Thursday, March 10, 2011

The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make

Men today have important decisions to make about family, career, and ministry. Sometimes the choices can seem overwhelming, and men end up making decisions by default—by doing what comes naturally rather than by carefully thought-out principles. In The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make, popular author and speaker Bill Farrel gives men the hands-on decision-making tools they need to make the kinds of choices they won’t regret. Farrel encourages men to discover the joy of finding their place in God’s plan as they

•explore the positive benefits of making healthy decisions

•discover their personal pace in life and make decisions in keeping with that pace

•develop a plan for godliness that relieves the burden of self-effort

•learn to make decisions based on personal character rather than what feels right at the moment

My review:
I don't review many non-fiction books, so when I see one that interests me, I get it to review for something different. Titled The Best 10 Decisions a Man Can Make, the book is self-titled The Adventure of Living in God's Plan

This is a great book for guys. Each decision is a chapter:

1) Decide to be decisive
2) Decide to seek an adventure
3) Decide to be competitive
4) Decide to set goals
5) Decide to be busy
6) Decide to be better
7) Decide to love
8) Decide to be a friend of God
9) Decide to be a man of principle
10) Decide to be a role model

I don't think I have ever read any of Bill Farrel's books, but I was not disappointed. Not only is this an interesting book, he also has a lot of good advice and ideas he presents in each chapter. This is the kind of book that I wish I had read earlier in life, yet it is never too late to make some changes and work at some areas.

At the end of each chapter is a section titled "your turn" where the reader is encouraged to do some sort of exercise that has to do with the decision that was discussed in that chapter. At the very end of the chapter is a "just for fun" section, which is some humorous story that fits in.

This is sort of a self-help book, but Biblically-based and it does have good advice. I myself needed help on pretty much every topic discussed and plan on re-reading some parts of the book.

The book would also make a great tool for a men's group to go through together and study.

I typically attribute my "read in one sitting" status to suspense fiction books, but this book would fall into that. I didn't read it in one day, but it is interesting and relevant enough that I could have. Great book, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to review it.

About the author:
Bill Farrel and his wife, Pam, are the co-founders and co-directors of Masterful Living, an organization that provides practical insights for personal relationships. The Farrels are also regular relationship columnists. As coauthors their books include Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti, The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make, and Red-Hot Monogamy. They have been married more than 30 years and have three children and a daughter-in-law.

Visit their website here.

Sample chapter here.

The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make  is available from Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks to Harvest House for the review copy.


Kim M. said...

I've heard them (he and his wife) speak (on the radio) several times. They have a lot of good things to say.