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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 12/20 ChooseTheCross wrote: It takes discipline, patience, and even courage to live each day as if it were your last, because it requires you to live in a way that is contrary to how the majority of people around you are living their lives, according to Robert Smith in this book. The book is intended as a short personal crash course ... Insights from an unusual life

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/12 ChooseTheCross wrote: Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget, according to Bob Goff in his book Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World. God chooses ordinary people like ... A fresh, original and challenging message

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 4/5 ChooseTheCross wrote: Idolatry happens when we look to something that does not have God’s power to give us what only God has the power and authority to give; it is when we feel a God-given appetite and try to fill it with something that is not God, according to Pete Wilson in his book Empty Promises: The Truth About You, ... Illuminating a pervasive sin

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 12/22 ChooseTheCross wrote: Leadership has led us to the place where everybody is trying to get everybody else to do something, and no one ends up doing, according to Leonard Sweet in his book I am a Follower. In the recent past, the church has placed too much emphasis on leaders and leadership, diverting attention away from the ... Following is more important than leading

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 9/15 ChooseTheCross wrote: The story of one of the greatest Russian writers is told in an innovative style by Peter Leithart in his book Fyodor Dostoevsky. Rather than using the conventional approach of a biographer, Leithart has chosen to portray Dostoevsky through a series of fictionalized conversations which reflect to some ... Conversations with Fyodor

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With

With

On 8/11 ChooseTheCross wrote: God created humanity to live and rule with him, but because of our fear and our desire to control, we attempt to relate to God in other ways, according to Skye Jethani in his book With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. If we are living life with God, then God becomes the goal of our life; if we ... How to avoid giving in to fear and the desire to control

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 8/4 ChooseTheCross wrote: There is a an enormous depth of tradition and prestige associated with the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and those who study there are affected in one way or another by the institution’s aura. Studying at Oxford is “a heady, hearty experience that changes ... A compelling story of a journey to faith

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 7/14 ChooseTheCross wrote: Although he is largely forgotten today, George Washington Carver deserves a place at the table with the thinkers and doers who led America toward greatness by encouraging them to look to science for answers, to themselves for strength and resolve, and to God for guidance and assurance, according to John ... A compelling story of one of America's key thinkers and doers

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/5 ChooseTheCross wrote: Some writers find it easier to write the book than the proposal, whereas for others writing the proposal is the most creative part of doing a book, according to Michael Larsen in his book How to Write a Book Proposal. Larsen goes on to describe in 42 short and easy-to-read chapters all of the elements ... A book’s success depends on the author’s marketing skills

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 4/28 ChooseTheCross wrote: Just as an engineer relies on an architecturally sound blueprint to build a structure that will bear weight, writers can benefit from approaching the craft of storytelling armed with a keen command of the literary equivalent, according to Larry Brooks in his book Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core ... Helpful insights for creating compelling stories

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 ChooseTheCross wrote: If there was one principle that could save humanity, what would it be? That is the curious question that faces the aptly-named David Ponder when he gets summoned to a peculiar “summit conference”, as described in The Final Summit, a novel by Andy Andrews. The summons comes by way of the archangel ... A quest to save humanity

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 12/9 ChooseTheCross wrote: Marcus and Narcissa Whitman set out for Oregon shortly after their wedding day, as missionaries to the native Americans. After a long and difficult journey across America, they set up a mission compound and struggled with their missionary work for more than a decade before they were killed by an Indian ... Daily glimpses of Christian history

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 9/23 ChooseTheCross wrote: Robert E Lee is remembered as a great military strategist, a leader of men, and a man of honour, but primarily as the leader of the losing Confederate side in the American Civil War. The story of his life is told by John Perry in his book Lee: A Life of Virtue. The author states that, although slavery ... Lessons in virtue

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Lead Like Ike

Lead Like Ike

On 7/15 ChooseTheCross wrote: What leadership lessons can we learn from General Eisenhower’s leadership of the Allied forces in Europe at the end of the Second World War? Geoff Loftus outlines what he believes the lessons are in his book Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies From the CEO of D-Day. The book tells the story of Eisenhower’s ... Extracting leadership lessons from history

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Change Your Church for Good, Revised

Change Your Church for Good, Revised

On 6/4 ChooseTheCross wrote: Many people today would love to know God if He's real. They are interested in forgiveness, purpose, love and hope if they are readily available. But they've checked out church and can't relate to anything, according to Brad Powell in this book. That is why it is so critical for churches to change so ... A great overview of the process of church change

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The Map

The Map

On 4/1 ChooseTheCross wrote: How do you go about explaining a new theological insight in a compelling way? David Murrow chose to answer that question by writing a DaVinci Code-style thriller story in which the insight is gradually unmasked in his book The Map: The Way of All Great Men. His insight arises from the way the thrust ... A new way to be a hero

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Free Book

Free Book

On 2/11 ChooseTheCross wrote: If you are in need of an unapologetic “tell it like it is” message on grace, then Brian Tome’s Free Book might be just what you are looking for. The author makes his confrontational style clear by including the word “pissed” on the first page of the first chapter, and the tone of his book suggests ... A strong and controversial message on grace

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/29 ChooseTheCross wrote: It is reasonably well known that one of the world’s most successful beer brands started two hundred and fifty years ago when Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in Ireland. The lesser-known story which is told by this book is the story of how numerous members of the Guinness brewing dynasty were strong Christians, and it ... The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield

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Knockout Entrepreneur

Knockout Entrepreneur

On 9/24 ChooseTheCross wrote: What does a former boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World have to offer in the way of advice on running a business? Quite a bit, as it turns out. The cheerful man who brought us George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine also brings us a book full of homespun entrepreneurial wisdom. See what can ... Knockout Entrepreneur, by George Foreman

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