Friday, January 14, 2011

Finding Deeper Meaning This Year

With a new year upon us, we are presented with an opportunity for reflection and change-a time when many plan to start the year with a clean slate and make up for the missed opportunities of last year.   For many, this means working toward a more meaningful life. As you carry out your New Year's Resolutions this year, consider picking up a copy of Norm Grant's spiritually transformative You Want Me to.What? Risking Life Change to Answer God's Call. Grant's book will guide you toward a better understanding of God's will for you this new year, and it will show you how to use the new year to find a new you, a you full of potential, hope, meaning, and love-all in the interest of becoming the person you were created to be.

Grant offers us the invitation from God to find deeper meaning this year, for us to discover our given destinies. The journey from our Heavenly Father starts as soon as we take his Son's hand and trust him. God will show us the way because we've all been called to do great things. Rather than functioning in the ordinary this year, Grant teaches us by inspiration, example, and anecdote that we've all been called to the extraordinary, if only we would respond.

Rather than setting goals for weight loss or getting organized, Grant prompts us to ask ourselves real questions like: "How is God trying to get your attention?" "What is He calling you to do?" and "How are you going to respond?" Norm Grant's New Year's Resolution list for us would look something like this:

1. Step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.
2. Don't let daily noise drown out the voice of God; be listening when He calls.
3. Don't be afraid to dive into our faith. Exhibit trust and faith, and open up to a deeper experience in the spiritual realm.
4. Rather than trying to control and script our own lives, hand the pen over to God, who has a story for everyone "and.each story is filled with more adventure and excitement than the one we're in the midst of living. If only we could hand the pen over to God and let Him write His story for each of our lives and then have the courage to participate with Him in living it out. It would be incredible."
5. Stop making excuses or succumbing to insecurities about being too old, too fat, or too unworthy; God has a calling for each of us, regardless of our circumstances.
6. Never accept defeat; take the example of such inspirations as Mary Clark, who was rejected as a nun for being too old and twice divorced, and found a way to accomplish her own charitable works.
7. Instead of questioning our faith, question ourselves.
8. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zones, for if we never step out of our comfort zones, we will never discover our deeper calling from God. We could miss out on the extraordinary path that God has planned for us.

Use your time at home with your family to curl up by the fireplace and read Norm Grant's You Want Me to What?... Risking Life Change to Answer God's Call, reflecting on the past year and how you will prepare for the coming year. Grant is certain to shatter the mundane in your life and help you to set your resolutions for taking the journey that God has planned for you and your family.

Review copies and author interviews are available for the media.

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