SHIFT YOUR THINKING FOR A DEEPER FAITH
99 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship with God, Others, and Yourself
By: Dean Del Sesto
Published: August 6, 2019
This easy-to-read book encourages us to look deeper at our struggles in life, how to accept our own prejudices and become aware of what is holding us back from loving others and ourselves. Del Sesto isn’t preaching at readers but offering examples from the Bible as well as real-life to give us a different perspective.
There are 99 chapters, but each is just a page or two covering life balance, opportunities, relationships, faith, family, time, sin, and using our gifts just to name a few. Because the chapters are short, you can tackle a couple of chapters a week and give yourself time to reflect on those themes before moving on. In a year you would have covered the whole book and hopefully have a new perspective on life and your faith.
Each chapter offers a Bible verse, things to think about and a question to ask yourself for reflection on the topic. One chapter that I have implemented is “Prayer without Distraction”. I’ve been intentionally praying for others and purposely setting my phone down and ignoring all distractions to pray. It may sound like a simple and obvious thing, but it has forced me to really connect to God in prayer.
Other chapters that I found helpful include “Releasing Tension with Others”, “Modeling Christ to Others”, and “Seeing Offenses as Beauty”. Each of these asks us to check our own judgments, release the offenses that make us tense or angry or annoyed, and remember we are all God’s people. There is something to learn from others and we are in control of how we react to situations and people.
Del Sesto’s approach is laid-back and yet convicting. It’s easy to ignore the messages God is sending us through situations in our lives, but many times those situations can be faith builders. Recognizing our own assets and accepting God’s grace and then sharing it with others can help us live a better life as one of God’s people.
Dean Del Sesto runs an award-winning branding and marketing agency called Venthio. He is a popular keynote speaker and author of several books. dean lives in Southern California with his wife Kittrena. Check out his website for more information, HERE.
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