Monday, March 30, 2009

Coming soon...

I'm in the process of finishing reading and reviewing a couple of books right now. I expect to publish the reviews for them in the next few days.

Here are some of the upcoming reviews you can look for:

Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century
Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff. This book delves deep in to the current state of what Hanegraaff identifies as false teaching that is leading many people astray. It mixes research and citation of these teachers and their doctrines with Hanegraaff's counterpoint views on the Gospel.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan. Chan digs into what might be a sensitive subject for many American Christians these days. His take on "Lukewarm Christians" and what God is really calling us to is intriguing and powerful.

The Coffeehouse Gospel : Sharing Your Faith in Everyday Conversation
The Coffeehouse Gospel : Sharing Your Faith in Everyday Conversation by Matthew Paul Turner. In this book, Turner relates several experiences that he and friends have had in sharing faith with others. The book has interesting discussions about ways that work, and some that don't work, when the opportunities come up to share faith.

I hope to see you back when the reviews are published. Keep watching....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Purpose Driven Blog

Ok, I'm way slack. Over 2 months! I guess I can't call myself a blogger...

Seriously, I took a bit of an enforced break from a lot of online stuff recently. After looking at some long term relationships I have (or used to have in some cases) and realized that I was neglecting many things IRL (in real life) because of the time and energy I was spending online. Between blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and various things in my feeds in GoogleReader, I was constantly feeding my attention appetite.

I was having a hard time find a way to summarize it until I found Tyler's post about Look at Me mentality. In other words, my online community wasn't about being a part of something, it was one attempt after another to get people to be apart of me.

I've struggled with selfishness for all my life. I mean, I help people and do things for people but a lot of times there is a hidden motive of "people like it when someone does nice things and think well of them." It's not always there, but too often for me to feel comfortable with it any more.

So, I've tried to purposefully redirect the energy I was using online into doing things in the world around me and for the relationships I have offline. With somethings I've been successful. With others, not so much.

One of the decisions I've made is that this blog needs to have a purpose and that purpose can't be so much about me.

Therefore, I'm pleased to announce that, for the foreseeable future, I'm going to dedicate this blog to reviewing books and magazine articles that I've been reading. this ties in nicely with the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program that I have hooked up with. I'll be doing books from them as well as other books I've picked up. I also expect to review some items from Relevant magazine and Collide magazine periodically.

If you are a loyal reader of this blog I have two questions for you:
1) Why? :-) (No really, why?)

2) What are some of the books you have been reading recently?


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