If there is one verse that every person should start out the new year with, it's Proverbs 29:18:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."

In his book "Chazown," Lead Pastor Craig Groeschel effectively, and entertainingly challenges us to bring our life's vision into focus by laying out a plan for our life. I deeply enjoyed two things about this book and greatly appreciated another.

I enjoyed the tone of the book. From its beginning to its end it is articulated well and thoroughly throughout. Where many leadership or self-help books try to overwhelm you with too much "fringe" information or lose you by chasing rabbits, Groeschel keeps things moving with a serious, but light-hearted tone. I never felt like the book took itself too seriously.

I also enjoyed the feel of the book. From the imagery used to communicate core values and discover your vision to the five spokes of your chazown, the overall message of the book was enhanced by the imagery. The different color pages, the exercises at the end of each chapter and section, the handwritten notes on the outside pages - all worked well to create a great feel.

Getting down to what really matters, and what I appreciated the most, is the book's practicality. As a lead pastor I'm always looking for books that not only educate, but teach. I love that this book doesn't just give facts and information, but challenges a person to be better and then teaches them how to go about it. Where Rick Warren's "Purpose-Driven Life" excelled at educating and inspiring people to understand what they were created for, "Chazown" teaches people how to build a plan to execute the vision God has given them for their life.

This is a powerful and practical tool for anyone who wants to "grow" their dream into a vision. While I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to create a "life plan," I highly recommend it to those who are just starting on their spiritual journey or are stuck in a rut along the road.

For more about Chazown, check out the website: Chazown.com.

4.5 / 5 Stars