Review: Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged

Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged
Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged by John Piper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was one of those books, that I’m very much glad I took the time to have read, but it left me a little wanting. I agreed with the overarching premise; that to narrow too specifically the Great Commission is to short change God’s global mission. Instead the Great Commission is in fact intended to include all persons, and since that is true, we cannot ignore those unreached people groups living within our world today. I felt the book did a good job setting up this point, and I enjoyed the use of different voices to state and argue the point. Yet, I felt as though the application side of the coin was a bit lacking when compared to the argument side. Still, Finish the Mission is an important and likely necessary book as it relates to the topic of global Christian mission. It’s a book that maybe in actually is meant to focus more on establishing the argument, rather than providing for application. After all, until we believe the argument for joining with God on his global mission for all persons to hear and have opportunity to respond to his Gospel, it’s of little good to write a book that focuses on an application of putting the argument into practice.

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Review: Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life

WreckedWrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It seems as though our world today is filled with all sorts of warnings. Caution! Hot coffee. Warning, smoking may cause cancer. Beware of dog! I’m not quite sure how Wrecked, by Jeff Goins was allowed to be published without so much as a read at your own risk! label. Goins has a way with words that not only tells a captivating story, but pricks the soul of the reader, drawing them in to the story itself. The beauty of Wrecked is that Goins shares from a place of personal, raw honesty. A quality that allows the reader to believe the words on the page and be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually impacted. The impact is nothing short of a gut check at the deepest level. Goins holds back nothing, as he pushes the reader to the point where a choice must be made; stay the same or become wrecked. As much as instinct begs that everything stay the same, many will find it too difficult and costly to do so; opting instead for the necessary pain and discomfort of becoming wrecked and making a world shaking difference.

This is not a book for the faint of heart however, as your heart will be challenged to consider the thing that’s been pushed to the dark recesses of your thinking. Wrecked is not a book to be read while on vacation, or casually while passing the time between your kid’s soccer and basketball practice. However, if you know your life is begging you to shake the dust from its dry old bones, then I’d encourage that you read with reckless abandon. Read with your heart and mind wide open, and brace for impact, as impact will most certainly come your way. To state it another way, to read Wrecked is to play a game of Chicken with the status quo. Who’ll flinch first? Go get wrecked, I bet you’ll look back and be glad you did.

Wrecked is a must share with a friend book, no doubt.

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Review: Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads

Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads
Redeeming Leadership: Shoulder Pads by Mark Riddle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite what appeared to be a few minor edit oversights, the book achieved it’s purpose; to point out and address the problem of leaders assuming roles and tasks of leadership that aren’t their’s to assume. The beauty of this book is that it’s a fast food read of a book that delivers gourmet quality content.

This would make a great training tool for various leadership groups, and in an assortment of contexts. While the focus is on a pastor-leader, the principles would easily jump to other contexts and arenas of leadership.

Readable in a day, processable over a life time, that’s Redeeming Leadership.

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Review: Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible
Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible by Steven Furtick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book provided a lot to process and ponder as it relates to my personal prayer life and how I interact with God through prayer. I wouldn’t say everything landed with me, but a lot did and for that I’m grateful. Definitely, a book worth reading and allowing yourself to be challenged by. Possibly a book I’ll again return to and reprocess.

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My Mistakes, A Matter of Perspective

I know it takes a rare sort of person to get excited about owning up to their mistakes. The upside to our mistakes however, is we all have them. Piles of them I’m sure. Within hours of our birth, the ticker on our mistake meter began running, and there likely is no sign of it slowing any time soon.

So let’s come clean, and admit we’ve made mistakes, and will do so again–probably very soon.

Here’s the thing though. Our mistakes often times are viewed from the wrong perspective. We tend to see the mess-ups of our lives as something to be frowned upon, or hidden away or even ashamed and embarrassed by. Have you considered that maybe your mistakes aren’t designed to be a permanent blemish on our life’s timeline, rather they are benchmarks of opportunity for God to come to the rescue?

With the help of Steven Furtick and his book Sun Stand Still, I was awoken to this aha moment recently when I read his words here…

Your mistakes can actually make you a more likely candidate for a miracle–if you process them God’s way.

Simple, and at the same time brilliant. It’s a matter of perspective. Do I view my mistakes in the negative or in the light of redemption? When we position ourselves to see our mistakes in this new way, we all of a sudden awaken to the reality of God at work in our lives.

Let’s commit together to realign our perspective as far as it relates to our mistakes, being cautious of course not to willfully wonder into them. But when we find ourselves having committed one, we no longer view it as negative, rather celebrate it while Jesus works to redeem it, creating miracles in our midst.