It’s A Beautiful Day

It's going to be a beautiful day

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I’ve been reading See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar. It’s an awesome motivational book and I highly recommend it. He’s an excellent story teller and uses it to help drive home the lessons. I’ll definitely be reading this book again. There’s far too much information to absorb in a single reading.

One of the tips that he recommends and the one I’m latching on to and implementing in my life is to prepare yourself to have a good day. It’s about creating a positive mental attitude to start your day and make sure you get out of the “right side of the bed”. Here is a quote from the book.

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What’s Your Calling


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There is such a misunderstanding these days regarding a person’s ‘calling’. For some reason we have gotten the impression that ‘calling’ is a word that only applies to preachers and missionaries. This is such a tragedy. God did not call everyone to full time ministry or even service within the church. Does that mean that anyone who is not involved in this type of ministry does not have a God given calling? [Read more…]

Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life by Max LucadoMax Lucado does an excellent job of conveying the simple truths of the Gospel in his latest book Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference. The author uses very simple and plain language to give us the why and how of getting back to the original message of Christianity. He uses a very conversational style that is a pleasure to read. He fills it with many personal examples from his and others’ lives as well.  This book is a call to action that every Christian needs to read and implement in their lives.

While reading the book, I was reminded of another book I recently read and reviewed The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. Mr. Stearns book is a little more missional minded but does contain much of the same call to action as Max Lucado’s. I greatly enjoyed reading both of these books and am very thankful to for providing me with complementary copies to review. It has definitely given me a new perspective on my faith and challenged me to live out my faith in a way that will make a difference in the lives of others that will ultimately outlive my life.

Change the World

The Boy Who Changed the WorldThe Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a colorful children’s book that talks about the impact even a small action can have on the world. The book is adapted from Andrews’ inspirational book The Butterfly Effect in order to bring it down to a child’s level of understanding. It is graphically and colorfully illustrated by Philip Hurst.

In order to illustrate his point the author tells the story of the development of a hybrid corn seed that has saved the lives of billions from starvation. He traces the events that led up to the development backward through time to the small act of a simple farmer who rescued a small boy from the hands of outlaws and brought him into his own family.

This story does a good job of showing how everything we do can have an impact. Every child needs to learn the lesson that they don’t have to be a president, or CEO, or Military Hero to change to world. They just need to be themselves and do what they can for others.

This book was provided at no charge for review via Book Sneeze

Everyone Matters

The Butterfly EffectI just finished reading The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews which I was provided by Book Sneeze to review. This book is a short inspirational book that covers a couple of real world examples of what science has called the butterfly effect. The book starts out with an explanation of the history behind the butterfly effect, but in short it says that the flap of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world can start a chain reaction leading to a hurricane on the other side of the world. In other words, one small action can lead to a chain reaction that creates a world changing event.

The first example outlines a specific engagement during the Civil War that if not won, could have totally changed the outcome of not only that war, but also the makeup of the United States as we know it. If Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain had not fearlessly led a seemingly suicidal charge against an overwhelming enemy, it could have led to the Union losing at the battle of Gettysburg and more.

The second example is a more concrete example rather than a theoretical example. It traces the invention of  a corn hybrid that has prevented the starvation of billions back through history to the actions of a simple farmer who did what he felt he must to save the life of someone else’s child, never knowing the effect that it would eventually have on the world.

This book is a great reminder of the importance of each and every life. No one knows what a simple act taken today may result in generations down the road. Everyone matters.