June 3, 2013
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” (Oscar Wilde)
We’re living in a functional paradox: we’ve never had more books available – hardcover, paperback, e-book – than today… and, there is an alarming level of illiteracy (“the condition of being unable – for whatever reason – to read and write; the condition of being unknowledgeable or ignorant in a particular subject or field”).
Books contain the wisdom of the ages, accessible to all. The problem: too often, the good stuff is buried in piles of toxin and trivia that strains the reader into abandoning the search.
Nineteen years ago, Bob Buford wrote Halftime to challenge Christians whose career success had come into view to see the next summit – Kingdom significance – as the next pursuit. Within a year, the right people were reading Bob’s challenge… and contacting him for more help in the journey.
He asked me to consider creating a response to their request; The Master’s Program was launched 17 years ago to mentor leaders whose Kingdom Calling was their compelling future.
No one had to read Halftime (Wilde); the haunting suggestion that there was more to life than professional goals, realized was enough to shift the course of accomplished people toward a heavenly horizon.
It’s time for another treatment of that subject. Before year-end, Full Time will be in print. Bob Buford used his personal journey to offer his counsel on the theme; in Full Time, I’ll offer my own story – and, the coaching that comes from it – to add momentum to the movement.
I need your help.
On August 1, I’ll deliver the manuscript for Full Time to the publisher. For the next eight weeks, the goal is to make the content of that book rich with relevance for people just like you. People who know that there is more to this life than winning the rat race (success): they are devoting attention to the things that will still matter when they arrive in heaven (significance). They are leaders whose attention to detail in the refinement of their career has yet to be matched in calibrating their Calling. They know they aren’t finished yet… but they do not yet have the blueprint for building that part of their life from which retirement is not the ultimate objective.
Here’s where you come in: I’d like to ask you to hit “reply,” and give me your input on what you think needs to be addressed in Full Time to make it meaningful for people like you. It may be a question that is currently on your mind… or, it may be the breakthrough discovery you made on the way to finding a clearer path for your own Kingdom service.
Most books are like a menu, created by the author/master chef in hopes of meeting the tastes of their patron. The diner scans the offerings… and what follows is either a magnificent meal, or a missed opportunity. If Full Time had a Table of Contents that would draw you in, what would it include?
Shoot me a bullet point, or write me a paragraph. Tell me what you wish someone had said in your earlier readings, or give me the nugget of wisdom that was the game-changer for you.
Here’s the offer: if you’ll send me something of substance, I’ll promise to send you a copy of Full Time when it becomes available – in time for Christmas!
The last thing I want to give up my summer to produce: a vegan menu for a barbecue crowd. I want to explore the questions that real people are posing, and offer input that will make the time spent reading an investment with eternal value.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
Could you help? Thanks!