Saturday, June 2, 2012

RECOMMENDED READING (2012)

Despite the title of this post, these amazing and engaging books weren't actually released in 2012 — I just happened to have discovered them finally this year.

In my former pig life I gleefully devoured only books that chronicled salacious backstage-type sex, drugs & rock and roll escapades. However, these days, given my current faith based life-focus, I gravitate now almost exclusively to authors with messages that will enrich my life, encourage my journey and enhance my relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are a few of my recent favorite discoveries...


THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY:
What You Didn't Learn in Church
by Andrew Wommack
I had the privilege and pleasure of seeing (and hearing) Andrew Wommack at a Florida speaking engagement as I was about halfway through this book. An incredible treat indeed. Simply put, Wommack doesn't much care for religion. I don't either and neither does Jesus. In fact, it's denominational-type religious stuff that keeps us from fully connecting with Christ. And through these 242 pages, Wommack pulls back  the veils of bad doctrine to reveal spiritual truth. Wommack will inspire some and offend others, but with his downhome, no-nonsense approach, he makes God's Word  crystal clear. For me, Wommack is a master teacher and orator, and this book is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of the scriptures and a maximized relationship with Christ.

THE RICHEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED:
by Steven K. Scott
Although the title might suggest some type of cheesy, easy, get-rich-quick or self-help revelation, this book is actually, on many levels, a complete life-changer. From surrounding ourselves with qualified advisers and partners to carefully examining ALL details before entering into a business opp to managing anger to dealing with criticism and more, the book reminded me of how I could have been more effective and successful in past endeavors as well as how I now can better pursue future ones. Despite being based on scriptures found in the book of Proverbs, multimillionaire/businessman/author Scott doesn't preach (much). He cleverly conveys his message as an experienced "buddy" sharing simple and practical advice. Although I personally have studied Proverbs within the last year or so, Scott puts it all into a fresh Everyman-type perspective.



SERVOLUTION:
Starting a Church Revolution Through Serving
by Dino Rizzo
There is a reason why this book maintains such a stellar rating among readers — it's open and honest, insightful and inspiring. I discovered Servolution during a particularly pivotal point in my own service  experience and I truly connected with Dino Rizzo's well-written, compelling and conversational style. Who knew that such an encouraging and powerful message of Christ's love and the importance of loving and serving others could be conveyed so perfectly through stories of delicious Gumbo, piles of dead rats and a man-size bowl of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch?
 

-Chris



Author Christopher Long's latest book,
is available NOW on Amazon.
 

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