For The Love of Books

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I love books.

For people who know me, that might be an understatement, but its true: I love books.

I came across a couple quotes awhile back that say it well:

  • “There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.” – Martin Luther
  • “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus, an old scholar
  • “I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1815

Ever since I was a little kid, I would save up money to buy another book. Amazon is my addiction of choice. And if you were to ask me how many bookcases full of books I have, I’d be slightly embarrassed to declare it.

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Essentialism (Book Review)

I am a book fanatic and often read several books at the same time (see my current reading list here). The majority of my reading are classic Christian authors, but I love reading a variety of history, business and leadership, health and fitness, biography, and even the occasional fiction book.

Having gone to college for business, and now finding myself in a ministry leadership role, I appreciate a good business/leadership book. One such book that has been causing a stir in the business world recently is Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism (Amazon Link). And since I was given a free copy if I would read it and write a review, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

At the beginning of the book, McKeown asks the following questions (see how well you answer them):

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What Jello looks like in slow-mo

Have you had Jello lately? You know, the jiggly delectable treat your mom use to make on special occasions?

Ever wonder what Jello would look like if you dropped it and filmed it in slow motion? Maybe not, but I stumbled across this video and caused me to think of the Christian life. Check out the video below and then read my “spiritual insight” beneath it.

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September 2014 Book Giveaway

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I absolutely love a great Christian biography. My shelves are full of inspiring tales of individuals whom God used mightily for His kingdom throughout the centuries.

Amongst my favorites, there are a few that I return to again and again, almost like visiting a best friend. One such book is the biography of Samuel Logan Brengle. I’ve written about the book a couple times in the past (here and here).

Samuel Brengle was a gentle and humble individual whom God used to deepen the faith of countless thousands as he traveled the country as an evangelist for the Salvation Army when William Booth first started it. His biography is a powerful story of a man who gave up great fame and prestige to allow God to form deep humility within his life so that he might be used in greater measure for God’s kingdom and glory.

One of the things I greatly appreciate about Brengle is his love, passion, and focus upon Jesus. When God began to stir his life and capture his attention, Brengle said:

I saw the humility of Jesus, and my pride; the meekness of Jesus, and my temper; the lowliness of Jesus, and my ambition; the purity of Jesus, and my unclean heart; the faithfulness of Jesus, and the deceitfulness of my heart; the unselfishness of Jesus, and my selfishness; the trust and faith of Jesus, and my doubts and unbelief; the holiness of Jesus, and my unholiness.  I got my eyes off everybody but Jesus and myself, and I came to loathe myself.

Though this biography is currently out of print, I am giving away two old (used) hardback copies. If you love the feel of an old hardback, the smell of ancient paper, with a tremendous story contained therein, then you’ll want to make sure you sign up!

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Cast Aside the Green Superhero

A week ago, I was given opportunity to preach at the Church at Ellerslie in Windsor, CO. As we continued in Ephesians 4, we examined verses 26-27. What we discovered is that our lives are not to reflect the Green Superhero – in fact, he is to be cast aside. Not sure who I am referring to? Don’t be frustrated, watch the sermon …

 

Download the Sermon Notes Here
Download the MP3 Audio Here

NRJohnson – Cast Aside the Green Superhero from Ellerslie Mission Society on Vimeo.