I have said before that I have a love-hate relationship with John Maxwell. I have benefitted greatly from his tape clubs, his seminars and his books. And yet I think he, more than probably any other, bears the blame for the “corporatizing” of the American church. He is a corporate/business expert, but has tried to form the church into that business image.
And yet it was with high hopes that I began Put Your Dream to the Test, one of Maxwell’s most recent books. And I wasn’t disappointed. Visioning and following through on a vision have never been strong suits in my life or ministry. And yet I am at a phase of life where I realize that reviewing the principles re: visioning and working toward a vision are important.
Maxwell outlines the book in a series of 10 Questions with three sub-questions under each one related to evaluating a vision and one’s readiness to
- The Ownership Question: Is My Dream Really My Dream?
- The Clarity Question: Do I Clearly See My Dream?
- The Reality Question: Am I Depending on Factors within My Control to Achieve My Dream?
- The Passion Question: Does My Dream Compel Me to Follow It?
- The Pathway Question: Do I Have a Strategy to Reach My Dream?
- The People Question: Have I Included the People I Need to Realize My Dream?
- The Cost Question: Am I Willing to Pay the Price for My Dream?
- The Tenacity Question: Am I Moving Closer to My Dream?
- The Fulfillment Question: Does Working Toward My Dream Bring Satisfaction?
- The Significance Question: Does My Dream Benefit Others?
There is not a lot of new stuff here, (as with most Maxwell books…by his own admission), but it is collected in a helpful manner. It is Maxwell’s typical blend of inspirational stories and pithy maxims.
One of my favorites:
I will do more than belong. I will participate.
I will do more than care. I will help.
I will do more than believe. I will practice.
I will do more than be fair. I will be kind.
I will do more than forgive. I will forget.
I will do more than dream. I will work.
I will do more than teach. I will inspire.
I will do more than earn. I will enrich.
I will do more than give. I will serve.
I will do more than live. I will grow.
I will do more than suffer. I will triumph.
– William Arthur Ward
As clichéd as Maxwell stuff can be, I still found this to be an inspirational read. It is a book I will keep and refer back to for needed inspiration in the future.
You can find more information for Put Your Dream to the Test here.