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Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive Paperback – April 28, 2015
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"One of the nation's most popular evangelists --- and quite possibly the smartest."―USA Today
"We can always count on a word from God through Bishop Jakes that will not only inspire us but will speak growth to our souls."―Tyler Perry, bestselling author, actor, and award-winning filmmaker
"Bishop T.D. Jakes is a spiritual warrior who is a master of meeting mankind eye to eye. He is a global teacher whose insights and leadership serve the progressiveness of all people."―Stedman Graham, speaker, author, and entrepreneur
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So with that being said I was shocked when flipping through the channels I saw Oprah's life class and Reverend Jakes and something he said hit home with me. I didn't know who he was but even when he made reference to religion that didn't stop me because what he had to say was powerful. When the show was over I came to Amazon to order the book and had it the next day when it was released. I read it in one sitting and while a lot of what he said on the show is the same in the book there is also more. He tells you directly that he cannot tell you how to solve your problems or fix your life what he can tell you is what he believes and what he sees in his work. While I loved the book I didn't love his constant reference to all the celebrity dropping that he did (not by name but rather by things like, "A famous Hollywood actress") but even with that being said I still gave it five stars.
The main idea of the book is simple-step back and take a look at your life. What things do you do, what things do you believe, simply because you've been told to? We are all brainwashed (in my line of work we call it enculturation) and it's how we're raised. It's what tells us to look both ways before we cross the street, it's what tells us that we're supposed to grow up, go to college, get married, have kids, retire and move to Florida. It's what society and our families do to help us fit into the place where we are born.
But here is the question-how much of that has made you who you are? Or changed who you really are? If you stopped listening to society and the people around you and learned to listen to yourself again, who would you be? What would you want your life to look like? If you peeled away all the messages that you've been receiving for your entire life what would YOU want? Jakes tries to give you tips on how to find the answers to those questions, how to learn to listen to your instinct again. Well done and a great place to start the path to a true you.
That said, this book is GREAT BEDTIME READING MATERIAL since I was beyond bored weeding through the first few chapters. Some say there is wisdom in these pages, but all I found was robust wording and a lack of any real insight. To me the books rehash upon rehash offering little to nothing in term of real wisdom. Each chapter is so fluffed that by the time you get to the point you're half asleep. I started reading this book around 9am, by 10am I had to take a break because I had already dozed off twice!
Save your money and buy something like "Start" by John Acuff. It deals with the same type of subject matter (finding your drive and utilizing it), but it does so in a more fluid and straight to the point matter.
Sometimes there is a book that comes to a person that feels as though the author was speaking directly to them at just the time they needed it. That was Instinct. The SECOND I saw this book on Dr. Phil, it was in my Amazon cart. I started it the morning it downloaded and finished it by the end of the day. I have it targeted to read a second time.
This book was AMAZING! I love feeling like a book is speaking to me and TD Jakes did this. There were numerous things that I took away from this book.
Although the author is a spiritual leader, the book wasn't heavy on God and overly preachy. It made it easier for me to listen to the very important points that he was attempting to get through.
Well written, I was able to sink into it and it flew by.
My only regret is that I didn't purchase this book as a print copy to take notes/highlights.
Without addressing it, this book shows the difference between God's design and God's Spirit, both of which are necessary to have abundant life. This book is perfect for everyone as a gift. Whether someone needs encouragement, or to assist young people with their pursuit of their dreams. It is also not religious in language but those who are Christian will get a wider view of God's love as a Creator, who gives all of us gifts.