Be the One!

Title:  Be the One!

Author:  Charles R. Ambroselli, CPA, CFP

Pages:  160

Year:  2011

Publisher:  Cross Books

Note:  I received a complimentary copy from B & B Media Group for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at

                If you haven’t noticed lately, take a moment to look at the number of books, articles, websites, etc… that are trying to wake up Americans to what is going on in our country.  Why is that?  Many recognize one problem or another, and there are many suggestions as to the way to “fix” this great nation we live in.  Some of the material written is better than other.  There is diversity in how we view our nation today and what we think our “tomorrows” will look like.

                There is a distinct quality in this book, which separates it from others I have read thus far.  The change that needs to be brought to America will come through us.  Each individual makes decisions multiple times during any day.  Though not all decisions are remembered, they all bring consequences.  Who are those impacted by these decisions?  Well, as the author places before us, the impact is experienced in all areas of our lives as well as in the lives of others both seen and unseen.

                God is The One who can use us to bring about a change that glorifies Him.  To do so we must look at our own individual life and submit it to Him and His Word.  We must recognize His authority as the one and only authority that has the power to change us and to change the world.  No one can decide for us.  We all must decide whom we will listen to, how we will act, and if we will obey the Word of God.

                The author shares how God radically changed his life, and he shares the principles he learned to change his life 180 degrees.  While I think the book has merit and many things to seriously consider, some of his theological bent I didn’t agree with.  However, this book will encourage you, convict you perhaps and call you to a place of decision.  Be the One! shows how individual actions, words, beliefs, and more affect the nation collectively.  There is a plea at the end of each chapter to be the one, who, regardless of the cost or whether anyone goes with you or not, decides to make changes.  There are also thought provoking questions for discussion at the end of every chapter with the hope that the book, ideas, and changes will be shared with others and not kept private.

                In my view the book rates a 4-star for honesty, call to change for the benefit of our great nation, and once again showing that God is the answer!  Consider reading this book and discussing it with a couple of other people perhaps, maybe even hold another accountable to the decisions made as individuals as a result of this book.  Accountability can help us stay the path when we are most tempted to stop because of the high cost or failing in one area or another.  Read the book, prayerfully consider what God is saying to you and be the one who loves Him with all that you are, all that you have, and all that you do.  Do this for your own walk with God and to change the course of America.

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