A few months ago, I had the opportunity to read Aimee Byrd’s forthcoming book, Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. What an incredible, helpful, needed, and insightful book!
I do not have the spiritual gift of book reviews, so I won’t attempt one. But I will tell you what I thought of the book and make some observations. (And, I’ll let you in on a little secret: her book is not ultimately about biblical manhood and womanhood. It’s mistitled. It’s really a book about discipleship in the local church.) Continue reading “Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood — My Response to Aimee Byrd”
What’s Best Next Video Study
January 12 is almost half-over. Your New Years Resolutions are probably more than half-broken. And, if you’re like me, most resolutions deal with getting more things done. If that’s you, let me encourage you to think differently about productivity. Instead of getting more things done, aim to get better things done.
Matt Perman, the author of What’s Best Next, is a master of productivity. He’s studied productivity theory (in its various ways) and combined the best of multiple systems with theological God-centeredness to help you do “what’s best next.” I was pleased to receive a copy of his new video study. In 27 sessions (over 6 hours of content) Matt teaches through his material in short, accessible sessions.
The What’s Best Next Video Study will be helpful for those who prefer to learn by listening. It would be useful for work-team training or for use with high school students learning to prioritize their responsibilities.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History
I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Recently, I’ve been watching it with my seven-year-old (who now begs me to watch it). It’s been a joy to revisit my television friend as an adult. I’m beginning to understand Mister Rogers’ wisdom, what he was doing, and why he did it. It’s helping me be a better parent and person.
So, I was pleased to receive Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History as a Christmas present. I read almost half of it the first night. It is filled with history, pictures, and interviews with the cast and crew. Any fan of Mister Rogers will be sure to treasure it.
Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women
Is it ok for me to say I’ve been enjoying a book that I co-wrote? Either way, I have been. For the past month, I’ve been anxious as the February 4 release date approaches. I’ve questioned myself on whether the book is any good or will be helpful to others. (For the most part, I’ve forgotten what we actually wrote since the last round of edits!)
I ripped open a manilla envelope on Saturday, expecting to find a different book. To my surprise, it was a copy of Worthy! I sat down and read almost all of it that afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by how happy I was with it. Whether it is helpful to others or not remains to be seen. But, for now, I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to write it. And I pray he uses it to bless others and to glorify himself.
I’m not a voluminous reader, mostly because I’m a slow reader. I plod through books. I’m not a great book reviewer by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t know that I’ve ever posted a “favorite book of the year” before. But this year, a late arrival emerged as a clear favorite. Continue reading “My 2018 Book of the Year”
I don’t know where I came across The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker, the debut novel of Australian author Matilda Woods. But I am grateful I did. I loved this book from its opening sentences to the closing paragraph.
Set in the town of Allora, bordering a violent sea and famous for flying fish, The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker tells the story of Alberto, the coffin maker. The widower, bereaved of wife and children, lives alone, caring for the dead of the town. His life changes with the appearance of the orphan, Tito Bonito, and his pet bird, Fia. Continue reading “Book Review: The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker”