6 Books When You’re Looking for Change {Video}







A pig on the stack?

Well, that little piggie went back to the barn —

and these 6 books on the stack linger around in the inner caverns.

6 Books when You’re Looking for Change:

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning,

by Rebekah Lyons

I first met Rebekah when she invited me to speak at the Q Conference, which she co-founded with her husband and author Gabe Lyons, {“The Next Christian: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World”}  — and I was moved by her personal story. This is a courageous woman who dares to live boldly, creatively, thoughtfully, in the most winsome ways. Their first born graces them with the unexpected gift of Down Syndrome. Her and Gabe move to New York City to engage culture for Christ. She makes her life about making Christ known. I whispered to her in a hallway at the Q (LINK) — “I need to read all of your God-story, Rebekah.”

And Rebekah started writing —  about depression and motherhood, about calling and vocation and Jesus, about her own story of finding  freedom when she faced her greatest fear, and she invites other women to do the same.

For it is only when we freefall that we can truly fly.”

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Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You,

by Susie Larson

When Susie Larson first interviewed me on her show Faith Radio (LINK), I knew I had met kin. I’m an introvert — I’ll answer a ringing phone less than a handful of times a year. But when I get off the phone with Susie? Absolutely energized. Because she speaks of Jesus  — exudes Him, loves Him, knows Him, exalts Him.

Susie and I have now shared several interviews together — she ushers you right into the bowed place of worship in the most authentic way — and when I read her book, Your Beautiful Purpose, I had to say yes to writing the forward. Susie’s insights help: discern the best use of your time and gifts, confidently pursue God’s unique desires for you, stretch your faith and deepen your impact. I cannot recommend Susie Larson to you highly enough.

“The life of Christ within us puts us above our circumstances, above our pasts, even above our low perception of ourselves.”

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gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart,

by Kyle Idleman

Kyle Idelman, author of Not a Fan, writes straight to the quick. Kyle sent me this to read while it was still a galley– and I couldn’t stop turning pages, convicted and compelled. Heart transformation? Here’s my back cover endorsement:

“Only pick up this book if you are really weary of losing your battles. If you are done with band aid solutions. If you are ready for the real winning. The church needs this book. You won’t finish it and be the same person.”

“Idolatry is the number one issue in the Bible, and that should raise caution signals for us… The deadliest war is the one most of us never realize is being fought.

What you are searching for and chasing after reveals the god that is winning the war in your heart.

Idols are defeated not by being removed, but by being replaced.”

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Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life,

by John Piper

The Supremacy of God in all of my life? Change starts here. My copy’s completely underlined and corner-folded and plain beat-up.

Enough said.

Will be returned to again and again.

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How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World,

by David Stone

David Stone believes that the most practical way to spread the gospel? Is through moms and dads who model a lived-out faith for the their children. Practical encapsulates what this book is. To the Point. Doable. A short book for parents who have enough on their plate — but who are desperate to raise selfless kids in a self-centered world.

Bottom line: Each page in this book kept practically handing me what I need to be a better parent.

The measure of greatness is not the number of servants you have — it’s the number of people you serve

“If your life screams that you live in acquisition mode — then your children will be less apt to be in relinquishing mode…

Society screams me. Jesus screams them.”

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You’re Made for A God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has For You,

by Holley Gerth

This woman? Writes like your sister, your best friend, your mentor. She writes like she knows Jesus intimately — and invites you right in. Conversational, down to earth, ridiculously practical — if you’ve been struggling to know what your dreams are, how to live so you don’t miss them, how to know what success is, and your heart beats with a God-sized dream? This. Book.

Holley and I sat down together a few weeks ago when she was up in the north country here and after we had dinner together– we wrestled a bit with God-sized dreams and what do you do with fear? I count Holley Gerth one of the most wisest, genuine, most humble Jesus-sisters:

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“God-sized Dream = A desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

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So — what are you reading these days?

I’d really love to know… Just a sec — share here?

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