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John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, shows readers how to achieve a life of purpose and significance through intentional living. We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achiJohn C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, shows readers how to achieve a life of purpose and significance through intentional living. We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achieve. That they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference.The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to start to achieve significance and create a lasting legacy. You may not realize it, but they're really nothing more than excuses. The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can't make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that's ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it's hard; other times it's easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell will help you take that first step, and the ones that follow on your personal path through a life that matters....

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Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters Reviews

  • Rachel Blom
    2019-03-10 12:40

    John Maxwell is the leadership guru of the Christian world, there’s no denying that. He’s also an incredibly prolific writer, who keeps popping out one book after another. His latest book is Intentional Living—and it’s another inspiring book, though slightly different from his previous works.First of all, Intentional Living is not explicitly Christian, as many of his books are. It’s aimed at the general market (it’s categorized as ‘business leadership’), while at the same time making no secret of the deep Christian convictions Maxwell has. More importantly however, this is one of Maxwell’s most personal books. In the various chapters, he shares more of his life story and the choices he has made in his career over the years than before. It gave me a new level of understanding for the man from whom I have learned a lot over the years. Intentional living is above all a book that aims to inspire—which is both the strength and the underlying weakness. Maxwell is inspiring for certain; his level of passion, commitment, and purpose is contagious. After finishing it, I was determined more than ever to make a difference through my life (or my story, as Maxwell refers to it). His line of reasoning is solid, as ever. To make a difference, you have to live intentionally, meaning you find your ‘why’ and start doing instead of trying. The chapters on connecting and partnering with like-minded and like-valued people resonated with me especially, since Maxwell makes a convincing point about the true synergetic effect of a great team. He also keeps stressing how intentional living is about serving others more than anything. Find your ‘sweet spot’, he urges’ and start adding value to other people’s lives. I couldn’t agree more.Yet after reading the book, one nagging thought kept crashing my ‘high’ of inspiration: where’s the suffering? The whole book is full of positive examples, of ‘if you will it it will happen’, of making your dreams come true and not stopping until they do. There’s no or little room for struggles, for suffering, for taking up your cross and following Jesus despite it all…Admittedly, this is a theological push back, even a psychological one, but I cannot fully embrace the positive thinking Maxwell embraces here more than ever. In quoting influences like Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, and others, it’s clear where Maxwell is coming from. He believes in positive thinking, in the abundance mindset. I understand where he’s coming from, but I can’t quite get there myself. No amount of positive thinking can counter Jesus’ words that we would suffer for following Him.So by all means, read this book. It will inspire you, help you to stop dreaming and start doing. But be aware that the theological dish John Maxwell is serving in this supposedly ‘neutral’ book may not be according to your theological taste. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it—but it does mean that you should test, and hold on to what’s good and real.

  • Ashley Reiter
    2019-03-22 11:25

    A man I deeply respect once told me to pay attention to the personal pronouns someone uses. Are they mostly talking about "I" or "my", or "we" and "our"? Friends of mine think very highly of Maxwell. As this is my first encounter, I can only comment on the premise of this book, and I was left highly disappointed. Such a great concept, and yet the narrative executed felt so self-lauding and vague. It was lazy. Every sentence had multiple "I"s, every example one of Maxwell's successes. This topic could have been so much better communicated had it been backed up with external articles, research, content, and a variety of others' perspectives/stories. As it stands, it reads as a charismatic salesman saying, "This is how you live the most productive meaningful life: be intentional, the why the who the what---and here, what better examples could you find than my own wildly successful life! See? It's so easy/not easy."

