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We are all at our best when it counts. But what are we like when no one's looking? That's where character comes in--being consistent even when it doesn't seem to matter.Courage. Discipline. Vis We are all at our best when it counts. But what are we like when no one's looking? That's where character comes in--being consistent even when it doesn't seem to matter.Courage. Discipline. Vis


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We are all at our best when it counts. But what are we like when no one's looking? That's where character comes in--being consistent even when it doesn't seem to matter.Courage. Discipline. Vis We are all at our best when it counts. But what are we like when no one's looking? That's where character comes in--being consistent even when it doesn't seem to matter.Courage. Discipline. Vis

30 review for Who You are When No One's Looking: Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris McGrath

    A great overview of what it looks like to be a Christian of character and integrity. It points out four things that every Christian needs: courage, discipline, vision, and endurance. It also discusses tender love, tough love, sacrificial love, and radical love. I think this is a good book to motivate someone looking to grow in the way he lives out his faith, and as a magnifying glass held over some key character traits that may need to be developed further. UPDATE: After a couple months to reflec A great overview of what it looks like to be a Christian of character and integrity. It points out four things that every Christian needs: courage, discipline, vision, and endurance. It also discusses tender love, tough love, sacrificial love, and radical love. I think this is a good book to motivate someone looking to grow in the way he lives out his faith, and as a magnifying glass held over some key character traits that may need to be developed further. UPDATE: After a couple months to reflect on this, the concept of advance decision-making has really stuck with me. When I wait until the last moment to decide how I will act in a certain situation, I often base it on my feelings in that moment, which are often not the best guide; when I decide ahead of time how I will act, it allows me to make the right decision and act correctly and promptly. UPDATE 2: I enjoyed this book just as much on my second reading less than a year later. I have been growing and I see that I'm more in time with some of the teaching now, particularly the challenge to exercise my influence for God's Kingdom.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Legacy Dad

    This book is packed with everything a person needs to be successful in life in just over 100 pages. Hybels shows us and challenges us to maintain our character and values regardless of what society, peers and the media is preaching. Everyone puts on masks in public in order "look" a certain way or play a certain part. But the choices we make, no matter how large or small, when no one is looking is what really matters in life. A look at the recent business scandals, political bickering and celebr This book is packed with everything a person needs to be successful in life in just over 100 pages. Hybels shows us and challenges us to maintain our character and values regardless of what society, peers and the media is preaching. Everyone puts on masks in public in order "look" a certain way or play a certain part. But the choices we make, no matter how large or small, when no one is looking is what really matters in life. A look at the recent business scandals, political bickering and celebrity infidelities only proves this books message is even more critical now then when it was originally written. I plan to re-read this book yearly and give copies to important people in my life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Krahn

    This was a great book on building character. I was challenged, motivated, and encouraged to keep on. Bill Hybels style was really easy to read, and very entertaining. I enjoyed his use of real life stories and examples, especially his use of Biblical examples. He covers things like courage, discipline, Christ-like-love, and other traits that we should have in our lives. It was totally worth the time to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clara Roberts

    Hybels list character qualities as courage, discipline, vision, endurance, and love. He devote a chapter to each ot the first four quailities of character. He then devotes five chapters to love. He divides love into tender love, touch love, sacrifical love, radical love and the character of Christ. This is a book I will reread again. I fear that character is what is missing from our life and is so deparately needed. I want to see more character in my life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Rudie Librarian (Brian)

    This was one of several books assigned to me by a pastor who was mentoring me. Like most books by Bill Hybels, it is short and to the point. I loved it. The character traits that Bill indicates lead to integrity are very important and he succinctly discusses their importance and how we can work at maintaining them. I especially loved that love takes up about 4 chapters of the book. This is a great read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maui Rochell

    This is the first book I bought in CCF Center's bookstore. The title of the book caught my attention and I immediately grabbed it. Who you are when no one is looking is one of the hardest question to answer. Is your integrity still intact? So is your thoughts and actions when you are left with nothing but your thoughts? The book discusses about the common yet hard to practice characters from Courage to Vision and Love. It's a great read with so much to ponder about. This is the first book I bought in CCF Center's bookstore. The title of the book caught my attention and I immediately grabbed it. Who you are when no one is looking is one of the hardest question to answer. Is your integrity still intact? So is your thoughts and actions when you are left with nothing but your thoughts? The book discusses about the common yet hard to practice characters from Courage to Vision and Love. It's a great read with so much to ponder about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cuneyt

