambition that lies within (us) to channel it in the direction of pleasing God.
7. To motivate (us) to come into God’s inheritance for (our) life here below and that (we) will be among those who receive a reward at the Judgement Seat of Christ.
I found this book to be extremely easy to read, with lots of points that were easy to apply directly to my life. I have to believe that it would be that way with anyone who reads the book with a mind that’s open to the things God is showing them through what’s shared. The author was upfront about the fact that his book was written during the time of the 2012 Olympics in London, and he started each chapter with a verse (or more than one!) and a quote from one of the Olympians. I appreciated the ways that the points in this book were made, not just with word pictures, but with examples from the lives of people that many of us know (at least from a distance).
A great section of the book said that “The big issue is this: keeping ambition under check and making sure it is God who promotes us and that it is God we are seeking.” Ambition can be a great thing – it gives us the desire to dream, to do more, to do things better, and to have a life that is filled with meaning. But the book was was very clear that ambition can be used for us, or for God to work through us. I’d much prefer to have God work through me than to ever get in the way of what He had planned for me! Wouldn’t you?
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, and was asked to provide an honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.