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The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose [Kindle Edition]

Van Moody
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Book Description

The relationships in your life will make the difference between happiness and misery.

The right relationship will launch you to the heights of achievement; the wrong one will tether you to mediocrity. Your relationships will be your sources of greatest joy and your venues of greatest pain. Van Moody says, ôWhen people show you who they are, pay attention.ö 

We need to undertake the important task of evaluating our relationships intelligently. We need to recognize the people with whom God has called us to walk in mutually beneficial relationships and to identify those who will derail our destinies or hinder His purposes for our lives. It is high time we cultivate our Relational IQs, understanding not only how to build great relationships but also how to avoid or skillfully exit bad ones. 

Van Moody saw this need every day of his pastoral life, but he could not find a concise, practical resource for people who need to become more relationally savvy. He needed a beyond-the-basics study guide for Relational IQ. The People Factor is his solution.

God works in our lives through our relationships. Yet, all too often, we get our relationship advice from the most toxic sources we can find. The People Factor is based on the most effective, trustworthy relationship book of all time: the Bible.

If you hunger for a richer, more fulfilling life, your Relational IQ is the place to start. If you put The People Factor principles to work, you will become stronger, happier, and healthier in all your relationships. You will be a better spouse, a better friend, a better boss, a better parent, and a better person.

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About the Author

Vanable H. Moody II, affectionately known as "Pastor Van," serves as pastor of the Worship Center in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, he serves on the board of Joel Osteen's Champions Network and is an associate trainer in Japan for Dr. John Maxwell's EQUIP leadership organization. Pastor Van, his wife, Ty, and their children, Eden Sydney and Ethan Isaiah, live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400205026
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
The People Factor by Van Moody is the best book on relationships I've ever read. That sounds like hyperbole, but this is the first time I've ever had a complete "Oprah Moment" and thought, I want to buy 1,000 copies of this book and give it to everyone I know. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't gain something valuable from this wise examination of friendship and professional relationships. (Lacking Oprah's resources, I'll simply suggest: it's worth your time to read.)

As I mentioned, the focus of the book is friendship and professional relationships (some of what he says applies to marriage, but he's clear that not all of it does, given the uniqueness of the marriage covenant). His points revolve around the the principle that the people you spend the most time with will have exceptional influence on the direction of your life. I've heard this before in various phrasings, but Moody is the first author I've seen break it down so practically. This isn't just "Go find the winners so you'll win too!" cheerleading. This gives you a biblical lens through which to view different relationships and see which ones are healthy and deserve more attention, which are struggling but worth the effort, and which ones are going to drag you down and suck you dry no matter how good your intentions.

One of the best parts of this book is how he draws some insights out of familiar Biblical stories that I hadn't heard before, rather than just reiterating the same seven or ten points you hear in every book on relationships. I appreciated the effort he made to dig deeper and offer something new. It adds to the edifying quality of the book, strengthening my perspective on Scripture, as well as my approach to relationships.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The People Factor January 28, 2014
Being a family man, worked in sales, involved in a local church, etc., I am usually interested in books on now to improve relationships with other people. "The People Factor" is a great book on the subject. Unlike other books that sometimes seem to appear to exploit people to your advantage, this title encourages you to refer to the Bible when evaluating relationships, even those you may have to end as gracefully as possible.

The book is around 290 pages, full of biblical wisdom, and addresses such points as:

1. 5 suggestions on how to be selective of the kind of current relationships you have.
2. Great relationships require time sacrifice and the realities of the kind of sacrifices required to have good relationships.
3. Valuable people are God pleasers instead of people pleasers.
4. 5 insights that will help you constructively manage your relationships.
5. Signs that a formerly relationship is going bad.
6. Definitions of and differences in a halfway friend and a covenant friend.
7. 8 indicators of a toxic relationship and suggestions for setting boundaries with such people.
8. 6 qualities of a covenant partner.

