My friend Jeff Goins’ new book, The Art of Work, is filled with inspirational stories of people who have found their calling. Stories of people who are living beyond the status quo and doing the very thing they were meant to do.
I’ve got two important things to share with you.
FIRST: the best book I’ve ever written to date – God’s Favorite Place on Earth – is available at no charge in Kindle, Nook, and PDF until Tuesday, February 3rd.
I managed to persuade my publisher to make it available to all my readers.
As you may or may not know, this was my first book in a new genre of Christian literature that I call “biblical narrative.”
In the book, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His own home town, Bethany. The book includes both autobiographical narrative that’s tightly based on the Gospels and faithful to first-century history as well as non-fiction prose that makes practical application to your life.
SECOND: my second book in the “biblical narrative” genre releases March 3rd!
It’s called The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.[Continue Reading…]
As I’ve argued before, leadership is influence. Everyone influences, so everyone leads in some degree and in some sphere.
But how powerful of an impact you make as a leader/influencer is based on many factors, and one of them is how much you read.
On that topic, here’s a guest post by Dave Frederick with a gift for you included.[Continue Reading…]
If you read Newsweek, online or in print, you know about the recent article about the Bible.
The article opens with a declaration of two points that I’ve shouted from the hilltops myself for years.
(1) Countless Christians have no idea what’s in the Bible because they rarely read it.
(2) Countless Christians in the evangelical world condemn others for certain kinds of sins while turning a blind eye to other kinds of sins — the “excused” sins being those which angered Jesus the most when He was here in His flesh.
From that high note, the wheels come off. The article rips the Bible using 19th-century arguments (all of which have been refuted long ago) alleging that the Bible is full of contradictions, serious manuscript variations, and false additives, thus making it an untrustworthy document.
Then, in a stroke of hand-waving sophistry, the article asserts that it’s not attacking the Bible, only how Christians read it.
Those who are well-versed in biblical scholarship will see right through the article and the yellow journalism that floods it.[Continue Reading…]
Shawn Stanley is the author of a new book called A Man Whose Name Was Joseph.
Recently, I caught up with Shawn to discuss his new book.
Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”
Shawn Stanley: That is a very good question.
My book benefits the reader by immersing them into the nativity story. Transporting them into Nazareth, to bring them on a journey with Joseph and Mary to Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and eventually, their escape to Egypt. However, This is not just another nativity story. I wanted the reader to view and experience this story through a different lens, a lens through Joseph’s point of view.[Continue Reading…]
Bren Hughes has written an accessible book called Heaven’s Muscle.
It’s about unleashing the power of the Spirit in your life (so says the title).
I read the book in one sitting. It’s a fast, engaging, easy to digest read.[Continue Reading…]
Bren Hughes has written a new book entitled Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit Within You. I’ll be reviewing the book soon, but today, I’m posting an interview where Bren and I mix it up about his new book.
Heaven’s Muscle looks to be an engaging book. Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”
Bren Hughes: Three points. First, in reading this book you will encounter me, and I hope it will be like meeting a new friend. My soul bleeds on every page of this book, and by the time you finish it you will know me rather intimately.
Second, part of this relationship involves me making sure that the reader knows all the crucial information from scripture about the indwelling of God’s Spirit and the sort of weapons the enemy uses against those of us who are called by God. In other words, I feel a great responsibility to convey accurate data that’s sufficient for what people need within the purposes of this book.[Continue Reading…]
Recently, I caught up with J.W. Phillips, the author of Pursuing Fellowship: By Activating the One Another Principles.
Here’s the interview.
Pursuing Fellowship, volume one, looks to be a meaty book. Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”
J. W. Phillips: I am concerned, Frank, that whenever God’s people are given a pabulum portion of what was supposed to meaty truth, the church eventually weakens. So, yes, this book is meaty, but it’s not academic. The language is simple; the truths presented are practical.[Continue Reading…]
For the both of you who got hot under the collar because I interviewed the founder of Leaders Book Summaries last month (you both had an allergic reaction to the word “leaders”), I wish to remind you of three things:
1. I have NEVER been anti-leader or anti-leadership.
2. I have said repeatedly (and ad nausea) that leadership exists. It can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful, but leaders are and leadership is. It’s organic to the DNA of the ekklesia.
3. I’ve also pointed out that EVERY believer is a leader in some sphere. I couldn’t have made that point clearer than in my article The Myth of Christian Leadership. (Don’t judge the article by the title; read it completely first, then judge.)