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If It's Going to Be, It's up to Me: The Eight Proven Principles of Possibility Thinking [Paperback]

By Robert H. Schuller (Author)
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Sometimes we are our own worst enemies, putting roadblocks of negative thinking in the path of life.Robert H. Schuller, author, motivator and host of the popular television show Hour of Power, here illustrates his potent personal message of possibility thinking. Full of Dr. Schuller's infectious enthusiasm and down-to-earth practicality, If It's Going to Be, It's Up to Me, details how you can tap into "dynamic divine energy" that leads to personal and spiritual success in any field. Dr. Schuller knows from his own experience, "If you can dream it, you can do it!" He reveals:

  • The exciting possibilities for change that are already available in your own life
  • How to set goals that will work
  • The secret to asking for help
  • Techniques for cracking the inner circle of success
  • A unique system to help you break free from thinking that holds you back
  • Nine principles that can help you move from concept to commitment
  • And much more!

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.7" Width: 4.1" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 1998
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061044482  
ISBN13  9780061044489  

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More About Robert H. Schuller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ROBERT H. SCHULLER is founder and senior minister of the famed Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. His telecast, "The Hour of Power," is one of the most widely viewed programs in television history. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the best selling "Self-Esteem: The New Reformation"

Robert H. Schuller lived in the state of California. Robert H. Schuller was born in 1926 and died in 2015.

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More insight and more wisdom from a giant of the faith!  May 8, 2005
It's amazing having read a couple of reviews of this book in this section that folks keep bashing old Dr. Schuller. His positive philosophy on life is still misunderstood even 50 years after the founding of his incredible God given ministry. Schuller, like Norman Vincent Peale before him, has been unswerving in his belief in positive Christianity. It's wierd that anytime "I" or "You" are injected into the conversation, the critics immediately go hog wild in their "It's not Biblical critique". Anyone who integrates age old truths with psychology is branded as some sort of new ager or pop psychologist.
In this book, Robert Schuller recognizes the only way that God can work in our lives is through us. So, we must act on our God given dreams and ideas. Those ideas are tested in the light of God's Word. The result is God's. I'm so sick and tired of hearing how we should just sit back and wait for God to bless us. God uses people, creation, things, anything he wants to get things done. He doesn't always come in a burning bush or a talking donkey. We need to be real about changing, and maturing. And this book is a blue print for that concept. Robert Schuller and sons have helped many understand that God is real, God is love, and God is active in the lives of those who act on His Word and the ideas He puts in their hearts. It's hard to argue with 50 years of changed lives. Robert H. Schuller is a man who always gives Jesus the credit first.
If it's going to be, it's up to God Almighty  Mar 20, 2005
I think this quote from a review sums this up the best - "As we all know, we have the power to rule ourselves. This being said, what are we waiting for?" If this were in a book from the world, I would expect a statement like that, but from a professing Christian? I had control of my life for years and it progressively drove me further and further away from God. Having control of our own life is the PROBLEM, not the solution. The solution lies in surrendering control of our lives to the God who created us, not continuing in rebellion against Him. When I was the ruler of my own life, it led to me breaking every single one of his moral codes that He gave to mankind. Just look at them (the ten commandments) -

1. I thought I was fine with this one - I didn't believe in Allah or Zeus or any other gods. Of course, I was still nowhere near keeping this one ("don't have any other Gods before me") - there were plenty of other things I put in my life before God. I'd rather sleep in than go to church. I'd rather watch tv than read the Bible, etc.

2. I thought I was fine with this one because I didn't make any silly carved gods or idols. But I still made a god in my image. Every time I would say "why would God..." or "my God wouldn't..." or "I don't think God would...." I was making up a god in my image. Coincidentally enough, it was always happy with the things I was doing, but He was going to get all those other "bad" people. (Also, if you agree with Dr. Schuller that the key to knowing God is self-love and a positive attitude, you're guiltly of breaking this one also)

3. OK, I knew I was guilty of taking the Lord's name in vain and using it as a profanity, which was bad enough, but I was even worse than that. I was calling myself a Christian, yet I lived with my wife for years before getting married, never attended church or even had any idea what the Bible said and basically just living a competely ungodly lifestyle. While using God as a profanity is violating this commandment, what I was doing was taking the Lord's name (i.e. calling myself a CHRISTian) in vain in an even worse sense.

