You’re Invited to a Special Event on Unleashing Leadership Potential

Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands One of the things I “do for a living” is work with publishers and authors to get the word out about their books through something called a “Virtual Book Tour.”

I’d like to invite you to one I’m doing in just a few days.

If you’re a leader of any stripe (parent, educator, church leader, community leader, manager, etc.), tune in on October 28 to listen to my interview with Nancy Ortberg, author, speaker, teaching pastor, and business consultant.

As is typical with Virtual Book Tours, you can ask Nancy Ortberg questions ahead of time. So go ahead–ask Nancy any question you have on how to unleash leadership potential—in yourself or others.

Nancy will answer questions—perhaps yours!—in the upcoming Virtual Book Tour that you can attend via your phone or even computer. Rather than driving somewhere to a physical book tour to hear Nancy talk about her new book, Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership (or missing it altogether because it’s not in your town), you get to hear her either live, or later via replay—from the comfort of your own home!

When you sign up, you’ll also get an excerpt from the book to get you started.

More Questions Answered about “Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices”

On March 18, I did a Virtual Book Tour  with Frank Viola and George Barna on their very provocative new book, “Pagan Chrisitanity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices.”

In less than 10 days, we received more than 650 questions from people who signed up for the Virtual Book Tour. (You can still ask a question, and then get to listen to the replay of that interview.)

Needless to say, we could discuss only a fraction of those questions in the 70-minute format.

So I did another interview, this time with Frank, for my book review podcast, Books ‘n’ Such. Some of the questions we discussed:

  • What do you mean by “pagan”?
  • Where do all the different denominations come from, and is having all these different groups a pagan practice?
  • Just about every Christian church has a dominant pastor or priest or leader of some kind. Is this not what the Bible teaches?
  • What is your intention in publishing this book, and what impact on local churches do you hope it will make?
  • Why does it matter where our church practices come from? Can’t God work through culture and the way things have evolved, even if they are rooted more in pagan-or cultural-practices?

I invite you to tune in to hear Frank’s answers, if you have any interest in this topic.

Virtual Book Tour on “Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Church Practices”

I’m going to be doing a Virtual Book Tour on a rather controversial subject and I thought you might be interested in knowing about it.

The book is Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices by Frank Viola and George Barna.

The book’s thesis is that many of our common church actually have their roots in pagan practices rather than biblical principles.

If this thought sparks a question for you, you can ask it now at We already have nearly 500 questions. It promises to be an interesting interview!

The call is on Tuesday,  March 18 at 7 p.m. Central, and there will be a replay. Sign up and get all the details.

Question: “How do you keep motivated to keep a journal regularly?”

As promised, I will begin to answer questions submitted to my Abundant Gifts Virtual Book Tour.

(You can submit your own question at any time. Also, if you missed event you can listen to the replay any time.)

Marcia asked, “”How do you keep motivated to keep a journal regularly?”

First, I have to admit that I myself don’t always “keep a gifts journal.” I do write first thing every morning, as soon as I get up. Three pages worth, longhand, whatever comes to mind. But that’s because I’m a writer, and it helps make writing nearly as natural as breathing. I don’t care what I write, it’s an exercise in getting words down on paper.

But for more focused journaling, I think the best thing is not to worry about being “disciplined” (which “regularly” implies). Somehow that word creates automatic resistance, doesn’t it?

Don’t worry about doing it regularly. Just focus on noticing. When you focus on regularly noticing the great things that are happening in your life–the things that feel like gifts–pretty soon you get so excited you just want to write them down so you won’t forget.

And don’t get hung up on the mechanics–what your journal looks like, whether you’re writing it down just right. Make it a goal to notice at least three things every day. If you can write it down, all the better. Grab any notebook you have.

Or you can download my eBook Journal and print it out, keep it close to your bedside at night. Before you go to sleep, review the day and just jot down a few words so that you’ll remember what the gift was later. Should only take 3-5 minutes. Surely we can all spare that, right? (I’m speaking to myself here, too!)

I hope this answers your question, Marcia! Thanks for asking.