Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: One Big Thing by Phil Cooke

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do by Phil Cooke was a breath of fresh air in the "what's your purpose" genre. While Phil Cooke is a Christian, he holds back when it comes to much religious talk. That may bother some Christians, but I liked it because it kept the book well focused instead of meandering through lots of scripture with forced relevancy, as many Christian books do today. With that said, I think this book would not only appeal to Christians, but also to those in the secular community.

There are several things that makes this book stand out. First off, it is immensely practical. While the first half of the book is very encouraging and explains why you need your one big thing, the second half is nothing but practical, applicable advice. Not only is it useful, it is information that I haven't seen in other books. You can tell this isn't simply a rehash of any other book on the subject. Second, there is a fair amount of time spent on personal branding. While it is the buzz word of the minute in many circles, I believe it's a concept that will endure and is critical not only in one's career but to the values that guides one's life. Also, Cooke does a good job of presenting opposition to his points. Sometimes he shows why he doesn't believe that and other times, he just puts it out there to balance his perspective. This makes him come off as genuine and confident in his message and as a reader it made me enjoy his point of view even more.

I would recommend this book to anyone, Christian or otherwise, who feels like they are at a point in their life where they could use more focus, whether it is at the start of their career or at a mid point where they want to go deeper and get more enjoyment out of their life. It is definitely worth the read!

I received this book free of charge from in return for my honest review.

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