Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012
in Reviews, Values
Ken Davis unveiled, “I had not been living fully alive for a long time, but I was ready to start. First I had to change some of the attitudes that had sucked the lifeblood from my veins.”
Subtitled “a journey that will change your life”, author Davis challenges us to step up, step in and live life fully alive.
Ken Davis’ family was celebrating Christmas at a cozy cabin in the mountains of Colorado. While sledding with his grandchildren Davis had a surreal experience.
“I blazed past my grandchildren…’Grandpa! Wait for me!’ they hollered.
My heart was pounding, my face was numb, and endorphins raged through my bloodstream. Now at top speed, I screamed, “This absolutely rocks!”
Then…somehow I had lost control and cartwheeled at forty miles per hour into a snowbank. Snow was packed into every opening in my clothing. I was gasping for air, my wrist felt like it was broken, and a trickle of blood dripped from my nose.
I remember shouting, “I’m alive!” As I wiped the blood from my nose and checked to see if my arms and legs were still attached, I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy. I thought, Now this is more than just being alive. This is living fully alive, senses tingling, nothing held back!
In that moment another prayer drifted from my soul: Please, God, let me experience some of this in my real life! I wanted this sense of adventure and vitality to permeate every facet of my being. My wrist throbbed as I dug icy snow out of my collar and my underwear.
The crash reminded me that pain is a sign of life. You are going to get a lot more banged up living life to the fullest than you ever will sitting on the couch trying to decide
I was savoring a little taste of what God intended for my whole life. Not safe, comfortable, passive, and predictable, but crazy—filled to overflowing with adventure, risk, and emotion. I didn’t see Him do it, but God drove a small stake in the snow at the edge of the road that day. It was a marker of sorts that would later line up with other markers—stakes defining the path that leads to living fully alive.
This idea of living fully alive is not some thrill-seeking quest. It doesn’t require leaping from an airplane or riding bicycles at breakneck speeds or jumping a log cabin on skis. I’ve done all that. What I longed for was to experience that sense of adventure in my everyday life.”
While challenging his readers to be fully alive Davis addresses familiar subjects of the value of diet and exercise, self-discipline and wise decision making, friendship, faith and forgiveness, while fighting back our fears and planning for our future.
Davis is a compelling storyteller and a capable bible teacher. Fully Alive did not break new ground for me, but it teaches some valuable lessons.
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