It Is What You Make of It by Justin McRoberts

Rating: 4 out of 5.
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
It Is What You Make of It book cover with inflatable cactus
Book Genre "Memoir" with person writing with pen

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty kind of person? This book will help you find a way to always make it a glass half-full kind of day!

Justin McRoberts shares his life’s stories with such a wonderful note of humor and honesty that it’s an absolute joy to read this book. I loved the way that McRoberts talks about not accepting a mindset of “It is what it is” but instead finding how we can make it what we want.

This book was a battle cry, calling out to the reader to take action with their life. Start doing what needs to be done to make the most of the life you have with the pieces you have been given. I found it utterly inspirational, and I think that many readers will as well.

I alternated between listening to the audio and reading the physical copy of this book. I really enjoyed having the inspirational voice of the author from the audio, and having the book to make notes from. Overall, I think this is a great book for any reader that is looking for a little push to take control of their life.

Where to Find This Book:

Thomas Nelson | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Justin McRoberts dares you to move beyond “it is what it is” thinking and become an agent of love and redemption in your household, neighborhood, and workplace.

“It is what it is”—a common phrase you hear and maybe even say yourself. But the truth is that there is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence that simply is what it is. Justin McRoberts invites you to embrace a new mindset: it is what you make of it.   

With warmth, wisdom, and humor, McRoberts shares key moments from his twenty-plus years as an artist, church planter, pastor, singer-songwriter, author, neighbor, and father, passing on lessons and practices learned about making something good from what you’ve been given rather than simply accepting things as they are. 

Thought-provoking but actionable, It Is What You Make of It declares that love doesn’t just win, mercy doesn’t just triumph, and light doesn’t just cast out shadow. Rather, such renewal requires the work of human hands and hearts committed to a vision of a world made right (or at least a little better). When we partner with God in these endeavors, we love the world well and honor the Creator in whose image we are made.

We will not be remembered for who our parents were or where we were born or what our socioeconomic circumstances were. We won’t be remembered for our natural talents and strengths or the opportunities we were given or the challenges we faced. In the end, each of us will be remembered for what we made with what we were given.

Just the Facts:

It Is What You Make of It by Justin McRoberts
Genre: Non-Fiction
Page Count: 208 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: June 1, 2021

Banner with open book titled "About the Author"

Justin McRoberts lives in the Oakland–San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Amy, and two children. He is the author of four books, including Prayer: 40 Days of Practice and May It Be So: 40 Days with the Lord’s Prayer. Justin’s sixteen albums and EPs have gained him a faithful audience among listeners nationwide since 1999.

Justin leans on his over twenty years in the arts and ministry to mentor and coach artists and pastors in person as well as over video calls. He is also the host of the podcast @ Sea with Justin McRoberts and co-founding pastor of Shelter-Vineyard Church Community in Concord, CA. Justin regularly travels to speak at churches and colleges, as well as leads retreats for ministry staff, college students, and young adults.

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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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2 thoughts on “It Is What You Make of It by Justin McRoberts

  1. I’m half way through this myself this weekend! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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