Category - great books

How do I keep track of all my books?

I often get asked how I catalogue my books in my home office. My physical collection is approximately 700 books and growing. For the past 5 years I have used a software (mac only sorry) called Delicious Library (Delicious Monster).

It allows you to scan the barcodes on your books with an app on iPhone. The app then adds the book to your digital bookcase. It pulls all the keywords from Amazon as well. When I am researching one of my talks I can then search for keywords and the program will put all the books I own that has those keywords onto a digital bookshelf. I can then go and find them in my bookcases. Personally I categorize all my books alphabetically by authors last name to make it easy for me.

Check out their website here.

Great Books – Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Path to Joy

Some really great thoughts in this book. I posted some of the ones I loved below. They are pulled from different chapters so I hope they don’t lose their context too much. Well worth the read for people who have gone through or are going through suffering in their lives.

In our Christian culture, we’ve weakened our understanding of personal sin by talking too soon and too much about our longings and our needs. We want to feel good about ourselves, we long for enjoyable relationships, we desire effective and recognized ministries. We become the point and see nothing really wrong with it

What needs breaking remains unbroken. We continue to think life should work well and we should feel good. The nature of our spiritual journey, we assume, is that God’s glory will be revealed in our prosperity, whether financial, relational, physical, or emotional. As long as we believe that, we walk in the flesh. It’s so natural to think the Presence of Jesus has no greater purpose than to improve the quality of our journey through life—with quality defined as a pleasurable, satisfying, self-affirming existence—a journey where certain things don’t go wrong or, if they do, they correct themselves. Marriages should work, biopsies should come back benign, ministry efforts should succeed, and we should feel pretty good about the way most things go.
As long as our purpose is to have a good time, to have soul-pleasure exceed soul-pain, God becomes merely a means to an end, an object to be used, never a subject rightfully demanding a response, never a lover to be enjoyed. Worship becomes utilitarian, part of a cunning strategy to get what we want rather than a passionate abandonment to someone more worthy than we
need to spend more time on the highlights I made in book.
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Great Books: Today Matters – 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success

This has been one of my favourite books for years. I copied out one of the first few pages of the book. Basically the premise of the book is each day you get up you look at all of these areas of your life. Make daily decisions to live these areas to the best of your abilities. When you go to bed you see how you did. Each chapter of the book is on the different areas of your life mentioned below (attitude, priorities etc). This is a very practical book for people who come from a faith background or not.

Today’s Attitude gives me Possibilities
Today’s Priorities give me focus
Today’s Health gives me strength
Today’s Family gives me stability
Today’s Thinking gives me an advantage
Today’s Commitment gives me tenacity
Today’s Finances gives me options
Today’s Faith gives me peace
Today’s Relationships give me fulfillment
Today’s Generosity gives me significance
Today’s Values give me direction
Today’s Growth gives me potential

So Just For Today …
I will choose and display the right attitudes
I will determine and act on important priorities
I will know and follow healthy guidelines
I will communicate with and care for my family
I will practice and develop good thinking
I will make and properly manage finances
I will deepen and live out my faith
I will initiate and invest in solid relationships
I will plan for and model generosity
I will embrace and practice good values
I will seek and experience improvements
I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines.

Then one day I will see the compounding results of a day lived well.

Today Matters by John Maxwell

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Gospel e-Books

I am asked at least once a week where do I find all of the free books on Kindle I post each week on social media. It is simple. I signed up for the daily email blast from Gospel eBooks. Some people ask if I download all of the free books. The answer I do take almost all of them. My Kindle library is well over 1000 with 95% of them being for free. Different books are needed at different seasons in your life. I build up my library both digitally and regular print books and I then have books for my myself, my wife and my 2 kids whenever we might need them in the years to come.

Not only do they have free books but books that are heavily discounted. (.99, 1.99 etc)

I would encourage you to sign up for their daily email. Quickly scan each day and see if there is anything for you.

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Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

This goes along with my blog from yesterday. This is a book for those of us with sons. Awesome book.

Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges — by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.

Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as “It’s nothing” or “I’m good?” Do you sense that the boy you care about is being bullied, but that he’ll do anything to avoid your “help?” Have you repeatedly reminded him that schoolwork and chores come before video games only to spy him reaching for the controller as soon as you leave the room? Have you watched with frustration as your boy flounders with girls?

Welcome to Boy World. It’s a place where asking for help or showing emotional pain often feels impossible. Where sports and video games can mean everything, but working hard in school frequently earns ridicule from “the guys” even as they ask to copy assignments. Where “masterminds” dominate and friends ruthlessly insult each other but can never object when someone steps over the line. Where hiding problems from adults is the ironclad rule because their involvement only makes situations worse.

Boy world is governed by social hierarchies and a powerful set of unwritten rules that have huge implications for your boy’s relationships, his interactions with you, and the man he’ll become. If you want what’s best for him, you need to know what these rules are and how to work with them effectively.

What you’ll find in Masterminds and Wingmen is critically important for every parent – or anyone who cares about boys – to know. Collaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is actually experiencing – his on-the-ground reality. Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.

Click here for the link.

Great Books: Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family: Over 100 Practical And Tested

This is one of my favourite books for parents. So many practical ideas here.

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family addresses one of the top current concerns about youth and the church: the reality that nearly half of all young people raised in Christian families walk away from their faith when they graduate from high school. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: research also shows that parents are one of the primary influences on their child’s faith. This book arises from the innovative, research-based, and extensively field-tested project known as “Sticky Faith,” designed to equip parents with insights and ideas for nurturing long-term faith in children and young people. Because of the Fuller Youth Institute’s six years of research with more than 500 young people, 100 churches, and 50 families, four of this guidebook’s unique qualities make it a “must have” for families eager to point their young people toward long-term faith First, it’s grounded in sophisticated, academically verified data. While Dr. Powell is a parent of three children who authentically weaves her own experiences throughout the book, the chapter topics correlate with parenting principles proven in national research. Second, it is positive. Amid gloomy and theoretical resources, this book leaves parents empowered and hopeful that even little tweaks to their family rhythms can make a big difference. Third, it is practical. Readers get what they want most: more than 100 ideas from other parents they can try today, this week, or this month. Fourth, its “guidebook” format is accessible. For busy parents who don’t have time and inclination to read, this format is a welcome resource that they can return to time and time again for fresh ideas and inspiration.

This is the Sticky Faith Family website – Click Here

Here is a link to the book on – Click Here