Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Review: "The Cause Within You"

I recently finished reading The Cause Within You:  Finding The One Great Thing You Were Created To Do In This World by Matthew Barnett.  Barnett is the co-founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles, CA.  The Dream Center reaches more than 30,000 per week through its multiple church services and more than 200 need-centered ministries.  It is a beacon of hope for homeless families, addicts, abused women and children, victims of human trafficking, teen runaways, and many others whose lives are filled with brokenness.

Throughout the book Barnett talks about the journey of starting the Dream Center as a 20 year old, how they expanded the ministry, and how they are helping hurting people today.  The journey included steps of faith, lots of prayer, and the shedding of tears.  He also includes several stories from volunteers and individuals that have been helped by the Dream Center over the years.

Our cause may not be to start a ministry that consists of a huge campus that ministers to tens of thousands of people per week, but we all have a cause that we can be a part of.  Whether the leader of the cause, or one of the many volunteers, this book shows the importance of persevering to the cause within you.


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