Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ultimately, Jeremiah's goal is to help the reader understand what Solomon struggled with in his later years, as he exclaimed, "Vanity is vanities, all is vanity." There was a profound meaninglessness to Solomon, even though he had it all.
Jeremiah breaks the book down into 31 chapters. Each chapter consists of approximately 10 pages. It's a book which can be read in a few days, but I would recommend taking your time and digesting what he had to say and how it can relate to our lives.
Jeremiah uses a great number of examples to help the reader understand the attainment and the failures of other people. 31 Days to Happiness was easy to read and understand, but it would have been great if a Study Guide was included in the book.
I received this book at no cost from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for an unbiased review.
There are 30 short chapters in this book, averaging about 8 pages per chapter. Barnett split the book into 7 Sections, as follows
- Purpose and Goals
- Advancing God's Kingdom
In the back of the book is a Study Guide, as well as a one page synopsis of each chapter, which highlights the guiding principle he wants us to put into practice. This book struck a chord with me as I seek to prioritize my time and be as efficient as possible. While it was not possible to put every thought into practice. There are a great deal of nuggets for the reader to take with him or her through Barnett's personal stories and anecdotes.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. The main ideas focus on using our time to effect change in the seven areas Barnett discussed. It's easy to read, understandable and has principles which can help change a person's life.
Pastor Barnett's book will be available December, and would be a great Christmas present. You may watch a brief video about the book at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2013/04/22/video-power-of-a-half-hour-by-tommy-barnett/
I received this book for free from "Water Brook/Multnomah Publishing Group" in exchange for a nonbiased review.