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Patrick Kelly Dodson
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2 April 2010
The only way to break out of a life going in circles, is to know who you truly are and what God's really like. Forget glib and meaningless punch lines like "God's in control" or "He has a plan for my life". It's time to ask some serious questions about our calling and it's time to get off the couch. We do not have a problem with faith, or hearing God's voice. Our problem is that our fear and laziness have tweaked our view of God and created a weird Christian subculture where God tells people who to marry, where to work, and how to tie their shoes. The results of this subculture is twofold: we have developed a low grade psychosis where we think we're hearing things from God and we've also got stuck on a path that doesn't look anything like our true selves or God's priorities. Patrick Dodson has been working on the question of guidance and calling for 30 years in 30+ countries with thousands of people. Patrick's commitment to communicating the sometimes brutal truth about our dualistic lifestyles is matched by his commitment to God, His word, and His people.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Pause For Effect (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986462616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986462610
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A much-needed call to action 1 Nov 2010
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I would highly recommend this book to anybody asking the big questions of their identity and God's will for their life. Of course the Bible answers the big picture questions and God desires to speak to each of us personally but it is quite clear that many of us have misinterpreted what it says or what He speaks to us and are consequently in a state of confusion about who we are and what we should be doing. We wait for God to tell us exactly what to do and when to do it and if we're not sure we've heard anything or heard right, we don't do anything.

Patrick Dodson sets out to clear the confusion, to move away from a lazy interpretation of scripture which leads to lazy living, and help the reader towards the realisation that God has given us free will for a reason; He has given us everything we need but rarely tells us exactly what to do with it. We are made to be creative and God's intention is not to stifle our creativity but to let us get on with following His purposes as He has already explained to us in His Word.

The loving motivation of the author to write this book is clear but the approach is not softly-nicely. This is tough love and I can well understand his frustration and appreciate his honesty and the value of his wisdom gained over many years. At times for me though, what he readily admits as a "hippie-self-promoting-independent sounding approach" comes across as rather one-sided, particularly in his criticisms of the church and its leadership. Despite this, I finished the book more motivated and hopeful about playing my part in the call of God on my life, to understand and then get on with using my talents to love others as God has first loved me.

This book will at the very least challenge you and the conclusions you have drawn about yourself and God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars realistic 14 Mar 2011
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This book dispels some commonly believed religious myths and brings back common sense, helping you move forward in your life. If you're waiting for God to do something you need to read this. It is very freeing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good kick up the butt. 21 Nov 2011
By Kez
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This is well written, and a really good solid kick up the butt. Another winner from Patrick Dodson. Buy It.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful thoughts! 14 Jun 2011
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Brilliant insight into God's view on the world and how that might differ from what we've picked up in church. Freeing and challenging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging, truthful read. 1 Jan 2011
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Patrick walks with you through self examination that will leave you changed. He challenges you preconceived ideas about life. Why should you be a doctor or any other professional? Patrick walks you through passion and what that means and how to apply it to your life. He speaks all of this with a candidness that comes from years of speaking his heart around the world. There were times I had to set the book down and come back later because I was so challenged by what he said. I recommend that everyone read this book, especially anyone in high school, before they start their journey into university. Keep you eyes open for more coming from Patrick.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars 7 Oct 2010
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I think this is a great book. It is refreshingly truthful and offers a lot of practical wisdom. I wish I read this book a few years ago before starting my Bachelors degree. If I had my way it would be on a required reading list. It would have given me insight into how to make better decisions by being true to myself. Patrick talks about how the only thing that is sustainable in life is to be yourself. Simple and yet profound. I must admit there were times I had to put the book down because it was hard to take in. But sometimes the truth hurts and I believe self-examination is important. This book takes personal responsibiliity; something I take very seriously, and exposes our blind spots. This book is light in a dark world.
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