Thursday, March 29, 2012

Do you live in God's YES?

Do you live in God's YES?  That is the question of the day.

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him/"
-John 3:17

I was fortunate enough to get a review copy from the publisher and read this book before it's available to the public!

"The Gospel of Yes" by Mike Glenn is a book about your life and how you interact with God.  The book's objective is to enable you to find your true value, identity and unique purpose of life.  It reminds you to think of the positive things in life.

The author Mike Glenn is truly a talented writer.  This book is divided into 15 chapters of short readings, on your pathway to discovering your YES relationship with God.  In a positive manner, it is important to first understand the problems of living with "No."  Then, we see "Yes" = positive described in many ways.  In a convenient format, the book also includes a discussion section perfect for fellowship and small groups.  It also relates it's teachings to valuable quotes in the Bible to support the key points.

I would say that this is more of an advanced read.  Its short chapters provide for deep discussion.  It was for a deep dive discovery of the unique purpose of life with respect to God.  Not for the faint at heart.

Here is a video to the interview with the author:

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Who will be next?

The Next Christians written by Gabe Lyons is a book about seven ways one can live the gospel to restore the world.  He has a very optimistic outlook for the future.  He states that Christianity's best days in 2012 years are yet to come. However, to begin, one must feel that there exists a negative perception of Christianity.  Do you currently agree with that?

If so, I think this book is great as it addresses those negative perceptions through 12 chapters in 3 main sections about how the world is changing, the restorers (which talk about 7 types of people and ways to drive this effort) and it ends with a discussion about the new era.

The seven categories he explains are as follows:

Provoke, not offended
Creators, not critics
Called, not employed
Grounded, not distracted
In community, not alone
Civil, not divisive
Countercultural, not "relevant"

These seven ways are a story of its own and make good weekly or monthly book group discussions.  In addition, the book also includes questions for discussion at the back, so this is perfect for fellowships or small groups.

For those of you who are visual, here is a link of a video about the book:

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Viral.. Social Media for the Church

Web 2.0. Social Media. Crowdsourcing. Viral Marketing. All big buzzwords in this time and age. "The gospel is nothing without relationship. And no one gets it like the Google Generation." Do you agree or disagree? I believe that this is very true. New technology and digital media helps extend the reach of the gospel by providing another medium and another demographic. Music is one way to reach out to people, kind actions are another, but the newest trend is to combine everything together with the help of Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms to bring together people. From the Bible on the smart phone or tablet to groups on Facebook, viral marketing has been proven a success. But now, the big question is, can one maintain a relationship with God through the use of all these technologies?

Today, many schools are extending their reach by offering classes online and later MIT pioneered the OpenCourseWare method where people can peruse content from its classes. Most recently, the new trend from UC Berkeley and Stanford is to deliver actual classes to hundreds of thousands of people at once for free. Learning has become crowd-based and free. Likewise, could traditional brick-and-mortar churches do the same? That is a question for you to answer. "Viral" is separated into six different parts. First, there is a discussion about where we stand today, then it is all about Twitter, Google, the iPhone and Facebook. Last but not least, the author discusses the culture of this new revival.

I'd like to invite you to read an excerpt of the book here:

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.