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Living Today for the things that matter most

This book will help you understand where God wants to lead you and how to get there.

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About The Book

We all aspire to live each day for “what matters most.” Yet, the incessant demands of life push us to spend our time on things we know are NOT most important.


The “i-world” around us and desire to “keep up with the Joneses” can lead us to short-sighted choices we will someday regret. We can find ourselves drifting off course, not knowing exactly what our next step should be.

This book is meant to keep you from saying, “I wish I had thought about this twenty years ago.”

It’s meant to keep you from living with regret due to your choices.

If you keep reading, you will have the chance to consider what is most important – and how to live in light of that assessment – right now.

Our hope is when you reach the end of your life, you will look back on this study knowing it helped you make careful, thoughtful, intentional choices and that your destination is different because of it.

Are you ready?

Your relationship with God, your spouse, your children, and your close friends. We know these relationships make up what matters most in life.

Yet we live in a fast-paced world where these relationships often get the leftovers rather than our best.

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Complete Video Series

16 full-length videos


Chapter Guides

Chapter summaries takeaways 



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Scripture to Rhythm

Audio of how the McGee family memorizes scripture


Small Group Study Guide

Group questions and Leaders Guide


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6 Practical Ways To Aim For A Full Life


Recommended Resources

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How many times have I heard these words? Sometimes twenty is replaced by ten, thirty, or forty, but the expression is not uncommon. Each time I hear these words, they bring me joy and sadness. Joy because the speaker sees more clearly now than before, and life ahead promises to be different; sadness because he or she cannot rewrite history or regain all that has been lost.

My wife and I have the privilege of working at a family retreat center in the mountains of Colorado. We get a chance to stand alongside people, often husbands and wives—fathers and mothers— as they take a “time out” to look at their lives.

During the process of making friends with hundreds of people from around the country, we have witnessed many who find themselves in a place that is very different from where they were originally heading. Certainly there are some who find themselves solidly on course. But most feel life is working out differently than they had planned.



This book is for anyone who suspects they are being directed by “the tyranny of the urgent” rather than by their core values.

Anyone who feels they may have drifted off course because of the busyness of life.

Anyone who wants to clarify the vision for their destination in life and develop a practical, personalized tool to get there.

This is a must have in your family library to read and be referred to over and over again! Amazing life tools for helping your family to be all that God created it to be! Practical applications for all! LOVE LOVE this book and author!


Simply amazing. I have read many books through Bible studies and book clubs, and nothing comes close. Get ready to dig deep...this book had me reflecting on my life, family and goals as I never have before.


I loved this book! I have read it several times and also used it as a small group study guide on two separate occasions. It has made a dramatic impact on our family, not only on our day to day life, but I know it will have long-lasting effects for years and even generations to come.


About the author.

matt mcgee and family

Matt McGee is the director of Sonrise Mountain Ranch (SMR), a Christian family retreat center in Colorado.

After serving as an Air Force pilot for several years, Matt received a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

Matt and Chantal McGee have lived in Cimarron, Colorado since 2004 have seven children: Maddison, Abby Grace, Rebekah, Eden, Zeke, Vivian Joy and Colson.

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