Resource Review – Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community

Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community is an insightful book written by Albert L. Winseman, Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld. This book is a guide to finding your own strengths and utilizing those skills in the most effective way to benefit your community. It’s a spinoff of co-author Clifton’s more secular bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths.

“The principles in both books are the same: individuals will be happier and more successful if they build on their strengths, rather than focusing on overcoming their weaknesses. The authors call for a ‘strengths revolution’ in churches that will allow more congregants to feel they contribute by doing what they do best. If congregational leaders can identify members’ strengths and assign tasks in harmony with those traits, they will enjoy a greater sense of connection to and satisfaction with their religious communities.” -Publishers Weekly.

Use Your Strengths the Way God Intended

If you’ve ever been coerced into working in the church nursery when you’d rather change your identity than change a diaper, you understand. Focusing on people’s natural, God-given strengths and gifts when it comes to vocation and service brings out the best in everyone. Churches and homes and workplaces filled with people who are working with, rather than against, their natural strengths and passions will theoretically be overflowing with success, productivity, and joy.

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Assess Your Strengths & Adjust Your Life Accordingly

One of the most popular features of this book is the included access to an online strengths assessment, The Gallup Strengthsfinder. “I had no idea that 4 of my 5 strengths were in the area of strategic thinking! I’ve done the Meyers-Briggs and Enneagram as well as several other “talent” focus surveys. The Gallup Strengthsfinder is by far the best survey of its type that I have done to date. Out of 34 possible talents, my survey identified 5. You might think it valuable to know your top 10 talents, but I don’t think so. I believe knowing the 5 top talents that you possess shines a focus on those strengths. I actually have begun to see myself in a different light. I am adjusting my professional life accordingly.” -Steve, Reader.

The overall goal of the authors is to assist their readers with identifying and embracing their strengths, and then applying that knowledge to both their personal and professional lives. Once you know your God-given strengths, gifts, and talents, you will be far better equipped to choose a vocation that ultimately brings you deep satisfaction.