  • Brenda
    2019-03-14 10:41

    Our lives are like a story, there is often the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly that we often want to hide, but overall, the way that we live and what we do is our story. Honestly I had never thought about it in such simple terms until picking up Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell. The great thing is as long as we are alive, we have the ability to shift our story to who we want to be instead of who we might be right now. Instead of living an unintentional life where things just sort of happen, we can begin to live intentionally, and choose to make a difference, then it becomes like a ripple effect where we might just influence someone else. Reading Intentional Living will show the reader the simple steps they need to make to start living life with purpose, and one of the simplest steps is changing ones mindset! This is the first book I have read by John C. Maxwell and if I had to describe it in one word it would be POWERFUL! There is no way to read this book and not be inspired to live the best life you can live. A life without regret, a life where you make a difference. This book motivates and inspires but it also touched a place deep in my heart as I read the stories the author shared. The writing style is so easy to comprehend, and I truly felt like I was listening to Mr. Maxwell speak as I read the book. There were so many favorite passages that i underlined, but the one line that jumped out at me was this " If you give with no expectation of return, you can make a difference and live a life that matters," and honestly isn't that what we all want. Truly a timely book for today's society one that everyone should read. I have found myself rereading certain passages because I truly want to live a life that matters and this book holds the keys to help unlock the potential that lives inside all of us!A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  • Chad Manske
    2019-03-04 11:53

    Living intentionally means living a life of significance according to Maxwell. It means never living with regret and methodically building your leadership skills in order to bring value to the lives of others. A Very good read!

  • EdwardBartone
    2019-03-12 14:40

    O......... M......... G........While Im sure that Johns first 400, best seller, 300 page books that enlighten you by informing that you should be "kind to others" over and over and over again, may benefit some, I really need to suggest that he comes up with a new message. Sentence 1 "I really have no ego" sentence 2-4 million "let me tell you about myself". I don't know, maybe just not for me. He spouts common sense in a self centered way in endless repetition. Maybe he should patent that and call it "Fame in book writing, by following my patented CCSCER plan". Hey , that sounds like material for at least three more self help books! He owes me man! :)

  • Scott
    2019-03-19 16:46

    AwesomeMust read for everyone. It should be mandatory for schools and teaching to kids. But it is also important for adults to read.

  • Bob Wallner
    2019-02-28 11:43

    Intentional Living is another great book from John Maxwell and might be his most reflective title to date. He admits in the beginning this was the most difficult to write and with so many personal antidotes, I understand why.Intentional Living doesn't take on as much of the "leadership topic" as some of his other books do, but rather approaches leadership through personal growth and inflection. He provides solid examples in his life of how he changed from simply walking through, to being deliberate and making choices that will impact people way beyond his immediate spear of influence. His sincerity when he talks about the lives he has impacted and lives that have impacted him is sincere and heart-felt. I loved this audiobook, but I am going to be honest...I will have to read this one. I did not understand when I first started listening to this book that it is an action book. It is not a common book about leadership where you can listen to a chapter and stop and reflect on, jot some notes and then continue listening. Intentional Living is geared towards deep reflection and action and making life changes. If you are a fan of John Maxwell, plan on purchasing a hard copy as this is definitely a book that will require notes in the margin and Post-it notes throughout. I do love the message and the content and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make improvements in their own lives and the lives of others. Be warned...if you are easily put off by "faith talk" this book does contain a lot, but as someone who is recently found his way back into his faith I did find discussion on faith relevant.

  • Donna
    2019-03-07 12:50

    I enjoyed this book and it had some very valuable information inside. The one lesson that I truly walked away with from this book was to add value. Add value to your relationships, whether it is in a family, friend, business---whatever the relationship. Add value to people and in return your life will be enriched.

  • Máté
    2019-03-16 12:34

    The book would have benefitted if it was half of the page length that it is. There are good and important messages here, but also a lot of filler and repetition.

  • Farshad Asl
    2019-03-18 17:25

    “Intentional Living” is a momentous masterpiece that is meant to fuel your life with meaning, mindfulness and mastery. Entrepreneurs are not the only ones who can become enlightened, if you can breathe, then you can benefit from this book. Limitations of age, gender, or education do not apply to this book. John Maxwell has created the tool that revolutionizes self-understanding and self-awareness. It redefines what is “significant” in your life and ignites the desire for self-transformation. It is your story that matters, not your history. This book propels a passion and purpose driven life.“Be the hero of your own story. You are born to turn your mess into a message, and your test into a testimony.” – Farshad AslLeadership Coach, Regional Director, Bankers Life

  • Anino
    2019-03-12 18:26

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Just like Warren Buffet is the "Oracle" of Business & Investing, Dr. Maxwell is definitely the "Oracle" of Leadership development for both the secular and church world. Never before have I had an opportunity to read about his highs and his lows, described in such a candid manner.. Doing so, inspires one to do better and dig a little deeper into their area of giftedness. Although it had a minute amount of lag, in my opinion, this was truly a worthwhile read.Giving this one: 5 humongous stars...

