Book 2 of my 2009 Reading List was “Wild Goose Chase” By Mark Batterson. I have met Mark in person a few times and attended one of his Church services at Union Station. He is an incredibly humble guy and has always stopped and taken plenty of time to chat with me.
He is also a monster…guy must be like six foot five inches tall.
Wild Goose Chase was somewhat similar to Batterson’s first book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.” I loved every page of it and couldn’t put it down. I have a joke with people when I recommend a Batterson book to them: as I make the recommendation, I always say “don’t read this unless you are ok with quitting your job and going after a crazy dream that is destined to fail!” That is exactly what this book will move you to do.
Batterson is INCREDIBLY motivating…I believe the Holy Sirit is using him to propel many people to take action; and not just any action but reckless actions that can only be inspired by God Himself. He shares and references a ton of Scripture throughout the book.
Bottom line is this: The Bible says that faith is being sure of what we hope for. BUT, most of us are more sure of what we are afraid of than what we hope for. Get out there and have some smart courage. Count the costs, assess the risks/rewards, and practice due diligence…don’t be mindless, be mindful. But then, do the RIGHT THING regardless of the circumstances.(less)
Book 1 of my 2009 Reading List was “The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles of Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary” By Joseph A. Michelli.
This great re...moreBook 1 of my 2009 Reading List was “The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles of Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary” By Joseph A. Michelli.
This great read discusses the 5 key leadership principles that have transformed the ordinary experience of coffee into an extraordinary experience.
Overall I recommend it. There is TONS of stuff that Churches could apply particularly to their greeting and cafe ministries in this book. You could literally build your entire “frontline framework” from it by gleaning what it means to be welcoming, be genuine, be knowledgeable, be considerate, and be involved.
04.27.2009 Mad Church Disease Categories: Books Edit This
Knocked out another book of my 2009 Reading List.
The book was “Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic” by Anne Jackson.
Anne’s book gives a real confession and information to help the reader diagnose burnout. She starts by sharing her own story of a long road towards burnout and how she prayed as a sixteen year old telling God that she would desert the church forever if He did not use her to unify it.
The book uses comparisons to mad cow disease and shows us how “mad church disease” can knock anyone out of ministry–not just pastors. Burnout affects all church staff and even volunteers at times.
Anne shares five principles of recovery and then takes the reader through some paths to recovery that include spiritual health, physical health, emotional health and relational health. The book is also full of practical exercises to help readers work through burnout and “second opinions” from others in ministry such as Bill Hybels.(less)