I'm really proud of myself for March. Altogether I read seven books which actually puts me a little ahead of the pace of 52 by the end of the year again. A couple of the books were for my masters' program and others were for enjoyment. Time to start on my April reading now!
This was a great book by Perry dealing with the methods of prayer and blessings. He speaks of several instances in the Bible of prayer and fasting and how God responds to His people. A large premise of the book was Jacob's ladder and the possibility of their existing a "ladder of prayer" in regards to our methods and motivations. Some saints of old would call it "praying through." The book was a great encouragement to not only pray, but to pray with the assurance that our Father in Heaven not only hears us, but is answering us. We do fight a real enemy who seeks to destroy us and block the blessings of God from ever being realized in our lives. We must continue to pray and "fight" until our prayers have been answered. Great book on prayer and blessings!
This is by far the best book on leadership I've ever read or heard of. Even the heralded guru of leadership principles, John Maxwell, exalts this book. It is an older book and has been recopied several times and will more than likely continue to be due to its relevance and thoroughness. Sanders takes Biblical and spiritual leadership and dissects it down to numerous individual chapters of dealing with the intents of the hearts, the thought life, motivations, work ethic, compassion, strong willed, assertiveness, protector, servant, and more. After reading just a little of the book, I felt completely disqualified to ever serve at all. Yet, Sanders encourages the reader to realize that the task of being a leader is never about becoming one, but is more about striving to reflect the greatest leader ever know, Jesus Christ. I would say this is a must read for anyone who believes God has called them into any type of spiritual leadership in the church.
This book was actually a compilation of several authors edited and put together by Dr. Raymond Culpepper who also wrote a great deal in the book. The book deals with the issue of trust in the church and with others. Culpepper and others state that it is the loss of trust that has led in many ways to the deterioration of our churches, families, and society in general. To be fair, some of these institutions have given numerous reasons to doubt them and has worked to put a black mark on their trustworthiness. However, we must begin a quest for trust to rekindle our belief in God, His Word, His church, and His people. It starts with us being real about who we are and where we are in life. We have to learn to be honest with ourselves first and foremost. This was another great read from our General Overseer.
I must say that I'm a little mixed on this book. On the one hand, it's chop full of information that I wouldn't have obtained without reading it. On the other hand, it was an extremely hard read as it had a tendency to be more informative than narrative. The book deals with the Black contributions in the Church of God and Pentecostal movement in general. Many do not realize just how important Blacks were in the Church of God. It's safe to say I believe that without the Black presence in our church, the church wouldn't be what it is today. The book heralds several early church leaders who believed in the Black people even during segregation and worked to educate them and plant churches. Dr. T. L. Lowery was a huge proponent of the Black movement. The book details several Black Pentecostal leaders who worked and sacrificed in the Church of God to plant churches and promote growth. One such man was Dr. Wallace Sibley of South Georgia. Altogether, this was a good book for information and the information is certainly valuable. However, you may find yourself wishing there was more narrative behind some of the great men and women mentioned.
"Come Together and Worship" by Michael W. Smith, Third Day,
This was a small book with less than 75 pages, but it was good nonetheless. The small book basically details different aspects of worship and hits high points and quotes about God and His goodness to all of us. It is a reminder of our need to worship God in considering all He has done for us. The book is good for some good quotes and great scripture reminders of God's faithfulness to us. Good little read.
This was also a small book with a little less than 75 pages, but it was good as well. It is a great book for history buffs or those interested in how our nation was founded and God and the Bible were intertwined with the beginnings of America. Filled with great quotes from our founding fathers, Michael W. Smith offers his thoughts of the price of freedom and how we must never forget those that have died and fought so bravely for the right we have to be an American. We must also never forget the goodness and grace of God which has undoubtedly shown upon us all, especially this nation throughout the years. Good book for Independence Day reminders.
This was another one of my favorite books I've read so far. I have to read it for my counseling class in my masters' program and was honestly dreading it. But I have to say, It was an easy read and a very informative read. Dr. Leman deals with the psychology of birth order and how birth order plays into the formation of our initial personalities and life goals / themes. Understanding birth order and the probably personality dispositions, helps lead to understanding the workings of a nuclear family and/or a step family. Dr. Leman deals with the need for understanding of each individual, where they came from, what their life-style and theme is, and the events that have led the individual to where they are today. There are some who would say the birth order effect is something more fictional than real, but I can say as a reader, his description of me as a firstborn and Billie as a last born was spot on. Very good book!
Ryan is engaged to Rachel and resides in Perry, GA. He is the proud "Dada" to Rylee and Charlee. He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science Education and a Masters degree in church ministry / leadership. He has served in various positions of ministry, music, management, and more. He spends his free time with his girls, writing and playing music, reading books, playing and watching sports, and living life. To contact Ryan, email firstname.lastname@example.org.