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Book Review: "Destined to Win" by Kris Vallotton (2017)

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Do you believe yourself destined to win?

Do you believe yourself destined to win?

Are You Destined to Win?

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 book, 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 that 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 mindset which is nurtured in this book. The Scripture texts and illustrations Vallotton includes are practical and easily applicable.

Kris Vallotton (center) and the President of Ecuador at the Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador (2011)

Kris Vallotton (center) and the President of Ecuador at the Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador (2011)

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 to 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 strengths;
  • finding the right people, the right place, and 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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Personal Opinion

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 that help readers define who they are and the kind of people who will help them. For example:

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  • 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 makes his or her own assessment concerning which group to belong to. 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.

Favorite Quotes

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.


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program ( I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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© 2017 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 05, 2017:

Eboni, thanks for keeping your word. This was my first review in a long time, and it was easier than some of the others to grasp. The self-improvement potential grabbed me also.

Eboni on March 04, 2017:

Thanks for asking my opinion on your book reviews. You selected great titles. This one also encourages me to read for self-improvement. The favorite quotes is a nice touch.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 17, 2017:

Lawrence, putting this book on your list would not be a bad idea. Thanks for reading and adding your comment.

Lawrence Hebb on February 17, 2017:


This review makes the book sound like I need to put it on my 'to read' list.



Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 29, 2017:

Thanks, Bill. I maintain that the book is helpful to everyone. I've read some other reviews that attack the author's ministry, but there is nothing discrediting about the book itself. I recommend it.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 28, 2017:

I like how you say, "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." It includes everybody, and everybody can benefit from it. I've not read it, but I'll add to my list of possible future reading.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 24, 2017:

Martie, thanks for reading although it seems you have had your share of these books. I appreciate you!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 24, 2017:

Destined to Win by Kris Vallotton sounds like a very interesting and encouraging book. At a time in my life I was quite addicted to books like these. Thanks, MsDorah, for this helpful and useful review.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Yes, Audrey. It is in the mind that we prepare to win. Glad that you can relate. You will enjoy and learn from the book.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 22, 2017:

" make immediate changes in thought patterns which make us doubt that we are made created to be successful." Yes MsDora, change begins in the mind. I work on this daily, minute-by-minute and can testify that this is the foundation for improvement. Purchasing this book and thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Mary, you got that right. Kris' tridimensional concept is success in our physical, emotional and spiritual being. From his business experience alongside his ministry, he shows how positioning one's self includes structuring for financial success as well.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Thanks Peg. The book is indeed very positive and it touched me deep down with the motivation to continue on toward fulfilling my personals goals which are really the same as my Kingdom goals.

Mary Wickison from USA on January 22, 2017:

This is one of the first 'success' books I have heard about which has included the spiritual guidance as well. It sounds like the perfect middle ground for those who are seeking to improve their lives, not just financially, but their whole being.

Thank you for your review.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 22, 2017:

I like this expanded insight into the message, "We are known by the company we keep." Also, I enjoyed reading your observation, "It is impossible to read Destined to Win and not make immediate changes in thought patterns which make us doubt that we are made created to be successful." Sounds like a positive and uplifting read. Thanks for this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Maria, thanks for reading. Destined to Win can be found at any major book site or store: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, to name a few. Enjoy!

MariaInes from Bogota on January 22, 2017:

I am going to look for this book! Thank you MsDora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Flourish, this is just one book, but your reference to books suggests to me that I should keep doing it. Thanks for the affirmation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Lori, I share your concern about the meaning of success in terms of spirituality. In Kris Vallotton's book, success means fulfilling your destiny--the assignment which God planned for you. It includes Kingdom business.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 22, 2017:

Thanks, Bill. Serious reading is on my agenda this year, and as you know, I'm also reading Resurrecting Tobias. I focused on Destined to Win, so I could write the article and yes, I like the message.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 21, 2017:

I like that you are reviewing books that can potentially help others. This sounds like one that many people would benefit from.

Lori Colbo from United States on January 21, 2017:

I have always struggled with the word success in terms of spiritual journeys. That's not to say it's wrong, it's just a word we hear so much in the secular realm and so it's my hang up but I do think I get what you, and the author mean. If you had not published this review I never would have considered this book if I'd seen it on a shelf because of its title. I am intrigued now though and will have to look into it. You put this together very well. Nice work Dora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 21, 2017:

I love the positive message. I doesn't surprise me at all that you read it, reviewed it, and found it helpful. You are a very positive person and I'm proud to know you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 21, 2017:

Laura, thanks for your kind comment. Glad to reference the kind of book that you want to read.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 21, 2017:

Eric, no matter where you are on your journey, this book will boost your confidence going forward. Yes, everyone should read it.

Laura Smith from Pittsburgh, PA on January 21, 2017:

I've been looking for material like this. I'll add it to my Goodreads to-read list. Great review!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 21, 2017:

Dora this was great, it seems like a book one just has to have read in life.

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