Monday, November 22, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: I Dare You to Change, by Bil Cornelius

I’ve always been a big fan of Guideposts products. I’ve been subscribing to the magazines, Guideposts and Angels on Earth, for years. (I even had a story published in Angels on Earth!) And I started reading the books of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Guideposts’ founder, when I was a teenager. His book, The Power of Positive Thinking, is still changing lives every day and had a huge impact on me. So, I trust in the products that Guideposts publishes and am always excited to see what they will come out with next.

Now Guideposts has released an exciting book by Bil Cornelius, pastor of Bay Area Fellowships, which is one of the fastest growing churches in America. The book is called I Dare You to Change! Discover the Difference Between Dreaming of a Better Life and Living It. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why can’t I ever seem to get ahead?” or “Will I ever have the life I’ve dreamed about?” then you should read this book. Bil Cornelius uses the story of Gideon from the Bible to show you how to create the life you’ve always dreamed of. Click on the link below to view a 60-second video about this inspirational book:

I Dare You To Change :60 Book Promo from Cooke Pictures on Vimeo.

Following are some Q&As from author Bil Cornelius:

(1) Why do you think God places promises beyond a person’s current reach?

God is interested in our growth more than our comfort. One of the biggest reasons why God gives us dreams bigger than our abilities is so we have to depend upon Him for their accomplishment. Another phrase I use often is people use people to get tasks done, but God uses tasks to get people done! He gives you an assignment bigger than you are for one reason only … to grow you.

(2) How can a person protect herself/himself from slipping back into old habits?

The best protection from moving backward is to always be moving forward! This is why setting new goals is a continuing process … or, as the Bible says, we go from glory to glory! Accountability is important as well as a strong routine, but nothing takes the place of forward movement!

(3) How did it feel when God fulfilled one of His major promises to you?

Accomplishing something great with God’s help is exhilarating! It’s also addictive in a very good way! God wants us to get hooked on His will by moving into a place so far ahead of where we ever dreamed that we are in “promise land” territory beyond our abilities.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book, which is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal national bestseller. Just in browsing through it, I can see that it features plenty of Action Plans, which means that it’s practical and filled with steps that you can take to change your life. Find out more about I Dare You to Change! and author Bil Cornelius via the links below.


I Dare You to Change Website:



Sample chapter:

Bil Cornelius’s blog:


One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of I Dare You to Change! by Bil Cornelius. To enter, leave a comment on this page sharing why you would like to read this book. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Gianna!

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the Amazon links in this post.


  1. I think this sounds like a really inspiring book, I would love to read it.

  2. wow!! This is something I really need. I need a little boost, and this sounds like just the ticket

    Thanks for the chance

  3. Id like to read it because it sounds very inspirational and I need that boost right now

  4. I would like to read this because it soulds uplifting.

  5. email subscriber

  6. gfc follower

  7. I would love to win this! :) Looks very inspiring! :)

  8. These types of books are just encouraging and great and I'd love to read it!!

  9. I like I Dare You to Change on Facebook!

  10. I like Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook.

  11. Facing lots of change right now and I love God...that's why I would like this book. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  12. I think this book would help to be a reminder that "with God anything is possible". Being human it is so easy to forget that God is helping us grow and giving us challenges because we want it right now.

  13. Anonymous3:32 AM

    I have heard Bil talking about this book on TV, and would love to read it.

  14. Anonymous4:40 PM

    For my neighbor

  15. i would love to read this because i am going through a lot and would really like to see if this will help me understand
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  16. Anonymous9:37 PM

    This seems like an interesting book

  17. It sounds like an interesting read.

  18. I'm an email subscriber.

  19. I'm a GFC follower.

  20. This book sounds like it is a great book. I would love to read it and learn about “Will I ever have the life I’ve dreamed about?” I have always had a little bit of fear in my life. I need to change!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    coolandrew123 [at] gmail [com]

  21. I liked I Dare You to Change on Facebook!

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  22. I liked Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook.

    coolandrew123 [at] gmail [com]

  23. I am a GFC follower.

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  24. I would read this book Dare You To Change if someone gave it to me.


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