I started my year by reading a Charles Stanley book called How to Live Your Full Potential for God. The title captivated me and the cover drew me into the pages. From the first chapter of this book, I was drawn to read more. Quickly I passed through the chapters, marking notes and places that jumped out with ideas. By chapter six, I had covered two pages of notes and written a business plan for the year! At the end of the book the author writes “don’t wait another day to live your full potential for God.’ By the time you get to the final chapter, you have a plan and a balanced schedule for doing just that.
About the Book
How to Live Your Full Potential for God is written as a motivational book for life. The book begins with a challenge to examine your current life and see if you are living at your full potential, or God’s. Author Charles Stanley sets the stage for identifying God’s potential in your life, then follows though with 7 essential ingredients: A Clean Heart, A Clear Mind, Using Your Gifts, A Healthy Body, Right Relationships, A Balanced Schedule and Taking God-approved Risks.
While some of the ingredients are obvious, Stanley does a good job of incorporating scripture stories and references into the mix to reveal why they are essential to living your potential. Each chapter concludes with a real-life example of a person living in full potential. The book is easy to understand and follow.
About the Author
Dr. Charles Stanley is a senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries, and internationally known through his popular television and radio broadcasts.
Favorite Quotes by Dr. Charles Stanley
- Your past does not dictate what God is still able to do in you and through you in the future.
- Maintaining a clean heart is a daily exercise.
- Your thinking shapes your character.
- When we know the Word of God in its entirety and in its detail, we know false teaching the moment we see or hear it.
- If you want to have the mind of Christ, you have to see yourself as His servant on earth.
- If you are going to reach your full potential in life, you must gain an awareness of what the Lord has given you.
- God will not give you opportunities to go down a path He has not authorized you to walk.
- Prevention beats a cure any day.
- Fill your day with activities and conversations that have the potential for eternal reward.
- First priority becomes first action.
- There is rest in setting aside unstructured time.
- Don’t rationalize your disobedience.
Favorite Scripture from the Book
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col 3:15 NIV
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my published review.