10 Books That Shaped Me

 

There are a lot of things that have molded and shaped me over the years. Some good and some not so good. Be that as it may, I was thinking this week about how there are a lot of great books I’ve read over the years that have come to define who I am. The Bible is obviously one of those and in a class all by itself. I put some thought in to what the 10 books that really shaped me were. If you haven’t read some of them, I highly recommend giving each one some attention. Each one molded, changed and shaped me in a different way. So let’s get started.

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Review – Fearless by Eric Blehm

Last week I received a copy of a book called “Fearless” by Eric Blehm to review. Little did I know when I started this book that by the end of it, I would be moved to emotion like I rarely am. This book is a game changer on so many levels. I honestly won’t be able to find the words in this review to express how much I wish people would get a copy and read it for themselves. It is the remarkable story of one man, his story, his struggles, his humility, his family, his addictions and oh, by the … Continue reading Review – Fearless by Eric Blehm

Best. Book. Ever.

If you’ve been around this blog any time at all, you probably know a few things about me. First, I review a lot of books. Second, I have given more than a few of them 4 or 5 out of 5’s. Lastly, “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy has spent an unbelievable amount of time at the top of my favorite all-time books. As a matter of fact, I think it’s undefeated. A lot of books have run past my eyes but Coach Dungy remained strong with very little challenge. Until this week… Mr. Dungy…you are now number two. I would … Continue reading Best. Book. Ever.

Review – All Pro Dad

This is a review I cannot wait to get done on so many levels. First, I am a HUGE fan of the All Pro Dad movement. Several years ago I had the privilege of leading a local chapter and enjoyed connecting fathers and their kids. My kids and I have also attended three of the All Pro Dad Experience days and made lasting memories each time. Second, the author, Mark Merrill is a close friend of Tony Dungy, for whom I have the upmost respect. Last and certainly not least, I know that I need any help I can get … Continue reading Review – All Pro Dad

Soul Surfer Preview

Last night, my lovely bride and I had the blessing of seeing an advanced screening of the movie “Soul Surfer” which is due to be released on April 8th. As to not give away parts of the movie, let me just say that it was a wonderful film. Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer that loses her arm in an attack by a shark, this film will inspire and move you. I count it such a blessing to have had the opportunity to see it and HIGHLY recommend you plan on seeing it as well. … Continue reading Soul Surfer Preview

“Beauty Will Rise”

I spent the day with Steven Curtis Chapman today…. Well, okay so I didn’t actually sit down with a man I have an ultimate respect for, but I sure feel like I did. One of the first things I did this morning was download his new CD called “Beauty Will Rise“. On that tragic day in May of 2008, all who are familiar with the Chapman family were stunned by the news. Our hearts broke with theirs and I don’t know that most of us can begin to imagine the pain. I would guess that many have watched from a … Continue reading “Beauty Will Rise”

"Beauty Will Rise"

I spent the day with Steven Curtis Chapman today…. Well, okay so I didn’t actually sit down with a man I have an ultimate respect for, but I sure feel like I did. One of the first things I did this morning was download his new CD called “Beauty Will Rise“. On that tragic day in May of 2008, all who are familiar with the Chapman family were stunned by the news. Our hearts broke with theirs and I don’t know that most of us can begin to imagine the pain. I would guess that many have watched from a … Continue reading "Beauty Will Rise"

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – A Review

About 2 years ago, I got an email from a Pastor in the blogosphere with one simple question on it. It said “What’s your story”. That was it. Three simple words. I had no idea how to respond to that email. There were literally about a thousand directions I could got with the answer. I have since emailed, talked on the phone and even had the pleasure of meeting that Pastor in person once. Even though we don’t know each other well, I count him as a friend. One of the first things I said to him when we met … Continue reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – A Review

Simply The Best!

One thing that has always amazed me is how books seem to hit at just the right time. I actually recevied “Wide Awake” by Erwin McManus for Christmas along with 2 other books. I started the other two before I even opened “Wide Awake”. Then one day I sat down in a comfortable chair, put my feet up, opened “Wide Awake” and fell asleep True story. Ask “the boy”. He was sitting right there when it happened. So for 7 months this book has sat on the shelf and collected dust. I decided to take it with me on vacation … Continue reading Simply The Best!

Last Post of The Year!

Yep, it’s the last post I will do for 2008! Below are just several miscellaneous thoughts and updates. Happy New Year all! Hard to believe that next year we’ll be partying like it’s 2009! Has it really be nearly 10 years since the Y2K scare? I’m ashamed to admit my favorite song this year (*cough* “No Air” by Jordan Sparks) I have no idea why that is my favorite song. It just is. Probably my favorite new group in 2008 (new to me anyway) was  33 Miles. My favorite CD this year was a tough call, but I have to … Continue reading Last Post of The Year!

The Only Thing That's Good In Me

Let me begin by thanking Kerri for her recommendation of the new Michael English book “The Prodigal Comes Home” a few weeks ago. I started reading it on Friday and couldn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I am still thinking about it today. It’s not a fairy tale story. I won’t give away details, but I recommend this book to anyone. To those that struggle with addiction, self-doubt, Religion vs. Jesus, failure, doubt and self control…this book is a must read. It’s a story of Gods endless pursuit of our heart and His matchless grace. Michael … Continue reading The Only Thing That's Good In Me

The Only Thing That’s Good In Me

Let me begin by thanking Kerri for her recommendation of the new Michael English book “The Prodigal Comes Home” a few weeks ago. I started reading it on Friday and couldn’t put it down until I finished it last night. I am still thinking about it today. It’s not a fairy tale story. I won’t give away details, but I recommend this book to anyone. To those that struggle with addiction, self-doubt, Religion vs. Jesus, failure, doubt and self control…this book is a must read. It’s a story of Gods endless pursuit of our heart and His matchless grace. Michael … Continue reading The Only Thing That’s Good In Me

Carrying the Mat

“Everytime you forgive someone who hurt you, encourage someone who feels defeated, extend compassion to someone who stands alone, confront someone in love, open your heart to a friend, reconcile with an enemy, devote time to a child, you align yourself with God’s central purpose in this world.” – John Ortberg Tonight a blog site was brought to my attention that I have to pass along. This is no ordinary blog site. The link below is for a young man that I don’t know. I have never met him and know him only through reading the posts on his blog. … Continue reading Carrying the Mat

Camelot

Last night, my wife and I sat down to watch the 1995 movie “First Knight”. I had seen it before, but I must have been in a much different place spiritually at that point. I found so much truth and connection in it this time around. I was wishing I had a notebook to record some of the many quotes that are so relevant to our faith. Sure, the “body count” and violence in the battles was high, but beyond that, this is such a good movie. Some of the “Pearls of Wisdom” included: King Arthur (Sean Connery) – “This … Continue reading Camelot