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"The 10-Second Rule is a wonderful, inspirational book that reinforces how one simple gesture, one small act of kindness, can make an enormous difference. Its heartfelt message is that we all have the power to change a life if we open our eyes to the unplanned and hidden blessings that are put in our path for a very special reason."
(Laura Schroff, author of the New York Times bestselling book An Invisible Thread)

“Rarely does a book jolt me into immediate action. The 10-Second Rule did just that. After laying the book down I kneeled…and recommitted myself to ‘doing the next thing Jesus asks me to do.’ This book will wreak all kinds of good havoc in all who read it.”
(Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL Chairman of the Board, Willow Creek Association)

“With unblinking transparency, Clare De Graaf says…what most of us secretly know about ourselves, which often keeps us from living the life God blesses. Living by the Rule is the way forward! Ten seconds can change your life.”
(John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, CA, Author, The Me I Want to Be)

“Excellent…helps turn down the noise so we can…really listen to the Savior’s direction…and follow! I highly recommend this small book filled with big impact!”
(Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder/CEO Joni and Friends International Disability Center)

“An easy-to-grasp and memorable formula for building a life that consistently puts the will and wisdom of Jesus into action. This book is a game-changer!”
(Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI)

“You will enjoy and be impacted by The-10 Second Rule. I hope not to miss as many Jesus moments in the future.”
(David Green, Founder/CEO, Hobby Lobby Stores)

About the Author

Clare DeGraaf is a follower of Jesus, an elder, Bible teacher, and blogger. For more than thirty years, he’s been a full-time spiritual mentor of men all over the world—from college students to business and church leaders. At age thirty-one, a crisis of faith led Clare to reject his cultural Christianity, sell his successful manufacturing business, and devote the balance of his life to serving God. Clare and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of six children and grandparents of fifteen.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476702772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476702773
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about learning to be more attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and responding in obedience. The 10-Second Rule is basically this: Just do the next thing you're reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do and commit to it immediately - in the next 10 seconds - before you change your mind.

While the author does acknowledge that there are some decisions that require time, prayer, and counsel, he says most impressions we receive from the Holy Spirit don't. It comes down to simply obeying what Jesus would want us to do.

According to the author, the more we know about the character and teachings of Jesus, the more we trust him and the more confidence we have in responding in simple, spontaneous obedience. For me, this was the most important lesson I took from the book. There are a lot of things God asks us to do for someone else that don't require praying about it first. There is no need to over think it, dwell on the what-ifs, or wait for a sign or confirmation when what we feel led to do lines up with what scripture teaches. Or, put another way, doesn't go against what scripture teaches. The Rule is about acting on faith and acting quickly when God calls before the enemy can talk us out of it - or before we talk ourselves out of it for fear of embarrassment, wondering what others might think, or questioning whether we can afford it.

The 10-Second Rule is a principle every Christian can benefit from and gives opportunity for us to grow in our faith through obedience and spread the gospel through our actions.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John L. Topliff on February 11, 2013
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The 10 Second Rule contains life-changing wisdom grounded in the biblical text and refreshingly expressed by its author and faithful Christ-follower, Clare De Graaf. Through reading The 10 Second Rule I am becoming attentive to the nudges and whispers of God, sensitive to daily opportunities to serve others, and obedient to do the next thing I am reasonably certain Jesus wants me to do.

This new edition has been totally revised with more dramatic and inspirational stories of people practicing the 10 second rule, expanded teachings on the revolutionary power of simple obedience, and a field-tested study guide perfect for one-on-one use with a friend or colleague, for book clubs, and for groups of all sizes.

I have given copies of The 10 Second Rule to many people and will continue to do so. I highly recommend The 10 Second Rule by Clare De Graaf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MeganVos on February 5, 2013
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This 10 second rule might just be a vital key to radically transforming the world. If all followers of Jesus obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I believe we would see revival fire burn through our cities and nations and through our own hearts. This book is a pleasure to read, but only if you are willing to be convicted and transformed. I believe it is a tool Jesus will use to do both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill P. Jones on February 19, 2013
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Clare De Graaf challenges us to live by "The 10 Second Rule" defined as "doing the next thing you're reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do--and do it within the next ten seconds." Simple, yes. Easy, no. What if we started paying attention to the needs around us? What if God told us to meet those needs? Would we immediately do it or would we tuck it away to think about it later?

De Graaf cites many examples in his book where spontaneity to do good was always met with a smile from heaven. The 10 Second Rule is proof that one person can make a difference. This book has the potential to change someone's life and it could be yours.

There's no time like the present to start listening to the inner prompting of God to help someone you come in contact with today. Take your good intentions a step further and bless someone today, right now, within 10 seconds. You won't need to ask what would Jesus do because you'll be doing what Jesus did--offering help to someone who needs a blessing from God.

"The 10 Second Rule" is easy to read and can be finished in a couple of hours. It also includes a study guide which is more for discussion in a small group than individual study.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Sammons on February 17, 2013
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Though there's nothing simple about following Jesus in this world, Clare DeGraaf has written a book that challenges and inspires us by illustrating a brilliant idea he's used and developed for a long time. He does a great job bringing this idea to life in a very friendly way. With a sneaky time-twist on the ancient WWJD, he barely gives us an excuse to ignore those nudges we get from God to be like Jesus. Right now. Many wonderful books inspire us to act more Christ-like in our use of time, money, and gifts. But this invigorating "conversation" with the smiling Clare DeGraaf brings you to the point of decision every time. Reading this book is like getting a loving and understanding pep talk on how to live as if every day is a new opportunity to boldly act ... humbly and gently ... as Jesus might have acted in your shoes.

We see normal every day examples of people just like us who took a simple bold step to listen to the still small voice that God uses to help us all be better sons and daughters in His kingdom. Read it twice and keep it nearby.
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