  • Matt
    2019-03-21 18:39

    WOW. Simply WOW. This is JCM's best work yet. Part biography, part leadership, all inspirational. Simply put, how can we add value to someone TODAY, right now? It all starts with living life intentionally. Anything more would spoil this book for you, but if you don't have a copy - go get one right now. If you do have one - make it a priority to read right now...put it to the very top of your list. You will NOT regret making that intentional choice!

  • Cari
    2019-03-09 12:31

    This was the first John Maxwell book I read, and I probably should have read some of his others first. This book reads like a catalog of his accomplishments, heavy on the ego and the "I," and offers myriad common sense platitudes. There was no big "a-ha," earth-shattering idea in any of the pages.

  • Telizmary Roussel
    2019-02-25 15:52

    “Most people want to hear or tell a good story. But they don’t realize that they can and should be the good story. That requires intentional living. It is the bridge that crosses the gap to a life that matters.”“No one stumbles upon significance. We have to be intentional about making our lives matter. That calls for action—and not excuses. Most people don’t know this, but it’s easier to go from failure to success than from excuses to success.”“If you want to live a life that matters, don’t start when you get good; start now so you become good.”“Trying alone does not communicate true commitment. It’s half-hearted. It is not a pledge to do what’s necessary to achieve a goal. It’s another way of saying, ‘I’ll make an effort.’ That’s not many steps away from, ‘I’ll go through the motions.’ Trying rarely achieves anything significant. If an attitude of trying is not enough, then what is? An attitude of doing!”“Every time we choose action over ease we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.”“Intentional living always has an idea. Unintentional living always has an excuse. Intentional living fixes the situation. Unintentional living fixes the blame. Intentional living makes it happen. Unintentional living wonders what happened. Intentional living says, ‘Here’s something I can do.’ Unintentional living says, ‘Why doesn’t someone else to do something?’”“If you want to make a difference and live a life that matters, you need to embrace some words and reject others. We all have a running dialogue in our heads. What we say to ourselves either encourages us or discourages us. The words we need to embrace our positive words, words such as we, can, will, and yes. What do we need to eliminate? Me, can’t, won’t, and no.” “Trying to make a huge change overnight often creates fear, uncertainty, and resistance, because the change appears unachievable. The idea of making small changes is less threatening and helps us overcome our hesitation and procrastination.”“Do you believe in yourself? Your belief will drive your behavior. The thought I don’t think I can often arises out of I don’t think I am.”“Purpose is the rudder on your boat. It gives you direction and keeps you going in the right direction when the wind is blowing and the waves are crashing against you. It provides calm and confidence in the midst of the storm.”“Every person was created to do his or her part to better mankind. That includes you! Every person has talents that will help him or her better mankind. That includes you! Every person is given an opportunity to better mankind. That includes you! Every person has a purpose for which he or she was created. That includes you! Every person must look within to discover his or her purpose. That includes you!”

  • Anna Krjatian
    2019-03-04 13:30

    If you want to lead with significance, you will love this book. Personal, relatable, tear-jerking and funny, John Maxwell shares his experience in leadership and significance in s easy to understand way that may just inspire you to live a significant life too. It spoke to me in so many ways and I’m grateful for having this book. It’s reminded me of all the things I’ve wanted to accomplish as a little girl. Time to make them happen. Thanks Mr Maxwell.

