Are you living life on empty? Writing on empty? Does your soul tank need filling? This book will help. Richard Evan's life has been one of overcoming and in this book he shares four principles he has learned in the process. I will give a brief account of each one:
The first door is to believe there is a reason for our being born, that we have a divine mission. You know? Most of us belief we have a reason for being born, but a divine mission? This chapter not only refreshed my thinking but also helped me delve deeper in my purpose.
The second door is about freeing ourselves from limitations. This one truly opened my eyes. He describes cages of paradigm—an intellectual perception or view as a clear example, model, or view, as to how things work in the world. If we are not careful we trap ourselves with these views and never move forward. In this chapter he tells the powerful story of his growing up and living with Tourette's Syndrome.
The third door is about magnifying our lives. This one is especially good for writers. Evan's discovered this principle when he took a risk and his book The Christmas Box became a New York Times best seller and is now a classic, and all he did was take a seat.
The fourth door chapter was my absolute favorite. It is about developing a love centered map. If this had been the only chapter in the book it would have been enough. The age-old question of philosophers—what is love—is beautifully answered in this chapter. As believers in Christ, it is easy to tell other Christians about love, but when you get out in the world, describing love is not as easy. I love the way Evans has found to express the love of Christ to those who otherwise would not accept it.
This is a tiny book, short chapters, and easy to read. I'm reading it for the fourth time, and each time I see something different, as it should be in all good books. I first read this book when I felt I needed a life-line. Even though I already knew these principles in theory, Evans wrote so practically and fresh, I was able to put them into practice. In other words, he connected with me.
I recommend while reading this book you have either a highlighter or a pen to take notes in the margin.
Richard Paul Evans is the author of over twenty novels which have been on the New York Times bestseller list. Seventeen million copies of his books are in print worldwide and translated into more than twenty-four languages. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. To learn more about Richard please visit his website, www.richardpaulevans.com or his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RPEfans.