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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.

Dec 19

Hacking and Coughing With Father Brown

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values

Father_BrownMy cold is nearly two weeks old. My hacking and coughing rebounded the other day. I’m back on the couch hoping to fall asleep each night.

Hacking and Coughing

Someone recommended I take Delsym’s cough medicine. I’d taken it before with mixed results. Frustrated with the ferocity of my cough I went to the store and bought some generic Delsym

I took a double-dose. Last night I was able to sleep for four and a half hours in a row.

Father Brown

Englishman G.K. Chesterton wrote the Father Brown mysteries about a priest who found himself solving mysteries.

Nov 27

Black Friday? Don’t Add Debt! The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition By Dave Ramsey

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Financial, How To, Reviews, Values

A-Ramsey“A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.” Those words attract me, but also make me ask, “Really?”

In his Introduction Dave Ramsey explains, “Over all these years, The Total Money Makeover has given HOPE to millions of families. This book has given them hope to win, and that hope has caused them to take action and claim ultimate victory over their financial struggles and worries—and to actually win!”

Nov 27

Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Education, How To, Reviews

Secrets of Dynamic CommunicationMichael Hyatt explains in the Introduction, “Whether you are a professional speaker, pastor, corporate executive, author—or are just passionate about a message—you can take your communication skills to the next level. Ken’s SCORRE system truly revolutionized my public presentations. The good news? What I learned from him sits right here, in this book. Within these pages, you’ll learn how to:
• dramatically reduce your prep time,
• communicate with more clarity and focus,
• increase your ability to connect with the audience, and
• craft speeches that leave an impact.”