Book Review: One B1G Thing

My latest Booksneeze review is of One B1G Thing by Phil Cooke. Subtitled Discovering What You Were Born to Do, the book is a pretty straightforward guide on discovering your purpose in life and how to stand out from the competition.

I had mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, considering that I’m at a point in my life where I’m contemplating my career future and wondering about what next steps to take, I found some of Cooke’s material motivational and it gave me a lot to think about.

On the other hand, however, I wasn’t in complete agreement on his implication that we have to make things happen, do what we can to stand out from the competition and get our work recognized, etc. in order to fulfill our life’s purpose. I tend to think that if we do what we feel called by God to do, even the little things that go unnoticed, we are achieving our life purpose. Then again, maybe I’m just not as ambitious as Cooke.

I do agree that we are not meant to wander aimlessly throughout life but instead to pursue a life of God-given purpose. That said, I think there needs to be room to let God take our skills and talents and use them in ways far mightier and more influential than we could on our own.

Bottom line, this was an interesting read and had some thought-provoking material for discovering what we’re meant to do. I do wish, thought, that it dealt more with God’s role in helping us discover and achieve His {multiple} purposes for us.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: One B1G Thing

  1. I agree with you that our following our purpose doesn't necessarily mean we will stand out or get a ton of attention for it. It seems like expecting a lot of earthly recognition or reward leads to discouragement sometimes. I think some people do very important things fulfilling their purpose but don't always receive a ton of appreciation for it.

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  2. Good point on not everyone receiving recognition–you're right, expecting that recognition can just set us up for disappointment and discouragement.

    I think too that, while it's good to focus on doing big things for God, we also need to allow Him to use us in the little things. Sometimes we can overlook opportunities to serve or glorify Him because we're too busy looking for something that we consider “big”.

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