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Live Like You Mean It: The 10 Crucial Questions That Will Help You Clarify Your Purpose / Live Intentionally / Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life [Kindle Edition]

T.J. Addington
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Book Description

Scripture tells us we are “God’s workmanship,” born to participate in intimate relationship with God. We are to do the work of His kingdom--this is foundational to our identity.

This book will show you how to respond to your God-inspired inner urgings and live them out intentionally. Discover your true significance and priorities in living out the incredible work of God’s kingdom.

A great discipleship tool, Live Like You Mean It also can be used in a missional setting or for personal spiritual growth.

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From the Back Cover

The Scriptures tell us we are “God’s workmanship,” born to participate in intimate relationship with God and do the work of His kingdom. Sadly, we often fall short of the grand design He intends.

Author T. J. Addington says that Jesus changed the rules about what is ordinary versus what is significant. Live Like You Mean It will help you find your true significance in living out the incredible work of God’s kingdom—work such as drawing others into relationship with Jesus and bringing Christ’s values to the marketplace. You’ll find that by extending the grace of Jesus to others in creative and compassionate ways and funding God’s work effectively, you can bring the kingdom of God to the hurting, the poor, and the marginalized.

This book will show you how to respond to your God-inspired inner urgings—to discover that sweet spot of your personal wiring—and live them out intentionally.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EQ3BAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christ-Living Taken Seriously January 23, 2010
The primary reason that I recommend Addington's book is that the reader is challenged to take seriously what living for Jesus is all about. For too many, being a Christian is a religiously cultural formula that all too often misses Jesus. The author writes, "Our relationship with Christ is all about remaining in Him, staying close to Him, listening to His voice and allowing His Spirit to empower us so that we say no to sin and yes to righteousness."(p. 138). This is living like we mean it.
By structuring the book with the ten key questions, Addington makes the book very clear and understandable. The intensely personal and transparent nature of this third book of his only increases its helpfulness.
I found chapter 10 on making a plan for our days, months and year to be a great help to my own intentionality and honestly, my favorite chapter.
I invite the author to write his next book on 'the practices that refresh'that he briefly mentioned in chapter 6 (pgs 104-105). Addington's clear, direct and livable approach would be a valuable contribution to the body of written work on the spiritual disciplines. --Dan Witwer
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing March 27, 2010
This book has a potential to change your life if you take what it says and live it. This book is becoming a life changer for me. My husband is a doctor and I am a stay at home mom. I often have a hard time finding my place and identity in a stay at home mom world. Society says that a doctor is very important whereas a stay at home mom is not. This book has been helpful for BOTH of us!!!! It has transformed my perspective. My husband is called to doctoring and has to ask the exact same questions about his purpose in life as I do. We are both just as equal in our calling. Also, we have a calling as a couple. We are very soon making a transition in locations for my husband's work, so the book couldn't have come at a better time. As a couple we have started to examine what our purpose will be together in our new location. What is our purpose as individuals? What is our purpose as a couple? What is our purpose as a family? God has given us each an identity, NOT in our job, but in HIM. So much of the time we are not living in the complete JOY that comes from our purpose in Christ. We are living a mediocre life and not understanding that there is so much more if we dig deeper into the way God made us each individual. The questions T.J. asks are not something to take lightly. The questions dive into the very core of who were are, why we do what we do and what we can do to make our lives so much more meaningful. Thank you T.J. for the beginning of a new journey for me, my marriage and our family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fyl's Thoughts on Live Like You Mean It February 23, 2011
The cover very clearly tells you the book contains "the 10 crucial questions that will help you clarify your purpose, live intentionally and make the most of the rest of your life." The foreword also underscores the merits of learning and understanding through questions-"It is in wrestling with questions, and not giving the answers, that we grow and change." And with these expectations from the book, I set out on a Socratic journey of self discovery with the aid of Addington.

Every chapter focuses on one question and its answer, and ends with a few more reflective questions that can be used in group discussions. I liked that the questions are relevant and applicable to Christian growth and lifestyle. I also liked that Addington directs the reader to the Bible for answers. For example, the reader is pointed to Ephesians 2:10 to find the answer to the question "Why am I here?"

