Craig Groeschel drew the title of his Chazown – A Different Way to See Your Life from the Hebrew word meaning a dream, revelation or vision (and pronounced khaw-ZONE). The word is found in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision (Chazown), the people perish,” the key verse of the book.
Chazown’s purpose is to inform everyone they were created with a unique Chazown and encourages readers to discover and pursue the life they were created to live. Chazown falls into the same category of Christian Living books as Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper and Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, also inviting readers to live their life for something greater than themselves. Chazown, however, sets itself apart from those other books being very relevant to today’s culture, easy to read and offering many laughs along the way.
Groeschel not only proves himself to be an extraordinary pastor leading LifeChurch.tv, the fastest growing church in the nation, but his unique writing techniques put him on my list of favorite authors. Craig lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, where LifeChurch.tv began, with his wife Amy and their six children.
Craig and Amy’s passion is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. His passion can easily be spotted in the words of his book. Along with his passion, Craig reveals his humorous personality and his knowledge of culture and God’s word, allowing the book to possess the perfect mix of entertainment and insightful information.
The book does an excellent job of leading the reader to discover his or her life’s vision. Readers consider past experiences, spiritual gifts, and core values while searching for life’s Chazown. Craig not only gives readers insight on how to discover their Chazown, but he takes the audience even further offering advice on what to do after they have discovered their vision.
The book points out five big areas in which the reader can live out their Chazown: your relationship with God, your relationship with people, your financial health, your physical health and your life’s work.
The visual layout of the book is very pleasing, capturing the attention of readers. Chazown does not overwhelm the reader with pages of solid text, but instead includes several pictures and symbols that reflect the main theme of each chapter. The text in the book is not only black, but also green, a color used throughout the book. Key thoughts and verses in the book are in bold larger text, which helps the reader understand the significance of the phrase.
Chapters are short. At several points the book asks the reader to be the author by offering questions for discussion and encouraging the reader to prayerfully consider answers and record them in a journal for future reference. Certain copies of the book also come with a DVD containing LifeChurch.tv videos that further invite readers to pursue their Chazown.
Anyone looking for purpose in life or encouragement to live life to the fullest will benefit from Chazown. Though, how much a person benefits is up to them. Because Chazown is an easy and quick read, many important topics can be overlooked. The more time and thought you put into grasping the concepts Groeschel presents in his book, the fuller understanding you will gain.
Taking advantage of all the extras in the book, such as the discussion questions and DVD, greatly enriches the reading experience. Chazown does what it promises, after reading you will see your life differently. But what you do with it is up to you.