Book Review: Destined to Win by Kris Vallotton (2017)
Kris Vallotton's Destined to Win solves the mystery for individuals who clearly see what their success looks like, but cannot figure out how to reach it. They find themselves standing still, backtracking or moving inconsistently. For them, the author delivers effectively on his sub-title: How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose.
It is unfortunate that Kris chooses a book title that several other authors have used. Readers might think that his book is another run-of-the mill steps to success, but that is not the case.
His emphasis is on individuals knowing, embracing and presenting who they are, not only as physical and emotional images to be admired, but also as souls with their weaknesses and failures which God is able to restore and lead to their divine purpose.
The Thomas Nelson publication released January 3, 2017, consists of 13 chapters within 224 pages, and is an easy read for individuals interested in the Christian Living genre. Yet, even the non-religious wanting a serious push forward toward fulfilling their destiny can benefit from the mind-set which is nurtured in this book. The Scripture texts and illustrations Vallotton includes are practical and easily applicable.
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For more than 17 years, Kris has been teaching internationally about restoration and purpose. He is co-founder of the Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, California where students are trained and equipped to minister in their God-given potential. It is from these experiences along with his personal bouts of failures, misdirection and redirection that he writes effectively.
Kris has authored more than one dozen books and training manuals aimed at helping individuals as well as world leaders achieve their goals and fulfill their destiny. His leadership insights and skills are the result of diverse responsibilities in the business, counseling, teaching and pastoring.
Themes Throughout the Book
Early in the book, Kris cites the example of a woman called Marilyn Monroe who was externally beautiful and desirable, but inwardly was the abused and broken woman named Norma Jean Mortenson.
He follows up throughout the rest of the book showing readers how to stop pretending, be themselves and walk confidently into their success. Through illustrations and questions which call for honest introspection, readers make their own choices about what they need to do after studying the discussion themes which include:
- tridimensional (spirit, soul, body) health and wholeness;
- the conversion of character weaknesses into strength;
- finding the right people, the right place, the right structure to enhance success;
- defining relationships and embracing team diversity;
- surviving life's crucibles; building roads to the destination.
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It is impossible to read Destined to Win and not make immediate changes in thought patterns which make us doubt that we are created to be successful. Kris gives guaranteed measures to help us find the right associates who will help us succeed. He illustrates this with stories from his ministry.
This is not a book about theoretical, spiritual notions. It does not tell a person with a problem to "give it to Jesus." Prayer helps but Kris adds practical solutions which come from practical human assistance.
Chapter 5: Discovering Your People is my favorite because it tells us how to find our people. Kris asks a series of questions which help readers define who they are, and the kind of people who will help them. For example:
- Do you view yourself doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways?
- Do you hate the predictable and the mundane and long for adventure?
- Do tears overcome you as you stare into the empty eyes of children?
Each set of questions defines different people and each person make his or her own assessment concerning which group to belong. Chapter 6 addresses the unfortunate situation of hanging with the wrong people and how to get rid of them. Most of us need this advice.
The following 2 short quotes from Destined to Win has even greater impact when read in context:
- Your seat of servanthood is your throne of destiny.
- You and I are called to serve God by serving people. But we are not called to serve people instead of serving God.
This book is recommended for all individuals who believe that they are alive because God has a purpose for their lives.
Those who have their path figured out will appreciate the affirmation that Kris Vallotton gives.
Those still seeking guidance will receive answers to questions they always wanted to ask, as well as to questions they never thought to ask.
It is all about walking life's journey toward the destination God designed for each one, and each one deserves to win.
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