Written by cycleguy on February 17th, 2014

Several weeks ago a blogging friend asked if I would be willing to be on his “book launch/promotion tour.”  I like Dave’s writing so I agreed to do so.  Today (Monday) is/was his official launch day for his book.  I’d like to encourage you to head over that way for some great deals on his book.  Here is my review of his book:

Practical. Simple. Easy to read. Well-illustrated (with stories not pictures). Directional. Sound. Easy to understand. Words I can use to review Dave Arnold’s new book, It’s Possible: Learning How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) In Life. If you are looking for the next classic in literature, this is not it.  However, if you are looking for a book where all the adjectives listed earlier can be used, then this is the book.

I believe Dave’s basic premise for his book can be summed up in one of the useful quotes he splatters throughout: “If you lose your purpose…it’s like you’re broken.” (From The Invention of Hugo Cabret)  Without a purpose there is no direction, therefore, no reason to go on. It really is easy to see. We have all been created uniquely and for a specific purpose. To fulfill that purpose is to complete another person’s life, as well as our own. But what happens when we lose sight of that purpose? Like the boat story he tells, we sputter, click, sputter, silence. And when we break, we drift.

The bulk of Dave’s book is spent giving practical advice for facing the detours in our lives and overcoming them. Some of it is what I would call “homespun” wisdom.  That is not a criticism at all. Dave has learned through his “lumps” and shares the wisdom he has learned to cope and overcome with very practical applications. He also shares Biblical wisdom, but not by being “preachy” but by packaging the words of Scripture into sound advice.

I like the way he concludes with the story of Team USA Hockey of the 1980 Olympics as told in the movie Miracle. I love the way he emphasizes coach Herb Brooks’ words used over and over: “Play your game.” Coach Brooks knew Team USA would not beat the Soviets by playing their game. He practiced them hard, using their finesse and speed and endurance to outskate the opponents, especially the Soviets. During practice and the game he kept saying, “Play your game.” Those are sound words for all who want to finish running the race of life. “Play your game.”  Don’t be a cheap imitation of someone else. And while you doing that? Give yourself away.

We were made to thrive comes through loud and clear in Dave’s book.

Go to Dave’s website to access his book on Amazon. Check out the other free stuff that comes with it.

Congrats Dave!


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    Great review. I will check this book out.

  2. Betty Draper says:

    It’s my next book for my Kindle. I figure if you and Floyd like it that good enough for me.

  3. Eileen says:

    “Play your game and don’t give yourself away” Great advice. I’ve enjoyed Dave’s book too!

    • cycleguy says:

      I think i said, “Play your game. Don’t be a cheap imitation and while you are at it give yourself away.” No sense in keeping to ourselves. Maybe yours makes more sense. 🙂

  4. floyd says:

    Dave’s a good guy with a great heart for our Father. Worthy of support.

  5. I’ve heard a lot about this book. I hope it is a smashing success!

  6. Hi Bill,

    Floyd is reviewing Dave’s book too. That’s nice of you both. I haven’t heard of Dave, but will have to click over. Thanks.

    Re your comment on my post “They’re Playing Your Song,” thanks for stopping in. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and I grinned to see that someone else mixes up words at times too. I do that all the time.

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan