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By: Craig Groeschel Publisher: Multnomah Books ISBN: 9781601423139
This was a tough book for me to review. I try to be objective when I do reviews, but struggle when there is little to no connection for me with the book. It’s not as if the book was not relevant, it was; maybe too relevant. This copy of Chazown (pronounced khaw-ZONE from the Hebrew, meaning a dream, revelation, or vision), is actually a reprint. The first printing of this book was in 2006, so the book has been around for awhile… although this is the first time I have read it. Perhaps Chazown was one of the books that started the genre of books that help every person find their God-sized-dream…and there are a bunch of them out there.
Let me start with the good. The subject, material used to present it, and expected outcome are all solid. The book is very practical in the message it presents and used didactic teaching methods to reach the end goal of becoming the person God created you to be. This is all good. The summary of the book can be realized directly from a page of Chazown:
Surrender your life to God and His Chazown for you + take care of the fundamentals (small c – chazowns) He puts before you + establish goals + take the next step + live with proper accountability = Your God-given destiny will take care of itself. (p.103)
The book is broken into five major sections composed of Seventy-Six “chapterlettes.” Yes, seventy-six chapters, but don’t let that intimidate you because each chapter is only one to three pages in length. I’m sure this is deliberate and indicative of the audience the book is written for. In our media-driven, attention-deficit-disorder, short-attention-span society this methodology is espoused as the best format to get and keep the attention of the audience. I don’t agree with it, but I’m not a marketing guru either. I’m just saying; I don’t care for the format and find it very pedantic.
For resources, visit The Chazown Experience at www.chazown.com
My final summary is this: The book is meant for good. I’ve read other books by Craig Groeschel, heard him speak in conferences, and listened to his pastoral teaching. I believe his message is God honoring and Jesus exalting. There is something about the book that gnaws at me in a troublesome way though, and that is it still seems very “me” centered. Yes, I mentioned in the summary statement (above p. 103 mention) that putting God first is the way to find our God-given destiny… but there’s still a sort of bait and switch drawing card with the book. It’s evident even in the subtitle: “Define Your Vision. Pursue Your Passion. Live Your life on Purpose.” (emphasis on “your ” from me).
Yes, the book can help people. Yes, the book has some practical instruction. Personally, I think there is a better way, so I’ll let others promote the book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This includes the last day of Catalyst and our travel day (Sat. April 25)
It’s now Saturday…almost Sunday…
It’s been a looooooonnnnng day. As I write and post this blog we’ve been traveling since 6:15am this morning. Truth is we should have been home around 5-6 hours ago. Unfortunately, a rain and thunderstorm in Chicago brought with it lightening and consequently, significant delays. So, here we sit…no biggie; I have a chance to upload my thoughts and update on the last day of our SoCal/Catalystwest experience.
My thoughts in one word: Magnifulous! Really.
Friday was killer awesome; starting out with both Rick Warren and Andy Stanley on the same stage. Andy was interviewing Rick, but it was so much more than that…It was one of the most memorable talks I have heard to date at this point of my life and this is not an exaggeration. I would be willing to bet if you asked any one of the 3200 people at this conference, they’d echo a similar response. This was just the beginning; Craig Groeschel followed Andy and Rick with Francis Chan following Craig. Interspersed between these talks we shared worship and praise together led by the beautiful spirit in Aaron Keyes.
We visited Tony Morgan for lunch and enjoyed hearing from his heart some of core beliefs that he shares for teaching and discipleship ministries within the church. He also gave us a peek inside his latest book Killing Cockroaches.
The afternoon session was a treat as we got to hear from Perry Noble (Teaching and Lead Pastor at the Newspring Church in South Carolina). He was a joy to hear from! Overall, this was one of the most inspirational, affirming, challenging, and convicting sessions I have ever been to in my life.
We were dismissed with time to spare, so we went to the beach. I suggested we return to the place I had visited with my friend Nate earlier in the week, Huntington Beach. It was beautiful and cool. I was able to catch a few nice photos as the sun was gently setting and surfers were catching some of the last waves of the day. I’ve included a few shots in my slideshow below.
Yesterday was our “day 3″ out here on the west coast. Technically, this was our only free day. We got up early to plan our agenda which was to include a trip north to Simi Valley and the Cornerstone Church (teaching pastor = Francis Chan). Following our visit to Cornerstone, we planned a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library overlooking the Reagan Ranch. The end of our day would take us to the Mariner’s Church who is this year’s sponsor of the CatalystWest Conference for a “pre-conference party and mixer.” I took pictures throughout our day and have included a slideshow at the end of this post for your viewing.
Today, we start our conference schedule with a number of inspiring speakers, teachers, and pastors. Our worship music is being led by Hillsong United. The day promises to be a memorable one and I’ll clue you in tomorrow with another update and more pictures. Blessings!
I want to continue to explore the thought of what it means to “believe with your heart” and in this post will refer you to an awesome and incredible teaching series from the people of LifeChurch.tv (lead pastor Craig Groeschel). This teaching series is titled practical atheist; click on the image below if you’re not squeamish and can handle your faith being challenged. This is a four-part series with each installment lasting around 35 minutes per teaching. Why not let it serve as a morning or evening devotional for the next four days?
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. Isaiah 29:13
I’ve been blogging and maintaining my church website for the last two plus weeks and it’s causing me to feel like my own site is reeling from “Cinderella syndrome,” so I’m going to give it a little love today by throwing down a few posts.
First up, I thought I’d let you in on what’s in my bookbag. I’ve got a scheduled reading list, but occasionally I have the odd book or two (or three) bump the lineup. You can see from the “Current Book List” in the left-hand frame of my blog what is on my current “scheduled” list. Looking into my bookbag reveals a somewhat different story…sorta. So, is the suspense killing you? Let’s look inside (sound of bookbag unzipping):