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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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 De Graaf is a follower of Jesus, an elder, a Bible teacher, and for more than twenty-five years a full-time spiritual mentor of men, from college students to other would-be servant/leaders. A successful businessman and Christian all his life, at age thirty-one he found himself at a spiritual crossroads—a crisis of faith triggered by cancer. Surrendering himself to Christ, he sold his manufacturing company in 1984, at age thirty-five, to devote the balance of his life serving wherever God called. Since then, De Graaf has been deeply involved in US and international church planting, microeconomic development in Haiti, and orphanage and hospital reconstruction in Albania. He is also the founding chairman of DOOR International, a ministry committed to translating the Bible into sign language for the deaf of the world. Clare and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of six children and proud grandparents of thirteen. Read Clare’s blog, interact with him, and learn more about his ministry at ClareDeGraaf.com. Also find him on Facebook at facebook.com/The10SecondRule.

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CLARE DE GRAAF

I'm a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God's perspective. I'm also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I'm prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely - laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained - God's reputation and mine intact.

If you want to know more about me go to my website claredegraaf.com ABOUT page.

Customer Reviews

This book is so well written and inspirational.
Pat Chidester
This is a book about learning to be more attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and responding in obedience.
Books and Chocolate
This book is a quick read - won't take more than a couple of hours but the wisdom in it will last far longer.
TylerB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John L. Topliff on February 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 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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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 V. Darlene Dykstra on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Clare DeGraaf writes with the same down-to-earth way as he lives. I know this author personally and have been in ministry with him and can testify to his genuine for the Lord and people! He's kind, gentle and the real deal. He calls it like it is and his transparency is refreshing. The book is inspiring and thought-provoking! I give it a 10!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bobdog on February 21, 2013
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Seriously, what ARE you waiting for ? In this age of quick-fixes and 5-steps to some sort of success, this book is practical & logical. If you want to finally make some progress in the life quest of "Following Jesus," this can make a difference. As recently as this morning, I observed a situation where the "10 Second Rule" was the difference between action & regret. Clare's personal story is also one that could easily be you or me -- it's not a rags to riches story of extremes or recovery from a very fallen life. Instead, it's "normal" Christian men & women who have come to faith and in whom God is doing His miraculous work to move us to look a lot more like Him than we do today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill P. Jones on February 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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