Making Happy

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@WorthyPub @LesParrott #MakingHappy

Making Happy: The Art and Science of a Happy Marriage

We all know that marriage does not make us happy but Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott supply some great insights on how to make our marriages happy in their new book from Worthy Publishing. These bestselling authors understand relationships. They have been writing books on the subject for a couple of decades. My wife and I actually went through the Parrott’s book “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” over 15 years ago during our engagement. In “Making Happy” the doctor duo help us discover the key ingredients to making our marriages truly enjoyable. 

This book is a delightful read and it is filled with fun little quizzes to get you thinking about the things that can increase happiness in our lives and marriages. Did you know that your life circumstances have very little to do with your personal happiness? Happiness is more about your perspective but it does take work. "What is your gratitude quotient? What is your adventure quotient? What is your happy factor?" When I finished this book, my wife and I went on a date. We took the short assessments and talked through these important areas of our marriage relationship. It was a wonderful evening and the book provided lots of great fodder for conversation. This title also includes a 21-day “Happiness Plan” giving you practical ways to implement the art and science of making your marriage more happy. I encourage you to read through this book and put into practice what can make your marriage (and your life) happy. 

Awakening

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@RalphReed @WorthyPub #Awakening

Awakening: How America Can Turn From Economic and Moral Destruction Back to Greatness

"The most lethal threat to freedom today comes not from a foreign military opponent. It comes from within." Ralph Reed, Founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, begins his latest work "Awakening" with a reminder that Rome’s own downfall was a result of its internal corruption. Through engaging stories of our political heritage, current events and his own experiences, Reed compels his readers to pray for our leaders, to be involved in the political process, and to demonstrate concern for the powerless, our families and our religious liberties in this great nation. 

Yes, as Christians, our kingdom is not of this world. It is true that we are not eternal citizens of this country, but we are called to stand up for justice. We as believers are called to be the salt, the preservative of society. We have an unusual gift, liberty. Not many nations in this world’s history have had such a treasure. Let us not watch it slip away by standing idly by. Let us guard and steward it well.

While he does bring up several severe injustices already being assailed on people and organizations in our country today, this book is not a rant on all that is wrong in America. Ralph Reed has solutions. He has action points. He calls for us to be renewed. I highly recommend this book. It will challenge you. I hope that it will energize you to stand for righteousness in the political sphere and in all areas of life. 

Perfect Ending

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#PerfectEnding @WorthyPub @Robert Jeffress

Eschatology: The study of end times. 

What does the thought of this word-eschatology-do to you in your spirit? Does it strike fear? Does it excite you? Do you possibly scoff at the idea? For many of us the thought of end times events is somewhat irrelevant to our daily lives. It really isn’t on our radar, but Pastor Robert Jeffress encourages us all to think otherwise. In his latest release “Perfect Ending”, Jeffress does an excellent work of making a somewhat intimidating subject very accessible to all of us. Robert Jeffress is an adjunct professor at my alma mater, Dallas Theological Seminary, but this book does not read like a seminary dissertation. You will enjoy his many stories. You will be engaged by his straightforward explanations of the Bible’s many prophetic passages. You will be amazed at how quickly you can digest a book on this subject!

I encourage each of you to snag a copy of this great book and be challenged in your thinking about future events. Our eternity does matter. It matters immensely. And the things we believe about our future will shape the way we live today. 

As C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity (and Jeffress quotes), “…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some moderns think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. — It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.”

Here is a collection of biographies about Christian heroes of the faith. I have been reading them to the children each night for the past couple of years. The writing is wonderful and the stories have had a profound impact on my daughter, Calli. I am so appreciative of the way the authors have written them specifically for young readers.  I highly recommend these for your children. The books will inspire your child with magnificent stories of risk, adventure, sacrifice and love for the sake of Christ. 

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God's SmugglerLiving Water: Powerful Teachings from the International Bestselling Author of the Heavenly ManThe Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother YunThe Sacred EchoThe Organic GodDesperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors

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The Road to Rescue

Mietek Pemper was a Pole who was privileged to be one of the 1000+ Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler at the height of the holocaust.  Because of Pemper’s typist abilities, he was used as an executive assistant by several SS officials which made him privy to top secret documents and other pertinent information. He was able to use much of this data to spare many lives himself. This story was absolutely captivating. 

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Out Live Your Life

Outlive Your LifeI have enjoyed Max Lucado’s books since I was a freshmen in college. I just love his writing style. His most recent publication is one of my favorites though. It fosters an eternal perspective that is so critical for each of us to possess. You were made to make a difference! Ephesians 2:10

Made to Make a DifferenceWe are currently wrapping up a complimentary video based series for youth that was produced by BluefishTV along with Max and his daughter Jenna entitled "Made to Make a Difference". It has been fantastic to see other people, many of them very young, making a difference, to hear teaching from Max, to examine the Scriptures in our small groups and then to challenge our students to actually make a difference!

Check out the book and tour website here.

Same Kind of Different as Me

What do a high end art dealer from Fort Worth and a modern day runaway slave from Louisiana have in common? More than you might think. This riveting narrative of their unlikely friendship had me in tears. It will crush your preconceived ideas and challenge your faith. This is one of my top 5 favorite books. 

Check out the website from the authors. A movie is possibly being released in 2011.Same Kind of Different







Tower of Secrets

Do you enjoy spy novels and Cold War thrillers? I do not really care for fiction much so I loved this book because it is true! Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller is the incredible story of Victor Sheymov, a former KGB agent, who had access to the most secret Soviet intelligence. As a result of his growing aversion to the workings of the communist party and its ideals, Victor decided to defect to the United States. This stranger than fiction account describes the intricate maneuvering he had to perform in order to get he and his family to political asylum. Any misstep would have been lethal. This is a gripping read for anyone that would enjoy the genre or the era.  Tower of Secrets