Aubrey Johnson is a great author, but more importantly, he is a great man. Recently, he was in town to conduct a deacon seminar for the Tri-Lakes and Castle Rock churches of Christ. My wife and I had the honor of hosting him and his lovely wife in our home. This was a treat because for years I have been aware of his work in the church. He is a well-known speaker and author, and since his reputation is so upstanding, it would have been easy for me to be disappointed in meeting him. But instead of disappointment, he only increased my appreciation for his character and skill in ministry. The deacon seminar was a huge success. And his recent book is another wonderful contribution to the kingdom.
There are books that make people more knowledgeable. There are books that help to change lives. The Seed Principle is a beautiful combination of both. Mr. Johnson uses the parable of the sower to build a model for successful living. Instead of believing that success comes from luck or chance, true success in life is from sowing the right seeds in the right soil. Seeds can produce negative results (weeds) or positive results (fruit).
The Seed Principle is broken down into three major sections. The first section introduces the four major laws in life. There are the laws of the seed, of the sower, of the soil, and of the sickle. People travel through life believing that chance is ruling the day. The author debunks this myth by teaching that life is about cause and effect. Instead of allowing people to have a victim mentality, Aubrey empowers people to take control of life.
The second section of the book deals with developing the correct attitude. Aubrey states “preaching the heart is the single greatest opportunity for producing a rewarding life.” In the parable of the sower, there are four types of soil: hard ground, rocky ground, thorny ground, and good ground. People who are like hard ground are unable to change because they do not acknowledge the need to change. Rocky ground depicts the people who lack discipline to hold to the course for personal improvement. Those who are unfocused resemble the thorny ground. Of course, the good ground is the individual who produces unlimited growth. One thing that is great about these sections is that at the end of each chapter there are discussion questions, and also a “fruit behavior” to focus on and a “weed behavior” to eliminate. The chapter on the good soil is highly helpful because of the specific practical advice for cultivating the ground. In one section on curbing forgetfulness, the author talks about over-promising, over-scheduling, over-connecting, blaming, complaining, ingratitude, and negativity. These are examples of the practicality of The Seed Principle. The author does more than describe what is wrong; he provides the steps to improve the quality of life.
The final section of The Seed Principle establishes all of the wisdom of the book on three major elements of life. The book discusses sowing seeds for personal growth, for relational growth, and for organizational growth. The first part is focused on helping the individual reader. It provides tools for the person to accomplish his goals in life. The second portion is about developing healthy and abundant relationships with others. Chapter twelve is written to help people navigate group dynamics from congregations to leading a business.
This book is excellent. It would make strong class material for those who are seeking to have an abundant life in Christ.
- The Principle of Submission
- Review of “How Should We Then Live?”
- Review of “New Perspectives On Breaking the 200 Barrier”
- Review of “Outstanding!”
- Review of “View From the Summit”