Monday, June 2, 2014

Wide Awake: The Book

Author:  Erwin Raphael McManus
Pages:  251
Get it here:  Amazon.com

At the Women's Conference, we were all given the book "Wide Awake" by Erwin Raphael McManus.  I love how logical he is and how he just makes sense.  I began to highlight the book as I went along because there were so many great thoughts and quotes I wanted to remember.  Here's a few of them:

The word Eden means 'pleasure.'  God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Pleasure.

You are created by God to expand the good.

"to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given and they will have abundance."  You need to maximize your capacity and that takes at least two things:  responsibility and risk.

Ask yourself what does God expect of me?  What is my oil?  (in reference to the bridegrooms and their oil - or lack thereof)

Eventually we realize that success isn't gained by talent alone.  Some people have less talent and are far more prepared; they have far more discipline and foresight.  (can't count the number of times we had discussions with Madi about this!)

Preparation is the beginning of the creative process.

Often the person who has the most luck is the person who won't quit.

To make even one dream come to reality, many other dreams have to be sacrificed on the altar of your imagination.  I love the insight that the word 'decide' is Latin for "to cut."  Every one of us is a surgeon.  We live our lives cutting away every potential future we reject and giving life to the one we choose.


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