First of all, two warnings!
- Don’t imagine this book to be a quick read
- Don’t imagine you will be only reading a book
The subtitle of this book by Will Mancini is “Designing the Life that God Dreamed for You.” In essence, it is a very detailed method of evaluating your life, talents, interests, personality, dreams, etc. and coming up with a plan …. or plans… for 90 days, 3 years, and more. Of course, there are times for review and revision along the way. A yearly retreat is recommended, as well as quarterly “how am I doing” check-ups.
There is a wealth of good information and advice, and many interesting exercises for the reader to try. I did a number, and if you are interested to can refer to these other posts:
Some of them were definitely interesting and informative. It did encourage me to think about and articulate some short and longer term goals for different areas of my life.
Here’s my issue with the book: many people will find it too time consuming and difficult to work through. Mancini was an engineer at one time and it shows. He has created a tool that covers just about every facet of life. For example, at one point he says about an exercise:
“…. name four primary roles for each of your four storylines, then define three secondary roles for each primary role …. In the end, you’ll have forty-eight roles that together describe the manifold ways you relate to the world.”
I’m very motivated when it comes to self discovery, but 48 roles just felt too daunting to contemplate!
The book also in many places directs you to resources and courses available at http://willmancini.com Some of the resources can be downloaded for free, others you must pay for. This made me feel that the book was designed to sell me additional products.
VERDICT: I give it three stars. If you are person who is motivated and interested in detailed planning, it may be right up your alley — but it’s not for most.
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