  • Sarah Piper
    2019-03-15 11:34

    TONS of great insights and tools. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because it's one of those books that you have to read twice. Once to get an overall feel and once to go back and do the "assignments" at the end of each chapter. So many great tips to catapult yourself into a life of intention ... but not something you can just do overnight. Definitely a book that I highlighted a ton and will go back to again as a continue my journey to a new lifestyle.

  • Rick Davis
    2019-03-13 11:28

    I've been reading Maxwell's books for quite some time and they continue to offer timeless tips and advice. I'm a fire department shift commander that just moved to a different shift in September with a new group of people. Although I've worked with many of them in the past, I'm at a different point in my life now and I was able to glean a lot of good information to use in developing the ones that God has allowed me to lead.

  • Tina
    2019-03-24 14:30

    A little different than most of his personal development books, but no less compelling. Tells more of his own story and steers you in the direction of using your talents to benefit others. I'd like to see Maxwell as required reading in our high schools. Maybe not this volume -- which seems targeted at a professional audience -- but any of his "believe in yourself and get stuff done" work.

  • Joey
    2019-03-05 12:33

    Enjoyed the book. Very thought-provoking. Contains a lot of good ideas about getting more involved and living a more intentional life. I will be incorporating many of the ideas into my own life. Always enjoy reading John Maxwell's works.

  • Adriana
    2019-03-11 16:52

    Very insightful on a deeper study. About going from success to meaning or from the mundane life to a life full of purpose.

  • Beth O'Grady
    2019-03-12 15:51

    The general message of this book is good, but it got too religious for me after a while and I lost interest towards the last 1/4 of the book.

  • Rand Hall
    2019-02-25 13:43

    Remarkably unremarkable.

  • E. Scott Harvey
    2019-02-26 17:39

    This is an amazing book that you should pick up and start reading today!

  • Keshav Bisht
    2019-03-22 11:33

    Life changing book

  • J.W. Cunningham
    2019-03-24 17:30

    First of all, let me say that I would recommend John Maxwell and his leadership advice to anyone in any position in life. He has a lifetime of experience that makes him an expert in the field, and the moral and christian view he brings to leadership is refreshing and encouraging. Second, this book presents many wonderful ideas and ones that should be incorporated into everyone's leadership style. Finally, my rating and my negative comments regarding this book, should in no way, be interpreted as a lack of support for this author or the thoughts he brings to leadership, my dislike for this book was based purely on the writing style and and structure of the book.The overall concept of the book is that there is a difference between success and significance. As Maxwell defines it, success can be measured by promotions, titles, salary, and other lifestyle items. Significance is measured by the value that you add to other people. Throughout this book Maxwell sets forth means for you to move from a life of success to a life of significance. One of the best things about Maxwell's advice, in this book and in others, is that it is not dependent on you being in a certain position in life. The option to live a life of significance can be a choice taken on by anyone no matter the age, socio-economic status, job title, or any other characteristic. The only thing living a life of significance is dependent on is your attitude and perspective.One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Self-centeredness is the root of virtually every problem -- both personally and globally. And whether we want to admit it or not, its a problem all of us have." This quote so perfectly sums up where most of us start. The ultimate journey though is to end up in a spot where we join with others, not have others join with us, to live a life of significance and daily add value to the lives of others. As Maxwell would say, I encourage you to find your why, find your sweet-spot, and begin adding value to those around you. Now for the not so positive -- Reader beware, Maxwell takes time to illustrate and explain each point in tremendous detail and with multiple examples. For me, this made the book less than enjoyable to read. Maxwell's ideas are fairly easy to understand and the multiple examples and subpoints just felt like overkill. I kept leaving this book and then returning because I just could not read it straight through. Overall, I recommend this book but be prepared for the style in which it is written.

