Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Andy Stanley has identified 5 essentials for leaders of the next generation. In a nutshell, as a leader "you must discover and play to your strengths and delegate your weaknesses. You've got to be courageous, and you've got to be clear in the midst of uncertainty. You need to find a leadership coach. And along the way it is absolutely essential that you maintain your character". Through sharing his own experiences and various biblical stories, Andy teaches upcoming leaders how to identify and develop these traits.
One of the points that resonated with me the most is finding the courage to say NO. He writes "Don't allow the many good opportunities to divert your attention from the one opportunity that has the greatest potential". It's hard to say no because we are afraid of disappointing people or missing out on something. A leader must have the wisdom and courage to say no to good things when they are not in line with his or her vision. Easier said than done, right?
If you are a leader, or think you might have the potential to become one, this is a great book! I will close with a prayer that Andy and his family say frequently...May God give you and I the wisdom to know what's right and the courage to do what's right, even when it's hard.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It is the perfect blend of the author's own experiences/lessons learned, and teaching from God's Word. I was challenged to be open to divine interruptions in my life, not letting fear of the unknown hold me back.
Christine says "God has set before each of us an exciting and world-changing mission...He wants to work in us, to equip and empower and qualify us, so that he can work through us." God awakened a passion in Christine's life for the oppressed. In the book, she shares about the adventure of starting a non-profit organization called A21, which serves to prevent and protect victims of human trafficking. (For more info, click here.) Her story opened my eyes to the horrors that are happening in our world today. Maybe God is calling you to support this ministry, or maybe your passion lies elsewhere. What is standing in your way - keeping you from doing what God is calling you to do? This book will give you a great perspective to move forward...undaunted.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jim & Elizabeth George write in a way that is easy to follow and understand. Sometimes their imaginations run a little wild while re-telling the biblical accounts (telling how they imagine the story playing out), but there are always biblical references included for readers to refer to the biblical text and be able to separate fact from fiction. Each chapter draws specific lessons for wives and lessons for husbands. There is also a 30-Day Couples Devotional included at the end of the book.
In addition to the book, for couples who want some structure and extra reinforcement, there is an Interactive Workbook. Each chapter in the workbook corresponds to a chapter in the book and takes 5 days to complete. Each day includes brief reading, discussion questions, and a prayer. There are also specific action steps to complete each week.
While I personally can't say that I learned anything new from the book, I did enjoy looking at these biblical couples from a new angle and being encouraged by the Georges' wisdom which comes from 40+ years together!
*Thank you to Harvest House for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book and workbook in exchange for an honest review.