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Jun 28

The Making of a Man by Tim Brown

Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in How To, Relational, Reviews, Sports, Values

_225_350_Book.1202.coverMaking of a Man, by former NFL player Tim Brown, is both autobiographical as well as his perspective on “How Men and Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity.”

As Brown recounts his story he is remarkably honest. With humility and integrity he explains his successes as a professional and the mistakes he made he made in his personal life.

Each chapter either recounts a period of Tim Brown’s life or explains one of the keys he’s found to become a man who honors God with his life.

Jun 15

The Red Sea Rules 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times By Robert J. Morgan

Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

_240_360_Book.1203.coverI had been interested in reading The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan for quite some time. Subtitled, “10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times” I was looking for helpful help.

The author suggests, “take a deep breath and recall this deeper secret of the Christian life: when you are in a difficult place, realize that the Lord either placed you there or allowed you to be there, for reasons perhaps known for now only to Himself. The same God who led you in will lead you out.”

Jun 14

God Is Just Not Fair by Jennifer Rothschild

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual

God is Just coverWhen I read the title to Jennifer Rothschild’s recent release, God Is Just Not Fair, I was excited to read it.

Shortly into her book I read: “If you feel weighed down and burdened, look to Jesus and his cross — focus on the generous love it represents. When you’re really hurting, think about what you really deserved and thank him for what you got instead. You got grace; you got peace; and you got unconditional love that will carry you through any sorrow. And both you and I got the best gift of all — fairest Lord Jesus.”

Apr 11

Just Jesus by Walter Wink

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

JustJesusAs a well-read person I knew embarrassingly little about Walter Wink before I read this book. He’s a fascinating man. I wish that I had known him personally.

Reading “Just Jesus”, the final book by Walter Wink, was an introduction to a fascinating man who made public his joys and sorrows, successes and “my struggle to become human.” This book is a quick read. There are stories and discourses in short chapters, poems, and prayers.

I loved reading several chapters; my favorites were:

Mar 30

How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in How To, Reviews, Values

Book.1162.cover“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”

He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.

Mar 29

Love Does DVD by Bob Goff

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

Book.1050.coverLove Does, subtitled “Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” is based on Bob Goff’s New York Times best-selling book, Love Does.

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ … The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’… love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”

Mar 15

The Global War and a Personal Challenge

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Reviews, Values

GlobalWarOnChristians-198x300Remember when you started hearing about human trafficking and thought it might be a myth, the words of kooks, fanatics or fear-mongers? I do. I was wrong.

John L. Allen, Jr. calls out, “time to wake up.” He intends to dispel another wave of ignorance. Published in 2013, The Global War on Christians is current, detailed, epic in scope and compelling.

Jan 23

8 Books I’m Reading Now

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Education, Reviews, Values

ReadI love to read.

I prefer non-fiction.

I don’t dislike fiction; I like fiction, but I prefer to listen to fiction through audio books. Audio books remind me of listening to old-time radio shows while on long drives with my family when I was a child.

It’s football season, so I try to work a couple football books into my reading list. I recently finished Steve McMichael’s Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline (Tales from the Team). You can find the review here.

I’m nearly done with Drew Brees’ Coming Back Stronger. You can read some of Brees’ insights here.

Jan 22

Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline by Steve McMichael

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Reviews, Sports, Values

BearsSteve McMichael was a fierce, funny and fearsome foe for anyone who played the Chicago Bears during the 1980′s.

McMichael’s book – Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline -  seems to be an honest assessment of his NFL experience. He explains that his shortcomings with the New England Patriots contributed to his successes with the Chicago Bears.

One of the strengths of McMichael’s account illustrates the challenges that the current NFL faces to alter the physical tole on players. Pride and drive, testosterone and tenacity drive many men to exceed the limitations. It’s one of the things that makes the NFL so great; it’s also one of the things that costs so many so dearly after their playing days are done.

Jan 1

NIV Essentials Study Bible review

Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

NIV Essentials Study BibleThe NIV Essentials Study Bible (NESB) provides readers with an opportunity to explore the Bible from a number of perspectives. The NESB include many of the best features of six previously published study bibles:  
- NIV Archaeological Study Bible
- The Essential Bible Companion
- The Great Rescue Bible
- NIV Quest Study Bible
- NIV Student Bible (a bible I used daily for several years)
- NIV Study Bible (a bible I regularly use and widely recommend)

The NESB editors and layout specialists included some of the best articles, footnotes, sidebars, and study aids selected from the six predecessors.