  • Dillon
    2019-03-25 11:39

    Simple, straightforward, and helpful. I appreciate the shift from "success" to "significance," and that's what this book is all about - not seeking success for its own sake, but seeking to make a positive impact in the lives of others. John Maxwell tells his story throughout the book, recounting his journey from small town pastor to the international speaker and leadership coach. The chapters are helpfully divided up as follows:1. Your life can be a great story2. Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough3. Start Small but Believe Big4. Search Until You Find Your Why5. Put Other People First6. Add Value to Others from Your Sweet Spot7. Connect with Like-Minded People8. Partner with Like-Valued People9. Like with a Sense of Anticipation10. Be Urgent about Seizing Significance Opportunities.Those chapter titles describe their contents pretty accurately. If I can summarize the overall message of the book it's that we should figure out the area in which we would most like to impact in others' lives, then figure out what means we can employ to achieve this, and then go about building a team to make that impact, always on the lookout for opportunities to increase our impact. For each of those aspects, JM goes through how to do it with some stories on the principles being put into practice, and ends with some exercises so that the reader can get their gears turning. I'll admit that theologically, I'm not sure about the de facto relationship between a positive go-getter attitude and obtaining significance - but JM also talks about committing the work you do to God, which I believe is necessary. Once that's done, having a positive attitude - that makes sense. I'd say this book is worth the read, and won't take that long either. I might treat it as more of a reference book, and I think the application exercises at the end of each chapter are extremely helpful.

  • Cai
    2019-03-02 16:49

    I received this eBook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.John C. Maxwell is the son of a pastor who has always taught his children to live with intentionality. John went on to become a pastor himself. He knew that deep inside his gift was to help others. He wanted to live a life filled with intention, in particular to teach others to live life with intentionality.I was immediately fascinated by the concept of living your life with intention. We all want to live a life of purpose, but we don’t always follow through. Maxwell uses his own personal experiences to show you how to find your why and live a more fulfilling life. Included at the end of each section is a series of quick exercises to help you on the track to living a life that matters.Some people might find the references to God and religion off putting. However, he was a pastor. It was his livelihood to preach the word of God. My recommendation: Keep an open mind and give this book an opportunity.Cai xx

  • Matt
    2019-03-14 13:35

    This is a excellent book about living in an intentional way so that you can make sure your life leaves a legacy. It is a great read read for people who desire to live a life of significance, putting other people above yourself.One of the phrases that is often repeated in this book is the idea of "adding value to people," by thinking about ways you can serve them and help them achieve their goals. I first heard Maxwell speak on this topic back in the summer of 2013 at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast (a leadership conference), and the material really resonated with me. Then, in the fall of 2015, I heard Maxwell speak on the topic at the Catalyst Leadership Conference. Again I was really inspired by his talk. Finally, in the summer of 2016, while hearing Maxwell speak at the Global Leadership Summit, I decided it was time to find the book in which he dives even deeper into the topic. I'm really glad I did. This is one of my top non-fiction reads of the year!

  • Amy Haydu
    2019-03-18 18:27

    From the beginning of this book, I felt as if John Maxwell was speaking directly to me. I'm a stay at home mom, and I'm grateful that I'm able to do so. However I want more - want to make more of my life, however I couldn't quite put my finger on what I want. The words from his pages jumped right out of Intentional Living and into my book of life. Yes I want to live an INTENTIONAL life. Yes I want to ADD VALUE to others. Yes I can use my best skills of organizing & teaching to do so. Yes I already have a vehicle to use to add value to others. Yes I need to make changes on how I view tasks. Yes do now, don't wait.I'm going to get busy and use my business with Stream as my vehicle to an intentional life. If add value to one person, I'll be happy. Added value to others - a bonus!! Thank you John Maxwell for speaking directly to me & putting me to work!!

  • Josh B
    2019-03-08 14:33

    John C. Maxwell has done it again. I am slightly biased as Dr. Maxwell is by far my favorite author, but I am rarely let down.My only issue with the book Intentional Leadership was his chapter lengths. Each chapter averaged around 25 pages. My ADD would love attention far to easy while reading.The book was a slow read for me, but great content. I actually finished the book in 11 days, which may be a speed record (I mean it was slow to read in terms of absorbing the content, not the content itself.)Dr. Maxwell's candidness to open up and share personal failures is amazing. Thank you Dr. Maxwell for writing this book, it is a must read for anyone struggling with what to do to add significance and value to people.