May 8, 2011

Jolt by Phil Cooke

“Jolt”  is the perfect title for this book about adapting to our changing world.  It’s broken into five sections on your direction in life, setting priorities, growing, your character, and looking ahead.  Each section is further broken down into smaller chapters.  

Cooke’s overall message is encouraging regardless of how much you may need to change.  Small changes do matter.  Setting priorities is crucial to managing everything in your life.  Spend time taking inventory of what you’re doing rather than simply going through the motions.There’s a takeaway here for every reader.

 The book is a good format for people who are looking for helpful principles who may not have time for a lengthy, complicated book.  I read it fairly quickly and plan to go through it again by sections with a pen in hand.  A section a week would be a good way to apply what he is teaching.

I have a couple minor criticisms.  The book seemed focused on people working in offices, which clearly applies to a large number of people.  I would have liked to see more examples of applying his principles for stay at home parents or people outside the workforce.  I also have mixed feelings about the limited discussion of his Christian faith.  Although I wish it was integrated more, the fact that is wasn’t a heavy faith-based book will appeal to a wider audience.

Whether you’re a Christian, a seeker, or a non-believer, you will find something in here to apply to your own life, whether it’s making changes or re-affirming the path you’re already on. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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