Stuck in a Funk by Tony Morgan is a fantastic read for leaders who want to move their church/organization in a positive direction. Tony uses the analogy of “the leisure suit” to get us thinking about how we often desire change, but are set in our ways. We don’t want to change things that may have been successful in the past, but aren’t working now. Stuck in a Funk is a practical book that helps us identify the things that may be keeping us in a funk and offers us advice on how to get unstuck.
A Weedless Life July 18, 2012
This past winter, Bill and I had our front yard landscaped with new flowers and plants. Since Florida is mostly warm and sunny year round, it seems like there’s always something in bloom, including that 5 letter dirty word…weeds. Even if you don’t landscape or have landscaping, you know what a weed is. Dictionary.com describes it as a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop. Did you catch that last part? It’s not just that weeds make your garden look ugly, but if left to their own devices, they can actually cause harm to the good plant. The same can be said about the WEEDS in our own lives. If we are not constantly tending to our thoughts/actions, it’s easy to find ourselves smothered in sin. How do we get rid of our WEEDS? We have to daily die to self and trust the One who is weedless. We will always have WEEDS in our lives, but Christ came so that His perfection, goodness and glory cover our WEEDS so that God sees a beautiful and weedless garden.
Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper June 19, 2012
Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper is a collection of stories from Lisa’s life, which takes readers on a journey about faith and the misconceptions we often have about Christ. Lisa has a delightful way of meshing humor with her personal stories that relate to Biblical truths.
I love that Lisa’s stories were relevant and allows readers to connect on a deeper level. I think most of us have had similar fears, doubts, shame, misconceptions as Lisa. Her candidness allows others to see that they do not have to be overtaken by their guilt, shame, past mistakes, etc., but their lives can be transformed into a life full of joy that is ultimately centered around their relationship with Christ. This would be a great gift for someone who feels that they aren’t good enough for Christ’s love or struggling with the theological truths presented in the Bible.
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Oh the Places You’ll “Never” Go February 9, 2012
A few weekends ago, Bill and I took a spontaneous trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. First priority, conquer Everest. 15 years ago, you could find me sitting on an amusement park bench waiting for all my friends to get off the scariest, but coolest rides in the park. I wanted so much to have fun like everyone else, but my fear of the unknown trumped the thought that I might have a good time. I not only lived in fear of amusement parks rides, but most of my childhood and teenage years were spent being afraid of everything…little things, big things, happy things, sad things. My life was the opposite of a Dr. Seuss book…Oh the Places You’ll “NEVER” Go. My fears were rooted in the fact that I was placing my confidence in myself, and I obviously wasn’t doing a very good job. I thought, “Okay, God. Just sit there in the backseat, and I’ll let you know when I need ya.” You can imagine that didn’t work out too well. Hear what God says about this…
5 This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
When I let God take control, a huge burden was lifted off my shoulders. I’m not saying that life won’t have hardships, sadness, pain, etc. I still have days of worry and anxiety, but by giving all of that over to God, I’ve gained freedom. Freedom in knowing that by trusting my Lord and Savior, He’s working all things out for His glory and our good.
Not Another Dating Book by Renee Fisher January 29, 2012
Relationships are complicated, especially when it comes to dating and marriage. Renee Fisher is the author of Faithbook of Jesus: Connecting with Jesus Daily and new release Not Another Dating Book: A Devotional Guide to All Your Relationships. Renee has a passion for 20 somethings and knows first hand about trying to pursue God and living a life that honors Him while waiting for His promises to be fulfilled in her life. Her new release Not Another Dating Book takes relationships to a whole other level… a Christ-centered level. Not Another Dating Book is packed with short devotions that are not only filled with scriptural knowledge about dating/relationships, but Renee’s honesty and truth about her own relationships allow readers to connect with this book on a personal level. I love that she is not afraid to discuss the difficult relationship questions that so many young adults deal with on a daily basis. One of my favorite parts of this book is that Renee includes a prayer at the end of each devotion and extra scripture reading with a place to journal your thoughts. God designed us to be in community with one another so whether you are dating, married or just friends, this book is sure to make an impact on how you view the relationships in your life.
Check out Renee’s website.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but the opinions stated above are my own.