One Big Thing by Phil Cooke – Book Review

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

This book is a great example of why books are a beautiful thing. The chance to have an accomplished, experienced person speak into your life on his area of expertise (minus a huge consulting fee)? Sign me up.

As the saying goes, I could hardly put this book down. That being said, it wasn’t exactly what I expected, but great none the less.

In summary, the book is a challenge to do with your life the one big thing which you were born to do, instead of letting the comfort and familiarity of where you’re at to kill/distract you from your one big dream/passion. There’s no question that a lot of people go through life never really accomplishing much of anything, or oodles of little things. They get stuck in a rut. We’re OK with being OK at a zillion things. His method of determining your calling are answered by a few questions such as What do you love? What is easy for you? What do you hate? What do you wish you could change? What one thing could you be the very best at? One big thing.

The book’s full of awesome quotes, both by Phil and a slew of other people. It’s also laid out in a really nice way that makes it easy to read and stay focused. Key points are set apart in a bigger font – there’s lot’s of space. My designer’s eye approves.

The book discusses a lot of things that are related to business/employment. I was expecting a more religious/personal life bent in the book, but in retrospect since so much of our life is spent working a job it makes a lot of sense that we’d spend all this time doing something that matters to us!

My biggest drawback to Phil’s work here is what I think is an over generalization – that what we naturally care about is always a sign of our one big thing. I think of Biblical examples such as Jonah, Moses, and pre-Paul Saul. Is what they found easy and their passion the big thing God had for them? I think not. I think it’d be safe to say that God wreaked them to make them useful. While our natural passions are often a good guide to what we should pursue, I wouldn’t make it a black and white rule.

That being said, it’s a great book that can help you work on your life, not just in your life. Just remember that it’s one man’s opinion and life experience, not Biblical truth. Highly recommended.

I received this book free of charge for reviewing purposes from Booksneeze.

One Big Thing by Phil Cooke – Book Review

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