January 2014 Reading List

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Having some time off between semesters in college, I took some time to rest my brain so I only read a couple of books.

  1. One Last Strike – Tony Larussa
  2. The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide to Hammock Camping – Derek Hansen

Book List – August to December 2013

I haven’t been able to do a monthly book report because of college. I started college and didn’t have much time for recreational reading. Most of what I read was for school and semesters went longer than a month. So these are the books I read since August; mostly from school but a few others from being able to squeeze in a book here or there.

August

September

October

November

December

Book List – July 2013

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These are the books I read in July.

 

Hiking

  1. Walking With Spring – Earl Shaffer
  2. Traveling Light – Max Lucado
  3. Blind Courage – Bill Irwin (Blind Hiker)

Worship and Prayer

  1. The Great Commission to Worship – David Wheeler
  2. The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
  3. The Lotus and The Cross – Ravi Zacharias

Amish

  1. Amish Peace – Suzanne Woods Fisher

Marriage

  1. Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough by Justin and Trisha  Davis 

June 2013 – Book List

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Here are the books I read in June. Because I’ve been working on an eBook, I haven’t read that much.

  1. The Senior Pastor’s Dilemma – Regi Campbell
  2.  The Masculine Mandate – Richard Phillips
  3. Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God – John Piper

Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God

From Desiring God:

Disabilities break into life in various forms: as the product of genetic misalignments in the womb, as the result of tragic and regrettable accidents, as the byproducts of infectious disease, and from the degenerative effects of old age. They affect joints, bones, nervous systems, lungs, hearts, and brains. And even in the United States — a country that leads the world in medical innovation and technology — roughly 20% of its citizens live with a disability.

No church is immune. This means every church leader must be prepared to answer very hard questions about the goodness and sovereignty of God.

Does God have a good design in my disability?

To this hard question God is not silent. But if we’re to hear his answer, we must submit our hearts to his word. Looking at what the Bible says is the aim of this collection of resources from pastor John Piper.

This e-book — including four sermons and an interview with a man of a disabled son — focuses on John 5:1–18 andJohn 9:1–38 and is designed to serve pastors who will be called on to minister God’s Word to God’s people at decisive points in their lives. The question is not if disabilities will surface in your church, the question is how you will respond when they do? At that decisive moment, what will you say?

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One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Of course none of this will make sense, or be helpful, if God himself, and the glory of his incomparable works, is not your greatest treasure. When Jesus says, the purpose of this blindness is ‘that the works of God might be displayed in him,’ he assumes the manifestation of the works of God, has value that outweighs years and years of blindness. Both for the man and his parents.”

If you know people who have a disability or you have one, please pick this FREE book up at Desiring God. Even if you don’t have an eReader, you can get the PDF or download kindle for your computer. This was a great book in opinion.

Disability

Read Instead

I read between forty to fifty books a year. Yes, even with a three year old in the house. Ever wonder how me and many others read so many books each year?

THIS!!!!

Read Instead

Making Dreams A Reality

  • “Rudy” Ruettiger- walked on the field at Notre Dame Stadium and realized his dreams were about to come true, to play for the Fighting Irish
  • Steven King – his wife pulled his draft of Carrie out of the trash and insisted he turn it into a novel. Carrie was his first published and successful novel.
  • Michael Jordan – was cut from his high school basketball team. That’s a huge spirit killer for a high schooler.
  • Tim McGraw – was told that he’d never make it in Nashville as a country music singer after his self titled debut album. He’s now married to Faith Hill and they are considered the King and Queen of Country Music.
  • Abraham Lincoln – had many many failures and is considered one of the best presidents of all time.
  • George Lucas – spent four years shipping the script for Star Wars around to the various studios and racking up numerous rejections in the process. If he’d let his negative inner voice get to him he would never have ended up having the highest grossing film of all time.
  • Walt Disney – was turned down by over a hundred banks when he tried to get funding to develop Disneyland. He was also fired from his job at a newspaper for “lacking ideas”. He also had several bankruptcies before he was able to develop Disneyland.

I say all that to say DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. In just five days I will be standing at the front door of Hastings and having my first ever book signing. I’ve already celebrated opening the package to my first published book. I have celebrated my first sell as a published author. Now I will celebrate my first book signing and it never would have happened had I not had a dream, believed in that dream and had people behind me to back me up in my dream.

Each of us have a dream and life would be a complete waste if you don’t pursue that dream with reckless abandon. I believe God gives us the desires of our hearts and through the power of God and the will to pursue a desire that honors God, anything is possible. Don’t give up on what you dream about. Don’t give in to the naysayers including those negative voices in your head that says it can’t be done. Reach for the prize with utter determination and take nothing less than success for your dream.

Because of my determination to put my rear in a seat and write for hours on end, I get to stand by a table stacked with my books and one in my hand and smile with a heart full of joy that my dream has come true; to be a published author.

If you’re in Clarksville, TN on Saturday, June 15, between 1:00 and 3:00, come by and see me at Hastings on Ft. Campbell Blvd. and celebrate with me. If you have some money, buy a book and I’ll sign it. Put it in your calendar. However if you can’t be part of my dream, don’t sideline your own dream. Go out and make it happen. It’s your dream. No one will will make it happen for you.

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