The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

“More Than a Bucket List” by Jennifer Barrow

More Than a Bucket List“More Than a Bucket List” (ISBN 9781400320790) by Jennifer Barrow is a collection of advises that grandparents give to their grandchildren — like being positive (the one I always fail).

Become a more positive person.
It’s not a secret. You’ve been compared to Eeyore on more than one occasion. The invitations have slowed to a trickle, and the crowd splits like the Red Sea when you walk in the room. Maybe you’re just going through a negative phase, or maybe your whining, cynicism, and criticism have become a lifestyle that’s costing you some serious joy. So how do you become a more positive person? Here are just a few suggestions to get you rolling:

  • Admit you’ve become or are naturally negative.
  • Realize you have a choice in how you act.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Laugh out loud. Hey, it works!
  • Go serve someone; volunteer.
  • Forgive yourself; forgive others.
  • Live in the present.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Read books about the areas in your life you’d like to improve.
  • Get a life coach (or a positive friend) to hold you accountable.
  • Do something you love every day.
  • Allow God to reshape your heart, thoughts, and words.

Of course, there are some advises like trusting God and include God in our lives.

Trust God in business.

Few other situations can sculpt and refine your faith more than trusting God in an entrepreneurial adventure.
An amazingly creative and courageous business life is a roller coaster — risks followed by playing it safe. Great blessing and then being burned. Surviving recessions that take out our neighbors and learning to trust God for each day’s manna.
The key to success? Keep moving forward, keep trusting, and refuse dwell on past mistakes. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (KJV).
If we are plowing new ground and pursuing the greater adventures God is planting in front of us, looking back only ruins the field for the next harvest. God is concerned about the journey. Trusting Him is the grandest adventure of the Christian’s life. That means trusting Him for your business too.

REAL-LIFE CHALLENGE: Pray over your business daily. Pray for your employees and clients. Ask God for opportunities to serve others and make His name known through the way you do business.

I originally thought it was a list of fun Christian things to do.

The book’s a self improvement with some Christian values. This book wasn’t my cup (or bucket) of tea.


2 responses to ““More Than a Bucket List” by Jennifer Barrow

  1. 02/22/2013 at 02:57:12

    Sound advice, actually they sound more like sort of reminder !

    • Frank Olvera (aka "The Christian Noob") 02/22/2013 at 08:01:34

      So you think I should have given it an extra star (4 out 5)?

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