What would you like to change about your-self? Would you like to be more confident or more relaxed? Perhaps you would like to be more outgoing, less anxious, or less fearful. Most of us are more than a little interested in changing because we realize there is always room for improvement.
We have probably even read some self-help books and tried to change, only to find ourselves slipping back to the way we don’t want to be. So what are we to do?
This book is mainly about two things: where the power to change comes from, and what we want to be like after we change.
The bottom line is that Jesus Christ offers us the power we need to become what he wants us to be. This book unveils both of these truths as expressed in the Bible — specifically in the book of Galatians. There we read that the outgrowth of Christ’s power is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22 – 23). This is a challenging list. We probably have some of these qualities by nature; the rest — well, that’s why we want to change.
The change doesn’t come all at once. It may take time. But when we rely on God’s power, we can change. My prayer is that in reading this book and thinking through these qualities, you will embrace the power Christ offers, shed those traits you really don’t want, and become the person he — and you — desires you to be.
Rick Warren, God’s Power to Change Your Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008).