God had a specific reason when he formed us to be individuals, unique creations that each fulfill a special purpose. Everything we are, have been, and will be is all part of a grand plan of God's love. Everything helps to shape us into the people God wants us to be and where we find our inner satisfaction, joy, and meaning.
As the son of Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor of the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in California and host of The Hour of Power television broadcast, Schuller (Getting Through What You're Going Through) grew up knowing that he would have big shoes to fill. Although he is inheriting the ministry reins, Schuller's goal has been to do so in his own way, and in this book he hopes to inspire others to fulfill their God-given potential and pursue their dreams. The encouragement is fairly trite: Schuller encourages readers that God is with them on their journey, that bad things that happen will be a good part of God's overall plan, and that God has a unique purpose for everyone. While there is a lot of scripture throughout, these are shallow skimmings, with brief thoughts held together by numerous stories and one analogy after another. Tinges of prosperity gospel teaching and undercurrents of pop psychology lead to advice like "Christ died for the purpose of ensuring you success in your journey," and "Develop an overview and create your own personal map." Despite a built-in audience and a coveted foreword from Dr. Phil, this book may alienate readers with its stale, unclear writing.