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Do you dream big?  Now you can put your dream to the test and bring it to life!

What's the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to best-selling author Dr. John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you've lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream. Dr. Maxwell draws on his forty years of mentoring experience to expertly guide you through the ten questions required of every successful dreamer.

"It's one thing to have a dream. It's another to do the things needed to achieve it," says Maxwell. "If you're willing to put your dream to the test?and do what's needed to answer yes to the ten dream questions?then your odds are very good for seeing your dream become reality."

Don't leave your dream to chance. This book is a must-have and can make the difference between failure and success.

Topics: Inspirational, Leadership, Christianity, Success, Organization, Professional Development, and Goals & Aspirations

Published: Thomas Nelson on Mar 24, 2009
ISBN: 9781418573768
List price: $6.99
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It’s been a while since I read a book by John Maxwell, and now I remember why that is.

Maxwell’s most recent publication, Put Your Dream to the Test should be a must-read for anyone wanting to see their hopes and ambitions become reality. But it isn’t.

For starters, I’m not really sure who actually wrote the book – John Maxwell, his staff of quote researchers, or the hundred people whose quotes and anecdotes he strings together to try to make a cohesive statement.

Don’t get me wrong. At times, PYDTTT soars and is inspiring. At other times, it plods. Maxwell’s uncritical use of quotes and their context is like reading a Chicken Soup for the Soul book (He tells the story of the chicken soup books in this book).

He does help you evaluate your dream/goal with diagnostic questions which form the basis for each chapter’s content. The 10 questions are:

1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream? (I would love for him to ask, “Is my book really my book?”)
2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

The chapter on the cost of your dream was, for me, the best one in the book. I found myself underlining more there, at least.

Each chapter begins with an inspirational story of someone who has achieved a great dream. These stories alone make the book better. It’s when Maxwell attempts to derive steps and propositional bullet points from their experiences that the book becomes stale and linear.

Andy Stanley’s Visioneering remains one of the best books out on the subject of vision/dream pursuit. Maxwell’s book, Put Your Dream to the Test is inspiring, but its content seems to be more cut and paste than cohesive.read more
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I've read two of John Maxwell's books before, I was inspired by them and this one was no disappointment. While some people may not even look twice at this book I think it is one that most everyone should read. When most people think of a dream they think of something that is unattainable. In this book Maxwell relates that not all dreams need to be huge, they just need to be something you are passionate about.Maxwell's writing style allows anyone to understand the concepts he is trying to convey. He uses stories of people who have obtained their dreams and correlates those stories to each step of the dream process.While reading this book I made many mental notes and have started using some of the processes that he mentions. One big thing that Maxwell points out is that if you are passionate about your dream, and you're pursuing a dream for the right reasons it can be achieved, you just need to realize it. Overall a good read, it was both inspirational and motivating! It's never too late to achieve your dreams!read more
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Last night I finished John Maxwell's latest book, Put Your Dream to the Test. I really enjoyed this book. Maxwell is like Kevin Costner to me. I'm always hesitant to see his movies because I think I'm going to hate it or be bored by it, but I don't know if I've ever seen a Kevin Costner movie that I didn't like at least a little, and most of them I absolutely loved. Similarly, I always assume I'm going to be bored with a Maxwell book, but I love all of them once I get into them.Put Your Dream to the Test is the best book I've ever read at helping you take a dream and turn it into reality. Maxwell guides the reader through 10 questions to help you assess your dream and decide whether or not it can become a reality. Is my dream really my dream? Do I have a strategy to reach my dream? Have I included the people I need to realize my dream? Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?, etc...If you're a dreamer, or want to be, and you want to get serious about seeing your dreams realized, this is the book for you. Inspiring stuff!read more
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It’s been a while since I read a book by John Maxwell, and now I remember why that is.

Maxwell’s most recent publication, Put Your Dream to the Test should be a must-read for anyone wanting to see their hopes and ambitions become reality. But it isn’t.

For starters, I’m not really sure who actually wrote the book – John Maxwell, his staff of quote researchers, or the hundred people whose quotes and anecdotes he strings together to try to make a cohesive statement.

Don’t get me wrong. At times, PYDTTT soars and is inspiring. At other times, it plods. Maxwell’s uncritical use of quotes and their context is like reading a Chicken Soup for the Soul book (He tells the story of the chicken soup books in this book).

He does help you evaluate your dream/goal with diagnostic questions which form the basis for each chapter’s content. The 10 questions are:

1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream? (I would love for him to ask, “Is my book really my book?”)
2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?
8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

The chapter on the cost of your dream was, for me, the best one in the book. I found myself underlining more there, at least.

Each chapter begins with an inspirational story of someone who has achieved a great dream. These stories alone make the book better. It’s when Maxwell attempts to derive steps and propositional bullet points from their experiences that the book becomes stale and linear.

Andy Stanley’s Visioneering remains one of the best books out on the subject of vision/dream pursuit. Maxwell’s book, Put Your Dream to the Test is inspiring, but its content seems to be more cut and paste than cohesive.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I've read two of John Maxwell's books before, I was inspired by them and this one was no disappointment. While some people may not even look twice at this book I think it is one that most everyone should read. When most people think of a dream they think of something that is unattainable. In this book Maxwell relates that not all dreams need to be huge, they just need to be something you are passionate about.Maxwell's writing style allows anyone to understand the concepts he is trying to convey. He uses stories of people who have obtained their dreams and correlates those stories to each step of the dream process.While reading this book I made many mental notes and have started using some of the processes that he mentions. One big thing that Maxwell points out is that if you are passionate about your dream, and you're pursuing a dream for the right reasons it can be achieved, you just need to realize it. Overall a good read, it was both inspirational and motivating! It's never too late to achieve your dreams!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Last night I finished John Maxwell's latest book, Put Your Dream to the Test. I really enjoyed this book. Maxwell is like Kevin Costner to me. I'm always hesitant to see his movies because I think I'm going to hate it or be bored by it, but I don't know if I've ever seen a Kevin Costner movie that I didn't like at least a little, and most of them I absolutely loved. Similarly, I always assume I'm going to be bored with a Maxwell book, but I love all of them once I get into them.Put Your Dream to the Test is the best book I've ever read at helping you take a dream and turn it into reality. Maxwell guides the reader through 10 questions to help you assess your dream and decide whether or not it can become a reality. Is my dream really my dream? Do I have a strategy to reach my dream? Have I included the people I need to realize my dream? Am I willing to pay the price for my dream?, etc...If you're a dreamer, or want to be, and you want to get serious about seeing your dreams realized, this is the book for you. Inspiring stuff!
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