Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Hope Quotient

About The Book:  What’s at the heart of every thriving person, every thriving marriage, kid, and business?  Hope!
The Hope Quotient is a revolutionary new method for measuring—and dramatically increasing—your level of hope. Hope is more than a feeling; it’s the by-product of seven key factors. When these are present in your life, they cause hope to thrive.
Factor 1: Recharge Your Batteries Nobody does well running on empty.
Factor 2: Raise Your Expectations You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you expect.
Factor 3: Refocus on the Future It’s time to throw away your rearview mirror. No one goes forward well when they are looking back.
Factor 4: Play to Your Strengths Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
Factor 5: Refuse to Go It Alone Never underestimate the power of support. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.
Factor 6: Replace Burnout with Balance Burning the candle at both ends isn’t as bright as you think.
Factor 7: Play Great Defense Avoid these five toxic hope killers that can threaten your future.
Using seven years of research, powerful biblical illustrations, and compelling human-interest stories, Ray Johnston explains how these seven essential factors will support, sustain, and strengthen your hope. And when consciously built into your life, how they will unleash hope in your marriage, your kids, your career, your church, your community, and the world.
Discover your HQ level, the most important contributor to your overall success, and then learn how to improve it. Because when hope rises—everything changes.

About The Author:  Ray Johnston is the founding pastor of Bayside Church in the Sacramento, California suburb of Granite Bay. Under Pastor Ray's leadership, in just eighteen years Bayside has become one of the largest churches in the nation, with over 12,000 people coming together every weekend for worship, teaching, prayer and connection at the Granite Bay campus, and thousands more in multiple affiliated churches throughout the Sacramento area. 
Ray is the founder of Thriving Churches International, and Thrive Communications. He is a veteran of both youth and adult ministry, having crisscrossed the nation for years as a top instructor for Youth Specialties. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary, he was Chairman of the Department of Youth Ministry at North Park College and an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Azusa Pacific University.
Ray and his wife, Carol, are the proud parents of Mark, Scott, and twins Leslie and Christy.

My Thoughts About The Book:  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.  It was easy to understand and a most practical application for finding hope in today's world.  If there were a Best in Show Christian Feel Good, DIY book....this would be it.  I would love to meet Ray Johnston.  I believe this book should be read by everyone!  It is a powerful read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. 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.”  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

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