Someone asked me today about my dreams which I had hoped to achieve by now. I smiled. more out of sadness. How can you get that your grandeur dream to reality without either shelving it or getting overwhelmed? Read Vision Map.
BOOK REVIEW: VISION MAP: JOEL MALM: MOODY PUBLISHERS: 2009: 99 PAGES
This is a Christian book which explains how huge God-given dreams, can be actualized. Joel, the author had a God-sized dream which He was able to achieve; He tells us how he was able to do it in his book.
A God-given dream is one which God placed in your heart; one which you cannot possibly achieve by yourself BUT with others and divine intervention.
So what is the vision map all about?
Simply put, it is a chart that explains your vision in one line and with assigned actionable steps shared between you and your Quiet partner (God). It is a live and active board placed in a visible location (a wall). Now it takes into consideration the fact that you cannot be completely responsible for every step of the journey to achieving your vision (since it’s bigger than your ability, time or resources), so you write out every next step, small or big and apportion it between you and your Quiet partner. Your Quiet partner does the ones that you cannot do with your own strength or resources. Tools you need for your vision board are;
- A large poster board
- A black marker
- A red marker
|STEPS||JOEL MALM||TOSAN A. (Work in progress)|
|GET A VERY CLEAR ONE-LINER FOR YOUR VISION||Take people on spiritually focused adventure around the world||Reliving the playful spirit in Adults through themed play|
|WRITE DOWN EVERY STEP YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE TO TAKE – ASSIGN STEPS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR QUIET PARTNER
|SAFETY AND WISDOM FOR TEAM – QP
· Create orientation program
· Buy plane ticket
· Resign from my job eek!!
MONEY TO BOOK PLANE TICKETS
· Set date for first trip
ONGOING FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS
|I don’t have to know my next step now; but i know what to pray about now.|
|PRAY, PRAY, PRAY AND EXPECT||KEEP UPDATING AS MORE STEPS COME ALONG|
Joel understands the place of God in achieving our big dreams. Firstly, they are big because God is involved, 2ndly because he gives us the ability to create wealth despite our best efforts. He talked about a time in the early stages of his business where he took a break to further his education, he came back armed with new skills and great promotional ideas backed with prayer and fasting which still flopped. Indeed God gives us the ability to create wealth.
The book dwells largely on the spiritual aspect of fulfilling your vision and dreams. The author suggests that the whole process starts first by receiving a vision from God and then inviting Him to be your (Quiet) partner. It also addresses the aspect of sacrificial giving to God, starting small to grow big and more encouragements.
Tosan’s take: I enjoyed reading the book and loved it particularly for the following reasons;
- It was as real as possible: Being a regular guy like most of us, Joel was very easy to relate with.
- It totally addresses the role of God in our almost impossible dreams
- It was fun to read
- It is short: sometimes, just thinking about how much you have to read before getting to the heart of the message of some books sometimes takes its toll, but this was so good that I read it twice – Also very encouraging.
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