Saturday, August 8, 2020

Used to Go To Church, by Nick Vleisides - First Responder Chaplain.

Raw, real and a beautiful read.

“There was a time when I was angry with God about all the suffering he allowed in the world, until I realized that we are the ones who allow it, and conveniently blame God. I used to think that what made Jesus superior to the rest of us was his divinity but discovered instead that it is his humanity we fall short of. For me, church is no longer somewhere you go, but a way of being in the world.” - page 107

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Killer Angel, by Michael Shaara

Considering all that's going on in America, this is a sobering read.

The captured Confederate soldiers, when asked about what they're fighting for, didn't mention slavery.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

From Sea to Shining Sea, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

From the Back Cover

Does God really bless a nation that honors Him? 

After the Revolutionary War, our newborn country went through an exciting era of growth and innovation. Was God intervening on behalf of the struggling nation? In this fast-paced sequel to the bestselling The Light and the Glory, you'll learn how America's future was threatened by greed, pride, and self-righteousness. You'll also see how, in the midst of turmoil, God raised up leaders to shape our unique country and character. 

Newly revised, From Sea to Shining Sea is the riveting story of a country moving forward--but always with an eye on the Christian heritage of the past. 

Peter Marshall is a nationally recognized speaker on Christian growth and maturity and on America's Christian heritage. A graduate of Yale University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he lives in Massachusetts. 

David Manuel is the author or coauthor of several books, including Like a Mighty River and The Jesus Factor. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Massachusetts.


But have we honored him? Are we now? I don't know that we have, or are.  - Danny Smith

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sabbath, by Abraham Joshua Heschel

I wasn't quite so fond of this as Mr Comer - "I found a little book by a Jewish mystic on the Sabbath. 1 I read it. Then I read it again. Then I read it again. I hate to say, This book changed my life! but, well, this book changed my life. For the first time I started to practice the art form of Sabbath, an art form as ancient as creation itself."

— Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human. by John Mark Comer

But then, I've read it once. The last chapter about "time," I have read twice. Very good.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

The most powerful part of The Slight Edge is the simplicity and practicality of the philosophy. Olsen summarizes many big ideas we may already know, and shows how to apply them in simple, daily steps. The book is sobering yet uplifting at the same time, because it presents so clearly how we can shape our lives, there's no longer any excuse not to.

Olsen shares relatable stories and examples to help us understand the concepts in the book, including his own story – how he went from a beach bum to owning the 5th largest solar-air energy company in America, to losing everything and rebuilding from scratch again. Most chapters end with testimonies from people who shared how they have applied the Slight Edge in their lives.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Master of One, by Jordon Raynor

In the author's words...

Part I: The Purpose of Mastery 

If the first, most fundamental purpose of masterful work is to bring God glory, the second is to love our neighbors as ourselves. We ought to pursue excellence in our work not as a means to an end but in obedience to what Jesus identified as the Greatest Commandments. 

As Christians we can't claim to love our neighbor as ourselves and then do our work with mediocrity. 

Mediocre work is nothing short of a failure of love. It is through the ministry of excellence that we love our neighbors through our work.

Part II: The Path to Mastery 

There are three keys to mastering your one thing. 
- The first is a direct or indirect apprenticeship. 
- The second is what scientists call "purposeful practice," which distinguishes itself from "naive practice" in that it requires specific goals, intense focus, rapid feedback, and frequent discomfort. 
-The third and final key to mastery is having the discipline to stick with your one thing over a long enough period of time to become truly masterful at it.

Part III: The Promise of Mastery 

The third and final promise of mastery is that when we pursue excellence in our work as a means of glorifying God and serving others, we are invited to share in the True Master's happiness. 

While our happiness is not the primary purpose of work, our desire to find work that we love is a good, God-honoring thing. The truest and deepest satisfaction of vocation follows mastery, not the other way around. 

It is only when we get insanely good at what we do that we not only fall in love with our work but stay in love with it over a long period of time.


Thank your Jordan and I apologize that when I started reading your first book (while it was still a blog post of sorts), I thought you to be too young to teach me anything new and worthwhile. You have.  - Danny Smith

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Garden City, by John Mark Comer

From the book, page 286 - Just remember one last thing: if your dreams are all about you, then your dreams are way too small. You need to dream larger. Larger than your job or career or net worth or name or body. You need dreams as large as Jesus’ vision of the kingdom.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Called to Create, by Jordan Raynor (2nd time to read)


I just noticed I've only finished 1 article (worth posting) and zero books this year (2/29/2020).

Counting the starts this morning and I find I have 11. Ha, 11! My first thought after noticing I'd only finished one was "well, I've been focused."

Maybe not so much. This has been a good checkup. Time to finish a few worth finishing.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A Company of Heros, by Tim Keesee

From the forward by Tim Challies

“More recently I’ve been thrilled to see Keesee also document it in books like this one. With one eye on the present and one on the past, he powerfully tells the stories of dedicated men and women from today and days gone by. I encourage you to join him on this journey and to come to see and know the greatest treasures in the world.”

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Leaders Who Last, by Dave Kraft

“Dave Kraft has written a thorough and enlightening book on leadership that is easy to read and practical, full of great illustrations and stimulating quotations. This is a book for leaders who want to keep growing in their understanding of leadership, finish strongly, and lead with passion.” - Mike Treneer, International President, The Navigators