It’s the most INSPIRATIONAL time of the year. Why? Because it’s summertime and with summer comes more opportunities to be outside, which in itself, is inspiring. Summer also offers more opportunities to enjoy nature and be in, on or around water. Nature and water are natural places to find inspiration and worship our creator. Which is why last week, I began sharing a summer long series of inspirational reads from various authors featuring differing genres. I hope you’ll read the weekly book suggestions and download my 2017 Live Inspired Summer Reading Guide, which includes a list of books to read this summer.
June, July & August = Summer
Summer = Outside: in, on or near the water + enjoying nature
Water + Nature = Inspiration
There’s something about being around the water that inspires my creativity while soothing away the cares of the world. Part of the inspiration comes from the opportunities summer offers for increased reading enjoyment. Whether I’m poolside, beachside, bayside or sailing, I am NEVER without a book. So LIVE INSPIRED this summer with some of my recommended reads.
Reading inspires and rejuvenates me and, no matter the genre, I learn many valuable things.
This week’s blog offers a book suggestion from one of my favorite authors, communicators and leaders, Andy Stanley. Although it is hard for me to choose my favorite book by Andy, I’m pretty certain that this pick is at the very top of my favorite non-fiction book list, and it is…
Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley.
I’ve read this book three times. (It is extremely rare for me to read a book more than once so three is a testament to the author’s ability to communicate phenomenally with what I most need!) Each read has given me more wisdom and understanding about myself, about the choices I have made, and about the direction I want to move toward. If you are struggling with direction or find yourself repeating the same mistakes, this book is a great guide for just that purpose. One of my favorite paragraphs from this book is:
Direction is everything. Direction determines destination. This is why we cannot afford to live disconnected lives. When we discover those subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle discrepancies between intent and lifestyle, we should stop and pay attention. We should break the habit of drawing a circle around individual decisions and events and dismissing them as isolated occurrences. These are steps. Steps that lead somewhere. Because life is connected.
The overarching theme throughout the pages of this book is finding your desired path by determining your desired destination, taking intentional steps, and avoiding paths you don’t want to be on. As Andy Stanley stated: “I’m not offering a formula. My intention is to bring to your attention a dynamic that is operating in the background of your life and the lives of the people you love…The principle of the path impacts your life every single day. And like any principle, you can leverage it for your benefit or ignore it and reap a harvest of regret.”
I could add so much more, but trust me, this is a must read for anyone who is ready to break through barriers, regrets, confusion and start living intentionally by determining your desired destination.
“Direction not intention determines your destination.” ~ Andy Stanley
If you want to find out more about The Principle of the Path, click here to be taken to Amazon. Just for the record, Andy Stanley is not paying me to say this about his book; nor does he even know I exist; however, I can’t not share something that’s made such a great impact on my life. If you have read this book or decide to pick it up to read this summer, let me know! I’d love to hear what you think.
Don’t forget to click here for your FREE “Live Inspired” Summer Reading Guide. Also, get a copy of the Live Inspired Summer Reading Journal. Maybe I’ll meet you on the bay, near the lake or at the beach with one of these books in your hands.