    Could have been a much better book if it was not so buried in Christian point of view. Zig Zaglar does a much better job on that kind of topic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kingsley Layton

    Very helpful and resourceful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    An excellent book of encouraging advice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vannah Taguinod

    The moment I started reading the first chapters I loved it. If you are one of those people who love to multi task and time manage and still want to have a healthy social life or lifestyle, then this book is for you! I loved how he explained the beauty of pain now and pleasure later; and if your keen enough to recognize, you'll know the key to discipline! ^^ Happy reading for those who want to read it. I recommend it 100%. :) The moment I started reading the first chapters I loved it. If you are one of those people who love to multi task and time manage and still want to have a healthy social life or lifestyle, then this book is for you! I loved how he explained the beauty of pain now and pleasure later; and if your keen enough to recognize, you'll know the key to discipline! ^^ Happy reading for those who want to read it. I recommend it 100%. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    3.5 stars. There were some good points here, but geez, he could have subtitled it " I go to the gym every day" because he talks about it pretty often. And about how everyone else needs to exercise and watch their diet. Good advice, I get it, but this book doesn't seem like the place. Good for you; (I'm trying!). Recommended, lukewarmly. 3.5 stars. There were some good points here, but geez, he could have subtitled it " I go to the gym every day" because he talks about it pretty often. And about how everyone else needs to exercise and watch their diet. Good advice, I get it, but this book doesn't seem like the place. Good for you; (I'm trying!). Recommended, lukewarmly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    bek

    An easy to read and succinct look at some key character traits for Christians to develop. The chapter about discipline as delayed gratification, and the value of advance decision making to assist in this has really stuck with me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Regina Andrews

    Good read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eclaghorn

    Discipline, courage, and self-sacrifice are characteristics of those who claim Christ as their Lord.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Iain Hamill

    So I benefited from and enjoyed this at the time, clearing it from my shelves now as I think other books say the same thing as well/better and some ironic concerns over the integrity of the author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I will be reading this again I am sure, very thought provoking and encouraging.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rose on aish

    The title: Who You Are When No One's Looking caught my attention. How do we behave when no one is looking? In that your character is proved- to be consistent even when it doesn't seem to have any importance. Courage, discipline, vision, patience and love...these are very important. Bill Hybels writes for each one a whole chapter. What do we need to do God's will? We need COURAGE to join a family which is misunderstood by the world; we need DISCIPLINE to fulfill the duties set by God for His chil The title: Who You Are When No One's Looking caught my attention. How do we behave when no one is looking? In that your character is proved- to be consistent even when it doesn't seem to have any importance. Courage, discipline, vision, patience and love...these are very important. Bill Hybels writes for each one a whole chapter. What do we need to do God's will? We need COURAGE to join a family which is misunderstood by the world; we need DISCIPLINE to fulfill the duties set by God for His children; we need VISION to overcome the inevitable problems and see what God does in the lives of His children; we need PATIENCE to keep in touch with brothers and sisters even if it would be easier to go your way; we need LOVE to hold God's family united and to reach to others with the invitation to join the family- not just any love, but tender, tough, sacrificial and radical love. In one word, we need character to do God's will. I liked it very much that Bill Hybels opens and closes the book by stressing the importance of having the character which only Jesus can produce!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I wasn't so sure about this book when I started it, but it really challenged me in some areas that I needed to look at (Courage and Tough Love, particularly), and opened up some really amazing conversations in our small group. It's written very simply, and some parts seem a little pat, but I think that's why it was good to read it with others - we got to talk those parts through, mull them over and give examples of them, and that really made it all come to life. "Most people who claim they want t I wasn't so sure about this book when I started it, but it really challenged me in some areas that I needed to look at (Courage and Tough Love, particularly), and opened up some really amazing conversations in our small group. It's written very simply, and some parts seem a little pat, but I think that's why it was good to read it with others - we got to talk those parts through, mull them over and give examples of them, and that really made it all come to life. "Most people who claim they want the character trait of love actually mean that they want to be loved. They hope that people will admire them and treat them with affection. But godly character says the goal is not to be loved but to do the hard work of loving others well instead, and to do so in myriad ways."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Sy

