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When, God, When?
When, God, When?
by Joyce Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.19

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars understanding 'in due season', 31 July 2005
This review is from: When, God, When? (Paperback)
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


Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns
Price: £17.51

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the full package, 25 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Casting Crowns (Audio CD)
A gripe I have with many Christian bands is that they don't seem to be able to wrap up meaningful lyrics, strong music, passion and personality in one consistent package. When I first heard "If We Are the Body" from this album, I was very impressed. Would the rest of the album consist of one or two more great songs and then seven or eight duds?
Nope. While the first six songs and the last four songs are dramatically different in theme and tone, all are extremely well-written, insightful and powerful. Mark Hall has some of the sharpest lyrics going, exploring the power of prayer (and the absence of prayer), our responsibilities as the body of Christ, the power of faith, the power of God's grace, the futility of working for earthly treasures and the importance of our personal witness. And that's just the first six songs.
We are then thrown into four praise songs, which slightly upset the flow, but perhaps bring a much needed lift after such a deep and introspective start. While the final song, Your Love Is Extravagant, is a nice finish, to me it seems out of place as the only song without Mark Hall's contribution to lyrics and music. But hey, this is an excellent album, minor quirks and all.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact on the Lives of Others
Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact on the Lives of Others
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly forgettable, 20 Sept. 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


The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day: Revitalize Your Spirit and Empower Your Leadership
The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day: Revitalize Your Spirit and Empower Your Leadership
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a biblical study of Maxwell's leadership laws, 12 July 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


Developing the Leader within You
Developing the Leader within You
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you wanted to know about becoming a better leader, 27 Jun. 2004
Whether you are an established leader or just getting started, there is something in here that will benefit you. By clearly defining leadership and its five levels, Maxwell starts you off with a strong understanding of the type of leader you can become, and how close you currently are to achieving it.
He then brings clarity to the obstacles that may be in your path and shows you how to clear them out of the way. He helps you to set your priorities, check your integrity, learn how to initiate positive change, and become a problem solver. He stresses the importance of attitude, people, vision and self-discipline. In the end, he shows you not only how to develop your own leadership ability, but how to start developing others as well.
Though sometimes choppy in its presentation, with maybe a few too many quotes and cliches, the content here is top notch. If you are a Maxwell reader, you will see repeats of this material in his other books. But then, some things are worth repeating.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work
Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gets you thinking, 27 Jun. 2004
Look around, and you will see that a lot of people in our society don't think. Our television shows have laugh tracks to tell us when something is supposed to be funny. Our coffee cups now warn us that the contents may be hot. Labels on our hair dryers remind us not to use them underwater. We are so used to having someone else do our thinking. What would happen if we woke up and started...thinking for a change?
Right away Maxwell establishes that successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. In Part I, he develops a foundation by explaining the merits of good, changed and intentional thinking. Part II reveals the 11 ways that successful people think -- big-picture instead of small, focused instead of scattered, creative instead of restrictive, realistic instead of fantasy, strategic instead of random, possibility instead of limited, reflective instead of impulsive, innovative instead of popular, shared instead of solo, unselfish instead of selfish, and bottom-line instead of wishful.
Each chapter explains one of these facets of thinking and allows you to evaluate yourself in each area. Maxwell then gives you action steps to develop that type of thinking in your life. This is an excellent resource to help you jump-start and expand your thinking beyond where it is today. If you are ready for a change, this book will get you thinking...for a change.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Debt-proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony (Debt-Proof Living)
Debt-proof Your Marriage: How to Achieve Financial Harmony (Debt-Proof Living)
by Mary Hunt
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars save your money and your marriage, 24 Jun. 2004
When it comes to financial matters, do you find that you and your spouse speak a different language? Is one of you a spender, the other a saver? Would your marriage be stronger if you could somehow work as a team to manage your finances and get out of debt?
Notice that I didn't ask if your marriage would be stronger if you had more money. Mary Hunt aptly notes that money problems are about more than a lack of money. Money problems are the result of conflicting attitudes and habits, and indicate just how well you and your spouse communicate and combine the two.
Debt-Proof Your Marriage is written in three parts. Part 1 explains the relationship side of the equation, enabling you to prepare the groundwork for financial harmony. Part 2 gets into the numbers, starting off with six debt-proof principles that are powerful and easy to understand. Part 3 provides resources to help you apply parts 1 and 2.
All of this is written from a Biblical perspective, from someone who has walked the walk. Both frank and friendly, this is a sound message that will improve both your pocketbook and your marriage.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Traveling Light
Traveling Light
by Max Lucado
Edition: Paperback

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psalm 23 explored, 25 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Traveling Light (Paperback)
Psalm 23 is probably one of the most familiar Bible passages, right up there with John 3:16. "The Lord is my shepherd..." Perhaps it is too familiar. Have we become so accustomed to hearing it that we have forgotten the wonderful promise it contains?
Traveling Light is a verse-by-verse exploration of Psalm 23, brought to life by comparing us to travelers weighed down with excess spiritual baggage. Each chapter identifies a different burden that we may be carrying in our life: flawed views of God, self-reliance, discontent, weariness, worry, hopelessness, guilt, arrogance, facing death, grief, fear, loneliness, shame, disappointment, envy, doubt and the longing for heaven.
This walk through the 23rd Psalm reminds and encourages us to take God at His word and release those burdens to Him. As usual, Lucado supports his material with plenty of scripture, sharp analogies and just the right amount of humor. For added impact, be sure to work through the study guide at the end of the book. Then get ready to lose some luggage.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Edition: Audio Cassette

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the grandmother of all people skills books, 22 Mar. 2004
Ah, the power of print. Dale Carnegie passed away almost 50 years ago, yet we are still able to benefit from fifteen years of his research through this book. First published in 1937, the principles in this book remain timeless. Naturally, many of the people and company names used to illustrate them in the first edition are no longer household names. This revised edition does its best to plug in more contemporary examples to engage the reader.
This book does show its age, with much contrived dialogue that wouldn't be found today. Some language is dated ("erudite tomes"? Who talks like that?). Yet the principles are basic and solid.
What distinguishes a great book from a good book, at least for me, is just how memorable and applicable the material is once you have closed the cover. With its simple presentation and vivid examples, this is one of the most memorable books I have read. Carnegie deftly walks us through the secrets of dealing with people, becoming likable, influencing their thinking and becoming a leader.
Trite? Perhaps. Common knowledge? Maybe. Common practice? Not yet. Necessary? You bet.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


Jay: A Spiritual Fantasy
Jay: A Spiritual Fantasy
by Louis N. Gruber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will the 'real' Jesus please stand up?, 3 Feb. 2004
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.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory


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