- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Summerside Press (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609361156
- ISBN-13: 978-1609361150
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fully Engaged: How to DO Less and BE More Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
BUSACKER, author of 8 Questions God Cant Answer and architect of Life-Based Financial Planning, is president of The Inventure Group, a global leadership-consulting firm, and founder of Life-Worth, LLC, a life-planning creative resource. As a sought-after speaker and facilitator on self-leadership and personal engagement, John has traveled to six continents.
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Busacker invites you to really examine what you're doing in and with your life, and offers some great perspectives on how to think differently. I've been trying to put some of those ideas to work, and I really feel different.
It was hard for me not to notice right away on the jacket of the book the list of all the things the author is involved in...kind of ironic!
There were also a couple of times Busacker said this: "Abundance creates contentment."
I fully and whole heartily disagree.
This is not a Biblical concept. Thankfulness for what God has given you creates contentment and looking to Him to find the strength to do that. (Philippians 4:11-13)
These were just a couple small statements that did seem to come out of no where and the rest of the book didn't reflect that thought, so if you keep this in mind, I would say that the rest of the book was really motivational(...almost too much at times...like you are back in High School at a pep rally. But he is a motivational life speaker, so it comes with the territory!)!!
One of the best parts of this book was reading a line out loud to my husband and having it really encourage and bless him,
"Then he asked, 'What do you think is the most important characteristic a leader must possess to be successful?' My honest response was 'She or he must have been broken-physically, spiritually, professionally, personally, relationally-and then gotten up, dusted themselves off, and continued forward with the wisdom from that loss seared in both mind and heart. I would never follow a leader that is unbroken. He or she lacks the compassion and humility to lead others.'...And the truth is that the seeds of consistent full engagement are forged in the moments that test us to the depth of our being. It is there that we learn what really matters and acquire the necessary humility to depend on God's great grace, rather than on our own inconsistent efforts."
Some of the end of the chapter life planning exercises where kind of pointless feeling, but others were wonderful...one made me realize that this statement is what I believe God has given me passion for to be reflected in my life:
Creating simple beauty for encouragement, healing and joy for myself and others as we draw closer to Jesus.
This is reflected through my children, photography, homemaking, notes to others, etc...underneath it all lies this passion.
Even though this book is written to better understand your passions for your job and then focus your energy on that, it was easily transferable to the career of a stay-at-home-mom. It reminded me of why I want to stay at home and homeschool my children, and that the Lord has given me strengths to do just that and to not do it with a half-heart, time or attention.
This book was an easy read. Also, the book was a well made and even had an attached ribbon bookmark...I thought it was a nice touch and very cute. But I'm a girl and I really like cute things. =)
So, if you are looking for hard core theology, this might not be the book for you. If you are looking for a light read that is full of motivation for your life, this is just the book for you!
The book contains nine chapters divided into three parts. These include: Part One Awareness with the chapters Measure Your Worth, Share Your Story and Do What Matters. Part Two: Alignment with the chapters Occupy Your Space, Dream Wide Awake, and Drop the Ball. Part Three: Action with the chapters Celebrate Your Setbacks, Stay in Touch, and Give It Away. Each of the chapters ends with guidance to think about the key areas and how they can be help you be more engaged.
There are sections of this book that are illustrated with some passages from the Bible. I thought this was done well, and the author didn't beat you over the head with his beliefs. If you share the author's Christian faith, you will most likely enjoy these reinforcing passages. If you don't share these beliefs, I didn't feel like the book tried to convert you or speak down for not agreeing.
My favorite chapter was "Do What Matters." Reading this provides a good opportunity to look to one's own values and determine what is really important. I agree with the author that clarity of values empowers you to say "yes" to what matters, and "no" to what is important, and then to stick with your yes or no. The book is a quick read, but if you take the time to actually do (or at least think about) the exercises and action steps, it will take a bit more. And I honestly believe the message contained within these pages is an important on. We can slow down, do less, and be more fully engaged with what we are doing, and thus live a more fulfilling life.
I agree with Zig Ziglar when he said that motivation wears off just like bathing, and that's why he recommended both daily. This is a motivating book, and one that contains some good things to think about and action steps to help with your personal growth. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys personal growth and success book, especially those who also prefer a Christian perspective.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, author of How To Protect Yourself By Developing A Fighter's Mindset and others.