***** REVIEWS FOR WHITAKER HOUSE: BUILDERS AND BLOCKERS OF LIFE: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES FOR A BETTER YOU BY RANDAL SMALLS - 20 PAPERBACKS (US ONLY) - ADDRESSES SENT 12.15.16

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ABOUT THE BOOK (192 pages):

What Will It Look Like When Your Dreams Come True?

“You have the limitless expanse of your God-given imagination—a personal power tool to immediately start dismantling old barriers and begin framing new pictures of what you want so see in your future.”

—Randal Smalls

From “The Better Life Coach,” Randal Smalls, comes a collection of encouraging stories, useful ideas, and profound inspiration for making tomorrow better than today. Builders & Blockers of Life vividly illustrates how to loosen your grip from the weight of the world so you’re able to reach out and embrace the better life you were created to live.

Step-by-step, Randal takes you through the process of releasing those “blockers” of the past, allowing you to replace them with “builders”—habits and attitudes that will create a better future.

When you believe in yourself and ask God for help, anything can happen. It all begins with making peace with the past so we can enjoy the present and design a preferred future.

The better life you’ve dreamed of can become a reality.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Randall Smalls is founder of The Better Life Foundation, Inc., a privately funded nonprofit organization de­signed to empower and equip at-risk teens and adults to build better habits and bring dreams to life through education. He also co-pastors The Congregation in Orange County, California. For over 20 years, across the U. S. and in 30 countries, he has taught “The Better Life Course” in schools, conference centers, churches, and recovery centers. Randall is the author of, published by Whitaker House in 2016. He and his wife, Adeana, live in Orange County. For more information on Randall Smalls, go to www.RandalSmalls.com. For more on his book Builders and Blockers of Life: http://whpub.whitakerhouse.com/buildersblockers/index.html.

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I loved the way the book opened by the author asking, "What will it look like when your dreams come true?" That sure is a question to think about. We all have dreams about having great jobs, money, power, fame etc. but what would we do if it suddenly happened? Would we be ready for the outcome? I always had a dream of becoming a teacher. I loved teaching and wanted to share with others. I wanted to make a difference. But things got in the way and my dream never happened. One of the key things the author said that really spoke to me was, "You might want to start now by imagining what it would feel like to have finally made peace with your past." I loved his encouragement to move forward and "stop obsessing over your past." That sure was a heart check for me. I have allowed my past to keep me stuck where pain dwells.

The book tells us that we don't need to change everything overnight but rather take baby steps. I know I can go full throttle when I want to change something. I lack the patience I need and sometimes I move to quickly without thinking everything through. One of the keys ingredients I forget to include is God. It's time to take a step back, close my eyes and focus on one thing at a time. I sure do know about disappointment and that causes me to say"well I tried and give up." What happened to my faith? Did I give up on hope? How many excuses will I find not to change?

I found the book to have a great plan to guide readers to get rid of what has been "blockers in your life" and start taking steps to having a better life. I never though about fear being a bully. That one really grabbed my attention. I live with fear , anxiety and depression everyday . What I didn't realize that I have let those things bully me into feeling worthless . For me it is time to stand up and fight . I loved the tools he has given readers to become courageous and "face challenging tasks and confrontations." The more I delved into the book, the more I could feel something rising inside of me. I want to be free from my past, I want to stop being bullied by fear and I need to be courageous and go for for it.

"We can literally change our lives simply by changing our minds."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my honest opinion.
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Your Miraculous Potential by Wayne Chaney Jr was a great inspirational and encouraging book.  He offered steps and guidelines to help people get started from where they were today instead of waiting to get fixed up before beginning.  He also identified many different obstacles that people face, some of which we might not even see as obstacles but just think of as “normal.” 

 

This was a wonderful read, one that could be read multiple times to help get unstuck, motivate to keep going or inspire to begin or begin again.

 

I received this book for free from the Book Club Network and all opinions are my own.

 

 

Builders and Blockers by Randall Smalls was a very encouraging book.  One cannot open this book without feeling hope after a few pages.  It was well written, gave the reader tangible things to think about and overall was a book that was uplifting and inspirational.

 

I received this book for free from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are mine solely. 

I have read the book and blogged my review: http://bit.ly/2k14upy

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Here is the text of my blogged review:

Smalls says he has written this book to help us discover the reservoir of strength and wisdom so we can get busy making our dreams come true. “No one else can make me change for the better-,” he writes, “I am responsible for helping myself.” (14) He does remind us that we have God's help.

Smalls wants us to make better choices. He addresses areas that can hinder or help us: doubt – belief, pride – humility, fear – courage, rejection – affection, resentment – affection, addiction – devotion. He helps us break from the past, change habits, and much more. He illustrates his teaching with examples from his own life. He provides questions for reflection at the end of some chapters, as well as a prayer and encouragement for future action.

There is good encouragement in this book to overcome many issues that hold us back. No detailed strategy is included however. The most helpful way to read this book would be with an accountability partner. A strategy would need to be developed and worked through based on the encouragement in this book. An accountability partner would be a great help in that process.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Randal Smalls is founder of The Better Life Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to empower at-risk teens and adults. Creator of The Better Life Course, he conducts Better Life events in a variety of venues. You can find out more at www.betterlifecourse.com.

Whitaker House, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.

What is your dream? Is it only a dream or could it be a possibility? Have you ever taken steps to pursue it? Randal Smalls will encourage you to answer those questions, then step out in faith toward your hopes and dreams. He advises us that it is not a full speed ahead lifestyle change, but rather a series of small steps. The small steps to a big ending can be covered with a plan, patience, and a great deal of prayer. With God's help we can find the path He made for us to walk and go with Him toward the ultimate best. Mr. Smalls encourages and inspires us to break old habits that hold us back (the blockers) and embrace new ways (the builders) to help us on our way. Following his guidance we can let go of the pain of our past, revel in the now, and walk toward an exciting and fulfilling future. Give particular attention to his words on warding off fear and anxiety, pushing them aside in order to find peace and self worth. This book is a great tool toward making each day of your life better than the one before.
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A how-to book for harnessing and utilizing your potential, this volume shares much that is familiar along with the author’s unique view and experiences. It contains helpful advice to assist the reader in becoming the whole person God hand in mind. Randal Smalls, a Better Life coach, demonstrates how to achieve success by releasing whatever blocks your progress. Based on scriptural principles, this slim handbook may make an exciting difference in the lives of those who follow its guidance. Its twelve chapters are divided into six sections, with his three Rs to make each personal: reflect, release, renew. I received this book from Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.

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