Oola for Christians: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Oola for Christians: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Authors: Dave Bran and Troy Amdahl with Heat

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Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

Publication Date: July 2019

Format: Trade paperback

Length: 398 pages


What is oola? David Braun and Troy Amdahl explain the phrase (based on the expression “ooh, la, la”) is something they develop to symbolize living the optimal life, one that balances seven key areas:

  • Fitness
  • Finance
  • Family
  • Field (meaning career)
  • Faith
  • Friends
  • Fun

Drawing on Biblical stories about Jesus’ teaching and his interactions with various people, the writers argues that people won’t reach their full potential until they balance all seven areas. Each chapter provides tips on how to achieve balance, as well as stories from “Oola Seekers” who are traveling the journey to living better for God.

Some readers may be turned off the way this book takes trendy self-motivational terms to describe the Christian life. For example, the authors sometimes refer to Jesus as “the ultimate guru,” which originally comes from Hinduism but has more recently become a non-religious term for a life coach. Odd marketing choices aside, the writers give sound Biblical advice about improving major life areas, and always emphasize the fact that only surrendering one’s life to Christ can lead to the ultimate “Oola life.” An interesting and ultimately quite helpful book on living one’s full potential for God.


Rating: (1 to 5 stars)

3.5 stars

Intended Audience:

Christians trying to resolve life issues, Christians seeking more ordered and God-centered lifestyles.

Christian Impact:

This book will humble and encourage readers to live life with God at the center, as well as generally make better life choices.



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Oola for Christians: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--Find Balance and Grow in the 7 Key Areas of Life to Live the Life of Your Dreams

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