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When, God, When?: Learning to Trust in God's Timing
When, God, When?: Learning to Trust in God's Timing
von Joyce Meyer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,86

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4.0 von 5 Sternen understanding 'in due season', 31. Juli 2005
We've heard it said that God's timing is perfect, but does it really seem that way in your life? Are you feeling the sting of trying to speed things up through your own efforts and falling short, or are you simply tired of waiting? Are you hoping to gain some understanding about why God does things when He does?
This very brief book explores what Scripture tells us about God's perfect timing and how it applies to our lives. Meyer shares her own experiences, both positive and negative, relating to God's timing and how it has affected her ministry. Through these pages you will not only learn to grow in patience and endurance, but also to enjoy the journey.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


The Baron Son: Vade Mecum
The Baron Son: Vade Mecum
von Vicky Therese Davis
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen a primer on ethical leadership, 29. November 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Baron Son: Vade Mecum (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It is apparent today that many people are more concerned about making money than providing value. We need to be reminded that lasting, true success and significance come from bettering the lives of others rather than searching for the quick buck. The Baron Son is an allegory, written in both the first and third person, that does just that.
The Baron Son easily compares in style to Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist, George Clason's The Richest Man in Babylon, or Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World. Like The Richest Man in Babylon, the language is dated, I assume to give the story a regal and timeless feel. While it does give the material a more significant air, it also makes it harder to digest. For example, "Do note, an alteration in one's spoon victuals helpeth not a man who doth not redirect his thoughts." Huh?
Don't get me wrong, there is definitely some good content here. You just may have to work a little harder than usual to uncover it. This isn't the vade mecum, or guidebook for constant reference, that the title implies. To earn the title of vade mecum, it would need some clear and concise summaries at the end of all eleven "supreme principles". After each chapter, I knew that a valuable lesson had been given, but it was very difficult to express it clearly in my own words.
I applaud what the authors are trying to communicate here. The principles are valid and necessary. Still, in their efforts to "supply an innovative approach", I feel they have taken the edge off their message. To get the most from this book, dig deep into each chapter, rewrite the principles in your own words, and make those notes your vade mecum.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others: How to Positively Impact on the Lives of Others
Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others: How to Positively Impact on the Lives of Others
von John C. Maxwell
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen surprisingly forgettable, 20. September 2004
I've read at least six other Maxwell books, and this is the least memorable of all. It's not that there is a lack of content here...looking back through the book, there is a lot of good advice that would be valuable in developing your sphere of influence. It just seems to be an awkward assembly of borrowed wisdom that didn't stick once I closed the cover.
Maybe it's because the majority of the content is repeated from Maxwell's other books. It's not unusual to find two or three quotes or excerpts from other books on each page, which limits the amount of "original" material and seriously hampers the flow. It almost appears that Maxwell and Dornan wrote separately, then did their best to cut-and-paste the two scripts later.
The book considers four levels of influence: model, motivate, mentor and multiply. It does its best to weave those levels into ten chapters whose titles combine to spell "influencer" -- Integrity with people, Nurtures other people, Faith in people, Listens to people, Understands people, Enlarges people, Navigates for other people, Connects with people, Empowers people and Reproduces other influencers.
Perhaps this book would be more effective if you hadn't read any Maxwell books before. It would definitely be best to search through the book for individual nuggets of wisdom rather than try to pull one clear, solid message from these pages. Sadly, the nuggets that you pull are more likely to come from the quotes and excerpts than the original content. This isn't a bad book, but it's definitely not Maxwell's best.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day
21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day
von John Maxwell
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen a biblical study of Maxwell's leadership laws, 13. Juli 2004
Here John Maxwell has expanded his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership into a 21-week study, using different biblical characters to illustrate each one of the 21 laws. Each week is broken down into five days, making it an excellent workplace study.
Lessons from Days 1 through 4 start with a thought for the day and a biblical passage, then close with a question for you to reflect on. Day 5 summarizes the week in brief sections that help you to absorb the week's material, sort it out, pray through it, apply it to your own life, and pass it on to another leader.
Obviously, this book is not aimed at the secular crowd, and is much more beneficial to those who have read the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. If you enjoyed the 21 laws and are comfortable with scripture, this study will dramatically enhance your ability to prayerfully apply the laws to your life and the lives of those around you. A great resource for Christian leaders.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


30 Days to Discovering Personal Victory through Holiness
30 Days to Discovering Personal Victory through Holiness
von Bruce Wilkinson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,85

5.0 von 5 Sternen holiness, temptation and sexual purity, 11. Juli 2004
Remember those old K-Tel albums, the collections of assorted artists gathered under a special theme? Y'know, Southern Fried Rock, Hits of the 80s, 24 Great Truckin' Songs...all those classics? (Just kidding.)
Imagine a collection of thirty leading Christian authors, sharing their insights on holiness, temptation and sexual purity. With 30 daily studies from the likes of J.I. Packer, Neil Anderson, Chuck Colson, Max Lucado, Bill Hybels, Charles Spurgeon, Bruce Wilkinson, Charles Swindoll and Randy Alcorn, there is no fluff here. Each day is an insightful, no-punches-pulled look into areas of a man's life that are very real, yet often difficult to address.
It doesn't say so on the cover, but this book is aimed at men. Female readers may want to have a peek in order to understand the temptations that the men in their lives face, but this is primarily a book for guys.
Men, are you ready to set yourself apart for God's special purposes? Are you ready to submit to His will, discipline yourself, break negative patterns, make better use of your time, become a better steward of His resources, resist temptation, gain self-control? Start with this 30-day journey and you will be well on your way to personal victory.
This book could also serve as an excellent launching pad. It is an opportunity to expose yourself to a number of Christian authors in a short amount of time, discover some of your favorite communicators, and start assembling your own personal library.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


