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Trade Paperback
224 pages
May 2004
Baker/Revell

LifeFocus: Achieving a Life of Purpose and Influence

by Jerry Foster

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Review:

How to get where you want to go:  Jerry Foster addresses this pursuit in his book titled Life Focus, Achieving a Life of Purpose & Influence.  Jerry Foster is the CIO and founder of Foster Group, a company committed to assisting their clients with life coaching and financial management. Foster focuses on using the “Vector Principle,” stating that achieving a desired outcome in your life is a result of consistently making positive choices that vector you toward that outcome.  The author believes that you can use his Vector Principle for a fulfilling lifelong marriage, as well as for finances, career, health, relationships, and your faith.

Although we all have dreams, desires, goals, and conflicts, we need to bring them together to get where we want to go.  He focuses on the need to define your vision and passions, and then follow up with purposeful action using your unique abilities.  Foster systematically lays out a step-by-step process for achieving your vision using lists, questions, and personal stories.  This process takes the reader on a journey of exploration to explore life directions, or vectors.  

Have you ever questioned what is wealth and if YOU are truly wealthy?  Foster states that you need to realize how multidimensional wealth is, and then you will be in a position to discover the nature of true personal wealth.  The term that he coined for true personal wealth is "lifeWealth" and he defines it this way:

        lifeWealth:  the accumulation of financial, relational, physical, intellectual, and spiritual capital.  

Foster explains that a key strategy for acquiring true personal wealth is to give generously to others from what you have.  He says that giving can be in the form of time, talent, treasure, and touch.  He reminds us that true personal wealth is more about realizing deep fulfillment and satisfaction than about accumulation. The author quotes a discussion from the Bible about giving and abundance: “If you give, you will receive.  Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken tighter to make room for more, and running over.  Whatever measure you use in giving – large or small – it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Acts 20:35

Foster takes us on a journey to personal wealth and influence that can be enjoyed even though he admits it is not an uninterrupted magic carpet ride.  By helping us glance back at how far we have come, he helps us to be content with the progress we have made.  I believe that anyone who is looking to pursuit true personal wealth and achievement and “not just sitting on the bench trying to avoid pain” will enjoy and find great value in this book.  I did. -- Debra Murphy, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

One small change of direction is barely noticeable in the short run. But once we've gone far enough, we find we're on a completely new course! It's called the vector principle. Jerry Foster shows readers how to put that principle to work in their lives, helping them to make small changes that can improve their relationships with people and with God, and balance their financial, physical, and intellectual pursuits.

Foster's life work is about helping people make changes. Here's the book to show them how.