Morality & Holy Spirit
The Diamond Soul Character:
5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character
Ever wanted to learn more about how to transform your character to mimic Christ's? Have you ever wondered about morality and its role in today's society? About the interplay between faith and reason and the importance of the moral character in shaping one's destiny?
In this self-help book, I will show how to build a Christlike character, which I call the Diamond Soul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Why do we need divine guidance? First, because we are believers, and second, because we cannot do such a huge task alone. The Diamond Soul is the result of the cooperative yet mysterious work of the Holy Spirit residing in us, and ourselves. We provide the know-how, the sweat, and the perseverance. The Holy Spirit provides the guidance and motivation.
The result? Your transformation from an ordinary believer into a highly moral and mighty Warrior in Christ.
At the same time, I realize that the know-how, processes, and methods necessary to undertake such a massive project can only be based on science. For this reason, I draw on the fields of applied psychology, neuroscience, and human behavior. I use the latest findings regarding the undeniable bond between thoughts, emotions, and conduct. To which I add my personal observations about the role spirituality plays in this extremely complicated and volatile mix.
This book is based on my experience and struggle in finding God and developing a moral character aspiring to the like Christ's. The battle has transformed my life and made me a better person. The new moral authority, which the Diamond Soul character afforded me, had a tremendous impact on the people around me, be they family members, friends, employees, or business associates.
In The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character, I use two metaphors. The first is the image of a beautifully cut, strong, and valuable diamond, to help people visualize their character crafted after Jesus' own. This is the Diamond Soul character, the precious jewel located on top of a mountain top. The second metaphor depicts the arduous path up the slope, using stepping stones found along the way, leading to the valuable trophy on the mountain peak. Each Stepping Stone also symbolizes a new level of knowledge and understanding.
The two concepts cannot exist without another. You cannot reach the diamond on the summit unless you climb the mountain. Conversely, if you climbed any other mountain, your efforts will have been in vain, because there is no diamond on its peak.
The book addresses the following topics:
Chapter 1 Virtues, sins and morality
Chapter 2 Jesus’ character: humility, strengths, firmness, courage, and patience
Stepping Stone 1. You are a Christian
Chapter 3 Christian life and morality, purpose-driven life, becoming like Christ
Stepping Stone 2. You are a Fighter
Chapter 4 Self-knowledge, being human, personal vision
Chapter 5 Two-behavior patterns, proactivity, new habits, God’s plans for you
Chapter 6 Influence, solving problems, commitments, initiative, courage and fear
Chapter 7 Inner struggle, outer struggle, righteous moral warrior
Stepping Stone 3. Your Godly Way
Chapter 8 Past, present, and future, the path in life, life journey
Chapter 9 Personal leadership, meaning and mission in life, inner talents
Chapter 10 Mission statements, family councils
Chapter 11 Long term planning, wealth building, money management
Chapter 12 Christian destiny, godly way, an extraordinary life
Stepping Stone 4. You are Disciplined
Chapter 13 Time, time shortage, time management
Chapter 14 Important, urgent, Eisenhower matrix of priorities, four quadrants of time
Chapter 15 Self-management, scheduling tools, say no, comfort zone, delegation
Chapter 16 Self-discipline, free will, willpower, create a new self
Stepping Stone 5. Polishing your Character
Chapter 17 Relationships, abundance mentality, win-win, RBA’s
Influencing others, dialogue, verbal communications, deep listening
Creative cooperation, uniqueness, synergy, the third alternative
Chapter 18 Daily renewal, nutrition, physical exercise, sleep
Continuous learning, curiosity, love, laugh
Feeding your soul, prayer and meditation, balanced spiritual life
Chapter 19 Joy of serving others, humble servant, upward spiral of growth
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