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How High Will You Climb


“Attitude is everything” or so they say.  John C. Maxwell probably agrees. His book, How High Will You Climb, is subtitled “Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude.”  In aviation, your attitude determines your altitude. The attitude of the aircraft can be nose-up or nose-down and where the nose is pointed, the plane will follow. Correspondingly, if your personal attitude is nose-down, you’re probably not going to go anywhere but down.

How High Will You Climb is all about “looking up” for guidance and direction. What is attitude and why is it important? How was your present attitude formed? What are obstacles to a positive attitude, both within and without? How can I change my attitude? These are all questions answered in Maxwell’s book. He uses Biblical principles along with illustrative stories to guide the reader to the start of a journey towards having a better attitude. There are self-evaluation questions included in each chapter, and a study guide at the end of the book.

If you are serious about getting rid of your bad attitude or know someone who just needs to have some direction in how to begin changing theirs, this book is a good one. It isn’t too long and there are plenty of practical steps to begin that journey.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review*

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The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

I’m usually am skeptical of any books that claim they will “change my life”, let alone one that has a handful of “steps”. Enter Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, M.D. and their new collaboration, The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life. I knew much of Glenn Beck’s story before reading the book…his alcoholism and drug abuse, his significant rise and fall in broadcasting, his marriages, children, his faith.  There wasn’t much “news” in the book, but I found that the format (a chapter by Glenn and then a chapter by Dr. Ablow on the same “wonder”) very effective at presenting a psychological premise (Dr. Ablow’s chapter) along with an illustration (Glenn’s chapter about his life).

“…one human being’s intensely personal tests and triumphs can be harnessed to the good of countless others” writes Keith Ablow.  He is correct, and that’s what this book attempts to do.

The 7 “Wonders” are:

  • Courage
  • Faith
  • Truth
  • Compassion
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • Common Sense

If you’re in a struggle in your life…if you’re facing illness, substance abuse, broken relationships, low self-esteem or just want to know if your life has a purpose…this book might just help.  It isn’t rocket science, but it spoke to me.  Dr. Ablow says “there are no coincidences”.  As a Christian, I believe that and I believe that this book was something that came along at the appointed time for an appointed reason.  You might find that too.

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