The Peacemaker: August Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

The Peacemaker by Ken Sande provides Biblical principles for resolving our differences.  This practical and challenging book examines how we interact with each other in light of the Scriptural mandates to prefer one another and live peaceably with our brothers.  Each chapter outlines how to restore, be reconciled, and examine the plank in our own eye with clarity and conviction.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

God has a purpose for our conflicts: “…every conflict that comes into our lives has somehow been ordained by God.  Knowing that He has personally tailored the events of our lives and is looking out for us at every moment should dramatically affect the way we respond to conflict” (p. 62).

We must remember how much God has forgiven us in order to resolve conflicts:  “When we admit that our own sins are so serious that Jesus had to die for us, and remember that He has forgiven us for all our wrongs, we can let go of our illusion of self-righteousness and freely admit our failures” (p. 78).

Resolving conflict requires dying to self:  “Just as seed must be sacrificed to produce a crop, our personal rights and material assets must sometimes be surrendered to sow the Gospel and produce a spiritual harvest…” (p. 96).

We must examine our motives during a conflict:  “As James 4:1-3 teaches, inflicting pain on others is one of the surest signs that an idol is ruling our hearts.  When we catch ourselves punishing others in any way, whether deliberately or overtly or unconsciously and subtly, it is a warning that something other than God is ruling our hearts” (p.109).

Up next will be Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, How to Say No – To Take Control of Your Life, a book written to explain how to develop physical, emotional, and spiritual limits that foster personal freedom and peace.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on September 28.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

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Just make sure to enter on or before September 7th to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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The Resolution for Women: July Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

The Resolution for Women  by Priscilla Shirer outlines 13 principles for Biblical womanhood and encourages the readers to firmly resolve to put them into practice.  Shirer passionately describes how each woman is created by God for more–and she challenges her readers to purposefully pursue their calling.  Each section has three to four chapters which describe God’s design for women who seek to live life as disciples and leave a legacy.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • A graceful woman is content: “When you’ve concluded that what you already have on hand is enough, that it’s adequate–that it’s been deemed by God as sufficient–then you’re equipped and empowered to participate fully in the tasks set before you during this season of life” (p. 20).
  • The wise woman builds in time for her self: “Overwork is a form of unbelief” (p. 109).
  • The discerning woman is a good listener:  “A woman who is quick to listen is one who gathers up all information before releasing her reaction.  She resists the urge to spout off everything her mind formulates, choosing rather to give her solutions time to settle, to become properly shaped before being shared.  When she speaks, her advice and assessments are sensible and sober.  Prudent and purposeful.  Those who are on the receiving end of her conversation realize they’re hearing a response that hasn’t been considered halfheartedly” (p. 118).
  • An honest woman fosters integrity through self-examination: “Not everything that bothers one believer is necessarily forbidden for all.  Just because some wouldn’t consider it ‘good’ doesn’t mean it’s worthy of being ‘slandered’ (Romans 14:16).  But as you consider your own structural soundness, would you say it’s able to bear the weight of your Christian profession?  Would it hold up if some of your fellow church members arrived at your door unannounced? Are you who you claim to be?” (p. 150)

Up next will be The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, a book written to demonstrate how applying Christ-like principles of forgiveness and love will transform every day misunderstandings and disagreements.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on August 31st.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before August 3rd to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Crazy Love: June Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan is a book that unpacks how the unconditional love of God breaks through and radically changes our lives. Chan’s book packs a lot of punches — he hits the mediocre, materialistic believer right in the gut.  The book provides narrative examples of every day people who have literally taken up their cross and given up all to pursue Christ.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • God demands all:  “It is important that we not measure our spiritual health by people around us, who are pretty much like us…The core problem isn’t the fact that we’re lukewarm, half-hearted, or stagnant Christians.  The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of God…Jesus came humbly as a servant, but He never begs use to give Him some small part of ourselves.  He commands everything from His followers” (p.22).
  • God desires for us to be reverently intimate with Him:  “The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing….The irony is that while God doesn’t need use but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time” (p.61).
  • Our lives should be a love letter to God:  “When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work.  But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love”  (p.110).

