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You Were Born for More: Six Steps to Breaking Through to Your Destiny By Harry R. Jackson Jr. Book Review

In You Were Born for More, Harry R. Jackson Jr. has written this book to remind readers that they were born for more than the life they are currently living. In the book, he teaches readers about the four different classifications of grace and the transformation that is available through Christ. The four types of grace are, “survival, visionary, transitional, and establishment. His book included six principles on finding favor with the Lord and how to live fully in your destiny. The six principles was, “humility, trust, love, faithfulness, endurance, and purity”.  

On February 4, 2006, Harry R. Jackson had major surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized cancerous tumor located in his esophagus. He encountered some critical problems during his surgery and had suffered from a heart arrhythmia. He explained that his heartbeat would drop as low as 80 beats per minute and then rise as high as 180 beats per minute. The doctors were extremely concerned and was monitoring him closely. He also had a stroke a few months before the treatment and the doctors declared that people in his condition only had a 10 percent chance of survival. Before even having the surgery, Harry was prepared for what ever happened and he knew that he was a winner either way. He had faith in Jehovah and he knew that God wouldn’t leave his side. God sent him a confirmation on the day of his surgery in a newspaper article in the Baltimore Sun. The article was an interview about his new book which featured research on African Churches. He was deeply encouraged by the article and he knew that God hadn’t forgotten about him. He stated that it was the grace of God that healed his body from cancer.  

One of my favorite chapters was entitled, “When Everything Changes” and it was about having endurance when life suddenly changes beyond our control. Harry went into vast details about the story of Abraham and Sarah and referred this back to visionary grace. God called Abraham to leave the land of Ur and he gave him a promise that if he obey he would have a great nation and his name would be great and be blessing to all. He also said he would have many descendants. God declared that he would curse anyone who cursed him. Harry reiterates that believers nowadays can’t simply move away from idol worship and evil filled countries. What we must do is guard ourselves against the lures of satan and distance ourselves away from bad friends who negative influence us and try and draw us away from Christ. We also can protect what we allow to dictate our thoughts and behaviors. I immensely liked how Harry portrayed and demonstrated the illustration that when a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to undergo changes and she first goes through morning sickness. He compares this to believers surrendering their own personal will for the will of the Lord. When you receive Christ into your life as your personal Savior, you become a new creature in Christ. God will began to birth a new thing in your life and we will have to go through growing pains but all of this is necessity in the grand schemes of things. God has a specific vision for your life and it’s imperative to remember that only God will bless what he has decreed. Back to Abraham’s story, Sarah was getting older in age and she still wasn’t pregnant. They both saw no sign that God’s promise would ever come to pass. Sarah decided to let Abraham have a child with her maidservant, Hagar. Hagar and Abraham had a son named Ishmael. God wouldn’t bless Ishmael because it wasn’t what God’s told them to do. God would only bless them when they were in the ultimate will for their lives. This chapter taught me a lot about staying in the will of God and not rushing to go ahead and trying to make things happen in my own strength and settling for Ishmael.  

I would recommend this fantastic book to anyone who is wanting to rise higher in their walk with God and they are tired of being stuck in the past. This book is a prodigious book for teenagers and adults to assist readers into knowing that they are more than conquers and that God has so much more in store for His children. This book has imparted me with so much wisdom about understanding the grace of God and the process of transformation to being all that we can be and reaching our God given destiny. I loved how the book covered countless examples of circumstances that readers may be going through. Some of these included, financial problems, sickness, relationships issues, marriage problems, and many other obstacles. One of my favorite types of grace is survival grace because God has protected me and saved me from some unpleasant obstacles and he has also provided for my needs time and time again. This has the potential to help you activate your spiritual breakthrough and to release everything that God has just for you! If you’re looking for a book on experiencing the favor of God in your life, then read this book!


“I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers/ Chosen book review bloggers program.”    



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