Book Review: 'Destiny: Step into Your Purpose'

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Around work, you've gotten a reputation as the go-to person for certain things.

Everybody has a talent. People know you're good, they utilize your ability. It's not a big deal to you, but could there be more to it? T.D. Jakes thinks so, and in his new book, Destiny: Step into Your Purpose, he shows how your talents may reveal a new path.

In the moments after leaving a meeting with Coretta Scott King some years ago, Jakes began to ponder something she'd said about destiny. He "lived a life to which [he] felt drawn." That kind of success, he knew, was attainable for everyone.

You have talents that are inherent inside you, says Jakes. You may not understand them. You may call them God-given, dumb luck, or fate, but those talents are your destiny and "people must learn to live genuine lives that allow them to perform the … tasks they are gifted to do."

In following your destiny, remember that it's a process. That doesn't mean things can't happen quickly, but it's unlikely. Time will give you the chance to learn to use your talents to their utmost; just be patient and understand that few things happen when it's convenient.

Learn to prioritize in your tasks, relationships, finances and dreams.

Don't confuse who you are with what you do. Remember that pain and failure are part of the journey, but don't let them deter you from your destiny. And remember that "sometimes the best hello to a new opportunity is the goodbye you gave to a dead situation."

This book is not surprisingly quite faith-based, and it's surprisingly quiet in its steadfastness.

Jakes is almost laser-focused insistent in his urgings; his words feel like a giant hand on your back, like an industrial magnet pulling you toward success, and his advice is startlingly intense. That's not a distraction, but there was one thing that did bother me: I saw words on responsibility but not much about what to do if a destiny is misread or, if chased, turns sour.

And so, though I liked this book quite a bit, I would've liked to see more balance. Still, I certainly can't argue with pages of fierce inspiration and direction.

Destiny: Step into Your Purpose

T.D. Jakes, Faith Word


255 pages