By W.G Covington
A "How to" Book on Applying Your Faith
T. D. Jakes is uncomfortable with preachers who tell people that if they give a certain amount of money they will reap a harvest of results. Similarly he is concerned with people who think that faith will lead to success. These two matters are incomplete, partial aspects of truth that are sometimes taken out of context. He believes that if one is to have faith that works, one must work that faith. Believing is not enough. It is the believing that leads to action that will see the desired results. In the matter of giving, that is part of stewardship, but only a portion. One cannot give what one does not possess. It is by effective stewardship that one has resources to give.
Bishop Jakes speaks with authority because he has successfully applied the principles from Scripture he teaches in this book. Stewardship is holistic. He writes that it is usually easier for some people to concentrate energies on success in the workplace (or ministry) while neglecting success at home. It isn't intentional, but by default that relationships deteriorate. In a straightfoward manner he tells you how to overcome this neglect and excell in domestic matters without cutting back on career success.
It is refreshing to see a man of the bishop's high standards discuss the contributions made by people society might consider to be "unsuccessful." He talks about the valuable marks they made "in spite of their flaws." Amen! We all have flaws and God works through imperfect people.
One of the weaknesses of the book was his examples of role-models. I find it hard to believe a preacher of the Gospel would select some of the ones he spotlights.
He concludes this book in a powerful way, discussing the mystery of giving in spite of the fact that one could never give enough to meet all the legitimate needs that exist. As a guest in Nigeria he describes a situation that caused him to reflect on this phenomenon and he offers a wise analysis of the matter. Overall this is a very powerful book, but coming from Bishop Jakes I would expect no less, as I have read several of his other excellent books.
By B. Jordan
Moving from the point of captivity to the point of power
Reposition Yourself is a profound work that teaches the reader how to understand life lessons through key principles that will reposition his/her life for success. Bishop T.D. Jakes allows us to peek through the eyes of his soul and witness his journey of life as he conquered the fears in his childhood and fought his way to top to eventually lead one of the largest churches of our time.
Repositioning Yourself allows the reader to put himself/herself in the position of Zacchaeus, who repositioned himself so he could see Jesus. Through practical principles, Bishop Jakes teaches his readers how to live life without limits. Bishop Jakes provokes his readers to take a hard, face-to-face look at their lives and what they are doing to position themselves to win. Bishop Jakes shares his struggles and his wisdom on how to fight life's battles and how he eventually overcame those struggles and repositioned himself to win. According to Bishop Jakes, "You cannot win against that which you will not see and confront." He shares with his readers how he was fighting, but he was not aiming at anything. You must fight with a purpose. Intent is vital for success to be achieved in life.
In the chapter entitled, "Lost and Found", Bishop Jakes introduces us to another interesting personality in scripture - Joseph. Being the excellent orator that he is, I can hear him in my head preaching this truth. He tells us that "Joseph was bound by his circumstances, but he overcame them by using his gifts." Bishop Jakes brings us to a place in consciousness where we begin to learn how to move from the mundane to the miraculous. Moving from the point of captivity to the point of power requires you to reposition yourself mentally so that your gifts can unlock the favor in your life that ultimately will help change the destiny of a nation.
Bishop Jakes reveals the riptide of change that can overtake a person's life as a result of shame, as it did Adam and Eve in the garden. Shame will cause a person to hide himself/herself. When shame comes into the picture it will open you to a new reality and cause you to reassess your next steps in life. I like what Bishop T. D. Jakes says - "If you are to reposition yourself for success, you must seek out the options that are most conducive to your ultimate goals." This is a key point and will make the difference between success and failure in life.
Congratulations, Bishop T. D. Jakes on a work well penned! I am sure that the world will hear this message and be provoked to reposition their lives for success. You have written yet another work that looks like it will be a New York Times bestseller. I will continue to see you in your writing.