In whatever situations you find yourself dealing with other people, "The People Factor" will be a valuable aid.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Essentially, this book is about choosing the right people to be friends. A lot of what it said was common sense, really: Of course, many of us would like a friend who is a giver, who encourages us, who is loyal to us, and who actually wants to be in relationship with us. Honesty, too, can promote intimacy, as Van Moody says. Moody makes these points, while artfully drawing on a variety of biblical stories, from both the Hebrew Bible and also the New Testament. He also includes personal anecdotes to illustrate his points.

There were some things that I wished the book covered. For one, how does one form relationships in the first place? Some of us struggle with this, believe it or not! There are people who can choose their friends, but there are also people who may feel that their only choice is between a bad relationship and complete loneliness. How would Van Moody address their situation? Second, what advice would Van Moody give to the people with whom he does not think we should have friendships: the takers, for example? Van Moody stigmatized takers throughout the book, but the book would have been much better had he explicitly recognized more often that they are people, too, that they are beloved of God, and that they may need guidance on how to be non-takers.

Note: I received a complimentary review copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers ([...]) book review bloggers program. The program does not require for my review to be positive, and my review reflects my honest reaction to the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Geared Towards Extroverts May 19, 2014
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This book has heaps of glowing reviews. I think the value of this book to you will depend on your personality. As an introvert myself, I was hoping for help on both creating and developing friendships. Unfortunately, to me this book seemed mostly geared towards 'successful', extroverted people with a lot of influence who have lots of people looking to be their friends, rather than for average shy people who need help in getting more good friendships developed.

What I liked about the book: Van helped me to see the importance of being intentional about who I get close to. I tend to think of friendships as just happening due to proximity and interest etc. Rather, we should put some thought and effort into friendships - make some choices that'll be beneficial to us. He talks a lot about what to look for in a friend, both the pros and the cons. The idea about being thoughtful and actually choosing our friends is a big takeaway for me, and a kick in the pants to make the effort to get connected with people that could make a big positive impact in my own life.

What I didn't like so much: the book seems quite focused on me, and what is beneficial to myself, rather than looking at how to best help others and be a great 'people person'. Again, for those who are successful leaders, I can see why it's so important that we choose our friendships carefully and weed out the ones that aren't going anywhere. We only have so much time and energy - I get that. However, for me myself, this seems like the wrong thing to focus on. I don't have tons of people lined up for advice from me, wanting my time. I probably need more good friendships to invest my time in instead of hermiting, not to spend my energy weeding the friendships that I do have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the book. Be bless.
Published 13 days ago by Doris A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars I like how it openly calls out truths on relationships
Extremely thought provoking. I like how it openly calls out truths on relationships. Best bit is the reflection questions and the summary at the end of each section.
Published 18 days ago by Catherine Musyimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow your relationships and yourself!
This book brings awareness and greater insight into what truly makes relationships successful and what makes each of us candidates for successful relationships. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lisa Wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a must have
Published 1 month ago by Gloria Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guiding Light for Godly Relationships
I did not want this book to end! Written with so much wisdom , love, & gentleness. Thank you Pastor Moody .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Soul-Searching, Spiritual and Awesome Read
A "well-written" and "must read" book on self and relationships. Bought one for son, sister and myself. Read more
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More About the Author

Van Moody understands how impactful relationships can be to both our personal and professional lives. He knows the tangible differences between positive and negative relationships and has the tools to increase an individual's, couple's or group's "Relational IQ" to bring about positive change in social circles, both at home and the office. This dynamic and discerning communicator can motivate any audience member to recognize opportunity in every relationship and forge new paths to connection and networking.

Moody has lectured in the classrooms of Harvard and Oxford Universities where he, himself, has also studied to further his quest for knowledge. Among his numerous affiliations, Moody is an associate trainer in Japan for EQUIP, the world's largest and most comprehensive grassroots leadership, personal growth and development organization founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell. He also serves on the board of directors for Joel Osteen's Champions Network.

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