I would have liked Addington to take the questioning approach farther and use a more purer form of Socratic strategy. Questions are not as effective when they are followed by the answer and illustrative examples. Lessons are better understood and remembered when the questions arouse interest and curiosity while leading the learner to discover the answer and relish the gain of new, fresh insights. I felt the book did not meet the expectation set forth in the foreword.

Yet, despise that one small prejudice I have about the book's teaching strategy, I feel the substance of the book and the logic of Addington's treatment of the topic are worth the attention of any Christian committed to a lifestyle focused on God's calling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Questions Can Change Your Life March 13, 2011
Each of us longs to feel significant. It's part of what makes us human. It's built into our DNA.

In his book Live Like You Mean It, T. J. Addington takes us on a journey of self-discovery by asking ten crucial questions:

Why am I here? (Purpose)
What is my sweet spot? (Gifts)
What will I leave behind? (Legacy)
What really matters? (Priorities)
What is my plan? (Ongoing growth and development)
How do I best recharge? (Rest and refreshment)
How can my life have a ripple effect? (Influencing and inspiring others)
How do I relate to God? (Spiritual development)
Will I say yes to God? (Responding to God in good times and bad)
What shall I do next? (Creating an ongoing plan)

As we reflect upon these questions, Addington encourages us to make a difference by reminding us that it's not about us. He challenges us to look beyond our desires and to think about God's plans. He reminds us that today's choices impact tomorrow, and they impact others. He inspires us, through real life stories, scripture, and practical advice, to be better people.

This is a book you will want to read, highlight, and read again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I really enjoyed this book. The book is written to help you focus how you spend your time and what goals you set for yourself. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mark Farran
5.0 out of 5 stars A good manual for midlife reflection
Each of us has a unique purpose in God's plan, a "sweet spot" for which we were designed. But even if we are in that spot, life's changing seasons lead us to periodically... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. S. Bornus
4.0 out of 5 stars Planning taken seriously
When I first started out in ministry Ted Engstrom and Ed Dayton from World Vision wrote excellent materials on how to Prioritize, Plan and Put into action your goals and... Read more
Published 24 months ago by William D. Curnutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Like You Mean It
I'm using this as a small group Bible Study. Most of us are a little "older" but it's still a relevant topic. We're not dead yet, so we still have a purpose in the Kingdom! Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by joann oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Applicable
Highly recommended! Addington's strategies are practical and immediately applicable to daily life. Discover what your individual purpose is and develop a plan to live... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Cresanna Kahrl
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is poorly formated
Can't read the small type; can't put up with the big type.

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Published on July 12, 2011 by R.O. Despain
4.0 out of 5 stars Edifying and Uplifting
"Live Like You Mean It" is T.J. Addington's challenge to readers to live intentionally and with purpose. Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Personal, and Pastoral
Three words describe my thoughts about this book: 'Practical, Personal, and Pastoral.' Addington, a survivor of a serious illness, writes this book in a very introspective manner. Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Dr Conrade Yap
4.0 out of 5 stars Questions to Ponder
I was ready to thoroughly dislike this book, for several reasons- 1. the ridiculous long subtitle that seems to be over promising a bit; and 2. Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by C. Stauffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intentional Living
Intentional living is not something most of us are very good at. Instead of choosing to live like we mean it, we live like we have to. Read more
Published on February 15, 2011 by Keith G
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More About the Author

T.J. Addington is a Senior Vice President with the EFCA and the leader of ReachGlobal, the international mission of the EFCA. He has served as a pastor, consultant and denominational leader. Over the past fifteen years, T.J. has consulted with numerous churches and Christian non-profit organizaitons in the areas of healthy leaders, intentional leadership, governance systems and dealing with issues of organizational health and strategy. He resides with his wife of 33 years, Mary Ann, in Oakdale, MN and is the father of two sons. He is the author of three books, High Impact Church Boards,Leading From The Sandbox and Live Like You Mean It. In his spare time T.J. is an avid fly fisherman. T.J. is passionate about helping every individual live to the fullest and leave a meaningful legacy

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