3 out of 5 stars
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Fear Not, Dream Big & Execute by Jeff Meyer is a self-help book that pretends to become a guide to discovering your dream and how to execute it to live the life you were meant to live. The author also highlights the value of having a relationship with God and how important it is to live that life.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one is called Dream Sparks, and it focuses on discovering your dream. The second part, called Realization Strategies, focuses on realizing the dream.
The book consists of personal stories, which makes it straightforward and easy to understand. It has examples, exercises questions and that is what makes it effective. I enjoyed the author’s writing style because I felt like I was talking with a counselor or a meditation guide instead of reading a self-help book, it felt smooth and casual, familiar. The book was written for Christians, and it contains heavy biblical content, even more so than other books I have read, but if non-Christian readers can look past it, anyone can benefit from this book. I enjoyed that the author also included URLs for additional information, as I think it gives the book more credibility to find additional resources.
The book is hugely focused on Christianity, and it made me feel that if my dreams do not come from God or honor Him, they are not valid, or I am wrong in having those dreams. There was a moment, reading the book, I even felt frustrated, and there was no purpose to keep reading and dreaming because I do not have the relationship with God the author expects me to have.
I genuinely do not think everyone can enjoy this book, I cannot recommend it to a general audience, nor can I say I felt inspired by it. I understand the author’s background, and this is not the first Christian book I have read, but I feel Meyer’s religious focus sends the message that dreams and their fulfillment can ONLY come from God. This makes me sad because I really wanted to love this book and feel inspired by it, but it had the complete opposite effect on me, and I genuinely believe it was because of the repetitive and heavy biblical content.
Because of that, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. Fear Not, Dream Big & Execute is a well-written self-help book. It has techniques that if implemented, can help you discover and realize your dreams. It is also professionally edited and error-free. If you are a devoted Christian, you will love this book and feel inspired, otherwise, this book will not spark any dreams. As I said, this is not the first self-help or motivational book with Christian content I have read and I believe that regardless of an author's beliefs, self-help books are meant to inspire and help readers, not make them feel unworthy.
This book has been written from a Christian perspective and dedicated to Christian leaders, therefore I recommend it to Christians who have a dream but are not sure how to execute it, discover their dream, and leaders that are trying to help their community.
Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute
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