Thursday, January 4, 2018

One Perfect Word - Book Review

Book review of New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber's One Perfect Word.
One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber
Will you be tapping into the power of one word in 2018?  One word, carefully chosen, can make a real difference in living more purposefully in the new year.  Debbie Macomber, beloved author of millions, shares with us, in One Perfect Word, how her chosen words have changed her life in profound ways.

For most of us, focusing on one significant word is much more realistic than wrestling with those pesky New Year's resolutions.  Over the years, I have set hundreds of resolutions.  It would be humiliating to tally up how many of those well-intentioned resolutions I have actually kept.  After reading One Perfect Word, I feel confident that I can, and will, experience meaningful growth in 2018.  There's no time like the present to begin.  Let's get started!

You may be wondering how to select your word.  As a Christian, Macomber's process is done prayerfully.  Some of her words over the years have included: passion, desire, balance, purpose, seek, wisdom, surrender, trust, believe, and hope.  Some people don't have to search very hard for their words.  The right words seem to find them.  Is there a word that keeps popping up in your life lately?  Perhaps that word is trying to get your attention and is saying 'choose me... choose me.'

So once Macomber has her word, what then?  Over the course of the year she reads, reflects, journals, meets with friends in her One Word weekly breakfast club for discussions, and enjoys creative Wordplay activities.  By giving yourself a whole year to slowly digest the gleanings of your word, there is plenty of opportunity to nourish your spirit without the rush or anxiety of looming deadlines.

It's not just Christians who delve into the One Word system of growth.  Individuals of all backgrounds have found this to be a powerful means of achieving desired outcomes. Due to the popularity of this process, there are one word themed books in many different genres.  Each of you can choose the method that best speaks to who you are and what you are seeking.  Perhaps you will develop a whole new personalized system to share with others in your circle.

This is the second time I have read One Perfect Word.  Macomber's book continues to inspire me to become all that I was created to be.  For me, it was the perfect way to start my new year.  I believe Christian book clubs, Bible study groups, and individuals of faith will find this to be a worthy read.

Have you ever selected a word for the year?  Do you have a word in mind for 2018?  I would love for you to share in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!  May 2018 be the Year of Abundant Becoming.






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18 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very interesting concept. I have never done this before but I'm going to read the book and learn more.

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    1. I hope reading this book enriches you. Happy New Year!

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  2. While reading, the first word that popped into my head was "love". I don't mean romantic love, but Christian love. The second was compassion. Since compassion requires love, I choose compassion. My prayer would be to let me see people more clearly that I might find compassion for them where they are and not define them by first impressions. Excellent book choice too! I love the concept.

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    1. Compassion is perhaps one of the most all-encompassing words and means of touching lives in beautiful ways. Excellent choice! I, too, pray to see people as Christ sees them, and to love them as their Creator loves them. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Very meaningful.

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  3. I have seen this book before and considered doing this One Word exercise. Perhaps 2018 is the time to do it. I will have to give some thought to my selection. If 'abundant becoming' is yours, Diana, it's perfect for you! :)

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    1. Will look forward to hearing which word you choose (or which word chooses you). I hope you will stop back by and share when the time is right. I like the idea of having two words this year (Abundant Becoming). Thanks for your encouragement to pursue AB.

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  4. I have never selected one word. I have recently been focused on being more calm/meditative, less anxious, and etc. But sitting here, I can't seem to narrow it down to one word. Maybe the word will find me. It sounds like a good book. Adding it to my to-read list. Thank you for the review.

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    1. Those are powerful priorities. Feeling calm and being mindful (knowing deep peace in the moment) are goals that must be easier for you to attain at The Shack. I know I experience them when I am immersed in nature. Wishing you much peace in the new year. I appreciate your presence here and your comments.

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  5. I just started to read Debbie Macomber's books. So far I have read the Dakota books and Montana. I will read more as I really enjoy how she writes and her themes. I will have to get One Perfect Word. It sounds like I will enjoy this book also. I agree with Cynthia. That word is "Agape." Agape - Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agape
    Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, "the highest form of love, charity" and "the love of God for man and of man for God".

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    1. I think one reason why Debbie Macomber's books are so popular, aside from her writing gifts, is that readers are drawn to who she is as a beautiful individual. That really comes through in her speaking and writing. I have just ordered her book about generosity and will most likely share a review once I have read it. Your word choice, Agape, is powerful. We all need the highest form of love in our lives. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Thank you!

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  6. I came across this concept through another blogger recently and hadn't realised that there were books about it. Since reading about the idea the word 'creativity' has stuck in my mind, so I am going to start the year with this in mind and see where that leads me...

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    1. Perfect! Creativity is one of my favorite words. Can't wait to see where it leads you. So glad you stopped by and shared your word. Happy New Year!

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  7. This is the first time I've heard of this concept. Sounds like a reasonable approach for focusing on change instead of making resolutions -- something I never do anyway. I started working on mine at the end of the old year.

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    1. I used to set resolutions that addressed physical health, mental stimulation, spiritual growth, and thriving in such domains as emotional well-being. The balance of paying attention to meaningful growth in all key sectors of my life was important to me. Now, I'm more into simplicity and finding a means of focusing on all-around becoming (being all I can be). I believe the choice of the right word for who I want to become in 2018 allows me to grow holistically without allowing myself to feel overwhelmed by too many resolutions. I wish you the very best in the new year.

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  8. Sounds like a great book to read, Diana. I do select a word each year, have for many years. This year, something different... I chose four words: PEACE, FAITH, LOVE, and HOPE. SERENITY was my word for 2017 and I had good results with that one and plan to keep seeking it... :-)

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    1. Four words should give you four times the blessings, Ruthi. Serenity sure was a word we all needed last year given all of the national anxiety. Wishing you all good things in 2018. Keep the faith! Wonderful to see you here.

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  9. Looks like I will add another book to the list I have going and maybe I'll just have to move it up a couple of notches on the list. Sounds like an interesting method to achieve desired results.

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    1. That's the spirit! You are already achieving just by moving that book up two notches. Nicely done! :-)

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