The Difference You Make by Pat Williams
With Jim Denney
Pat Williams has hit it out of the ballpark and slam-dunked it with his book, The Difference You Make. What an eye opening and provocative book. Pat reflects over his life and the people who have influenced him, along with the ones he has influenced.
The entire book is about the impact of influence. Pat touches on how his struggles with multi-myeloma cancer have helped open his eyes to the influences each person has, influences for good or bad, whether the person realizes their influence or not.
As a Dad, Pat had a huge impact on the lives of his nineteen children. In addition, he has influenced as a coach for minor league baseball teams and influences as GM for a major league basketball team.
The book illustrates how we never know how we will influence people, even ourselves sometimes, as this example on page 131 richly demonstrates:
Each chapter of the book ends with a series of questions for group discussion or individual reflection, enabling a deeper understanding of the chapter.
He helps us learn and inspires us step by step, in how to become more strategic and intentional within our spheres of influence. He also helps us to use our lives as a mission to impact as many people as is possible with a lasting and positive influence.
Pat ends his book with the sentence:
The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today.
The book really brought home how important and significant our lives are as people, Christians, parents, bosses, co-workers or whatever our walk in life may happen to be. We never know how what we say or do will influence someone else.
Even though the book has a sports slant, it carries an effective and interesting message for everyone, male or female, sports nut or not.
This book was provided to me by Revell through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.