Category Archives: Books

Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow

I just finished Anne Lamott’s new little book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (full disclosure: I got it from the library).  Just over 100 pages, it’s a wonderful book for those who pray all the time and those …

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Book Review: Growing Yourself Up

Growing Yourself Up: How to Bring Your Best to All of Life’s Relationships, by Jenny Brown (Exisle Publishing, 2012), would be a great book to start 2013. I found myself highlighting and taking notes on dozens of pages, as much …

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Book Review: 8 Habits of Love

8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind, by Ed Bacon, is a book that can help you think about your own life, your place in the world and how you relate to others. The eight habits include …

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What Does the Bible Say about Money?

I’ve been thinking about the complex threads in the Bible related to money and wealth. I’ve heard people make simplistic statements like, “God wants you to be rich,” and “rich people are selfish.” In fact, the Scriptures are filled with …

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Missional Preaching: A Book Review

I received a review copy of Missional Preaching, by Al Tizon, from Judson Press recently. I found it a valuable resource for preachers who are attempting to present the broad range of the gospel in their preaching. I’m not a …

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Another way to learn more about money: Economics 101 for Pastors webinar tomorrow

Matthew Tennant, pastor and former brokerage firm vp, author of Preaching in Plenty and in Want (which I reviewed here), is doing a webinar on “Economics 101 for Pastors) tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Register here.

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Book Review: Preaching in Plenty and in Want

Preaching in Plenty and in Want, by Matthew Tennant, is a thoughtful reflection on how pastors can engage with economic matters in their preaching. The author is a pastor as well as a former VP in a brokerage firm. I …

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Lost and Found – A Fascinating Book about Money

I’m listening to an audio version of Geneen Roth’s latest book, Lost and Found. She has written numerous thoughtful books about women and their relationship with food. This book is about money. Roth and her husband invested their life savings …

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What are the top 10 books that have changed your life and ministry? Last fall Chuck Warnock in his blog, Confessions of a Small Church Pastor, asked this question, and included his list. It caused me to develop my own …

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Can You Keep Your Head?

Are you in the hot seat in your leadership right now? My book group just read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, a delightful story — it’s an adventure, but it also has fascinating religious elements, with Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu characters. …

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