4. I would also admit I was guilty of this one. No matter how you want to interpret the sabbath law, I wasn't putting aside any days for God, they were all for me.

5. Honor your father and mother? Not even close. 'Nuff said.

6. Don't murder? Good, I'm fine on that one - oh wait, Jesus said that whoever hates anyone is a murderer. Got me on that one too.

7. No adultery? I was fine on this one too, I never cheated on my wife. Of course, as I already mentioned, I lived with her for years before we got married. I didn't see this as wrong because I had no idea whatsoever of the seriousness of this in God's eyes. Under God's law the penalty for adultery or any sexual sin was the same as murder. In the New Testament, it is clear that even professing Christians who don't honor their marriage commitments are only fooling themselves. That's because marriage isn't about us. Sure it's a wonderful, beautiful thing for us, but more importantly it was designed as an earthly expression of God's love for His people. Corrupting that gives a distorted picture of who God is which is why it is so badly under attack today, even from professing Christians. Some people think that if you're a Christian, you have to stop liking sex. Not true at all, I love sex. The Bible has a whole book in it about sex. According to 1 Corinthians 7 saying "not tonight dear, I have a headache" is a sin (and just before the guys get too excited about that one, it says that our bodies don't belong to ourselves, but to our spouses, and while the concept is obviously sexual, I think that if your wife wants to use your body to take out the garbage or do the dishes, that qualifies too). But God designed it and it needs to be done his way (and of course I disagreed with this, which took me back to the second commandment). But even more so - I was really in trouble with this one because Jesus said that whoever looks at a woman with lust has already commited adultery. Well, I was in trouble there.

8. Don't steal anything? Well, I never stole anything big so I was fine. Doesn't matter, even when I stole toilet paper from the buildings on campus so that we wouldn't have to buy any for our apartment in college, that's still stealing.

9. Don't lie. See my comments on honor your father and mother (which is actually kind of ironic, since when I tried to proclaim my honesty, sometimes I'd say "well, I lie to my parents sometimes, but that's ok.")

10. Don't covet. See those same comments again. Don't want something that doesn't belong to you - if I told you that I've always kept this commandment, you'd probably die laughing and you don't even know me.

But God's a loving God?

(these quotations are all from the New Testament and written TO CHRISTIANS)

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor 6:9-10)

"For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them." (Eph 5:5-7)

"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:19-21)

The reason Dr. Schuller's television show and books are so popular is because people want to feel good about themselves while continuing in their sins and yet still feel that somehow they'll still get to go to heaven when they die. But there's one problem with this - why did Jesus have to die? Dr. Schuller's gospel has no answer for this question. But the Bible does. The Bible looks at the sins that you and I have committed (and after reading that list, if you can honestly say that you have not sinned.... well, I have no answer for that other than to pray for you) and say that we deserve hell. Hell is a real place (not just low self-esteem or any kind of hell on earth that we can imagine) full of pain and torture. It's what we deserve, but God loves us and doesn't want us to go there. So He took all those sins that you and I have committed and paid the price for them Himself. He took the penalty for our transgressions so that we don't have to. That's the true Gospel, and you can accept that forgiveness. All you need to do is stop believing in a self-love gospel and recognize sin for what it is - sin. Then turn from those sins and put your full trust in Jesus. Stop reading these books and start reading God's Word - the Holy Bible. He will not let you down. You will move from death to life, your final destination will change from hell to heaven.

Please at least take the time to look into what I'm saying. Right now there's a million and one things I'd rather be doing (and some I should be doing) than typing a review for something I completely disagree with, but I'm doing this for the exact reason that I mentioned above - HELL IS REAL WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT! God doesn't want you to go there (just look at all the agony He suffered so you wouldn't have to) and I don't want you to either.

