Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review of 20,000 DAYS AND COUNTING by Robert D. Smith

Rating: 4 out of 5

What would you do if you realized you had already lived 20,000 days of your life? Would you look back on your life with pride or regret? Robert D. Smith realized one day that he had been alive for nearly 20,000 days, and though he didn’t look back on his life with a lot of regrets, he realized that he still had much to do with his life. So he took a trip away and set out to plan the next 20,000 days of his life. In his new book 20,000 DAYS AND COUNTING, Smith takes readers on a journey through his process of planning his next 20,000 days and provide helpful and hopeful advice to readers along the way.

20,000 DAYS AND COUNTING is a short motivational book for people to find purpose and clarity in their lives. (I hesitate to use the word “motivation” because of the chapters in the book is called “Motivation is a Myth.”) Smith encourages readers to live each day as if it were there last, pursuing things with intensity, having a clear vision of where you want to be, and answering pointed question to design your life’s story.

The book reads really quickly. As I was reading, I didn’t even realize that I was almost finished with the book until I closed it and saw where my bookmark was. The book is good. The encouragement is helpful. The only drawback I had to the book was that it wasn’t anything I hadn’t read before. By now there have been so many books like this one that it almost seems common sense on how to live a purposeful life. But Smith’s stories are unique, and it was an enjoyable read.

Review copy provided by Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze reviewer program

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