If you haven’t picked up my good friend Paul Sohn’s revised edition of “He Said… She Said… & You? A Pitstop for Inspiration”, then you need to immediately. This is an incredible resource that Paul is offering, simply as a service and blessing to others. While I am glad to have endorsed the book, I am even more grateful to call Paul a dear brother in faith. He has a genuine heart for equipping a generation to be Christ-centered and intentional world changers. This book is a perfect example of how he is doing it. One of my favorite quotes that Paul mentions in the “C” chapter is a statement made by D.L. Moody : “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.” This book shows how Paul’s reputation, and character, precede him. Below is my guest interview with Paul. Way to go! I’m proud of you brother.
1) Your book “He Said, She Said and You?” is full of inspirational quotes for intentional living. But I’m curious, what is your all time favorite quote?
One quote that has made a profound impact in shaping my life and worldview comes from C.S. Lewis. He said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” As this quote percolated through my mind, I could appreciate the richness, depth, and beauty behind this truth. This is my first encounter of a quote that has made a lasting, life-changing transformation in my life.
2) Similar to the quote question, what is your favorite Bible verse or Scriptural passage?
In the season of my life today, the Bible verse that God seems to have planted in my heart comes from Job 8:5-7 which says, “If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation. And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”
3) You and I are both avid readers, would you mind explaining your book selection process?
I’ve always believed that reading the “right” books matter. Franz Kafka said it best: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” First, I generally focus on several topics that interest me most that align with my passion and purpose. For me, that would be leadership, purpose, growth, and Christianity. Then, I usually search for books that thought-leaders in these respective areas recommend as “must-reads.” I also follow magazines and periodicals in these areas for book reviews, which is a great source of reading great books. I also tend to rely on Amazon reviews for selecting the right books as well. I use Amazon.com Wish List to catalogue all the books I need to read based on each category. There are other great books currently in the market that serves as an excellent resource to help find read great books such as, “The Best 100 Business Books of All Time.”
4.) Besides the Bible, what three books have had the most impact on your life?
I can’t forget the time I finished reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The book was written by holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl who observed that people who survived were those who had a laser-like focus on living which was undergirded by a sense of hope. The narrative Frankl writes in his story utterly changed my perspective on how I appreciated life and the importance of finding purpose and meaning in life. The second book which were formative in my development as a leader is John Maxwell’s classic “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” I learned how leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less. Leadership is a mindset, lifestyle, skillset that needs to be intentionally cultivated to fulfill the purpose God has given me. Lastly, I have been profoundly impacted by the ministry of Ravi Zacharias. “Walking from East to West” is a biographical account of his life story. His passion to serve the Lord through articulating his faith through philosophy and science helped me strengthen my faith.
5) What is God currently teaching you?
God is teaching me to build a strong foundation in this season of my life; that is, to build a godly foundation by cultivating the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I’ve experienced and realized the seduction and lure of attaining power, money, and status. Without a strong sense of character, it’s so vacillate back and forth and succumb to the flesh. Everyone has vices that are like “thorn in the flesh” that must be overcome to fulfil God’s calling in our lives. For me, it’s a sense of pride in myself and the work I pursue. I need to always remind myself to surrender myself, crucify my flesh and let God take the reign. I believe God is leading me instill a sense of unshakable foundation so that as John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease.”
Paul Sohn blogs at www.paulsohn.org. Paul’s an organizational chiropractor, kingdom-minded influencer, and intentional leader and works for The Boeing Company. He writes about his perspectives on intentional living, growth, leadership, and the Christian life. You can also find him on Facebook. For a limited time, he is offering his new quote book, “He Said, She Said, and You?” for FREE. To download his book, click HERE.