Five Bold Choices: Rise Above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your Life

Five Bold Choices: Rise above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your LifeFive Bold Choices: Rise above Your Circumstances and Redefine Your Life by Jay Coughlan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Normally I groan when given a book on business to read; it is not my go to genre of choice. But this book was delightful. It is a short sharp book that reads so simply and with good advice to take on board that if flips from start to finish in no time at all.

Larry Julian is the author of “God is My CEO”, who focuses his writing on the why and how we do things whereas Jay Coughlan gives his testimony throughout the book of how he killed his father in a drunken car accident and went to jail for six months for his crime and yet was able to rise to CEO of his company despite his mistakes. This tag team style of writing is used very effectively.

“Jay will show you how to achieve your goals, Larry helps discover the why behind your goals.”

The five bold choices are Clarity, Accountability, Adaptability, Confidence and Balance. With each of these choices outlined, specific examples and testimonies are given from a variety of sources. They encourage you to view the choices as a circular rather than linear in process.

One negative of the book is the assumption that its men in leadership positions so the book is tailored to men as its dominant audience, which is more than a little disappointing for a modern day piece.

This book is unabashedly Christian in outlook, but there are no Bible bashing sermons inside. I believe that even a non Christian reader could make use of these insights and just skip the occasional verse of example or illustrations as given. These bold choices aren’t things that are difficult to enact, rather they are highly achievable. Touted as a business book, I believe the five bold choices would be useful in anyone’s life.

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