The Saint, Surfer, and CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires
The Saint, Surfer, and CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires
von Robin S. Sharma
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,44

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3.0 von 5 Sternen something old, something new, something borrowed..., 27. März 2004
Several years ago I visited a trendy restaurant and ordered their chicken mango salad. Some delicious bits of chicken and mango arrived, nestled in a bizarre mishmash of strange colored and shaped lettuce. I politely picked through the lettuce and ate what I could endure, but the overall experience was one of confusion and disappointment. All those feelings came back when I read this book.
Robin Sharma provides life lessons via the fictional story of Jack Valentine, an advertising executive who is reunited with his long-lost father as they share a hospital room. On his deathbed, Cal Valentine sends Jack on a mystical journey to meet three mentors -- you guessed it -- a priest, a surfer and a CEO.
Writers such as Og Mandino and Paolo Coelho have mastered this style, delivering clear, profound messages through believable dialogue. Sharma doesn't come close here...the dialogue is stiff, unrealistic and unnatural. It is littered with dozens of profound quotes that deliver a great message, but send the hokey factor sky high. Success principles appear to have been cut from other sources and pasted in these pages with not much thought given to organization or flow.
The gist of Sharma's message is to submit to the will of "the universe" for your life and follow your true vocation. Some won't mind this message, but I was surprised to see that "God" is almost avoided like a four letter word in these pages, even by the priest.
Just like that chicken mango salad, there are some good nuggets to be found here, but you can save yourself the agony of picking through the jungle of lettuce by reading the summary on the last three pages.


Give It All to Him
Give It All to Him

5.0 von 5 Sternen another winner from Lucado, 19. März 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Give It All to Him (Taschenbuch)
Have you allowed some trash to accumulate in your life? Are you carrying the weight of past or present hurts, anxiety, anger, lust, guilt, greed? We allow small fragments of mental trash to clutter our lives until we are carrying around sacks of it. We can't quite explain how it all got there, and aren't quite sure how to get rid of it.
Based on one of the stories from Next Door Savior, here Lucado expands the story by dividing it into several scenes and weaving powerful lessons into each section. It is a beautiful story of how God's grace allows us to "take out the trash" by giving the burden to Jesus.
What makes this story truly effective that it does much more than advise the reader to "give it to God" and leave it at that. It clearly illustrates the extent of Jesus' sacrifice for us. We aren't called to simply acknowledge our trash, then continue to drag it along with us. We are called to give our burden to Jesus, and to accept God's offer of a new beginning. If you are ready to take out the trash in your life, start by reading this little treasure.
Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Jay: A Spiritual Fantasy
Jay: A Spiritual Fantasy
von Louis N. Gruber
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,14

5.0 von 5 Sternen will the 'real' Jesus please stand up?, 3. Februar 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Jay: A Spiritual Fantasy (Taschenbuch)
If Jesus came back in the flesh today, do you think you would be able to recognize him? Would you be surprised to see him wearing contemporary clothes, eating ice cream and cracking jokes with his friends, who call him Jay?
Would you devise a list of questions to test his validity, then become thoroughly frustrated when he dismisses your questions as unimportant? Would you risk losing your credibility, career, friends, and maybe even your life, to follow this enigmatic "savior"?
Louis Gruber has masterfully painted a picture of a world so obsessed with denominations, rules, regulations and theology that they have somehow forgotten the humanity of Jesus. (Funny, I thought this was supposed to be fiction...)
With a large cast of characters, Gruber focuses more on dialogue than individual character development. While our knowledge of the characters within the story is somewhat superficial, you will be amazed at how often you will find yourself and the people you know in the crowd of Jay's followers and critics.
Get ready to think, and maybe shed some scales along the way.


What to Say When You Talk to Your Self
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self
von Shad Helmstetter
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,56

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5.0 von 5 Sternen the missing link, 30. Januar 2004
Have you ever read an inspiring 'self-help' book or heard a tremendous motivational speaker that made you want to make significant positive changes in your life? When you tried to implement those changes, did you notice that they were temporary at best, and that you eventually fell back into the same self-defeating patterns that held you prisoner in the first place?
Helmstetter rightly points out that the majority of information that our subconscious mind receives, from both external and internal sources, is negative. At any time within our subconscious, three negative thoughts are fighting one positive thought. Not knowing right from wrong, our subconscious chooses to believe the most dominant thought pattern. Unless we feed more positive messages to our subconscious, we become a prisoner to negative thought patterns.
This book reveals a simple way to overcome the onslaught of negative thought by literally feeding positive thoughts into our subconscious through Self-Talk. More than just affirmation statements, Helmstetter shows how to get specific and attack problems at their source.
This book will serve you well by itself, and will be even more effective as a catalyst to help you apply success principles from other books and speakers. This simple concept of Self-Talk will allow you to take success principles that are common knowledge, and convert them to common practice.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust
Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust
von Max Lucado
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 17,47

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jesus, the guy next door, 6. Januar 2004
This book has brought the New Testament to life for me. Max Lucado puts a "down home" spin on familiar stories from the life of Jesus that reveal his closeness to humanity. Yes, he is our Savior. Yes, he never sinned. However, that does not mean that he is distant. That does not mean that he fails to understand our struggles, fears and pain.
Next Door Savior is a collection of 21 powerful essays that remind us that there is no person that Jesus won't touch (Part 1), and there is no place that Jesus won't go (Part 2) as our Savior. Lucado's stories will leave you laughing, crying and marvelling at the wonderful sacrifice Jesus has made for us.
Next Door Savior will help you grow from knowing *of* Jesus, to really knowing Him on a personal level, and being certain of His presence in your life.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


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