Chan’s book is not for the fainthearted — he will challenge your assumptions and make you examine your Christian walk in a whole new way.  He moves you to see your mediocrity and despise it.  This book is a life changer for those who respond to his challenge.

Up next will be The Resolution for Women, a book written to challenge women to passionately pursue their unique roles as God’s chosen feminine agents.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on July 27th.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before June 29th to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Get Out of That Pit: May Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God’s Deliverance by Beth Moore is packed full of Scriptural truths to help the believer live a victorious Christian life.  Applying the principles outlined in the text will transform a ho-hum, stagnate, or defeated believer and provide the spiritual ammunition needed to walk forward in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Moore shines a bright light on the dark pits that sin and suffering create  and offers us a rope to help us climb out and stand on firm ground again.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • Choosing to forgive sets us free:  “Forgiveness is not passivity, dear one.  It is the ability to withstand the pressing, quaking gates of hell.  Take this power and wield it.  It’s your right as a child of God.  In the power of Jesus, first you will it and soon you’ll feel it” (p 33).
  • The enemy uses distractions to entangle us and lead us to destruction:  “Anything that becomes a bigger preoccupation in your mind than the truth and knowledge of God, anything that dwarfs His truth and knowledge in your imagination, is a stronghold” (p. 61).
  • Sometimes we have to wait for deliverance — it’s a season God hopes we will draw closer to Him and grow to know Him more intimately:  “While you wait for God to work and to manifest your sure deliverance, you wrap yourself around Him as tightly as you possibly can.  Ask Him to make you  more God-aware than you have ever been in your life.  Bind yourself to Him with everything you’ve got so that you will ultimately–inevitably–go anywhere He does” (p. 155).

I am so thankful that I read this book — the Scriptural truths found here are now part of my defensive arsenal.  I know that I will return  to this book again and again.  I plan to keep it handy.  If you are feeling defeated or discouraged in your walk, I highly suggest that you pick up this book and grab a highlighter.

Up next will be Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan, a book that unpacks how the unconditional love of God breaks through and radically changes our lives.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on June 22nd.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before June 1st to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Karen Sue and Karen.  You are the winners!!! 🙂

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God’s Story, Your Story: April Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

God’s Story, Your Story:  When His Story Becomes Yours by Max Lucado beautifully unpacks the redemption story.  Lucado proposes that as our faith journey is colored by God’s grander plan — that the Master storyteller is weaving His eternal plot in and through our day to day temporal events to create a beautiful epic.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • Because Heaven is our home, we must ever pursue eternal things to satisfy our hungering hearts while here on earth:  “Those who are content with nothing more than joy in the journey are settling for to little satisfaction.  Our hearts tell us there is more to this life that this life.  We, like E.T., lift bent fingers to the sky” (p.60).
  • God does not want us to live lives wracked with guilt and self condemnation: “When you make God’s story yours, He covers you in Christ.  You wear him like a vest.  Old labels no longer apply — only labels that would be appropriately worn by Jesus Christ” (p.87). 
  • God works all things together for His good — every time.  You can count on it:  “Jesus transformed Paul, the card-carrying legalist, into a champion for mercy.  Who would have thought?  Yet who would be better qualified?  Paul could write epistles of grace by digging his pen into the inkwell of his own heart” (p.144).

Lucado is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this book does not disappoint.  The pages of this book hold sweet encouragement and create a beautiful portrait of Christ’s heart for us.  My heart hungers more for Him after reading this book, and that is a good thing, my friends. 

Up next will be Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore, a book that unpacks the keys to securing deliverance from spiritual strongholds.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on May 25th.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

One additional entry can be earned for each of these:

  • Follow @3dLessons4Life on Twitter. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Tweet or Retweet about this contest giveaway.   Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • “Like” 3dLessons4Life’s Facebook page.
  • Use the box on the top of the sidebar on this page to subscribe to this blog. Leave a comment indicating that you did.
  • Grab the 3dLessons4Life button from the sidebar and add it to your blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can connect!

Just make sure to enter on or before May 4th to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Michelle E. (Max Lucado) and Karen Sue (Beth Moore)!!!!