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Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams

January 29
by Joel Malm
Published by Moody Publishers Genres: goal setting

“Is there a gap between you and your dream?”

“Whether you want to start a business, raise a family, run a marathon, plant a church, restore a relationship, or climb a mountain, you can take practical steps to see your vision come to be.”

That’s what you’ll find written on the back of the book {afflink} “Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams” that I received free from Moody Publishers. The steps I took in writing out my goals were similar to the ones in this book. So, was the book a waste of my time? Definitely not. It actually helped me realize the essentials parts of goal planning that I was leaving out. I was able to refine my goals by:

Acknowledging my own shortcomings within my vision map. That’s right. It’s my own fault that I am not reaching my goals. I am not capable of reaching my goals all alone.

Trusting in God for the steps within my vision map that surpass those shortcomings. Some of the steps needed to reach my goal require God. There are things that just aren’t humanly possible.

Pushing me past my comfort zone to involve other people in my vision map. We need people both to share our vision with and to hold us accountable.

The vision map does two things: allows you to see your vision in writing and narrows your broad goal into small and specific steps.

The author was quite fascinating, in my opinion. Better yet, his vision was fascinating and unique. This is the first time for me to read anything written by him. I am putting his other two books on my wish list :: Be Brave: 4 Keys to Courageous Living and Live Extraordinary: A Not-So-Ordinary 31-Day Devotional.

While I’d love to share you the entire process of writing and and putting into action your vision, I just can’t because I’d end up sharing the entire book’s contents. (That’s a no no.) The book is a short read, yet a worthy read , so read it.

The book includes the ESV and NIV translations. (I looked up and read the scripture in my KJV.)

So, tell me :: What is your vision? Have you made a vision map for your goals?

Recommended Read :: Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams Book Cover Recommended Read :: Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams
Joel Malm
Goal Setting
Moody Publishers
112 pages

About the Book:

There is a gap between where we are and where we see ourselves in our biggest dreams.

This gap can seem insurmountable, overwhelming, and even impossible. But here’s the thing: God often gives us a unique message to share or a difficult problem to solve, and we just need a simple push in the right direction. Vision Map will help you take practical steps to see your vision come to pass based on a simple goal-writing plan.

A few years back, Joël Malm had the idea to start an organization that led people on outdoor expeditions (no big deal, just like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!) with a spiritual, God-centered focus. Then he went out and did it.

This book is a response to the question he gets often, “How do you start something like that?”

Vision Map is not a formula for overnight success, but it is a template to start anyone on the path to envisioning their God-given dream to start a business or start a family or run a marathon or lose 20 pounds or plant a church or read through the Bible or write a book or climb a mountain! Or whatever else you and God can dream up.

About the Author:

Joel Malm is an entrepreneur, dreamer and adventurer who loves to help people pursue their God-given dreams.

As founder of Summit Leaders he takes people on outdoor expeditions around the world to places like Mt. Kilimanjaro, Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu. He has traveled in over sixty-five countries on six continents and speaks three languages.

But the thing that gets him most excited is seeing others use the principles in Vision Map to make their own God ideas become reality.

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  • Reply
    January 30 at 7:59 am

    I have so many dreams and goals in my life, i need guidance from Jesus to help me fulfill those.

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    Heather Hart
    January 30 at 8:22 am

    Sounds like a great book!

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    January 30 at 2:58 pm

    That looks like it may be very interesting…

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    Amy Hagerup
    January 30 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for this awesome review. I love writing out my goals and my vision. I have my purpose at the top of the page each year and I have 5 key values that I are important to me. Then I break everything down into categories and smaller steps. My year verse is Phil 2:5 – “Have this same attitude in yourselves that was in Christ Jesus.”

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    Amy Christensen
    January 31 at 6:57 am

    This looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

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    Steven Goodwin
    January 31 at 9:10 am

    I like this idea of breaking it down and realizing that you will actually need more help from God to achieve certain things! I’m sure this book could help to navigate some bigger goals that I have as well. Thanks! I’ll add it to my wish list and next time I’m looking for a book, I’ll check it out!

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    Scott LaPierre
    January 31 at 5:40 pm

    I suppose my vision is pretty straightforward: strive to be a faithful husband, father, and pastor. I don’t feel like I necessarily set out with too many long-term goals besides those.

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    February 1 at 4:16 am

    Thanks so much for this review! I love setting goals (and reaching them)! As my husband and I are making big plans in the upcoming years, I’ll look into this book!

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    April 25 at 10:49 am

    That sounds like a great book. I have been thinking quite a bit about my vision and I still don’t feel like I quite know at this time what that is. I might have to look at this book.

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