Dave says, "This book motivates! This is how life is meant to be lived—full, passionate, pedal to the metal, stepping into all that God has for us! The 'I Will' chapters made me promise myself that I truly will. This book will launch you to your real potential and make you anything but normal and mediocre. You owe yourself a read of this; you won’t walk away from this one once you start.”
Widely loved speaker and pastor David Foster urges readers to shed the labels others so often place on us, especially the most dangerous label of all: mediocre. All labels are libels and this is the most insidious. When we believe the opinions of others about us, we can’t fail to measure up to their meager expectations.
But there are ways to break free, to go through life dancing, twirling, testing our limits, embracing the best God has in store for us. As an old proverb has it, “He who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; he who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.”
Organized in a series of four commitments, Foster outlines promises we will make ourselves as we learn to strive for excellence in our lives. These 12 promises—among them, “I will embrace my uniqueness,” “I will conquer my fears,” “I will serve a noble cause,” “I will treat time as life”—form a personal agenda by which we can realize our full potential, whatever our circumstances.
The perfect conditions, perfect timing, perfect skills for achieving excellence will never come. We have to seize today and vow to begin a life-changing, life-affirming journey to reach the awesome possibilities ahead of us. As Foster says, “We will not be denied, because we refuse to live within the limits of man-made labels and libels. We will not accept a mediocre life and we will not disappear quietly into the middle. We gladly accept the proverb, ‘Those who hear not the music, think the dancer’s mad.’ We hear the music, it’s in our heart and soul, and we must dance.”
Instead of sitting on a throne of pretended perfection, Dave Foster plunges into the battle that all of us fight every day: to find hope, faith and grace. He reminds us that all of us are broken, and that God’s love moves creatively in this brokenness. Dave Foster seeks to do what the leaders do, demolishing the old labels of limitation and opening our hearts to the power of God’s love. Randall Wallace Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart and best-selling author of Love and Honor
In this remarkable follow up to his first book, The Power to Prevail, Dr. David Foster translates biblical truths and combines them with quotes from famous people of faith, into his own engaging words of wisdom that challenge us to accept no mediocre life. My only regret in reading this book is that it wasn’t available for me to read 20 years ago.. Brian Prout drummer, Diamond Rio
David Foster sells hope! His words, written or spoken, energize and motivate people to want to change. Most admirably he does this without asking people to escape their real lives. Instead he weaves his insights in and through the stories of everyday people trying to find a reason to hope in a world gone sideways. Jim Henderson executive director, Off The Map
Paperback: 238 pages
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