Purposefooled

Why Chasing Your Dreams, Finding Your Calling, and Reaching for Greatness Will Never Be Enough

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2025
Nelson Books, Thomas Nelson

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Description

Author and Bible teacher Kelly Needham reveals how we've been fooled into chasing meaning in all the wrong places, identifies the source of our hunger for the extraordinary, and shows us the steps we can take today to build a purpose-filled reality without turning our lives upside-down.

Many of us are exhausted from dreaming big and chasing the extraordinary lives we long for, but when we try embracing the everyday and find meaning in the mundane, we fear we're settling for a boring life. Are we missing something?

Kelly Needham has been the keynote speaker, the person folding T-shirts backstage, and the mom dealing with the ups and downs of daily life. By sharing her experiences with both the extraordinary and the humdrum--and wrestling with feelings of disappointment along the way--Needham helps readers discover for themselves the truth that changes everything: we weren't made to do something, but to know Someone. And it's that Someone who can infuse our lives with infinite purpose and meaning. In Purposefooled she explains

  • why we feel like we were made for more and shows us the freeing answer to our longings,
  • the ways modern technology affects our desires and dreams--and how to live free from its pressures and pitfalls,
  • how familiar Bible stories reveal that being a world-changer is more accessible and simpler than we think,
  • why we need to reclaim our imaginations from culture and steward them with eternity in mind, and
  • what it looks like to live a deeply meaningful life today instead of wearing ourselves out trying to reach the next big thing.

Author and Bible teacher Kelly Needham reveals how we've been fooled into chasing meaning in all the wrong places, identifies the source of our hunger for the extraordinary, and shows us the steps we...


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We are all searching for purpose, but many of us are looking in all the wrong places. This book is a reminder that our purpose is only found in God. The chapters felt repetitive at times, but the message is so important that it didn’t bother me too much.

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Title: Purposefooled: Why Chasing Your Dreams, Finding Your Calling, and Reaching for Greatness Will Never Be Enough
Author: Kelly Needham
Rating: 5/5

Thank you @netgalley and Thomas Nelson for my #gifted eARC of Purposefooled: Why Chasing Your Dreams, Finding Your Calling, and Reaching for Greatness Will Never Be Enough.

This is easily one of my favorite books of 2023 so far. I wish college-age Emily could’ve read this one. 😅 Throughout the book, Kelly shares that our purpose is not found in verbs but in a single noun, a Person—God. Our purpose isn’t in what we are doing but in who we are with—God! If you’ve ever wondered what your purpose is or felt weary doing and chasing after achievement (even ministry!,) this is a book for you.

I really loved how Kelly shared about how she came to the truth about her purpose but initially struggled with seemingly losing more or gaining less (human) visibility in some ways. I feel like I’ve gone through similar things in the past years, and I just felt so encouraged and convicted by Kelly’s writing and sharing. God sees. Our purpose is His glory-this is great news!

This was a freeing, biblical, and wise book on such an important topic.

Highly recommend!

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This is the best book I’ve read all year. It was exactly what I needed at the time and I honestly think we all need to be reminded that the things we do, the goals we achieve (or don’t), the big achievements and the mundane tasks - all will eave us unsatisfied, burnt out or overwhelmed if we’re looking for them to give us our purpose and meaning. I’ve never had someone be so clear and counterculture about the way our calling and purpose are not tasks, they aren’t the dreams we have about what we want to do. Instead, we are called to a Person and this book beautifully brings that to life.

Highlights:
⭐️ Short chapters that are so readable and relatable
⭐️ Practical advice for someone looking to know God and get out of the “rat race”
⭐️ Constant repetition and reinforcement of these valuable points that really help to cement what doesn’t come easy for a doer like me

I can’t endorse this book enough. I was highlighting entire paragraphs and telling everyone I knew to buy it from chapter 1 ❤️

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I enjoy Kelly's writing and this book is no exception. I love her heart for Jesus and her heart for us to not chase after the wrong things. This would make a great book club book. Lots of opportunities to discuss!

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"Purposefooled: Why Chasing Your Dreams, Finding Your Calling, and Reaching for Greatness Will Never Be Enough" by Kelly Needham seems to be a thought-provoking book that challenges the common notion of finding purpose and meaning in life through extraordinary achievements. The author, a Bible teacher, appears to explore the idea that the pursuit of success and chasing after one's dreams might not ultimately fulfill the deep longings of the human heart.

The book appears to address the modern phenomenon of feeling unfulfilled despite chasing after big dreams and external accomplishments. Kelly Needham seems to suggest that our hunger for the extraordinary often leaves us unsatisfied and searching for something deeper. Through her personal experiences and reflections, she seems to guide readers toward a different perspective on purpose—one that focuses on knowing Someone (presumably God) rather than just doing something extraordinary.

"Purposefooled" appears to delve into various aspects of this concept, including the impact of technology on our desires, the biblical foundation for finding meaning in the ordinary, and the idea of living with eternity in mind. The book seems to encourage readers to shift their focus from constantly pursuing the next big thing to finding contentment and significance in the present moment.

If you're interested in exploring a counter-cultural approach to finding purpose and meaning in life—one that emphasizes relationships and a deeper connection with God over external achievements—"Purposefooled" might provide you with valuable insights and a fresh perspective on how to live a purpose-filled life in today's fast-paced world.

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