Ok I wanted to do this before I go on holidays…….Here are 3 books I will be reading on our holidays. I am about half way through Holy Discontent and I have to say Bill Hybels is still one of my favorite authors. He just knows how to write to keep my attention! Most of you know I love to read and I just had to share these books with you.
All of these books are new releases and as soon as I am finished reading them I will give you my thoughts on each of the books and maybe I will even have a book a contest……??
Click on the title’s to go to Zondervan’s page to read more about these books…..
Holy Discontent (Zondervan; Hardcover; May 31, 2007):
What is the one aspect of this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, get near it, you just can’t stand? Very likely, that firestorm of frustration reflects your holy discontent, a reality so troubling that you are thrust off the couch and into the game. It’s during these defining times when your eyes open to the needs surrounding you and your heart hungers to respond that you hear God say, “I feel the same way about this problem. Now, let’s go solve it together!”
Bill Hybels invites you to consider the dramatic impact your life will have when you allow your holy discontent to fuel instead of frustrate you. Using examples from the Bible, his own life, and the experiences of others, Hybels shows how you can find and feed your personal area of holy discontent, fight for it when things get risky, and follow it when it takes a mid-course turn. As you live from the energy of your holy discontent, you’ll fulfill your role in setting what is wrong in this world right!
3 Seconds (Zondervan; Hardcover; June 15, 2007): The ad agencies on Madison Avenue know they have just three seconds to hook you with an ad. The editor-in-chief of every newspaper knows he has roughly three seconds per headline to grab your interest. In the three seconds it takes you to walk through a door and extend your hand to someone for the first time, that person has already made irreversible judgments about you. Three seconds is all that stands between those who settle for “whatever” and those who insist on “whatever it takes.” Award-winning author and psychologist Dr. Les Parrott reveals six common impulses that sabotage greatness in our lives. We can unleash our full potential and excellence when we learn how to give our first impulses a second thought. The human mind is an astonishing contraption, capable of incredibly complex procedures and analysis within milliseconds, and it does all this automatically. It doesn’t have to be trained to make quick decisions and snap judgments. But it does need to learn secondary impulses if the first ones are faulty. The six impulses outlined in this book fall into the latter category. 3 Seconds shows how to unleash the inner resources that can move you to a whole new level of success. It comes down to six predictable impulses that most of us automatically accept without a second thought. You can replace them with new impulses that lead toward impact and significance. For instance, it takes Three Seconds to …
-Disown Your Helplessness: The First Impulse: “There’s nothing I can do about it.” The Second Impulse: “I can’t do everything, but I can do something.”
-Quit Stewing and Start Doing: The First Impulse: “Someday I’m going to do that.” The Second Impulse: “I’m diving in … starting today.”
-Fuel Your Passion: The First Impulse: “I’ll do what happens to come my way.” The Second Impulse: “I’ll do what I’m designed to do.”
Inhale … exhale … the difference of your lifetime can begin in the space of a single breath.
So what does it take to make these six unproductive impulses yield to ones worthy of our aspirations? It requires a momentary pause of three seconds to consider what we really want. It requires a suspension of our natural inclination to remember that we have a choice in what we will say, what we will do and who we will be. Every successful person has honed their impulses through this method. Consciously or not, they have learned to replace helplessness with efficacy, for example, by pausing momentarily to think about and empower their second impulse.
THE GRAND WEAVER: The president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and host of the widely popular radio show Let My People Think and weekday program Just Thinking, Zacharias is a well-regarded speaker on biblical teaching and Christian apologetics.
Here is an overview of THE GRAND WEAVER (Zondervan; Hardcover; July 2007):
Why has God made it so difficult to sense his presence and believe in his existence? Many skeptics and believers find themselves asking this question when it comes to understanding God’s participation in our lives. International apologist Ravi Zacharias examines how we continually interrupt the plan God has created for us in his new book, THE GRAND WEAVER.
In his book, Zacharias explains that we are all a part of God’s design; from our disappointments to our triumphs, every part of our lives is a small piece of a greater design. THE GRAND WEAVER goes beyond the theoretical nature of the question of God’s influence in our lives like in Zacharias’s previous books by showing the appointments God makes with each of us, and how we can recognize and appreciate them. By showing us the snagged stitches and the “flaws” that show up at all the “wrong times.” Zacharias contends that this is where we will find the distinctive shape and imprint of the Master Weaver.
Zacharias mixes inspiring stories and thought provoking questions to help people begin to see how the multiple threads of our lives become a large tapestry of our world. Understanding how our joys, our tragedies and daily lives create this pattern of divine providence and meaning behind God’s grand design.
“Only when you see this pattern for yourself can you see the breadth of God’s care for the cosmic scene and his personal care for your life,” explains Zacharias. “To allow God to be God we must follow him for who he is and what he intends, and not for what we want or what we prefer.”
I hope all of you will take the time to rush out and buy one of these books today! I can hardly wait for holidays to dig into these books!