Achieving Dreams Begins with You: A Review of Sheryl Brady’s New Book
By Deishima Byrum
You Have It In You!
Howard Books: October 2, 2012
Sheryl Brady is the quintessential storyteller in her new book, You Have It In You!. Transitioning smoothly from one subject to another, Brady keeps the reader intrigued and wanting more. The book embarks on a journey of self-realization, which Brady illustrates as a product of the potential that already resides within you as a result of God’s significance in your life. By reading You Have It In You!, you begin to believe in yourself; you begin to learn that “you have it in you” to accomplish personal goals and dreams.
Engaging readers with stories about Biblical figures, such as Rahab, Brady attempts to illuminate God’s plan. Hope will ring in your ears as you read that “He’s there for us and wants to set us free even when everything around us is falling apart” (p. 31). Brady’s book reveals that impossibility is not up for debate. Acceptance is the key to achievement. Brady explains that you must use the knowledge that God calls on you, as seen when Gideon destroys false idols. Even though Gideon was a small man, God told him to do it, and he followed God’s command. Brady instills motivation through faith so that you may be a blessing to others.
With her eloquent writing style, Brady encourages focus. She uses tales from the Bible as examples of God’s promises being fulfilled. Every person has skills and talent, though these may not be used to elevate to a higher level until a position requires intentional action. With her fiery passion, Brady boosts self-worth to show how to conquer mountains, instead of ant hills. “When God breathes new life into your heart, you discover the grace to handle things you could not handle before,” she says (p. 213). Let God breathe in your life, and be transformed by reading You Have It In You!.
Deishima Byrum is a freelance writer who splits her time between writing book and music reviews for us and analyzing reports for Verallia of Saint-Gobain containers. Her interests are bicycling, reading, sports, aromatherapy, recycling and nature. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. and M.A.