Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: The Fulfillment Principle




The Fulfillment Principle, Experienceing Pure Joy in Your Life by Bob Westfall is a nice, small size Christian inspirational read based upon the biblical passage of Matthew 25.  This is the parable of the master who entrusts his possessions with his slaves, giving them each talents.

Westfall clearly explains the passage and how it relates to our lives.  He explores how God has given each of us talents, and it is up to us to do something with those talents to honor him.  He stresses part of the passage that many gloss over, "enter into the joy of your master" and how that can apply to our lives and having joy in our lives.


The book gives numerous examples of how people opened their hearts to listen to God and used their talents to do great things.  The book also has discussion questions at the end of each chapter, making it a great read not only for an individual, but for a small group.


I liked this book and agree with Westfall's theory of experiencing joy as this passage has always strongly resonated with me and I believe that I have experienced joy because I have done what Westfall has described.

One thing I didn't like was that every story depicted featured individuals who did great things on a large scale.  This could leave some readers feeling less than adequate if they adhere to his principles, but aren't able to achieve such great success.  I would have liked him to include a chapter about someone like myself, who maybe has been called to be a good parent.  Or someone who has been called to volunteer with the poor and has touched many lives on a lesser scale, although just as important as the individuals in the book.

Overall, a great book and quick read.  If you are unhappy, I would suggest reading this book and figuring out what your talents are.

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes.  I did not receive any compensation nor was required to write a favorable review.

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