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My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word Paperback – December 18, 2012
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"My One Word is a refreshing approach to New Year's resolutions, replacing unrealistic goals with the desire to become a more committed disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I commend Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen for focusing the reader's mind on the only true Word that can change a resolution into a reality."
- Franklin Graham, President & CEO Samaritan's Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"You are only one decision away from a totally different life. One change in spiritual disciplines can open up new dimensions of grace and power. Use My One Word to stop repeating the past and start creating the future."
- Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, author of The Circle Maker
"Martin Luther famously said that God overturned all of Satan's work in his heart through the louder word of the gospel. My friend Mike Ashcraft has shown us how single gospel-based words can renew our hearts and refocus our lives."
-J.D. Greear, lead pastor of the Summit Church, author of Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary
"I read My One Word in one sitting and was so inspired to begin my one word journey. If you are worn out from failed resolutions, but want to see the Spirit maturing you, I recommend My One Word. My one word is: STRONG."
-Sarah Mae, author of Desperate and 31 Days to Clean
"I love the simplicity of choosing one word for the year, and letting God marinate me in every aspect of that word for 365 days. My One Word gives folks a practical roadmap to do just that. Read it, apply it, and see your life and world change."
- Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
About the Author
Mike Ashcraft is cofounder and senior pastor of Port City Community Church―a large nondenominational church in Wilmington, North Carolina. He’s been married to his high-school sweetheart, Julie, for 20 years.
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It sounded easy, but how does one choose just one word to be the focus for the year? I love that the book walks you through the steps to reflect on who you want to become in the coming year and how to choose a word. The authors also share different ways that your word can influence your decisions moment by moment, and how to use journaling and other tools to keep your word at the forefront during the coming year. I enjoyed the examples from past participants, and their reflections on how their "word" had changed them in the past year.
The book also contains reflection questions for journaling, as well as a discussion guide for the DVD that you can purchase to accompany the book. My husband and I are using the book and study as a team building activity for our company retreat. I believe that the book resources, in addition to the small group experience will help us not only to know one another better, but to support each other in the coming year as we focus on our chosen words.
I highly recommend "My One Word" as a tool to help you get excited about positive change and focus in the coming year!
Okay, I finished the book and I'm over the dog thing. (mostly) It's a really great book. I first heard about My One Word through a facebook prayer group I joined and I chose a word for this year but I didn't get around to reading the book until now, the beginning of the third month of the year.
I definitely took a lot away from this book, ways to get closer to God and to live a more godly life. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the whole MOW experience before reading the book though. I figured I'd pick and word and be more deliberate about it. Or something along those vague lines. But MOW really gives you a better sense of what to expect, or not to expect, when doing this exercise. As Pastor Ashcraft says, God often uses our One Word in a completely different way than we expected.
I really liked the little blurbs throughout the book where people gave small testimonies about their words and why they had chosen them. I also really liked the chapter about journaling as a way to talk to God. It's a practice that I started off and on last year and I am working to be more diligent in writing my prayers and also journaling my thoughts, feelings, etc, to try to capture those moments when I really feel God moving in my life.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and am going to step up my One Word game starting now.
I've just begun my journey with my One Word, TRUST. I'm so excited about this study!! Just let the Holy Spirit lead you!!
Pastor Mike Ashcroft suggests that instead of making a New Year's resolution for improvement, we choose one word to focus on for a year. He explains how to choose your word and then incorporate it into your daily life. Each chapter ends with ideas for reflection. Choosing only one word needs be a thoughtful endeavor. The word is about how you want to show yourself, how you want to be, and how this affects your spirituality. You hold your word in thought throughout a year.
This book is also filled with many inspirational stories of others and some quotes from Bible scriptures. It shows how the power of one word can change your life. I found it to be inspirational, and I'm looking forward to going forth with the process this year. (less)
It was written very practically and conversationally. I wouldn't say there's deep theology, but instead a fresh idea at an old problem--listening for what God has in store for us.
The only negative thing I would list is that in the Kindle edition it's very hard to tell when the author stops writing and they share someone's "One Word testimony". They are sort of plunked down in the middle of the text.