Lynn, Timothy K. Next Step: How to Start Living Intentionally and Discover What Go d Really Wants for Your Life. Franklin: Carpenter’s Son Publishing, 2014. 128 pp. $24.99. Purchase at Amazon and for Kindle for less.
Timothy was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he still resides. He is an entrepreneur and the founder and chairman of a “successful company.” He is also a man of faith.
The book is presented with a nice glossy, spiral bound cover with glossy pages (makes it hard to write with a fountain pen!). The contents are divided into 6 sessions following the foundational chapter.
The foundation of the book is found in what Lynn calls the four pillars of life: faith, self, family, and life’s work. The first session focuses on who you are as a person and who it is exactly that is in your circle of influences. The second session looks to one’s faith. The work is unashamedly Christian.
The third section centers on the self – your “identity, ego, you, and all that God created you to be.” Section four begins to expand out by looking at your family. Life’s work comprises section 5 and is the longest as far as actual content is concerned. The final section is comprised of one page about “conversations with God” followed by 20+ pages of journaling paper.
I would have loved to have seen more written in the section on faith. There is no gospel though faith (“in God, love, a dream, or a goal”) is discussed at length. The result is basically a faith in faith baptized as Christian because God has been capitalized. As a matter of fact, Jesus is never mentioned to my recollection.
The book centers primarily on you, the reader. This can be alright as it does give you a brief moment to pause and take stock of your life and look around to see how you are living before God. I believe there are more journaling pages than pages with content.
In the end, the presentation is excellent, the content not so much.
While the book will appeal to a wide audience, I cannot call it a Christian resource due to the lack of Christ and the gospel. In the end, I cannot justify spending $25 on this resource.