Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Book Review: The One Factor


Book title: The One Factor
Author: Doug Sauder
Fort Lauderdale, 4Kids of South Florida, 2008
Number of pages: 172

One person can make a difference; the difference. The questions then becomes: are you the person? Author Doug Sauder makes the case that you are; at least you can be. But because you may think yourself inadequate to evoke change in the world, you don't. Sauder writes, "One is always the catalyst... One person can inspire another who inspires others, turning addition into exponential power." And then he lays out the proof.

This book speaks to issues you and me don't often think about. Rarely does this issue ever even intersect with our work-a-day worlds. The foster care services in our country are so clogged up that the system choking.

This is the story of One church in Broward County in South Florida that took action. A verse comes to mind: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:26 NIV). Most churches have systems and strategies for the last part - keep oneself from being polluted by the world - but not for the first - to look after orphans and widows in their distress. I wonder why that is. I wonder if God wonders.

Influence a child; change destiny.

The book is neatly divided into a series of "Ones". One Vision, One Person, One Moment, One Idea, One investment, One Passion, One Source, and then he brings it home with You; what will you do with it.

Sauder's stories and his final appeal are moving. You are the One that can make the difference. No matter what your view of you is, with God's help, you're special enough and equipped for the task.

Sauder practices what he preaches. This isn't idealistic sermonizing, this is a life being lived. This could be your life being lived and having an impact on the world around you.

The audience this book is intended for is One reader: You. I recommend this book. You can pick it up at the bookstore at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale or online at Amazon.com.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the review...always good to know about great books that are out there

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Compassion-type book.