InSignificant

International flights are my opportunity to have personal time - rarely does my scheduling allow for eight to ten hours of reading and reflecting. Since most books seems to market to a 220 page length, my present level of reading and comprehension lends itself to throwing a couple of those open to complete. 

The flight from Frankfurt to Denver was my opportunity to read InSignificant: Why you matter in the way God is changing the World, by Chris Travis. 

The author records his two years of teaching math in what was categorized as one of the toughest schools in the nation, in the inner city of Harlem. The tension between student and teacher - disrespect, abuse, pride, fighting - the worst side of the human condition played out in the classroom and school environment.

Chris shares his vulnerability and struggles as he seeks to make a positive impact. His frustration and the resulting changes to his heart and soul make this a valuable read.

Chapters deal with Power, Service, Generosity, Dependence, Love and other core values. Some of the stories brought a smile to my soul, some made me cry.

My takeaway from the helpful book is that those who want to leave a legacy, a positive change in a dysfunctional world, will find it more challenging than they could imagine. There will be great self-doubt in the process that makes a person question motives and personal determination. 

Pastor, church-planter - you will find the book personally rewarding should you pick up a copy. 

Free Kindle Books

Technology is great in that it allows those of us that travel the ability to carry a library of books on an electronic device.

  • No longer are weight restrictions a problem. Before, eight books would throw your overhead carry-on over the limit.
  • Making notes in your electronic books is always available at the Amazon site.
  • Free is good.
  • Oh, and did I say, free? That is always good.

Here are a few books that caught my eye and I downloaded today. One of the authors is new to me, so I am anxious to see what I will discover. Most are reliable friends. Warren Wiersbe was so kind to host me as a guest for an afternoon and we discussed everything on my heart in his library of 10,000 books!

You gotta love the free book offers from Kindle, from the generous authors and publishers. Get 'em while they are free on Amazon.com.

Click on an image and you will be taken straight to the source. Easy-breezy.

How Christians Should Relate to Government, Wayne Grudem

10 People Every Christian Should Know, Warren W. Wiersbe

Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism, Carl Medearis

A Quick Introduction to the New Testament, D.A. Carson

Commentary on Ephesians, Robert H. Gundry

Success is not an Accident

Success is not an AccidentTommy Newberry's self-published book: Success is not an Accident might be of the genre where you would think - I don't want any quick humanistic quips to be a "success". At least that is how the title appeared to me as I was introduced to the volume.

But when you stop and think about it, who really sets out in life to be a failure? Anybody ever shoot for that intentionally? Really?

I tend to believe otherwise. If no one starts out aiming for a life of regret, maybe I should be more intentional about the way I do life. Not for the sake of being an outward success, but for the sake of pleasing Christ - for whom I was made. So maybe my perspective needs tweeking - maybe I should be more intentional about life, in order to prevent failure. Who wants to be a train wreck?

Mr. Newberry has biblical counsel about doing life. Great thoughts on altering perspectives are helpful. Here is a sample:

Imagine trying to throw darts at a dartboard in a room with no lights on. Even in the dark, you would eventually hit the board, and if you continued for long enough, you would probably hit the bull’s-eye. But if you turned on the lights, gathered a large supply of darts, got some coaching, and invested ample time in practicing, you would significantly reduce the time it would take to hit the dartboard. When you finally hit the bull’s-eye, many people would call you lucky. But you wouldn’t be lucky. You would just have been willing to do more things to ensure that you hit the bull’s-eye.

And another:

High achievers are motivated by pleasurable outcomes. Underachievers are motivated by pleasurable methods.

Ouch. But at least he calls the issue by name.

Enjoyable reading and challenging thoughts. Thanks, Mr. Newberry.

Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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