Living Backward: The Gift of Hindsight In Building A Truly Significant Life by Angelique Cooper McGlotten

Living Backward

About the Book

Imagine looking back on the sum total of your earthly years . . . and realizing that your reasons to rejoice are far greater than your regrets. Living Backward is your invitation to discover the powerful gift of future-oriented hindsight and reap the incredible rewards it offers. As we grapple with today’s fleeting problem or tomorrow’s important choice, the ability to “live backward” provides us with not only a new perspective on our lives but also a powerful tool for creating true joy by fulfilling God’s plan for us. We desire to matter, and God knocks on our hearts, beckoning us to open the door to a life of eternal significance.

By way of word pictures, analogies, and personal anecdotes, Living Backward facilitates head-to-heart understanding, helping us internalize key biblical principles so we can truly experience their life-changing power. Only then can we achieve genuine success, weave enduring significance into our lives, and make the most of the precious time we’ve been allotted.

Book Excerpt

Each of us is on a path that is taking us somewhere. What path are
you walking? Where are you today as you come to this book? Maybe
you’re searching for the right path. Or maybe you realize that the path
you’re on isn’t getting you nearer to where you want to be. Maybe you
haven’t given much thought to where you’re headed. Or maybe you
do recognize that you are not on God’s path for your life. Regardless
of which camp you find yourself in, take heart. It’s never too late to
discover God’s path. No matter where you begin, you can grow in your
relationship with God and start seeking His direction. You have not
come across this book by accident or chance; you are reading it by
God’s sovereign design. I’ve prayed that God’s gift of encouragement to
me and the things He has taught me would bless you.

God extends to each of us the same gracious invitation that He
offered the Israelites long ago: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stop at
the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk
in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah
6:16, New Living Translation). This good way (as another translation
refers to it) is in contrast to the path of our self-empowered choosing.
Therefore, we can heed this verse only after we’ve acknowledged that
the road of life traveled without God’s guidance leads to a dead end. It
results in a fruitless, empty, and ultimately bankrupt life. Indeed, this
is the opposite of the purposeful and fulfilling lives that we desperately
yearn for and that God zealously desires us to have.

C. S. Lewis wisely said, “We all want progress. But progress is
getting nearer to where you want to be. And if you’ve taken a wrong
[turn], then to go forward doesn’t get you any nearer.”1 So I pray you
will choose to say, Lord, I desire to walk in the good way! I desire the
path that is pleasing to You and that leads to my greatest good. But
I’ve discovered that many sincere followers of Christ have the same
struggle I once had. Namely, how do I practically walk out God’s plan
for my life? What does a Christ-exalting life look like? How do I grow
from who I am into the person God created me to be? And how do I
go about building a life that really matters? My purpose in writing this
book is to address these very important questions.

1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), 28.

Angelique

About the Author

Angelique Cooper McGlotten, originally from Liberia, West Africa, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. Having woven the gift of future-oriented hindsight into her own life, she knows firsthand its power to both shape our purpose and infuse our lives with meaning. In fact, the book Living Backward is birthed from her desire to inspire others to live out God’s plan for their lives and in so doing experience contentment, genuine success, and lasting significance. Working with a variety of organizations, the author has mentored (and continues to mentor) hundreds of adults and young adults alike. Angelique regularly speaks at women’s retreats, women’s groups, and conferences on various topics pertaining to the Christian faith. She is also the author of a book of poetry entitled The Weaver’s Thread.

When not writing or studying, Angelique relishes time with family. She also enjoys reading, playing drums in the praise and worship band at church (where her husband is the senior pastor), journaling, exercising, and capturing memories. She resides in northern Virginia with her husband and three children.

Angelique kindly invites you to connect with her. Please visit her website.

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