I love to read. I usually have 2-3 books going at once. Here are the 3 I’m currently reading (with descriptions from the publishers):
- God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola
The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem. The only exception was the little village of Bethany. The curtain opens with Lazarus, who is now ready to die, telling the incomparable story of Jesus’ interactions with him, Martha, and Mary. God’s Favorite Place on Earth blends drama, devotion, theology, biblical narrative, and first-century history. Within each narrative, the common struggles that we Christians face are addressed and answered.
Erich’s note: This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It won’t take you long to breeze through it but I imagine you’ll be thinking about it for quite awhile afterwards. The story is told in six parts from the vantage point of Lazarus. At the end of each part Frank has a “walking it out” section that helps us practically apply what we’ve learned. By the way, if you love the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus I would encourage you to also spend some time with these 4 messages by Steven Furtick from Elevation Church (the 4th one is by Jonathan Martin) — The Expectation Gap
When it comes to their spiritual journey, many men feel defeated. Hindered by ‘giants’ they stand motionless feeling like wimps instead of warriors. Whether they feel intimidated, unmotivated or just downright out of touch with what it means to pursue a relationship with God, Facing Goliath offers help to every man who wants to overcome his giants and experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Addressing topics like intellectual doubt, fear, pride and selfishness men will find practical steps to discovering the answers to questions, of faith, salvation and spiritual growth.
Erich’s note: I’m just getting started with this one. I don’t know much about JP but I received this book from Kenny Luck, Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church & founder of Every Man Ministries, due to our connections with Men’s Ministry. It looks like a book that will equip men to face their “giants” with courage. Each chapter includes a discussion page that looks great for personal reflection or small group interaction.
- The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick
Are you a high-octane, energizing leader with big ideas and the skills to back them up? Do you help shape the hearts and minds of those you lead? In short, are you a Catalyst leader? The reality is that most of us want to be good leaders, but we’re not sure how to build those elements in a way that will deliver the most impact in our leadership. The Catalyst Leader lays out the key elements and defines what it means to be a Catalyst and reveals the path for developing these elements in your own leadership skill set.
Erich’s note: Brad leads and directs a movement of young leaders called Catalyst. I’ve had the privilege of attending several Catalyst Conference’s (if you haven’t been to one you should make plans to attend one soon) I’m looking forward to seeing what all I can learn and apply from this book. A DVD-Based Study Kit is also available (looks like a great resource to take your team through).
Your turn… What are you currently reading?