There’s a war in progress…

Title: The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression General Editor: Bodie Hodge Publisher: Master Books; Original edition 10/31/13 Pages: 144 Language: English From the back cover: Christmas – with its holiday lights, bright packages, and nativity displays – has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” how to refer to the tree, and just how “biblical” Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings, and in courthouses each year. Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities, Christmas should be a time of peace and love – not arguments over who can celebrate what and where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? Nativity scenes are nixed and even the word “Christmas” is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance, and biblical connections … Keep reading!

Runaway Emotions

Title: Runaway Emotions Author: Jeff Schreve Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition 7/2/13 Pages: 240 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): Worry. Anger. Loneliness. Negative emotions are uncomfortable by design. Like any good fire alarm, they alert us to a greater danger. But they won’t help us if we try to cover them up, hide them behind excuses, or assume they will always plague us. The only way to manage negative emotions is to find their source and address the problem that set them off. As pastor Jeff Schreve says, “A specific and compelling message can be found in each of your negative, painful emotions. God Himself is trying to speak to you through those emotions–right now.” So what is God saying? How can we understand our emotions–even change them? Schreve shows how the truth of the Bible can make sense of our confusion. The power of the Holy Spirit can lead us to freedom, and Jesus … 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!

Boundaries for Leaders

Title: Boundaries for Leaders Author: Dr. Henry Cloud Publisher: HarperBusiness; Original edition 4/16/13 Pages: 272 Language: English Summary (from the inside cover): The coauthor of the classic bestseller Boundaries, with over 2 million copies sold, and an expert on the psychology of business and leadership performance explains the behavioral reasons why some people get great results and others don’t. In Boundaries for Leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud gives leaders the tools and techniques they need to achieve the performance they desire—in their organizations and in themselves. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, Dr. Cloud shows why it’s critical for leaders to set the conditions that make people’s brains perform at their highest levels. How do great leaders do this? One way is through the creation of “boundaries”—structures that determine what will exist and what will not. Here you will learn seven leadership boundaries that set the stage, tone, and culture for a results-driven … 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!