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Christmas 2012 & Books 2012 by Pr. Chris Ek

By December 14, 2012No Comments

Christmas 2012

I spoke to a family from church earlier this week and they shared with me that they had invited some of their friends to Christmas Eve. It can be an intimidating thing to invite someone to church, but studies show that someone who receives a personal invitation to church will often
say ‘yes.’ Be in prayer and discern a family or friend you could bring to Christmas Eve at Bethany this year.

Books 2012

Since this is our year-end issue of the Tidings, I wanted to give you a list of some of my favorite books from the past year. Hopefully, one or two will interest you and be a possible gift for someone this Christmas.

  • A Long Obedience: Discipleship in an Instant Society, Eugene Peterson
    Wonderful study on a section of the Psalms (120-134) and the culture we live in. The series of Psalms follows the journey to Jerusalem for Israelites who live far away. Peterson draws so much out of this group of Psalms that is important for us in our culture. I used the book at a daily devotional, reading a chapter a day.
  • True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, Bill George
    Great book on leadership development focusing on helping each person find his or her authentic self, values, motivations and integrity in leadership.
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
    Unbroken follows the life of Louis Zamperini from childhood, to the Olympics, to service in WWII, and into the redemptive years of his life. Once I started it, I could not put it down.
  • How God Became King: The Forgotten Stories of the Gospels, N.T. Wright
    Great blend of theology, history, and biblical study as N.T. Wright challenges us on how we should read the gospels of Jesus. It is a challenging book that I am still processing how to apply to daily
    life.
  • Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life, Alan Deutschman
    Deutschman looks at the dynamics of how we make changes in our life. Through stories, research and wisdom Deutschman shows what it takes to have lasting, sustainable change in our lives and why so many can’t achieve it.