A Gift Almost Missed (A Lesson in Seeing)

This message has to be both seen and heard, rather than read, to be grasped.

It’s only 4 minutes long. Click, sit back and watch, and I hope it will give you new eyes to see the gifts of today. (I’m not scowling, really–just squinting in the sun. Next time I’ll be more aware of the sun! Still getting this video thing down….)

(Little side note: This was shot 2 days ago, and when I tried to get it on this blog, something happened to the blog. In the process of trying to fix that problem, I contacted a friend. The results of that contact blessed us both, reigniting and deepening our friendship. So the “problem” of my blog being messed up was really a “disguised gift,” resulting in blessing for both of us. Remember: God is good, and at work even in our problems.)

Reminder: Virtual Book Tour on Parenting “Wild Things” (Boys!)

Please join me and my guests, Stephen James and David Thomas, authors of the new book, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys on tonight’s Virtual Book Tour at 5 pm Pacific/6 Mountain/7 Central/8 Eastern.

We will be answering questions submitted at http://www.answersforparentingboys.com. (You can go there even after the VBT to ask a question and listen to the replay. Authors will periodically be answering questions on their blog at http://www.stephenanddavid.com.)

This book is meaty! I have an 18-year-old son myself, and when I started the book, I thought, “Oh, it’s not going to help me, my son is too old.”


One of the key things they say that caught my attention is that, Continue reading “Reminder: Virtual Book Tour on Parenting “Wild Things” (Boys!)”

Virtual Book Tour on The Art of Nurturing Boys–Invitation

If you have a boy in your life that you care about (son, grandson, students, boys on a team you coach, etc.), you will want to listen in on a fascinating discussion I’m having next week with Stephen James and David Thomas about “Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys.”

The best part is–you get to ask the questions!

If you go to http://www.answersforparentingboys.com you can ask the authors about your most challenging issue with raising boys.

After you ask your question (or if you just want to sign up, say “none,”), you’ll have access to a quick video of the authors sharing a bit about what prompted them to write this new, practical, and insightful book that will help you understand, appreciate, and better mentor the boys in your life. Continue reading “Virtual Book Tour on The Art of Nurturing Boys–Invitation”

Causes for Celebration

Today my family is rejoicing in good news:

1. My daughter had a parotid gland tumor removed last week, a very tricky surgery because the main facial nerve is right there. The surgery was successful–no nerve damage–and the tumor benign.

Many spiritual gifts came from that, including the witness to my children that people literally from all over the world, people they didn’t know but who knew Jesus and because of that, cared about her and me, prayed for her. Continue reading “Causes for Celebration”

[Abundant Gifts excerpt] The Eyes of Acceptance

I thought you’d enjoy a story from Abundant Gifts that, if you had the book, you’d be reading this week. This is an everyday gift and also speaks of gifts to others.

Then [Jesus] said to them, Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.Luke 9:48, NIV

Ernest Boyer Jr., in Finding God at Home (Harper & Row, 1994), tells how as a young boy he would tug on his great-grandfathers jacket to get his attention when the man was talking to someone. His great-grandfather would finish his sentence, stoop down to Ernest’s level, look at him, and wait patiently. “As he waited, he looked at me with eyes that told me I need not hurry, that there was time, eyes that said that I need not fear what he would think of what I might say, anything would be fine, eyes that seemed to see the person I most truly was and accept that person. His was caring of the deepest sort.”

Such a simple thing–to listen to a child. Yet this deceptively simple act of a great-grandfather influenced Continue reading “[Abundant Gifts excerpt] The Eyes of Acceptance”

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.

The Shack Revisited: Interview with the Author William Paul Young

The ShackIt was Number 1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List a year after being published–almost unheard of for what was essentially a self-published book.

Why is this novel–now a movie–so popular?

Largely because it’s the kind of novel you feel compelled to give away. If you like it, that is–which obviously many, many people. do.

Not surprisingly, since its beginning, the book and now movie has also sparked a lot of controversy. Whenever a Christian becomes “high profile” in the culture, he or she is put under a microscope. If the high-profile figure is an author, the book is dissected for theological accuracy.

The Shack, by William P. (Paul) Young, is no exception.

The problem is,  often the criticism misses the main point of the book.

In this case, we should not forget that this is fiction, not a theological treatise. It’s a story meant to be experienced.

The interesting this was, Paul did not even intend for it to be published. He wrote it for his children–an abundant gift from his heart.

Listen to “the story behind the story” in my interview with Paul Young, originally aired on my Books ‘n’ Such show, right before the book hit its 1-year anniversary of being published. It was on the best-seller lists, but had not reached #1 when we did this interview. (Note: ignore the sponsor plugs, they are no longer in existence.Also, here’s the correct link for the book and for Paul Young’s blog. A lot had changed since the book was first published!)

I’d welcome your comments. If you read the book or watched the movie, did you “get it”? Did you enjoy it? Did anything bother you about it? Post your comments here, please!

The Bible on One Page

Someone sent me an email with a very cool thing inside.

It’s a page with links to every chapter in the Bible, on one page.

Plus a handy reference guide to “Emergency Numbers.”

For example, “When you are sad, phone John 14.

I would like for you to have your own copy.

It’s in a Word doc file. You might want to keep it handy on your computer desktop, to click on when you want.

To get your copy of “The Bible on One Page,” click here. (Thank you, Joann Howard!)