“The Four Doors” by Richard Paul Evans

The Four Doors

“The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life” (2013) by novelist Richard Paul Evans is a short, sincere book that inspires and empowers. It is a 30-year journey about the principles “to live life joyfully, with freedom, power, and purpose.”

The book is based on three founding truths: 1) we all have the freedom of self-will, 2) we are born with a purpose, and 3) personal change is both possible and inevitable. It teaches us that we first need to change our attitude toward hardships and failures.

Evans uses a simple but empowering analogy of doors to describe the choices that we make every day. These are the four doors that can help us find happiness and meaning in life:

1. PURPOSE. Believe there’s a reason you were born. Sometimes our purpose is given to us; sometimes we find it by following our passion or listening to our inner voice.

2. IMAGINATION. Free yourself from limitation. Imagine a better life. We have to overcome our negative belief, self-doubt, and fear of failure. We have to take control of our lives (don’t think of yourself as a victim!), learn from adversity, offer forgiveness, and feel gratitude.

3. VISION. Magnify your life. Have a dream. Ask “what if?” and “why not?” Take risks.

4. LOVE. Develop a love-centered map. Love that wishes good for someone else is an act of will and a skill to be developed. “Love is the destination and the journey” (page 138). The fourth door leads to all others.

Evans reminds us, “Everyone has problems. It’s how we choose to deal with our problems that matters. Some people choose to be whiners – some choose to be winners. Some choose to be victims – some choose to be victors.”

What doors have you walked through? What door will you walk through today?

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