One of the things I struggle with from time to time is the question as to whether I am making good use of the life that God has given me. I mean, most of my days are filled with laundry, dishes, running around an indoor track, and grocery shopping. It seems pretty mundane a lot of times, and I wonder whether or not this is the way to make my life really meaningful.
So when I was offered the opportunity to read and review the book One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook, I was intrigued. This book promises to show you how to have a “no-regrets” life in only 30 days.
The authors, founders of Woodlands Church in Houston, Texas, start out by asking you to imagine that you only had 30 days left on this earth. Would you be satisfied that you had accomplished everything that you wanted to? Would you be happy with the relationships that you have created? Would you be pleased with the legacy that you left behind? If not, Pastor Kerry and Chris show you what you need to do differently.
With real-life examples, and plenty of scripture references, the authors walk you through a different topic each day of the month, including resolving conflicts, forgiveness, working toward your dreams, and making a difference to others. They cover everything that makes a life worthwhile.
One of my favorite parts of the book was in the chapter on Withstanding the Winds of Change. They describe how they took a trip to Italy and were so frustrated with how inefficiently the trains ran and how the cab companies wouldn’t take a reservation for a cab in advance. They finally had to let go of their expectations and “go with the flow” with how the local culture operated.
This example was used to illustrate how one must let go of their control over life and trust that God knows what He is doing. In order to be happy and enjoy life, the authors say that you must be able adapt to those inevitable changes that we all experience.
If you are looking to make a change in your life, I would heartily recommend One Month to Live. I found that it covered such a variety of topics that made a difference to me, and helped me to see where I needed to make improvements or changes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.