Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Book: VIP by O.S. Hawkins

Yes, a book review. I think I remember what how to do these. And as a side note: V.I.P. from O.S. Hawkins? I’m tempted to make this whole thing acronyms and initials!

As is often the case: free book in exchange for the review! No money exchanged, no influence peddled. All opinions are my own, unless my wife tells me otherwise.

What does it mean to live with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose? (Other than the obvious of endorsing the Oxford Comma in the title, that is.) This little book, VIP, from O.S. Hawkins, the President of Guidestone Financial Resources, presents some of what that means. It is a little book, running about 120 pages of actual content with a footprint that’s about 5 inches by 7 inches.

Boiling this book down, what you have is a Biblically-oriented personal empowerment book. Hawkins is addressing, primarily, the first leg of the leadership triangle: manage yourself. The ideas he presents are about getting vision, integrity, and purpose right in our own lives. From there, Hawkins expresses that we become influential people after we become the right kind of person.

Peppered throughout are the two things that help bring the point home: Biblical passages and personal stories. The first connects the principles to the truth, the second demonstrates how to put the ideas into practice. The reading is easy, and the Biblical passages are not wrenched horribly out of context.

Overall, it’s not a bad little book. Having read others in the same leadership/personal growth space, it does not stand out except for its brevity. In this, it’s a good fit for someone whose response to books is “I don’t have time!”

A pretty good gift book for the developing leader in your life.

Again, free book in exchange for the review.

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