Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Review: "It's Not Over" by Joshua Gagnon

Do you ever feel restless? Like you were made for more than what you're currently doing with your life? The good news is that, as long as you're still alive, there's time to work toward the dreams God placed inside you, because It's Not Over.

(You know what I would love to be over, though? The loop that Daughtry's "It's Not Over" has been running in my head ever since I picked this book up to read it 🤣)

Disappointed with your life? Worried you’ll never achieve your dreams? Don’t be discouraged; it’s not over!

As children, we dream of someday being a superhero or an astronaut, a parent or a business owner, an actress or a sports star. The more outrageous the dream, the more sure we are that it will happen! Yet as we mature, hardships, hurts, and failures chip away at our dreams. Our past longings can seem like the naive wishes of childhood instead of the foundation of the life we were meant to live.

In It’s Not Over, pastor Joshua Gagnon, founder of the Next Level Church network, reminds us that we were born to dream—and to dream big. In fact, our dreams have the power to shape our lives. Join Joshua in discovering the answers to these questions and many more:

  • How does dreaming help you discover your purpose?
  • How do you identify whether a dream is even worth chasing?
  • How do you overcome resistance, criticism, and doubt?
  • How do you pray bold prayers when you don’t feel like praying at all?
  • How do you finish strong on the journey toward your dream?

If you find yourself minimizing your dreams or feeling defeated by inner or outer resistance, there is good news: it’s not over! As long as you have breath in your lungs, God has a dream for you to chase. It’s what you were created for. And you can start today.

Short, sweet, and full of practical advice, It's Not Over is perfect for everyone who has ever given up on a dream ... no matter how big or small. I really appreciated that Gagnon pointed out that a God-sized dream is one that God has placed on your heart; it doesn't have to be big and impressive from a worldly standpoint. It's that focus that makes this book applicable to anyone.

The book is easy to read, and, while I didn't agree with everything Gagnon said (and honestly, I can't think of a single non-fiction book where I agreed with every single point), I did glean a lot of good advice.

Also, the final chapter, about finishing strong, seems very applicable in today's uncertain world. I know he didn't write this book in the context of COVID-19, but the advice, especially about focusing on what you can control, certainly translates well to this situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a dream they're pursuing ... or to anyone who has been disappointed and wants to learn to dream again. 4 stars.

Buy the book: Amazon |Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson
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Joshua Gagnon is the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church, regularly recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is known for his uniquely authentic communication style that makes the hope found in Jesus relevant to people of every background. He and his wife, Jennifer, raise their two sons in New Hampshire.
Connect with Joshua: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being on this tour, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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