Review: Your Best Destiny: Becoming the Person You Were Created to Be
Wintley Phipps with James Lund
It has been several years since I’d seen a book similar to this, and there’s probably a need for it again now. Phipps discusses eight pillars that support a person’s ethos. Ethos according to Phipps is “a combination of our personality, character, emotions, guiding beliefs, habits, ideals, attitudes, fundamental values, and lifestyle.” (17) All that describes who we are and especially who we are when the tough times arrive. What are the pillars that support that and how can I keep them sturdy? How does that help me find my best destiny? Well, that’s what this book is about.
Phipps takes each of the eight pillars and examines them more closely. Some of the chapters will speak to the reader more directly than others, depending on the individual’s current state of ethos. Following his discussion there are some questions for thought and a brief list of the attributes of each pillar. For instance, perseverance has subcategories like cooperation, flexibility, tact, fellowship, and other related areas. The idea is to check how you are doing in each subcategory.
To help with that, in the back of the book, there is an assessment tool for each of the pillars and their subcategories. It will give you an idea where your strong and weak points lay. Obviously, the point is to improve where the weaknesses appear. Also, there’s a link to an on line assessment tool that I suppose will compile the results, but I wasn’t able to connect. That might be just my browser, though.
For anyone interested in an ethos checkup this may be what you’re looking for. I suspect that discussing the results with someone you trust well would be an excellent idea.
This book was provided to me by the publisher in return for a review.