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200 Pomegranates And An Audience Of One: Creating A Life Of Meaning And Influence

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200 Pomegranates empowers and inspires readers to develop their God-given talents and contribute something that makes a difference in the world, be it through construction or counseling, doing people 's taxes carefully and ethically, or raising and teaching children. Even if your contribution seems to go unnoticed by others, you can rest assured that God sees and values yo ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Abingdon Press
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Adam Shields
This is a good book. The author is funny, thoughtful and has a point. The basic point of this book is that we need to work to the best of our ability and for God. The central biblical story is the building of the temple and the 200 pomegranates that were put on the top of the columns where no one could see them but God. The builder could have just not done anything up there but instead choose to put some of the best work there, for his audience of one (God).

Strangely I think it is a good complem
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Katie Casey
"Here is what I know about you: Right now there is a work in you that God has not given up on. You may have; but God has not."

In 200 Pomegranates, Shawn Wood looks at 10 verses from 1 Kings 7 that tell the story of Huram - a skilled craftsman from Tyre who is called upon by King Solomon to do some work in the Temple. His work? To create 2 columns 18 cubits high (~35 feet) on which he carved 200 pomegranates each. And all this beautiful craftsmanship was located at the top of the columns - in a p
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Lillie
For those of us who wonder if what we do is important or has meaning, this book reassures us that if we are working for the Lord--an audience of one--what we do is less important than how we do it. Wood uses the example of Huram in the Old Testament, who created beautiful designs, including 200 pomegranates, according to God's instructions at the top of a 34' high pillar. Perhaps no other human ever saw the top of the pillar, but God did. And He sees what we do for Him as well. Very encouraging.
Gail
Still thinking about this one. It's a great afternoon read, but the thinking about the ideas goes on for days. This is a good book for anyone who wants to reflect on our motivation for what we do in this life. Personal evaluation and reflection on our worship and its connection to real life is what this book is all about. Very creative story used to make the point one that one won't soon forget. If nothing else, read it to find out what the title means!
Martin Spriggs
Rarely have I read a book that has changed the way I live. Obviously the Bible does that daily. This book focuses on a fairly obscure section of scripture and makes it hit home, at least for me. It answers a couple of questions: 1) What should I spend my time "getting good at", and 2) What should my personal priorities be. Read it in one sitting. Awesome book Shawn!
Judy Upton
This selection was one of a Book Club hosted by my mentor in my home based business. It reminds me of the lessons learned through out my growing years in Sunday School and Church. But it challenges me to do more in every aspect of my life. A great read for any one.
Marcus Lynn
In this short (120 pages) book, Wood utilizes the brief story of Huram from 1 Kings 7 to show us how we should live (get great at something, do something, invest in things that last, work for an audience of one, and finish what you start).
Sue
Not bad, but I skimmed it. It's well written and I didn't disagree. But I'm not much for inspirational books right now. I think it was free on my Kindle and I needed to see what it was about.
Netta
It hit me right in the heart... being great at whatever God has placed in front of us! Stop looking to be something else and be the best we can be at what He's assigned us to.
So good!
Tanya
I'm not religious, but I enjoyed the stories and the overall message it had to give. The little humerous quips by the author were nice too
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