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Attention: The Priceless Commodity of Marketing

I won a book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money!. It's a book about how to use attention-getting online marketing to increase your revenue, by Jim Kukral. I read it in a couple of hours and it held my attention throughout, which is a really good start for a book on this topic! Jim tells a pretty neat story about his attempt to get the attention of a well-known wealthy guy you may have heard of before - Mark Cuban. It worked, and it's one of dozens of great examples …

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When Love Comes to Town – Paul Louis Metzger on John's Gospel

I've preached through the gospel of John a couple of times in my ministry, and each time, I bought more commentaries. The Book of John is pure profundity wrapped in simplicity. It's deeply complex and linguistically simple at the same time. Very few commentaries dive deeper than the simplicity of the text itself. Paul Louis Metzger, however, has done an amazing job of probing not only the gospel of John, but the human heart as well in his new commentary, The Gospel of …

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Costly Grace: One of My New Favorite Books on Discipleship

I have well over 1,000 books in my library, but just a handful come to mind when I think of books that are able to define discipleship well. They would include Jim Berg's Changed Into His Image, Clyde Cranford's Because We Love Him, and of course, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. Now, I'm adding another to that short list - Jon Walker's Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. I suppose it's ironic, first of all, that my short list …

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Life Is a Sacred Journey with God

Recently, our small group talked about the subject of spiritual disciplines and we based our discussion on the book The Sacred Journey: The Ancient Practices by Charles Foster. Foster particularly addresses prayer and meditation, but avoids nailing life down to a few prescribed rituals. I must admit that I had a difficult time connecting with Foster through much of the book, probably because of a weakness on my part. I'm a systems-oriented individual. I like outlines. I …

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7 Ways to Outlive Your Life

I've just finished reading Max Lucado'snewest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, and I feel... challenged! The premise of the book is that we have a choice to do things that will make an impact that outlasts us. Life is a temporary assignment, but the effects of our lives are permanent. Lucado begs the question over and over again, what are you doing to outlive your life? What are you doing that matters in eternity? How are you investing yourself …

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Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Book Review)

About Jesus Manifesto Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010 Video Review Jesus Manifesto (Book Review) from Brandon Cox on Vimeo. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have written an excellent treatise on returning to Jesus as the core of what life is all about. They move us away from thinking about methodologies and regulations and back to the idea of just knowing the Person of Christ. One Big …

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Book Review (and Giveaway): Transforming Church in Rural America

I grew up in a small, rural community in a small, rural church. I've served as Pastor of small, rural churches as well. So to see that Pastor Shannon O'Dell had written a book on "breaking all the rurals," he had my attention. Upon reading his work, I've been left uncomfortable and disturbed! In Transforming Church in Rural America, Shannon actually has the gall to challenge our longstanding traditions such as voting on everything and settling for the status quo. He calls …

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Book Review: Why Is God Ignoring Me by Gary Habermas

As a Pastor, I'm often asked the tough questions. One of the biggest is the title and subject of an excellent book, Why Is God Ignoring Me?: What to Do When It Feels Like He's Giving You the Silent Treatment. Having read Gary Habermas' answers, I'm slightly more confident about the next time this question comes before me. Gary is quite the scholar with an excellent web site full of resources to show for it. He's a skilled apologist and deep intellectual, but this book …

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Book Review: Living Life in the Zone

I've just finished reading through a "40-day spiritual game plan for men" called Life in the Zone (aff link) written by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew. I thoroughly enjoyed moving through the content and believe we need more books written like this one for men in a world where books seem to be overwhelmingly written and marketed for women's tastes and personalities. Here's my review from Amazon's site... Christianity rarely caters to the needs of men well. It seems to some …

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Book Review: De-Railed by Tim Irwin

Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin is one of the most frightening books I've ever read... and if you're in leadership, you should buy it and be frightened by it as well! Irwin does a masterful job of presenting a comprehensive take on the subject of failure. Irwin lays the groundwork by speaking of the qualities that prevent derailment that should be a part of every leader's life. Thomas Nelson's description of the book …

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