July 7, 2016

Recent Reads


The Most Excellent Way to Lead by Perry Noble. When I think about leadership books I think of things like vision, data, and result language. It can be overwhelming, and even at times focusing one elements that are not priorities to living a leader-like life in my opinion. The Most Excellent Way to Lead purposefully shifts the focus back to the priorities to leading not just others but oneself as well.

Normally I don't read too many leadership type books, but of the handful that I have, I can say that this has been one of my favorites! This book was a breeze to read through and I greatly appreciate how Noble boils down great leadership into the simple values Christ gives us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 with a great deal of heart as well as truth. One of my favorite things is his tweet-able leadership statements to remember at the end of each chapter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale, through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Story of God's Love For You by Sally Lloyd Jones. I don't think you can be a Christian (I'm kidding--not) and not love Sally Lloyd Jone's Jesus Storybook Bible for Children--even if your an adult. Jones has such a beautiful way of sharing the many stories of Jesus in simple, yet profound ways that can be enjoyed not just by children but adults alike, and now her work from the Jesus Storybook Bible have been transferred into this collection especially for her older readers like you and I. Every story found in the original children's book can be found in The Story of God's Love For You with an accompanying scripture.

I can assure you this book is receiving a prominent place out in the open for all the adults in the house to enjoy without embarrassment. It's better than many (if not all) your run of the mill devotionals garnering folks coffee tables--but I may be a bit tad biased--I cannot recommend you picking up a copy any higher than I already have. Fall in love with Sally Lloyd Jones gentle, beautiful retelling of the most wonderful stories found in the gospels.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen. For the lover of British literature, tea, and the outlandish, this is your adult coloring book from the hand of Taiwanese artist Amily Shen. You'll have roughly 80 pages--including the front and dust cover--in this sturdy bound book to color Alice's many adventures in wonderland to your heart's content. Various passages from the original book are sporadically placed throughout the book as well. My only complaint, which I've found true for most adult coloring books I've come across, is that sometimes the spaces are so small that it makes it difficult to color my own patterns and shading--something the industry as a whole should work on in my opinion.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah‘s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

January 19, 2016

2016 Manifesto... and Some Catching Up




I showed up to write my yearly I-don't-like-New-Year's-goals post. Sounds like a positive, promising start, right?

Long time, no see, and much to say. 

Anyway, how you all been? What's going on? I recently logged into my twitter account and about half of you all are either engaged or expecting babies, and my jaw is dropping because I'm just now learning about all of your major life events that I missed while I was off working... and spending time with a young man--more on that later... but my absence here can be blamed primarily on him ;)

There's only so many hours in a given day--and I've missed being able to sit and write here.

When did life decide to start speeding through time at twice the rate? 2015 will be remembered as a year with many new beginnings, but also a year or rush and a faster pace of life. Joy and stress abounded alike.

Truth be told, I'm not sure 2016 will be any different in terms of busyness or fullness--not that there's anything wrong with living a full life... and everybody is busy these days. Here's what I did in 2015 that's not worth repeating in 2016: Making things that matter more at the mercy of things that matter the least. 

May life not be lived so, for much of life will be wasted and pointless.

It's hard to prioritize and say 'no' to things... especially if there's some cost to it. You feel me?

Shauna Niequist is my favorite author when it comes to memoirs and essays, and she's written a whole book on it (I think I need to go re-read it--much didn't stick). In order to live a life brimming with intentionality and purpose--a life that matters, it helps to make two lists. The first list is of all the things to say no to.

In 2016 I'm saying no to...
  • Requests and habits with my job that don't really benefit anyone. I'm saying no to time wasting and energy depleting tasks.
  • Investing time in relationships with people who really want to just keep things at surface level
  • Buying and acquiring stuff I already have or don't really need
  • Cramming as many books into my schedule to read as possible 
  • Constantly being tied to electronics
In 2016 I'm saying yes to...
  • Deep relationships with both family and friends and prioritizing my time so I can be present with them
  • Writing. Because I miss it and I need it. 
  • Figuring out church. And by that I mean, figuring out a rhythm of being in community and worship
  • Savoring books and taking my time to read them
  • Maintaining a healthier lifestyle
  • Taking action on financial goals
  • Creating! 
  • Saying no to the superfluous and purposeless and meaningless business 
Life is busy, life is full... but I want my life to be busy and full on purpose and for the right things. I want my life to busy and full of things that bring me joy, benefit others, and is glorifying to God.
 

December 31, 2015

Recent Reads

The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila. A new staple cookbook to add to any kitchen shelf--the latest from Chernila is up there with classics such as Betty Crocker and The Joy of cooking in my opinion. The author walks her readers through the steps to getting spot-on dishes that everyone will enjoy. Alongside her recipes Chernila also offers up inspiring stories about her own journey in the kitchen while encouraging her readers to keep it simple and to do the same for their own cooking journeys.