The nine phases of building a life that are covered in the book are (1) Don’t Do It Alone: This chapter explains that when undergoing such a task as building a purposeful, joyful life, we all could use help. Nehemiah set an example by seeking God’s help through prayer when he began his mission (of rebuilding the walls surrounding Jerusalem). (2) Pray, Plan and Persevere: Nehemiah faced numerous challenges while fulfilling his calling. However, he also demonstrated that with prayer, careful planning and perseverance, those obstacles might be overcome. (3) Do Not Conform: Nehemiah did not follow in the footsteps of other Jewish leaders. Rather than conforming, he courageously took a stand for his beliefs and did what he knew was right. (4) Do Not Go To Ono: Ono was the place where Nehemiah’s adversaries wished to meet with him. Nehemiah turned down their invitation to meet on the plains of Ono because he was focused on fulfilling his mission. (5) Experience the Joy You Desire: Everyone is looking for joy in his or her life. Nehemiah revealed that lasting joy comes from following the will of God. (6) Evaluate and Respond: When the teaching of God was read to the assembly in Jerusalem, it was discovered that there was a gap between God’s expectations and what the people were actually doing. They evaluated how they were doing things and responded by making necessary changes. (7) Celebrate Your Progress: After the wall surrounding Jerusalem was completed and Nehemiah began rebuilding the structure of the community, they had a celebration. (8) Monitor the Storeroom: Nehemiah cleared out a storeroom that was being used inappropriately. We also should consider what lies hidden in the unseen storerooms of our lives and clean them up when necessary. (9) Take Your Task Seriously: Building your life is a serious business. Nehemiah took his role as a leader very seriously and did not tolerate any inappropriate behavior among his people.