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Book 10: The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnston


The Hope Quotient


“What’s the single most important thing you do as a leader?” – Stay Encouraged.  Ray Johnston states that the “greatest gift you or I can give anyone is hope.” He shares a quote, “Some wise person once said that we can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air-but not a single second without hope.” I have found this so true in my own life, whenever I have had hope and believed God for a way out, a door has always opened. If you are feeling low on hope, it doesn’t take much to turn your situation around as Ray informs us “just 10 percent more hope is enough to launch you in a new and better orbit.” Ray Johnston demonstrates that “hope is the most important, because when you have hope, anything is possible.”  He covers what he calls “The Seven”, seven different factors, that when they are present in your  life, “they cause hope to thrive.”

Factor 1: Recharge Your Batteries Nobody does well running on empty.

Factor 2: Raise Your Expectations You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you expect.

Factor 3: Refocus on the Future It’s time to throw away your rearview mirror. No one goes forward well when they are looking back.

Factor 4: Play to Your Strengths Be yourself; everyone else is taken.

Factor 5: Refuse to Go It Alone Never underestimate the power of support. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Factor 6: Replace Burnout with Balance Burning the candle at both ends isn’t as bright as you think.

Factor 7: Play Great Defense Avoid these five toxic hope killers that can threaten your future.

Personally, whenever I read a book of this nature, I like to take out my highlighter and add colour to my book wherever I find an awesome quote or passage. Let me tell you, this book is filled with them! Ranging from the five relationships we all need to how to unleashing hope in your marriage; this book has so much hope-filled information it is amazing!

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Book 9: The God First Life by Stovall Weems

by Ben Silk 0 Comments


Stovall Weems does an elegant job of using Mathew 6:33 and other key scriptures to explain what it means to live a God-first life. He shares how by meditating on this scripture has transformed his life from being a bartender into a pastor. He states the need to keep it simple, “while many of the problems we face in life are complex, I don’t believe the ultimate solution is.” Weems breaks the book into four sections; new priority, new family, new life and new freedom. These promises of a new family, life and freedom can be found in Mathew 6:33 which he covers throughout the book. As he states, “God has it made it simple: just put him first.” Stovall talks about how when we have things in the right order in our life it “brings simplicity by showing us what to hold on to and what to release. It brings clarity by bringing our priorities in stronger focus.” He talks a lot on the importance of being in a local church and understanding your position and function as part of the body of Christ. Putting God first in your life is a one time decision that we must manage daily. He reminded me that because of Christ we are the place where heaven meets earth. How great is that! He covers what it means to worship, that we should be engaging, encountering and experiencing God. Stovall also breaks down the lords prayer and what you should include in a prayer. I have found this book to be very helpful and foundational as a new Christian. The God-first life comes down to decisions.

Here are some decisions he suggests:

I will make God’s family my primary family.
I engage in the community life of the church.
I will be filled by the Spirit.
I will worship God on my own and with my church family.
I will spend time with God through prayer and His word.
I will give of myself and my means.
I will experience the freedom, joy and blessings that God offers.

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