Review by Gina Hall

“The One Thing Money Can’t Buy- The One Thing You Can’t Afford To Be Without! – CHARACTER”

by Dr. Jeff Owens

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
– Unknown

There is so much to be learned about the all-important subject of Character. There are so many character traits. How can we learn about them all and then do them? This book will help you become acquainted with Godly Christian Character and give you lots of ideas on how a Christian should behave.

We are all familiar with the character traits in Galatians 5:22 which are the fruit of the Spirit: “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”  Luke 6:44 says, “For every tree is known by his own fruit.” What kind of fruit are we producing? Titus 3:8 says, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  We are responsible for displaying good character and for maintaining good character -everyday of our lives.

God wants us to have good works so that we will be the kind of Ambassadors for Christ that can be used to the fullest. God wants us to have good character and to be a light for Him in this dark world. He commands us to put off the old man and to put on the new.  (Colossians 3:9-10) How can we do this? We can do it by studying what good character is and what it is not. This book on character is filled with Bible verses and examples that will help guide you on your journey to building Christ-like character in your life and in the lives of your children.

Here are a few examples from Chapter 3: “The character of a leader causes him to lead himself before he attempts to lead others.  A follower with character works hard to please the leader. A wife with character shows thankfulness to her husband. A mother with character makes home a pleasant place by being a pleasant person. A son with character will express his love to his parents in a variety of ways. A daughter with character will be a need -filler, not a need creator. An employee with character never criticizes the employer. A grandparent with character will stay active so that he may continue to serve his family. A student with character will show appreciation and admiration for his teacher. A coach with character should realize that he is a prominent role model in a youth’s life. A teacher with character teaches in and outside the classroom. The character of a shopper says, ‘I may sleep on this decision before purchasing.’ ” These are only a few examples from a list of hundreds of statements on what good character looks like.

In Chapter 18, Dr. Owens talks about Character and Respect for elders. In this Chapter, he emphasizes that “Young people, need to realize that your parents are royalty. Your mom is a queen and ought to be treated as such. Your dad is a king and ought to be treated as such. Your grandparents ought to be treated as royalty.  Ask yourself: Do I give my parents and grandparents the honor and the dignity that they deserve?”

Some other chapters include:

  • Character and Having a Good Name to Reflect It
  • Character and our Need to be Accountable
  • Character When Our Flesh is Weak
  • Character and Developing it in Our Children
  • Character and Our Burdens
  • Character and Our God – A Perfect Example

“If you want Character, let the Word of God guide you. Try to always do what the Bible says – whether you like it or not – and you will develop the intangible called Christian character.” – Dr. Owens

We are to be a peculiar people zealous of good works!  How are people viewing you? What kind of character are you displaying for all to see? Remember II Corinthian 3:2, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”

“To achieve something that you have never achieved before, you must become something that you have never been before.” – Les Brown

“You can Borrow brains, but you can’t borrow character.”- Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

This book can be purchased at  www.owenspublications.com


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