Phil Cooke is a TV producer, media guru, and overall cultural commentator. He has spent thirty years helping organizations turn the problem of change into a mastered art form. In Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing, Cooke does an excellent job at sharing some of those ideas with us.
Expounding on different areas in our personal and professional lives, Cooke writes about how we can best change our direction, priorities and choices, maximizing and using our full potential, and avoiding distractions that can cause our attempts at revolutionizing our lives to fail. This book is an excellent resource for business professionals, college students, and really anyone who wants to be prepared to live the life of constant change that we seem to be wrapped in living in America. While the concept of stability used to be something we could relatively take for granted, it is now little more than a dream. The concepts in Cooke’s book can help us to navigate through the seemingly never-ending waves of life.
The only thing that I don’t really like about the book, and it may be more on the publisher, is that it had absolutely nothing to do with the gospel. It was produced by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company, and yet I couldn’t see more than a trace of anything distinctively Christian about this book. I fully realize the intended the audience may not have been distinctly Christian, but it bothers me that a book published by a Christian publisher wouldn’t even address the issue of Jesus being our only real stability.
This book is an amazing resource if you’re looking for practical steps to take to begin changing your life (and I probably need to read it again), but it falls short in providing strength when those practical steps fail.
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