Fresh Start by Doug Fields

A while back I picked up Doug Fields’ book Fresh Start. I am not sure why, but I had a hard time reading it all the way through.  I guess, I really just got lazy when it came to reading.  So, the book sat on my nightstand for a while.  A few weeks ago, I made the commitment to start reading again.  I thought Fresh Start would be the best way to start this new commitment.  I was not disappointed.

Fields attacked many pertinent topics that I think stop Christians dead in their walks with Christ and personal lives.  Some of these topics include: I found myself highlighting and taking notes all throughout the book.

* Dealing with pride
* Defining success
* Living with guilt
* Struggling with conflicts
* Finding true friendships
* Overcoming discouragement
* Facing rejection
* Attacking anger

Fields had a great and simplistic way of reminding us that the only thing getting in one's way of getting "unstuck" is US!  


I would recommend this book to any believer that may have lost sight of relying solely on God to help them move forward in life.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary book to review and these opinions are solely mine.


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2010…and beyond

Okay…I am sure that people may be beginning to wonder if I was ever going to post anything again.  Well, I am.

The last few months of my life (like most people with children, work, and church) has been extremely busy.  My little girl Jocelyn, 6yrs old, started Kindergarten this year.  Wow that makes me feel old.  (more on reflection later)

I did read a great post by my friend Joel Klampert on his site concerning the future of blogging for “community purposes“.  However, I think that sites concerning special interests, and not strictly “my daughter just started Kindergarten” posts (i.e mostly my blog), are still doing well.  My sister-in-law, Tiffany at http://theothertiffany.blogspot.com/, has done a great job continuing to post things to inspire people to be creative and stretch their minds.

So, what’s in store on this site…I am not sure.  Per my bishop’s suggestion this past week at church, I am currently contemplating what has happened in the last decade of my life.  I am sure that I will be writing on that soon.

Happy New Year.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews

_200_350_Book.50.coverI finished reading Andy Andrews latest novel, The Noticer, just prior to leaving for a mission trip this summer.  The story is set in a small town called Orange Beach, Alabama. (Not that Alabama is known for its beach communities.)  Like any town, there are a number of different issues happening within the communities: poverty, marital problems, shady business, etc…  What most towns do not have is a “Jones”.  Jones is the main character in the book who has an uncanny way of showing up at just the right to provide, what he considers, “perspective” to the situation.

I wouldn’t say that the book was bad, but I also wouldn’t say it was great.  For me it was just okay.  I wasn’t thrown for any surprises and as a mature Christian, I could say that I could almost foresee when Jones was going to show up, what he was going to say, and that everything was going to be okay.

If you are looking for a quick read that makes you feel good or wanting to kill some time, then this book will do just that for you.  I wasn’t inspired and can honestly say I wouldn’t read it again.  On a positive note, I will say that if you know someone who is tends to look at the glass half empty, this book may challenge them to look at the same glass half full.

Another sporadic post

After a little over a year of hosting this blog site, I have come to a valuable conclusion: I suck at consistently blogging. Ok…now that I hav that off my chest I can move on…

I the next week or so I am going to have a new section on my blog for book reviews. I have been reading a lot more lately and would like to share my thoughts to anyone who would like to read them. I have recently been accepted as a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger. I know crazy. The first book they are sending me is a book called The Noticer. As soon as I receive it in the mail I will read it and then post a review on it.

Maybe I will even post something else this week…but don’t hold your breath. 🙂

Where are the radicals?

Alright…I am the first to admit that I wasn’t present at Notre Dame this past week. However, there were a lot of great people that showed up at South Bend to protest Notre Dame’s presentation of an honorary doctorate degree of law to President Obama. Correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t those who are given law degrees supposed to protect the lives of the innocent rather than make it easier to kill them?

Something stirred in me today as I watched the president give his address and heard the cries of babies in the background (quite fitting) and to see a couple of radicals that stood up for life today. Where were there rest of the radicals…where was I?

MIA….

The last couple of posts I had written were during Lent regarding my rice and beans fast.  After posting Day 8, I had a check in my spirit regarding a Scripture on “fasting as the heathens do” and decided to stop.  During Lent, I had an awesome experience during my rice and beans fast.  It was extremely difficult, buy I believe that God broke me during that time.  And I was in need of being broken.  

There are a ton of other things that have been going on lately in my life, which I will be sharing soon.

I did want to let everyone know that tonight at Heart of Worship Fellowship in Bayshore, NY, members of the worship team that plays at Crave every month at Church of the Intercessor will be playing at a coffee house at 7:30.  Come and check it out.