Hmmmm.... underneath this box to fill in this review it says "If you believe that the product you are reviewing is unsafe or has a defect that could cause injury or death, please report this information immediately to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) or contact this directly at product-safety@this" It's tempting, but I won't. ;)
The Lemonade Twist  Aug 30, 2004
Schuller desires to take the reader down a feel-good road. Unfortunately, the path is littered with little more than cliches and pop-psychology. The text is a series of sound-bytes which is easily equalled or surpassed in most any book of collected quotations, or, if one prefers, a Google-search under choice key words. The road signs of the book (i.e. the gist of the text) are 1) you feel unfulfilled; 2) don't worry, be happy; 3) oh yes, and God wants you to be happy. All the road signs are supplemented with the above-mentioned sound-bytes and pop-psychology. In keeping with the spirit of the book, I took the path and stopped at Schuller's lemon tree. Unfortunately the lemons were not good. I then tried to make lemonade. Unfortunately the lemons were so bad that no amount of sweetner could make them palatable. In fact, it became unhealthy. I tried several other uses, but all were equally unproductive and unhealthy. I began to wonder why--then I realized that lemon trees, in order to produce palatable fruit, must be trimmed regularly. The lemon tree at the side of this particular road is in need of serious trimming. There is better and more nutricious fruit to be found elsewhere. Even the old cliche "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" is of no use when the tree itself is no good. It is this last part that Schuller fails to adequately address. Too bad. I strongly suggest you take a different and more scenic road that bears much better fruit.
California Dreamer!  Dec 2, 2003
I admit I'm a big fan of Dr. Schuller. His gift of communication is one that has enhanced the quality of my life on numerous occasions. Consider, for example, what he writes about growth, "Every new possiblity pursued with passion changes the hunter somehow, someway." In other words, the process of overcoming challenges changes us!

He views problems in a creative, healthy way. He writes, "In reality, every problem is only a decision waiting to be made." The principles he describes are inclusive, he notes "Every person has been created to be creative."

We're encouraged to celebrate our uniqueness. He advises, "Detect, discover, and take direction from your uniqueness." Prayer is viewed as a vital part of the process of achieving significant goals. As one prays and asks God for guidance, by faith it is received.

Dr. Schuller sees ideas as living things. He says "Every truly great idea has a life of its own." He goes to describe how a Renaissance thinker will cultivate worthwhile ideas of creativity.

This is another wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. His words will inspire and motivate you to do more and be more than you are now. It's a delightful, playful, productive process he's describing that leads to enriched living.

Mind Rules!  Jun 14, 2002
Setting up goals in life is a step to optimistic accomplishment. If it's going to be me, its upto me to make the 'Decisions' firm and keep them final to achieve what we want. Realising own strengths with a positive 'I can do it' is in itself an initial step towards reaching heights. Robert Schuller's books are gems of inspirations and this one is just the 'Attitude' - shrugg off the black seeds of inferiority complexes and come out to accept the changes with vital energy and think positive. All his 'Better Yourself' serious is marvellous collections. It's the inner fire to flicker flame and positively pace ahead to be real 'Ownself', know the potentialities and think with mind rathar than use the heart. Rob's has a unique style of setting examples, adding the spiritual zest of bible stories but the main purpose stands for personal improvement and managing self to be better and best. Positive attitude pays dividends when you break free to grasp all that you dream. Whatever the faith be, Rob's book has the inspirational motivation to push forth the reader to smooth sail in life. Set goals, set priorities, think positive and achieve success with commitment to fulfil the desires - just decide upon today and think 'If it's going to be me, it's up to me and nothing can stop you from looking ahead as you leave those trails behind. That's a master piece 'Dr.Robert Schuller' - A spritual and Mind trainer, I would say! A good reading 'Hour of power' to read and self improve.

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