Fearless Book Review
February 9, 2012, 12:40 pm
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Summary of the book called Fearless by Max Lucado. The book addresses FEAR. Which cripples so many folks in this world. He points them to what a life looks like without fear. It gives them a new imagination to live a fearless life that isn’t holding back their dreams.

I highly recommend it!

I’ve read many of Max Lucado’s books. From Facing Your Giants to Out Live Your Life…every book I’ve read is written so well. I love the way that Max Lucado tells stories. He is one of the greatest story tellers of our time on this earth.

I really encourage you to pick up this book if you are dealing with fear. It will awaken you to a whole new dream for your life. A life that isn’t crippled by fear but is a life that is living out the dreams that God has for your life. You will not go wrong with any Max Lucado book especially this one. He has been through a lot himself and I think it comes out in all of his books. He is very transparent and real in the use of his words. I hope you enjoy it. Pick it up for yourself and recommend it to others.

Thanks

Dustin Wilson

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The Principle of the Path Book Review
February 9, 2012, 12:26 pm
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Summary: The book is by Andy Stanley and it talks about getting from where you are to where you want to be at. It addresses bad habits, bad behaviors and bad decisions that keep us from getting to where we want to be at.

Andy Stanley always does a great job of making me think. In this book he addresses things that keep me from getting to where I want to be at. So many people have dreams and ambitions that they have for themselves and even that God has for themselves but fear, habits, behaviors and bad decisions get in the ways of those dreams.

I would highly recommend this for anyone especially pastors who want to see their lives changed. Church leaders, this is a great book for you to challenge you personally but also in your ministry on where you are headed and how you are going to get there.  Most every book I’ve read and especially this one Andy does a great job in being very practical but communicating great wisdom. This book is not a very hard read and I hope you pick it up. You will enjoy it. It might even change your life if you apply it.

Thanks.

Dustin Wilson

 



Books for Couples
February 9, 2009, 1:38 pm
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Since Valentines Day is coming up this week, I thought I would list some books that may be good reads for couples.  

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I Do Again:

With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.
            After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.
           I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.
 

I Do Again: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400074452  <http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400074452>

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Love As a Way of Life:

In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.
            Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.  
           The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for the holidays or for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.
 

Love As A Way Of Life Devo: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307444694  <http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307444694

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For Couples Only Box Set:

Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.
Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you. [Part of me wanted to make this paragraph past tense—yielded and produced—because of the first paragraph, but that took away some of the immediacy of what the books offer. I’ll leave that up to you.]
So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way. The adventure is just beginning!
 

For Couples Only: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1601422482  <http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1601422482




Pop Goes The Church – Book Review
June 4, 2008, 1:27 pm
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This book calls for one word “WOW!” Tim Stevens knows how to communicate.  He also knows what he is talking about.

He addressed how the church needs to be reaching out to the world with pop culture not plotting against pop culture.

Tim bring out that Jesus himself used pop culture to relate with the people around him and he did!  We need to do the same.  Not boycott pop culture like most christians and churches are.

If you are a follow of Christ and desire to understand your culture and how you can use it to reach your friends, family, community and world, please read this book!  Also every leader, pastor, elder (whatever you call leaders in your church) needs to read this book.  

Here is a few quotes from the book:

“It has taken the church two thousand years to make Jesus-the most compelling and attractive person who ever lived-boring!” ~Mark Beeson

“We have become famous for what we oppose, rather than who we are for.” ~David Kinnaman

“We may as well say to them, “Go to hell because I don’t give a rip about your eternity.  Just stay away from me and my family and out of our picket-fence protected homes.”  Our actions are perceived as holier than thou, and they put us in the category of “all Christians are the Same.”” ~Tim Stevens

“Here is the bottom line: People have needs (Translated: They itch).  If you can help meet those needs (Translated: Scratch the itch), you will gain an audience who will be open to the rest of the truth of scripture.” ~Tim Stevens

“You must think like a missionary.” ~Tim Stevens

Those are just some quotes that I thought were really good.  There is so many good things that are said in the book.  Go ahead and check it out for yourself. 

 

 



Communicating For A Change
May 21, 2008, 11:46 am
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I just finished the book “Communicating For A Change” by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones.  

This is a must read for anyone who communicates.  It is geared for pastors and it really challenged me in how I present and prepare a message.  Andy Stanley is one of the best communicators I have ever heard.  Going through college, I was taught how we should prepare a sermon.  The most popular of them were the 3 points or more sermons.  I know most people are a lot like me and go away from a sermon with 3 points and only remember 1.  Andy shows pastors how to present a message around one main point and do it well.  I have been using this way for a month or so now and I have notices everyone is engaged and remember what I talked about after they leave.  

This is a must read for every pastor (Senior pastor, lead pastor, church planter, youth pastor, children’s pastor,etc.)   

 



Overnighter
February 26, 2008, 9:26 am
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This is so funny.  Youth pastors: this is for you.  There is now a music video out about the pain of lock-ins/overnighters.