For each of the next twelve days, I'll be giving away copies of the twelve books that affected me the most this year. They're not all fiction and there were many others on the list besides but these are the ones that hit me hard for some reason or another. I hope you'll enjoy them.
THE PATH: CREATING YOUR MISSION STATEMENT FOR WORK AND LIFE by Laurie Beth Jones
This book was recommended to me by Bea Smith, a wonderful woman who was in my fiction track at Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference (plan now to go next year!). I got it from the library at first and had no idea that it would affect me so profoundly. By the second exercise, I was crying so hard that I had to pack up my things and go home! One of the the most powerful concepts I got from this book was how everything that Jesus did came out of his mission statement, "I came that they might have life and to have it more abundantly."
The book helps you sort through your life (including the baggage you have under the bed and the skeletons in the closet) to see who you are and what you were created for. The great thing is that it isn't about a job. This is a mission statement to cover all of who you are in every area of your life. As Jones states at the beginning of her book, her grandfather often recounted how in wartime any man who couldn't state his mission was shot on the spot. After reading this book, I've come to realize that often the same thing happens spiritually. When we're not sure what we should be doing, others come and give us a mission, often one that kills our dreams.
In 2008, may we all walk through the gate and into the glorious destiny God has promised for us.
HOW TO WIN
One of the first exercises in THE PATH is to determine which of the four elements--wind, fire, earth, water--that you are write a short poem about your element and post it in the comments. The winner will be announced before midnight tomorrow, December 14, 2007.
HINTS THAT MIGHT HELP:
Go to BibleGateway.com and search for scriptures about your element.
Draw a picture of your element.
Look up your element in the dictionary.
Think of 12 characteristics of your element (adjectives) and write them down.
Think of 12 actions of your element (verbs) and write them down.
Circle the words that speak to you.
See you tomorrow! Merry Christmas!