I love good books. Okay, I love most books, but I really love good books.

  • Books that instruct or educate.
  • Books that challenge my thinking or entertain my mind.
  • Books that communicate solid truth or just tell a great story.

I read an eclectic variety of books, from historical fiction to spiritual growth, counseling and psychology to marketing and writing techniques. I’ve picked up some favorite authors over the years, some who are relaxing reads and some who challenge me to change.

But I love it when I find a book that is not only easy to read but also challenging to my life. That’s exactly what I found in Craig Groeschel’s Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life.

It’s not too late to change the story that you’ll tell one day. Regardless of what you’ve done (or haven’t done), your future is still unwritten. ~Craig Groeschel, Divine Direction

Divine Direction Description from AmazonDivine Direction

Master the decisions that will make your life everything God wants it to be.

Every day we make choices. And those choices accumulate and eventually become our life story. What would your life look like if you became an expert at making those choices?

In this inspiring guidebook, New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel shows how the choices that are in your power, if aligned with biblical principles, will lead to a life you’ve never imagined.

Divine Direction will help you seek wisdom through seven principles.

You’ll consider one thing to stop that’s hindering you; how to start a new habit to re-direct your path; where you should stay committed; and when you should go even if it’s easier to stay. The book also includes criteria that will help you feel confident in the right choice, and encourages you with principles for trusting God with your decisions.

What story do you want to tell about yourself? God is dedicated to the wonderful plan he’s laid out for you. The achievable and powerful steps in Divine Direction take you there one step at a time, big, or small.

What I Thought

You can’t avoid change. Sometimes we’re called to stand our ground when change blows in, but many times we need to take a risk. ~Craig Groeschel, Divine Direction

By drawing closer to God, we ourselves actually change and make the biggest impact.The Introduction starts with a quote from Albus Camus: Life is the sum of all your choices. Then, through humor and personal stories, Mr. Groeschel procedes to lead readers through the seven choices that can most directly impact the story they’ll tell at the end of their life. While encouraging the changes necessary for great lives, he also never loses sight of the fact of one critical fact. It’s by drawing closer to God that we ourselves actually change and make the biggest impact.

Each chapter starts with a personal story emphasizing the point of the next few pages. Then, in short sections, he gently guides the reader forward, showing the shortfalls and limitations of staying put. He asks some thought-provoking questions, like What does God want you to want? and What is the one big thing you know God wants you to pursue? And he answers with examples from his own life, sometimes positive (Follow my example!) and sometimes not (Please, do not follow my example!).

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

We are not made to be spiritual consumers. God has called us to be spiritual contributors. ~Craig Groeschel, Divine Direction

This is an excellent book. It helped me to solidify some steps I’ve known I needed to take but had been putting off, and it helped me finetune a couple of areas that I was already moving toward. If you are looking for encouragement and direction, this might be the perfect book for you.


About the Author

Craig GroeschelCraig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, Life.Church is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.

Craig and his wife, Amy, have six children and live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where Life.Church began in 1996. He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide, hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, and is a New York Times best-selling author.


DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book myself and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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