book review

The Provocative God by Dan Lacich

The Provocative God, Dan LachichA Review and Recommendation

Here is a link to a book review I did on my Theoogy Blog - Ad Fontes. I wanted to provide this review for several different audiences, so today's post is a link to the review. 

The Provocative God: A Review and Recommendation.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

To All My Hobbit Friends

On the Shoulders of Hobbits book reviewWhether Real, Allegorical or Imaginary!
As the third and final installment of The Hobbit is just about upon us, I want to give you a STRONG recommendation. I URGE you my fellow Hobbits, to take some time and go really deep on the immense spirituality and virtue that is found in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

You will enjoy the movie(s) far more when you understand the lessons and "secrets" they contain. 

I am quite far through (but not quite finished with) a wonderful book. It is:

12 Reasons to Read Life Together

This is a Classic by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Well Worth Reading

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote, life together, Christian community

I recently preached on one of the core vision components of Living Word Community Church - the theme of Life Together. When our leadership team sat down this past year and developed some new ways of thinking about our vision:  Jesus Encounters, Life Together, and Beyond Sunday - I don't think anyone said, "hey, let's use the title of Bonhoeffer's great book." On the other hand, as the phrase was used, we realized it was indeed a title of a great classic.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins
In his extraordinarily insightful book, Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learnng from the Psychology of Ancient Monks, Dennis Okholm has done a great service, especially for those called to roles of ministry and leadership.

Gluttony
Lust
Greed
Anger
Envy
Sloth
Vainglory

Dangerous Passions Deadly Sins Learning From the Psychology of the Ancient MonksThese are the dangerous passions that beset all of humanity, but which are additionally destructive when they are manifest in the lives of those called to places and positions of influencing others.

The Trivialization of God: The Dangerous Illusion of a Manageable Deity

Some Book Titles Just Rock Your World - Like This One!

The Trivialization of GodI am preaching (in a few days) on the question(s):

Who is God?
What is God like?
Do I have a true understanding of the true God?
How close does my image of God correspond to the Bible's teaching?

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

This is a Definite Summer Reading Book...
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Tina Seelig...and then a fall reading book, a winter reading book and a springtime reading book. Basically - read this book and then read it again. And a few months later - read it again.

Book Suggestions on Increasing Your Productivity


Making Habits Breaking Habits bookIncreasing Productivity.
Here is a link to five recommended books to help you change your habits, shape your way of living and working, and move into greater productivity. This is a MAJOR theme for me in the first quarter of 2014. I am reading a lot of material on this  as I am teaching and coaching people in this.

Check out this post on Fast Company, skim over the book descriptions and see if anything interests you. All you need is to pick any one of them and you will find benefits from the ideas you learn AND implement.

Photo Jolts! Image Based Activities (Brief Review)


Here is a Shout Out or maybe a "Look Out" for 
Photo Jolts: Image Based Activities That Increase Clarity, Creativity and Conversation. I ordered this book right away after reading about it in a Zen Presentation blog. You definitely want to get the Kindle version of this one, due to the many links to outstanding images and videos. While I prefer reading most of my books in the paper version, using old-fashioned pen to do my thinking in the book, there are some books that are just designed to be super-charged in a digital version. This is one of them.

The Ten Lessons of Political Greatness


The Soul of a Leader by Waller Newell was a great book... long, detailed... but highly readable and more - VERY GOOD. The final pages of his book summarize the Ten Lessons of Political Greatness. After a long tour through modern American Presidents, then a visit to Lincoln and Napoleon, followed by a look at the ancient Greek democracies, Waller Newell gives his summary. I hope these have at least some power for you who probably have not read his book. Here they are with little or no explanation.

1.  Character trumps brains, or at least formal education.

2.  Inspiring rhetoric is necessary, but only in moderation.

Steal Like an Artist


Everyone else is!
That's the focus of this delightful little New York Times Bestseller by Austin Kleon. You can read it in 60-90 minutes. Do it at one sitting. Just enjoy the whole thing at a sitting. It is an easy read, fun, inspiring and thought-inducing. Hopefully it will help you become more creative as well.

Kleon doesn't necessarily tell you anything new that hasn't been said before. But since most of us are not good listeners, it needs to be said again. Kleon says it in a way that helps you listen. Witty, practical, loaded with nuggets of insight and wisdom, short stories, stepping stones for reflection and action.

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