Book Review: Motivated by the Impossible

Disclosure One: I was given a comp copy of this title for review.

Disclosure Two: I am not a Christian and was asked to review this from an editorial perspective. Not whether or not I agreed with the message.

Disclosure Three: I have very strong opinions regarding ministers who have obtained wealth through their ministry.

I confess that I opened up Motivated by the Impossible with misgivings. I have a general disdain for ministers who have acquired wealth in the name of God. And the cover image of author Ceitci Demirkova, with her leather suit, flowing blonde hair, and Glamour Shots make-up didn’t give me the warm-and-fuzzies. I admit to my misgivings because the quality of the content surprised me. And my surprise is, in a way, part of the message of the book. That we all need to move outside of our comfort zone and embrace other possibilities. In the author’s case, she is specifically discussing the possibilities of God’s influence in your life. But it is really a message that transcends simple religious belief.

This is a generally well-written, well-organized, and accessible work. For the most part, Demirkova maintains an easy, conversational tone to compliments the message. Her personal anecdotes are at times a bit fluffy, but they illustrate her greater contextual points.

However, she also tends to get in the way of her own message. At times, the work becomes more about her than her message. This emerges in some unnecessarily self-congratulatory segments that were a bit grating on the nerves. In addition, throughout the book, there is an annoying formatting trick that becomes a distraction.

Every few pages
there is some fluffy statement
presented like this
meant to be inspirational
but coming across as pretentious.

If this formatting scheme only appeared once or twice for emphasis over an important point, it would be effective. But it is invasive throughout the work, diminishing its own value each time it appears. It is one of those cutesy formatting tricks used to demonstrate how witty or creative the author is…and a prime example of the author making the book about her instead of her otherwise valuable message.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, and I can see the appeal to Christian readers specifically. But the book’s potential appeal to a wider audience is hampered by some presentation and style choices that reinforce some of the negative stereotypes people have of celebrity ministers and may lead many to dismiss the otherwise positive message.