The Classics – The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway Friday, Feb 27 2009 

CS Lewis wrote, “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.”

 

Mr. Lewis certainly had more knowledge than I could every hope to obtain and I could do well to heed to his advice. I admit that I have not read as many classics as I would like (or he would suggest), but the past couple of days I have really enjoyed reading Hemmingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea. It makes me look forward to summer and spending days on the ocean fishing!

 

 

Given the state of our country and economy, there are some historical, political, economic classics I would like to read:

 

United States Constitution Federalist Papers
Bastiat: The Law
The Jefferson Letters
Anti-Federalist Papers
Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense
Washington’s Farewell Address
Patrick Henry: “Give Me Liberty” Speech
Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
John Adams: Thoughts on Government
John Locke: Second Treatise of Civil Government

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The Best Question Ever – Andy Stanley Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

I just read The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley. This book was written in a very simple manner. It was easy and quick to read. The summary comes down to – in every situation one should ask “Is this the wise thing to do?” That was really the point of the entire book; ask yourself if the decision you are going to make is the wise decision for that situation. It was an enjoyable read, but in an effort to really drive home the point the book became repetitive. I would suggest Andy Stanley’s book Communicating For A Change as a better option for someone looking to read something written by Andy Stanley. I also know that Visioneering (another book by Andy Stanley) has received great reviews, but I have not yet read it.

Matt Chandler Monday, Feb 23 2009 

The Prodigal God – Tim Keller Sunday, Feb 8 2009 

What I have just read has instantly become my favorite book. I read it months ago when it was first released, however upon re-reading The Prodigal God I have been struck with a new love for this book and a renewed vision of our Lord Jesus as the perfect loving father. In this book Dr. Tm Keller does a commendable job of revealing the heart of God through the parable most commonly known as The Prodigal Son, from Luke 15:11-32.

I see this book as the perfect book to share with non-Christians and skeptics. As I think about leading a church, this is the book I would want to give to first time visitors because I think it deals with so many issues people have when approaching God. What a perfect book for casting a wonderful vision of who Jesus is.

As another note, Dr. Tim Keller’s other recent book titled The Reason for God is another wonderful book. This book is written to skeptics who find their skepticism based upon perceived intellectual reasons. Keller breaks down the arguments of those coming against Christianity followed by showing the Christian belief in it’s true light. I love this book and recommend it to anyone who feels deterred from the Christian faith for what they perceive as intellectual reasons. This book is like a modern day version of C.S Lewis’ Mere Christianity.

*For those who enjoy learning from Dr. Tim Keller there is no better resource than Steve McCoy’s site – Tim Keller Resources.

Metaphorically Selling – Anne Miller Sunday, Feb 8 2009 

“Metaphorically Selling” was the response I received when I asked one of the top external wholesalers in my company what he would recommend for books on finances and sales. He felt this book by Anne Miller was as necessary for selling as a key is for starting a car (cheesey, I know but I am just getting started!). This book is all about metaphors and “how to use the magic of metaphors to sell, persuade, and explain anything to anyone.”

This book was great! Metaphorically Selling was very fun to read. It gave example after example of how a picture can explain a situation, idea, or product to someone far better than simply telling the facts. As someone who loves facts, this book really went against much of my way of thinking and helped me to see things the way so many others do. Already I have seen a difference in the way I talk, sell, and even preach!

Example: This week I was sharing with the youth group about a new series we have begun titled Set Apart. This series is about how as Christians we live in this world, but we are called to be set apart from it. I drew from the resources of this book, combined a conversation with my wife, and couple trial runs to come out with the following illustration about being set apart that I used in my message…
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