Friday, January 26, 2018

The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn

The dawn of a new year is a great time to evaluate your life and set some goals for accomplishing improvements we know we "should" do: declutter, eat less, exercise more, spend more wisely--the list goes on forever but I can't say that I've ever made a resolution to be "kinder."  Is that even a measurable goal?

Feldhahn was influenced by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, a well respected Christian speaker and author and through several years of research with 700 participants, Feldhahn has been "refining, testing, and quantifying specific steps that make a huge difference to any relationship" and what she concluded is that it pretty much boils down to being kind. Shaunti Feldhahn mentions two specific types of kindness that include:

  1. Targeted kindness (toward a particular individual)
  2. Broad kindness (toward the culture at large)
While the book deals primarily with the first type of kindness, the author assures the reader that the book's principles can be adapted in a broad manner to impact society at large.  The book is divided into three parts. The first part is a defense of the importance of exercising kindness and the positive benefits to one's life, work and relationships. The second part discusses elements of kindness and outlines the 30-Day Kindness Challenge.  Last part of the book is the practical helps, tips, and resources for participants.

Readers can take a personal assessment or sign up for daily e-mail reminders during the challenge at The "official" Kindness Challenge launches on January 16 and the website has information on various kindness plans --either general for anyone or specific ones for wives, husbands, parents or workplace. 

The Kindness Challenge is not just a book, but a movement. Feldhahn's website offers abundant free resource to help promote a kindness challenge in a small group or even church wide. I'm looking forward to seeing the fruit of focusing on how to be kinder in 2017.  Grab a copy of The Kindness Challenge--friends, family, coworkers (and maybe even strangers) will thank you!

Disclaimer: I received The Kindness Challenge e-book for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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