The book offered is Jason Frenn’s Breaking the Barriers: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching Your Greatest Potential.
Mr. Frenn has spent years as a missionary in Costa Rica, and had led innumerable crusades. He is also an inspirational speaker. Besides his evangelical work under the auspices of the Assemblies of God, he hosts a weekly radio program.
The book is listed under religion and inspirational. I would categorize it additionally as a self-help book and perhaps under the prosperity gospel genre, though I am sufficiently unfamiliar with that teaching to be sure.
Mr. Frenn has addressed the issue so many of us face: barriers to the life we wish which often seem impassable. His premise is that God wishes us all to live up to our potential and wishes us abundance in that fulfilled life. Through a step-by-step process Frenn guides the reader through a series of life altering changes that bring us in alignment with God character, Jesus’ wisdom, and the discipline of the Holy Spirit.
Each chapter is has at least two stories used to illustrate the point being made, and how development and adherence to the principle being taught results in a solution to the barrier that inhibits progress. Many of the stories are compelling.
There are practical lessons for achieving success in prayer and daily life that will assist the person bogged down and seemingly “stuck” in an unhealthy place. One of the more useful ones is the writing of a “eulogy” or epitaph of yourself. What would you like to be remembered for, what attributes would you hope loved ones and friends might say about you at your funeral. These can give good clues as to your desires in life, often hidden in the busyness of life. They can suggest areas you need to improve.
At the end of each chapter are specific prayers to recite daily as you move to change your actions, your beliefs, your thoughts, and turn them to those that uphold and invite God’s action in your life.
You should know that this book takes a decidedly literalistic approach to scripture. Whether you agree theologically with that or not, you will surely find good advice for bringing God into the forefront of your life and thus growing in both faith and in achieving the goals you set.
Whether it be finances, relationships, personal addictions, or career change, the methods Mr. Frenn offers are helpful to consider and implement.
Now as to the giveaway. If you are interested in obtaining a free copy (five are being offered), leave a comment to this post and your email address-or e-mail me separately if you are uncomfortable making it public.
The giveaway will conclude on September 4, 2009, and the winners will be e-mailed on September 5. I will randomly draw five names from all those submitted.
Winners so notified must return the e-mail with full name and address. No PO Box please and the offer is good only in the US and Canada.
I will submit this information to the Hatchette Book Group, which will mail the book directly to you.
That’s all that is required.
Please consider that even if you don’t feel the book would be your type, think about whether you know someone who would enjoy it, and let them know how to submit an entry, or do so on their behalf. Or consider it as a gift to a person or library that you think might benefit from it.