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Jesus Take the Wheel: 7 Keys to a Transformed Life with God by Stuart Migdon is a devotional that aims to help people put Jesus in the driver’s seat of their lives. Over a period of two months, Migdon hopes readers will learn how to live their lives the way God intended. I thought I’d give this book a try because it really hit home. I’ll admit that I’m someone who likes to be in control, but I’ve learned over the years that sometimes I just have to let go.

I’m still working my way through the book. I didn’t want to just skim it and post an overview. I wanted to really see if the book could help me change my life. I wasn’t expecting any earth-shattering changes, just little differences in the way I think and act that might add up over the course of time. So far, Jesus Take the Wheel hasn’t disappointed.

Each daily lesson is a few pages long, and many of them take a closer look at the lives of Jesus and Moses as models of the way we should live our lives. Other people from the Bible, including David and Paul, are mentioned as well. Each of the “7 Keys to a Transformed Life With God” are covered over a one-week period. There is an action step at the end of every day, and the reading for the last day of every week consists of summary points for readers to remember during their journeys.

The 7 keys touch upon such things as wisdom, listening to God (our Navigation System), trust, and joy. And while the book obviously is geared toward Christians, I think some of the messages within its pages could be used by people of any faith. For instance, Day 20’s Action Step says, “Think about the people God has placed into your life who may need help in a small or big way. Ask God to show you how you can help by being there for one or more of them and then carry out that plan. It may turn into one of life’s special moments!” (page 100) One doesn’t have to be a Christian to understand how worthwhile it is to help others in need!

On Migdon’s website, you can download the free journal that accompanies Jesus Take the Wheel. I’ve been using the journal as a way to really think about what I’m reading. It would be way too easy to quickly read through the daily lesson without really digesting it, and since I’m a writer, I figured the journal would make the experience richer. So far, so good.

It’s too early to say whether Jesus Take the Wheel will transform the way I live my life, but it’s given me things to think about and helped me realize some things I need to change. Any book that gets me to ponder ways to grow in my faith is worth a try.

Below is an article written by Stuart Migdon from his website. His publicist, Jennifer Orgelfinger, gave me permission to post it here.

DO YOU DESIRE TO BE KING OF THE HILL?

The key to being used by God for His glory is that we give over control and realize all glory and honor goes to God alone. True Humility. The great love of God allows us to see the changes that need to be made in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Even the greatest can be humbled.

It’s never too late to change as long as He is the one changing us. Most people won’t admit that being important matters to them. But if we seek recognition in one way or another, we have revealed through our actions that we desire to be self-important. Here’s a five-point test to see just how significant self-importance is to you.

Five Evidences of Desiring Self-Importance

Whenever you do something with the goal of recognition, it’s really about your own importance. Let’s say you help someone out, and you’re looking for acknowledgment of what you’ve done. Maybe you helped them with general advice, helped them get a job, watched their children, lent them money, bought them a gift, or did some other favor for them. You could even be doing what God instructs all of us to do, comforting the sick, visiting the prisoner, feeding and clothing the poor, or being there for the needy. If you’re doing it with the desire to be noticed, even if that’s just part of your reason, then you have too much focus on your own importance.

How many times have we heard people talk about a time when they did something for someone else, and the person they did it for wasn’t appreciative, didn’t say thank you enough, or in some other way didn’t show enough gratitude? Doesn’t that show that they were doing it for the recognition and not to help someone else? It’s hard not to want recognition–we feel like we deserve it. That’s the sin nature with which we constantly struggle.

The fight is only won with God at the wheel. In order to do so, you need to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit and relinquish control of your life to Him. When you give to others without looking to feed your own ego but only to see good being done for someone else, your reward is from God, and it far surpasses any reward of recognition you can get from man. Keep in mind that recognition can be good if it comes naturally, but if you do things with the intention or motive of being recognized, you’re making yourself too important!

Whenever a good deed is not done because it brings no attention to you, then it is really about your own importance. How about when you assess a certain situation and you decide not to help if you don’t get recognition. Perhaps you decide not to give to a good cause because your gift would be anonymous. Or you decide not to help someone unless there are enough people around to see–an audience, so to speak. Some people are notorious for showing up to help at a charitable event only for the recognition, the photo op so to speak. Once the cameras are packed away, they leave. We do the same thing when we choose not to do good deeds when there is no acknowledgement in doing so. If that’s your thinking process, it is obvious that recognition is your motivation, and you’ve put too much significance on your own importance. The recognition may come, but it is your only reward. God will have no part in it.

When you are looking for opportunities to tell people about your accomplishments, it’s really all about your own importance. Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve heard someone telling others about their own accomplishments, their job titles, degrees, money, house, or material possessions, when there’s really no need for others to know? Or maybe you’ve been around someone looking for opportunities to fit these kinds of things into the conversation? It’s out of context, and it’s a clear sign that they’re doing it for recognition, putting too much significance on their own importance.

When you worry about what others think of you, you are too focused on your own importance. If you are constantly worried about what other people think of you and you make decisions based on this concern, you are placing too much significance on your own importance. It could be deciding to go someplace or to be with some people because you think others will look more favorably on you. Or perhaps you stay away from someplace or some people because others would think less of you if you didn’t. Self-importance matters to you if you are concerned about the actions you take or the things you say based on what other people might think.

When you admire others based on their possessions or status, then your focus is on your own importance. If it’s all about their power or prestige, then you’re impressed by the wrong elements–these things do not make a person truly important. If you are impacted by the importance of others, then importance matters way too much to you.

In summary, whenever you attempt to accomplish something with a reason other than for the love of God and the love of others, it is done to demonstrate your own importance, and it gets in the way of God’s love. Rather than desiring to be “king of the hill,” yield to the King of the Hill. He was victorious over death on a cross on the hill of Mt. Calvary; He will be victorious in transforming our lives as well.

Are you interested in reading Jesus Take the Wheel: 7 Keys to a Transformed Life with God by Stuart Migdon? I am giving away a copy, courtesy of Jennifer Orgelfinger. Just post a comment here letting me know why you want to read this book. If you don’t have a blog or your blog profile isn’t working, make sure you leave me an email address where I can contact you if you win. If you don’t provide a way for me to contact you, your entry won’t be counted! This giveaway is open to readers everywhere! Deadline is Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Jesus Take the Wheel for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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