Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life – Book Review

A while ago (January 2017) Sarah Coller offered a free copy of her new book if I’d be willing to give an honest review here and on Amazon. Here it is… finally. (Sorry it took so long Sarah!)

This is a nice short book: 70 pages of actual chapter text (81 if you include all of the pages at the beginning and the end) and it’s honestly not even that long because there are questions at the end of, and even in the middle of some, chapters with plenty of space after them for you to write your answers. I’m a relatively slow reader and I could have finished it in less than an afternoon, so if you don’t have much time to read, don’t be afraid of this one.

Due mostly to that length, I didn’t expect a book that dove super deep into the subject, but just deep enough to offer some good insights to most, if not all, readers, and that’s just what I got. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much the book did offer some good insights. If have been sitting on goals and dreams for a while and are just waiting for the right time to start shooting for them, this book may be what you need to get you started.

It wasn’t quite all sunshine and roses, though. There is a quote from the book that says,”No matter how big or small, your goals are important.” That is in the middle of a section that is all about prioritizing your goals, which felt a bit secular to me for a while because it was talking about “your” goals. Where is God in that? Thankfully, two chapters later it talks about going to God for the wisdom to determine what direction your life should go, but until then I was feeling a bit wary. I really would have liked at least a small mention that our goals shouldn’t just be ours, but God’s, and that the subject would be discussed further later.

That’s only a tiny thing, and nothing to worry about, but there was one really odd thing that bugged me a lot, and it was related to quality. The text color was inconsistent: sometimes it is gray and sometimes it’s black, and it’s a noticeable shade difference. Usually the color swap happened between two paragraphs, but there were several times that there was a single black word inside a gray paragraph, which really stuck out like a sore thumb. I also found it odd that the first line of each paragraph was indented (quite a bit too) plus there was an extra line between each paragraph. Combine this with the extremely ample space for you to write answers, it really seemed like they were doing everything they could to make this book seem longer than it was.


Despite it’s flaws, I’d still recommend the book, at least for the audience it is intended for. Due to its short length and relatively low price on Amazon, I don’t see how you could really go wrong with it. Even if you glean very little from this book, at worst you’ve wasted only a handful of dollars and a handful of hours.

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