Thursday, July 11, 2013

What I'm Reading...From the Back Cover (July '13)

I am always reading a book or two (or three, etc...). From time to time, I like to share a list of the books that I am making my way through. Maybe you might be interested to read them as well. Here are the books currently on my "to read" list for the next several weeks and what the publishers have to say about these books from the back cover (or inside jacket cover). These are all books I hope to finish on my vacation these next couple weeks.

Fully Alive by Dr. Larry Crabb
Discover who you were truly meant to be and how you were truly meant to live. Gender roles have been the subject of much debate and confusion over the last several decades. What is expected of a man? What is expected of a woman? And where do those expectations come from? But the bible is clear--God created men and women to be unique, and He did so for a purpose. In Fully Alive, author and psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb offers a life-changing, biblically dependent understanding of gender uniqueness. He shows you how to appreciate and exhibit your God-given femininity or masculinity to reveal God's loving character to a world that is desperately in need of understanding.

Fearless by Eric Blehm
When NavySEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn't know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan--but he was ready. In a letter to his children, not mean to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, 'I'm not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.' Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination were fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It's about a man who waged war against his own worst impulses, including drug addiction, and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. In a deeply personal and absorbing chronicle, Fearless reveals a glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood and presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior whose final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice. Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as...fearless.

Only one thing stands between you and success. It isn't experience. It isn't talent. World-renown leadership expert John C. Maxwell says if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some folds are just born with it, the fact is anyone can lean how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, Maxwell shares the Five Principles and Five Practices to develop the crucial skill of connecting, including:
  • Finding common ground
  • Keeping your communication simple
  • Capturing people's interest
  • Inspiring people
  • Staying authentic in all your relationships
The ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It's no secret! Connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional, and family relationships--and you can start now!

Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron
Pastor Chase Falson has lost his faith--and he did it right in front of the congregation of his mega-church. Now the elders want him to take some time away. Far away. So Chase crosses the Atlantic to Italy to visit his uncle, a Franciscan priest, where he encounters the teachings of Francis of Assisi and rediscovers his ancient faith. Chase Falson's spiritual struggle rings so close to the truth that, at times, you'll swear you're reading a memoir rather than fiction; a memoir that mirrors the searching heart of a large movement within evangelicalism today. Author, musician, and speaker Ian Morgan Cron sheds new light on the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi as he masterfully weaves actual accounts from the life of Francis into the fictional story of Chase Falson. It's an amazing story with profound implications for the contemporary church today. Follow Chase's spiritual journey in the footsteps of Francis, and then begin one of your own through the pilgrim's guide included in this book.

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