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In, But Not Of: A Guide to Christian Ambition Paperback – May 24, 2010
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About the Author
Hugh Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily in more than one hundred cities. Hewitt is a professor of law at Chapman University and a partner in the law firm Hewitt Wolensky McNulty & Hickson LLP. He is the author of more than a dozen books and is a columnist for theWashington Examiner and Townhall.com and blogs daily at HughHewitt.com. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Top Customer Reviews
Let me note that as a 58-year-old person, this book still has a lot of substance for me. In so far as being a Christian is concerned, yes, there are a priori statements that may grate against readers who follow other religions or even the nonreligious. If you fail to read this book because of such concerns, that is your loss. If you fail to pass this book on to someone because you are concerned how he or she will take such statements, that would be his or her loss. Additionally, please consider, you are saying the person you are considering is too immature to read this.
The one piece that Hewitt omits is the need to have focus in your life. If you read his whole book, if you act on any of his suggestions/directions, you will be establishing a focus. That is what this book is really all about, getting focus. Hewitt assumes the reader has the desire and focus, but needs the book to channel that focus to a goal. He is correct, but I believe that understanding that will aid some readers.
This brings me to how to read such a book. I mentioned the reader should not mistake it for a simple work. If you do, you will pass by too many important concepts.Read more ›
The book contains a large number of short chapters that each convey a worthwhile lesson about the business of living an infectious and successful life geared toward building God's kingdom. Considering that the man who wrote it has worked for former Presidents, continues a distinguished career in the law, and has achieved a measure of fame as a nationally syndicated talk show host, Hewitt seems to know what he's talking about.
Like others who reviewed this book, I would have loved to have read it ten or fifteen years ago since it would have helped me avoid some of the trial and error I've had to endure on the way to my own career in public policy. With his advice, I might have reached some of my major goals 8-10 years before I did. If you know an ambitious young person, get this book into his or her hands.
As you read, sometimes you'll chuckle. Often you'll say, "I wish I'd thought of that." And there will be plenty of times when you'll think, "I'm going to start doing this today."
This book has something for everyone. You'll find Hewitt's musings on Plato and his relevance for those who want to make a difference today. Then you'll be encouraged to "know what you don't know" or to avoid getting tattoos. Even if one of the book's short, pithy chapters doesn't speak directly to you, you'll be sure to think of somebody who needs to read it. And you'll enjoy it too.
This book is a fantastic gift. With graduation season just around the corner, its release couldn't be more timely. Every high school, college, and grad school graduate needs to read this book. I'm 45 years old and there's much here I wish I had read a half-life ago.
Hewitt is a Christian and he writes as a Christian. But his writing reminds of C. S. Lewis -- helpful to Christian readers but equally valuable for non-believers.
Buy this book for yourself. Buy this book for your friends. And be sure to buy this book for every graduate you can think of.
"In, But Not Of" reminds me of Dale Carnegie's 1936 book, "How To Win Friends And Influence People," which is still the best book I've ever read on leadership and influence. Both books share simple yet profoundly effective principles for putting yourself in a position to influence the people around you. But Hewitt's book has a foundation that Carnegie's lacks. For Hewitt, power and influence is just a means to an end, not the end in itself. "In, But Not Of" is directed to Christians who seek worldly influence in order to keep the doors open for religious liberty in America. This purpose-driven approach gives the book more focus (and makes it more impacting) than most books in the genre.
Even though the book is directed at a relatively narrow audience (Believers with secular ambitions), it has much to offer to just about anyone willing to pick it up. It's a short read and a worthwhile investment of your time and money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Practical wisdom that would benefit any ambitious Christian. As someone just about to begin my career, I found many of Hewitt's insights immediately applicable, and have already... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lucas
Great book, brush up on your vocabulary before reading. I wish I would of read this when I was in school.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
And for any young person transitioning into adulthood.
A few handfuls of nifty nuggets of wise counsel and good advice!
I LOVE the mini-chapter on ... Read more
Very good advice for the young person - especially that young person who wants to make a difference in the world with the life God gave them. Inspiration and practical advice both.Published on March 22, 2013 by Ralph Osgood
Very well written story. Would recommend this to everyone. I've enjoyed this author for many years. You will have a great adventure with this story.Published on December 31, 2012 by Gary L Laffoon
"In But Not Of" by Hugh Hewitt is a great title for the Christian needing wise advice for his or her career and desire for influence in this world. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Michael Taylor
A GREAT book! I read it in 1 day and then ordered 5 copies to give to my son, nephews and a friend. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by James W. Peterson