Book Review: Intentional Living

From Book Description

“The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can’t make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that’s ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it’s hard; other times it’s easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.

In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell will help you take that first step, and the ones that follow, on your personal path through a life that matters.”

Book Review: Intentional Living

My Comments

Intentional Living is not one of those books that you can read through quickly as you grab tips from time to time. It is one of those books you will want to read slowly because there is a lot of food for thought. In addition, if put into practice, it is a life-changer.

A big part of the book, and my biggest take-away, is the importance of knowing your Why. Maxwell writes, “You need to start thinking about your purpose. I’m certain everybody has one. Your why is the life’s blood of intentional living” (79).

That statement struck such a strong chord with me. I know my purpose, but what kicked me was his declaration that it is “the life’s blood of intentional living.” If I am to truly live with intention, I must always stay connected to my purpose otherwise it is so easy to lose focus and wind up living more reactionary rather than intentionally.

Throughout the book, Maxwell, takes that purpose, that why, and goes deeper and shows the reader, using his own personal examples, of how it can transform your life. His experiences are vastly different from mine, and I didn’t always “get” his perspective, but he does such a great job taking his experiences and applying them to everyone.

Another great part of the book is that he asks a lot of questions. I love that he gets to reader to go deeper, gets her to think bigger and  he offers practical ways to put those insights into practice.

And therein lies the caveat of the book. It must be put into practice. This book is a call to action. It is not a book to read and put aside. Rather, it is a book, a handbook almost, to transforming one’s life and to help the reader to be a catalyst of change in the lives of others.

If you want to live a life of intention and make a difference in the lives of others, I absolutely recommend Intentional Living. I give the book four (4) stars.


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