Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review of H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick's new book, H3 Leadership, outlines twenty habits that he believes truly effective leaders need to adopt. They're all framed around three main habits of being humble, staying hungry, and always hustling. Lomenick was the president of Catalyst for a decade and wrote a previous book on leadership called The Catalyst Leader.

While I liked The Catalyst Leader, H3 Leadership is a great continuation of the principles discussed in the previous book. Lomenick believes leaders should be vulnerable, relentless learners, have a clear vision of where they want to be, and cognizant of the steps they need to take to get there. Those are the points that stuck out to me the most, though there are many more.

Lomenick has a lot of experience in the leadership realm, so if you're a leader in any capacity, H3 Leadership is bound to be a beneficial and practical read.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review of THE COLSON WAY by Owen Strachan

Chuck Colson was an interesting man. After being involved in the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration and serving time in prison for his involvement, Colson converted to Christianity and began bringing the gospel to prisoners with his Prison Fellowship ministry. Colson was known as a public figure who loved Jesus and communicated eloquently about the gospel message. I remember the first time I read his book How Then Shall We Live?, and it remains one of the most influential books I've ever read.

The Colson Way is a new book by Owen Strachan that aims to bring the insight and way of living out public faith of Colson to the attention of millennials, many of which have never heard of him. Strachan highlights the way in which Colson lived his faith out in the public square and encourages believers to follow in Colson's footsteps as they strive to impact the culture with the life-changing message of the gospel.

The Colson Way is a great reminder of the life of a man who made some serious mistakes and yet was graciously rescued by God and used greatly by him.

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Review of YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE by Michael Kendrick

Life is complicated, and becoming a Christian and committing yourself to living a life that's holy often makes it more complicated. To be fair, however, Christians often make it more complicated than it needs to be. God certainly wants much from us, but God also wants to empower us to live up to the potential he's placed in each of us. That's what Michael Kendrick's new book Your Blueprint for Life is all about. Kendrick digs into the Scriptures to help believers see a life that is meant to be in pursuit of loving God and loving others, and this is in the context of the life we've been given. This includes the specific ways God has designed each of us. We're gifted in specific ways by God, and we're meant to use our gifts to make a difference in the world.

Your Blueprint for Life is about being intentional about how we live our lives. Kendrick covers the key areas in our lives where we need biblical guidance the most. These are areas such as finances and careers.

We need to think ahead and plan to live the life God is offering us. Your Blueprint for Life is designed to help steer you in the right direction.

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Review of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible

I typically stick with my ESV Study Bible and enjoy the ESV translation more than the NIV, but since the NIV is probably the most-read translation and with D.A. Carson guiding the study materials of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, I decided to check it out. This Bible is huge. Every page is packed with Bible study notes, illustrations, and cross-reference numbers. I love the color throughout this Bible. There are also plenty of articles and book introductions.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible brings together some of the most respected Bible scholars providing insight into what the Bible actually means. As a study Bible, I'm quite impressed with the amount of scholarship and content contained in this Bible. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of Centralia by Mike Dellosso

Centralia is the latest novel from Mike Dellosso and his first to be published with Tyndale House. I've been a fan of Dellosso's ever since I read his book Scream, so I'm always eager to read whatever he has out next. Centralia is a gripping story because of its premise. A man named Peter Ryan can't find his wife and daughter, and although everyone tells him they died, he refuses to believe it's true. He begins a journey to find the truth and soon discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Dellosso has a way of crafting a story that keeps you guessing and also gets you thinking about deep questions of life. This book has been compared to The Bourne Identity, and there are some similarities, but the book struck me as the kind of story that Dellosso would write.

If you haven't read a Mike Dellosso novel, he's a truly gifted storyteller. Centralia is another example of this.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Review of THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

When Mark Watney is believed to be dead on the surface of Mars, the rest of his Ares 3 team is forced to leave the planet before ever finding his body. But Watney isn't dead, and now he's alone on the surface of Mars with limited supplies and no way to contact his crew or Earth to let them know he's alive. Anyone in his position would likely lose hope of ever getting off of Mars alive, but Watney is resourceful, and he knows another team will return to Mars someday. If only he can gather all his resources to survive.

The Martian by Andy Weir was one of the most intense and most brilliant novels I've ever read. Weir clearly spent a lot of time researching for his story to make it seem believable. After all, no one has ever been on Mars, and any chance of survival seems hard to fathom, yet Weir tells a story of a man who is desperate to survive and has the wits to give it a solid try.

I loved the way the story was told. Watney writes log entries almost every day of his experiences on Mars. Those log entries are periodically interrupted by third-person narratives because Watney does face death at almost every moment. It's definitely one of those stories that keeps you on the edge of your seat to find out what will happen in the end. I highly recommend reading The Martian.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review of Better and Faster by Jeremy Gutsche

Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas by Jeremy Gutsche is a book for business leaders and focuses on creating better ideas. Gutsche gives many examples from his own business, Trend Hunter.

He talks about two overarching metaphors: the Farmer and the Hunter. Both are important, but he lists some specific negative defaults that Farmers tend to fall into. He spends several chapters describing how to be Hunter when it comes to ideas. He discusses the different kinds of opportunities that Hunters need to take advantage of.

Better and Faster is a helpful book for business leaders, but its principles are helpful for anyone who needs to generate better ideas on a regular basis.

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