“A Leader’s Heart” by John C. Maxwell

A Leader’s Heart, by John C. Maxwell, is a year-long devotional for those called to leadership. It also doubles as a gift book, to give to a leader or mentor in your life, as well as a personal journal. The book has a nice appeal to it, as an older style reflective upon church leadership and pastoral notes in older days. For each day, beginning at the first of the year, it has a simple outlined format: Scriptural quotation, reference/quotation from previous Maxwell publication, and a question/answer spot for you to reflect on the subject matter and glean knowledge from it as to your personal leadership style and team efforts.

 

This is an interesting devotional that I should take for the full ride, and give it a year’s time. The physical attractiveness of the book provides a desire to test the inside material.

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“Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo

Boy is rushed to hospital. Boy has emergency operation involving anesthesia. During the time boy is unconscious, boy goes to heaven. Boy meets Jesus. Boy comes back to life. Years later, boy tells the tale to his parents. Shock. And. Awe. Welcome to the true story of a boy who experienced what so many have savored for: the afterlife, or what call it. From the innocent perspective of a young child, the imagery and impact the experience had on the little boy Colton lasted a lifetime. Throughout the book, Colton shares with his parents the experience he had earlier, from going to heaven, what occurred in other parts of the hospital, meeting Jesus, and seeing the preparations for Armageddon. Overall, the message shared is one of hope: there is a heaven, there is a Messiah, and there is an End coming. Everyone had better get ready – time is running out.

 

The writing style of the text is simplistic in mind, to permit the reader to capture the essence of the story, yet have a first-hand experience with the parents. Unfortunately, such writing styles tend to have a short attention span with readers, causing this book to not make the serious reading list. Those looking for a page-flipper will find this book in excellent condition, but those searching for the next novel or biographical tale are better to search elsewhere.

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“The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews

The Butterfly Effect is well known due to short stories, movies, and the like. Whether it’s “Heroes,” or “Butterfly Effect,” or “Sound of Thunder,” the media outlet is consumed by the simple concept that every move you make matters. Scientifically, it is considered a law, known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. In essence, Andrews introduces the fact that we all are part of the Butterfly effect – who we are and what we do impacts more greatly than we’ll ever know.

 

Published about the same time as his children’s tale, “The Boy Who Changed the World,” Andrews provides a simplistic and adult method of motivation – that of short pages, covering great inspiration and hope. Unfortunately priced rather high, Andrews successfully provides another hit – great motivation without scriptural support. While not necessary for the publisher’s market, it would be nice to see such support in a “Christian inspiration” book.

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