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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 20, 2022
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I know, I know. This is a leadership book, not a Christian living book. But I guess I thought it would feel less self-centered and more Jesus-centered. Let me back up and say more about the premise of the book.

The concept is that our lives are like a movie screenplay, and we get to write the story. We are the hero and are in charge of the outcome. The book is divided into three acts, with the second being focused on starting with our eulogy and then writing the story to get there. The author says we blame God for tragic and unfair stories, saying what if God invented the world and then gave us the pen to write the rest.

That was the first clue that this might veer in a direction I wouldn't appreciate. It takes a Pelagian point of view here. I do appreciate what the author says about not being a villain or a victim. And the role of guide makes sense—we have many people who steer us. But making me the hero of my story leaves out a key part of what brings meaning to life. Jesus is the hero. And how he acts in that role is upside down from what is expected of a hero. He's a servant-hero. So in that light, the premise of the book crumbles for me.

My rating of this book is filtered through my belief system and experience. That makes my comments not thoroughly objective. So let's evaluate based on the writing alone, minus my belief system. Could I give it 5 stars then?

It feels as if this book were written as a means to funnel me, the reader, to a purchase. There are QR codes throughout that lead to a life assessment, but the author discloses (thank you for that!) that part of plan is free, but the software has a fee.

A portion of the book includes sample life plan pages. The eulogy part takes up nearly 1/3 of the book.
There are some practical tools and solid advice about vision planning. But then I get to the daily ritual that involves reading my eulogy, reading my long-term vision plans, reading my goal-setting sheets...me, me, me.

And that's how I landed on the 3 stars for this review. It's too much about ME and it's hollow. It's missing the core of spiritual meaning, of being other-centered and poured out for the sake of love. It's missing what gives my life the most meaning. The author's example of a eulogy felt empty. It's full of accolades and achievements, but missing the core that leads to something after this life.

Take it for what it's worth. If you love the book, no judgment here. And none to the author either. We're just on different paths. And that's ok! But now you know why I thought the book was just ok and gave it 3 stars.
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