Friday, February 12, 2010

How To Reach Your Potential for God Doesn't Reach Its Author's Potential

In How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less Than His Best, Charles Stanley offers seven “essentials” for doing just that: “A Clean Heart,” “A Clear Mind,” “Using Your Gifts,” “A Healthy Body,” “Right Relationships,” “A Balanced Schedule,” and “Taking God-Approved Risks.” You’ll find some good advice in this book, but not as much theology or Scripture study as in some of Stanley’s other books. How To Reach Your Full Potential for God reads more like a self-help book (including a few paragraphs on the benefits of reading self-help books) than a Scriptural study, and though its advice is not unscriptural, it is largely nonscriptural – rooted more in common sense than in the Bible.

Aside from a few interesting profiles of people pursuing their full potential at the end of each “Essentials” chapter, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God didn’t inspire or interest me much. It wasn’t awful, but it contained very little fresh insight. Having recently read The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life, an earlier (and much better) book by Stanley, I was disappointed in this one.

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