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Your Unforgettable Life: Only You Can Choose the Legacy You Leave Paperback – June 15, 2005
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About the Author
Jennifer Schuchmann has been writing professionally for eight years. Her articles have appeared in several publications including Atlanta Magazine, and Christian Parenting. She has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Emory University. She and her husband, David, have been married for 15 years and have a son. They live near Atlanta, GA. Craig Chapin is a graduate of Samford University and is an entrepreneur at heart. He currently serves as founder, president, and chief operating officer of EntTek, Inc. a company that services entertainment venues. He has taught a Sunday school class for almost twenty years and has served in various leadership positions at his church. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.
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If God cares about the small things in life, like the tiniest sparrow, then we should too. It does matter whether we toss a ball one afternoon with our son or tell him, "Not now, I'm busy." It does matter if we're honest, when a little white lie would be so much easier. It's the details that add up to create our legacy.
I'm so glad I read this book when I did. It's the perfect companion to THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. I admit, it's exciting to find that long-term passion or goal. A renewed purpose can make us think we've got a vision that's unstoppable. But sometimes there are little things, little moments and people that seem to be in our path.
They ARE the path.
In YOUR UNFORGETTABLE LIFE, authors Chapin and Schuchmann give readers great examples of famous and ordinary people who left their legacies, their imprints on the generations that followed them. This book is packed full of great stories that demonstrate the truth that a person's legacy is the result of a lifelong faithfulness in the small things.
Some historical examples include the different legacies left by the families of Max Jukes and Jonathan Edwards. Both lived in the late 1800s in the northeastern part of the U.S. Throughout their lives, they made decisions that left an impact on thousands of their descendents. In the case of Jukes, his unwise choices have left behind generations of poor decision makers who've ended up living in poverty, imprisoned, or in ill health. In contrast, many of Edwards' descendents have become physicians, authors, college professors, lawyers, and congressmen.
The book is fun to read, as it is also full of modern examples of the authors' day-to-day choices, and how they affected those around them. Each chapter explores a different issue relating to how our lives are unforgettable. How we spend our dollars adds up to our financial legacy. How we spend our minutes demonstrates what our priorities are. The words we choose spill over from what's going on in our hearts.
I love how the authors offer hope to readers that it's never too late to start living a life that matters. Even if readers have inherited unhealthy habits or lifestyles, now's the time to start making one tiny decision that leads to a better future. And that decision will matter for all of eternity.
This is a book to be savored slowly and reread from time to time. The path that is straight and narrow is actually full of freedom. It would make a helpful guide for youth workers or a gift for singles or couples of all ages. As the authors write, "If we want a legacy that lasts, if we want to be remembered, we must give people something to remember. We should think of our lives as stones thrown in a pond; the ripples go out long after our stones sink. We must be the biggest, most inspiring rocks we can be."
I tend to think that only famous people, or very important people, have legacies to leave. But we all do. Our days are filled with minutes and plenty of opportunities to make deliberate choices. Regardless of how wealthy we are, we all have the same number of minutes in any given day.
The authors reminded me that God cares about the smallest of details-the birds of the air and the hairs on my head. They helped me think about my priorities versus where I spend my time and how they often don't line up. They also helped me think about stewardship-that the money I've earned really came from God, and I have a great deal of responsibility on how it will be used. If I remember who really owns the money, then my choices and legacy will better follow God's desires for my life.
The book also helps in practical areas, such as developing integrity, taking risks, remaining loyal, and choosing our words carefully. Even a few words have incredible power to do harm or encourage someone.
Ms Schuchman and Mr. Chapin have done a great job of reminding me to put my focus on God and let my actions follow my love for Him. Through that, I can leave a legacy to my family and friends that can last, as God said, a thousand generations. The authors have encouraged me. They are not bombastic, but with humility and without judgment have made me think hard about my choices. I strongly recommend this easy read to anyone who is interested in what legacy they will leave behind.