Break free from apathy…

Title: 10 Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You Author: Daniel Ryan Day Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 12/17/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Author Website: http://danielryanday.com/ Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielryanday Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielryanday More Info: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=223380 Read Chapter One: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/files/2013/07/SneakPeek_TenDaysWithout.pdf Author Bio: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=181688 Summary (from the back cover): A rebellion against apathy. A strategy for action. “Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions–they don’t move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world. Good intentions are cans of paint that could have been amazing works of art…but never did.” ~ Daniel Ryan Day in Ten Days Without Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. Yet it took a simple but radical experiment to move from merely talking about it to actually … Keep reading!

Clear Winter Nights

Title: Clear Winter Nights Author: Trevin Wax Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 9/17/13 Pages: 176 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): Searching for Real Faith–or No Faith at All What happens when a young Christian dealing with disillusionment and doubt spends a weekend with an elderly retired pastor? They talk. And no subject is off limits. Clear Winter Nights is a stirring story about faith, forgiveness, and the distinctiveness of Christianity. Through a powerful narrative and engaging dialogue, Trevin Wax shows the relevance of unchanging truth in an ever-changing world. Review: This book is a fairly quick read (I finished it in less than 3 hours). The story focuses primarily on three days where the main character, Chris, visits his grandfather, Gil. Throughout the course of the weekend, the two discuss a wide range of topics in relation to Chris’ struggles with his Christian faith and whether or not to continue in it. … Keep reading!

Greater

Title: Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life. Author: Steven Furtick Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 9/4/12 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary: Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater? We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more. And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12 That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life … Keep reading!

Unexpected circumstances, broken hearts…

Title: Though My Heart Is Torn: The Cadence of Grace, Book 2 Author: Joanne Bischof Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 4/2/13 Pages: 352 Language: English Summary: (from Amazon) Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it. Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife. As Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path, knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take … Keep reading!

Truth matters, but so does our attitude…

Title: Humble Orthodoxy Author: Joshua Harris Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 4/2/13 Pages: 96 Language: English Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshharris.fanpage?fref=ts Author Bio: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=74983 Read Chapter One: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2013/01/08/sneak-peek-humble-orthodoxy-by-joshua-harris/ More Info: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=224184 Summary: (from the back cover) In Humble Orthodoxy, best-selling author Joshua Harris examines New Testament teachings about the calling of believers to a love-infused courage that ignores foolish controversies, patiently endures evil, and champions truth with generosity of spirit. Without this kind of humility, Harris asserts, we become like the Pharisees–right in our doctrine, but ultimately destroying the cause of truth with our pride. Orthodoxy, for the faithful, evokes what’s cherished and beautiful and eternal. Yet in our day, orthodoxy is too often wielded like a weapon, used to bludgeon others with differing points of view. It’s time for God’s people to demonstrate both right thinking and right attitudes. We are called to embrace and defend biblical truth. But that truth … Keep reading!

Average Joe: God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men

Title: Average Joe: God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men Author: Troy Meeder Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition 4/5/11 Pages: 192 Language: English Summary: As a man, have you ever looked at your life and wondered, “What is happening to my life?” Have your dreams and aspirations been unatainable? Are you disappointed by the reality that your life is, well, average? You’re not alone in thinking this way. But have you ever considered that pretty much everyone else around you is average, too? And that’s not such a bad thing. Average guys are the ones who make the world go round, and if your life is “simply average,” you’re in good company. Review: I read this book in basically two sittings, and one of the key points I took away from it is that there’s nothing wrong with being the average guy. Like other men, I dreamed of doing things like … Keep reading!