    It takes courage to join a family that is misunderstood by the world. It takes discipline to accomplish the tasks God has set out for His children. It takes vision to overcome inevitable problems and to see what God is doing in the lives of His children. It takes endurance to stick with your brothers and sisters when it would be so much easier to go your own way. Above all, it takes love to hold God’s family together and to reach out and invite others to join it — tender, tough, sacrificial, radical It takes courage to join a family that is misunderstood by the world. It takes discipline to accomplish the tasks God has set out for His children. It takes vision to overcome inevitable problems and to see what God is doing in the lives of His children. It takes endurance to stick with your brothers and sisters when it would be so much easier to go your own way. Above all, it takes love to hold God’s family together and to reach out and invite others to join it — tender, tough, sacrificial, radical love. One of the most heartwarming books I’ve ever read. Words aren’t enough to express how much I adore this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Will Siskey

    This book brought up some good points about what we do in our spare/alone time that effects our character. I feel like this would be good for someone to dip their toes in the water. However, if you're looking for something with more depth to really search your heart then I would suggest opting for Battling Unbelief by John Piper, Crazy Love by Francis Chan and/or maybe even Wild at Heart by John Eldridge. This book brought up some good points about what we do in our spare/alone time that effects our character. I feel like this would be good for someone to dip their toes in the water. However, if you're looking for something with more depth to really search your heart then I would suggest opting for Battling Unbelief by John Piper, Crazy Love by Francis Chan and/or maybe even Wild at Heart by John Eldridge.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    The final chapters really tie together the rest of the book. Went through this book and the accompanying study guide with a mentor at work. It started some good conversations about who we are at home, at work and when we are alone. Key ideas are going to stick, like being a person of influence. I liked this better than "What on Earth am I Here For" by Rick Warren. The final chapters really tie together the rest of the book. Went through this book and the accompanying study guide with a mentor at work. It started some good conversations about who we are at home, at work and when we are alone. Key ideas are going to stick, like being a person of influence. I liked this better than "What on Earth am I Here For" by Rick Warren.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    A concise book on how to be a person of character, enticing you to join the author in his venture using anecdotes that are easy to connect with. There are many nice nuggets of wisdom and insight scattered in the book. And more importantly, there are practical suggestions on how to incorporate these concepts into one's life. A concise book on how to be a person of character, enticing you to join the author in his venture using anecdotes that are easy to connect with. There are many nice nuggets of wisdom and insight scattered in the book. And more importantly, there are practical suggestions on how to incorporate these concepts into one's life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Madarang

    This book tells a lot about the real struggles and situations of people (Christian or non-Christian) this present age especially on the on the part of the common moral standards of all the society. It has a great mixture of imparting the Biblical truth about our day-to-day issues in life and the practical responses we can do to avoid compromise and conformity at this present age.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a pretty easy read talking about different characteristics that people should try to have. It's written by a pastor so there's a lot of spiritual talk in here too which is nice so it's not just a worldly view. This is a pretty easy read talking about different characteristics that people should try to have. It's written by a pastor so there's a lot of spiritual talk in here too which is nice so it's not just a worldly view.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a small book that didn't take me very long to read. Hybels says that character is comprised of five things: courage, discipline, vision, endurance and love.I'm always interested in character. This was a small book that didn't take me very long to read. Hybels says that character is comprised of five things: courage, discipline, vision, endurance and love.I'm always interested in character.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Ford

    Gorgeous read I loved this book, I love how the author uses personal stories to excite the reader. and I love his advice. you can tell this man is a disciple for Christ. I really recommend this book as well as his other ones.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J Crossley

    This book is based on the quote that integrity is who you are when no one is around. It promotes standing up for your principals and not caving to the opinions and actions of those around you when then conflict with your integrity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brent Hodge

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Read it. It's good. Real Good. Read it. It's good. Real Good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    great character development book. the title says it all, but it's worth a look inside. great character development book. the title says it all, but it's worth a look inside.

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