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Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

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For many years I have been a fan of the wit and wisdom of James N. Watkins. He weaves his natural sense of humor into serious subjects with seamless ease. And trust me, his sense of humor is warped like mine! Check out this “stand up” routine Moses could have given with his back against the Red Sea: “Hey, how’s everybody tonight? Well ‘shofar,’ so good (rim shot). So, how ‘bout that Passover meal? Great menu if you have to be on the lamb (rim shot). Tough room. I’m dying like a firstborn in Egypt (rim shot).” -James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad   Having lived through many “lemons” in life, his words are also rich with the wisdom of personal experience and the compassion that grows out of it. “But we often ask, “How could a God of love and compassion let one of His children experience such sinful actions?” Perhaps in the same way He let His one and only Son experience such...

Hearing God by Mark and Patti Virkler

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I read the Kindle edition of Hearing God, but it’s really designed to be a workbook. Actually, it’s like an interactive daily devotional, with short readings followed by prompts and space to record your thoughts. Since I’m already familiar with Mark Virkler’s books and courses, I read it straight through without doing the exercises. Hearing God covers the four keys to hearing God’s voice, how to meditate on God’s voice, and hearing God through your dreams. This is a good introduction to Mark Virkler’s teachings, but someone new to hearing God’s voice would be better served with his full teaching in his book, 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice or his online course. That said, there are plenty of thought-provoking insights and encouraging words in this brief overview.   “Meditation is intently seeking God’s revelation, resulting in God’s disclosing Himself to you.” Mark VirklerPowered By the...

A Life of Balance by KP Yohannan

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A Life of Balance by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this booklet, K.P. Yohannan explores the opposites we must learn to balance in our lives as Christians: discipline and freedom, love and doctrine, zeal and wisdom, faith and common sense, or our sacrifice and God’s grace. This little booklet is worth a read. I find K. P. Yohannan’s writing to be very inspirational and uplifting, but he always challenges me to go deeper with God. View all my reviews   Tweetable quotes from the book: “Even when you are discouraged about yourself, God is not.”–K.P. Yohannan, A Life of BalancePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This “Love does not force people to do things a particular way.”–K.P. Yohannan, A Life of BalancePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   A Life of Balance K.P. Yohannan 2014 78 pages   Preview A Life of Balance  ...

Crisis in Leadership by KP Yohannan

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Crisis in Leadership K. P. Yohannan 2014 70 pages   I would read anything by K.P. Yohannan so even though I’m not in leadership or a ministry position, I picked up this little booklet. It was so much more than a little leadership pep talk. I expected some leadership philosophy and psychology, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so much more in these pages. The main point of the book has to do with insecurity—something to which we can all relate. It offers specific insights and applications for if you feel insecure as a leader, but also what to do if you are under a leader who is insecure or perhaps feels threatened by you. Don’t be fooled by the title. Whether you’re a leader or not, this book has important insights for anyone. I found this section inspiring: “I testify to you, over these decades of walking with my Lord, the only times I have lost peace, stability and time were when...

Principles in Maintaining a Godly Organization by KP Yohannan

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Principles in Maintaining a Godly Organization K.P. Yohannan 2011 45 pages     Principles in Maintaining a Godly Organization is a small booklet describing the life cycle of any organization, including churches and ministries. What starts out fresh and exciting, becomes normal, and then stale, out-of-date, and finally, dead. But the author, with several decades of ministry experience leading a world missions organization, suggests ways to extend that life cycle by making intentional changes to keep things fresh and exciting rather than looking for ways to create a routine, which quickly stagnates. As a right-brained Christian, I’ve always struggled with the normalization problem in churches and Christian ministries. So I found his insights spot on and I hope many people, especially leaders, will take time to read this booklet for some fresh insights.   “A movement that has gone from...