We interrupt the Jonah series for a quick book club meeting.. your series will continue shortly
Yes this marks the beginning of a new tradition at kamriereed.com. Every Monday I will be talking about a new book that I have recently read. I would love to have your input on what you thought about this book…
The first book the War of Art!
I believed this book hit on something that not a lot of people like to hear about or take the time to understand. This whole idea of resistance is a force that has lasted through out the centuries.
Resistance= any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity or any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower (definition provided by the War of Art)
This whole idea of resistance is what has stopped people from doing what they dreamed of.
People become easily detoured with life.
We all chose to escape our dreams by demeaning them, chase after something that is more stable and logical, or worst of all blend into society and tell yourself some day this dream will come to life by magic.
Steven Pressfield exposes this beast by calling all of those want-to-be-dreamers out and tells them with dreaming comes action.
He explains that in reality we were chosen for a specific purpose. God has given us a specific job that only we can do.
“We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny.” (the War of Art)
We can not pick and choose which destiny we want. It is there, right in front of us. We were designed to work with this for the rest of our lives.
Pressfield explains this best with this quote,
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
We need to embrace our new job and live it. If we were meant to be a writer than we probably shouldn’t allow accounting to get in the way of letting us write. We need to take risks because with much risk is much reward. This risk may come with failure but because of this failure one really learns.
I am not going to lie, Resistance will always be a fight to the death. It will always be around. New struggles brings more Resistance. But the more we fight the more skilled we become.
For one to beat this so called force it requires blood sweat and many many tears. The force preys on your physical and emotional needs and drains you of your strength.
The fight, however, is what makes life great. It challenges you in every way and conforms you into what you must become.
It is now our choice. Will you do a little tussle with resistance? OR will you allow this resistance to hold you back from this dream that God has called you to?
and if you haven’t read it please go buy it here. It is a great revealing book full of challenges amongst many other things.