10. May 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: 52 in 52

An acquaintance heard that I’m reading 52 books in 52 weeks and offered a book written by Ray Comfort. I get lots of book ideas, but this one jumped out at me specifically because it was from someone I didn’t know that well. And it just jumped out at me when I read it. The book is called, God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life.

At first I wasn’t too impressed, mainly because the author started off bashing the church. I can’t stand when someone bashes the body of Christ. I get tired of people going on about what’s not happening in the church and what should change in the church, because it comes off as “know-it-all-ish.” The truth is, a lot of things should change in the church overall. But my position is, instead of just pointing the finger and identifying what’s going wrong, be a part of the solution.

One other thing that bothered me about the book is some judgment calls on whether people who pray the prayer of salvation are actually saved. (Okay, let me get on my soapbox here!) Romans 10 says that whoever believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus was raised from the dead is saved. It is never my decision whether what they have prayed is genuine or true. That is between them and God. It really doesn’t matter what statistics do or don’t say. It is a relationship between them and God.

That said, I think Ray has some good thoughts and solutions around the body of Christ. We just have to be careful that we don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. Let’s build up and not tear down. Overall the book is a good read.

Let’s talk about the whole Duck Dynasty fad. First, I’m not a big fan of reality shows. One, they aren’t real, and two, America seems to love to watch a train wreck! I heard that only 7 or 8 years ago there were two reality shows. Now there are 230. Crazy! But since everyone’s talking about Duck Dynasty, I decided to pick up The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, the story of how this whole thing got started.

I think they have a genuine love for God (I’m not judging, just stating my opinion), but it’s obvious that marketing was their number one goal. It’s a great way for these guys to ride the wave and make as much money as they can off their fame before people get tired of the show. The book is good, but it’s not great. It’s good maybe for getting some laughs and getting to know the crew a bit more.

Number 15 on the road to 52 in 52. (Okay, I’m a little behind–but I have a couple of long flights coming up. I’m headed to Australia, and the flight is about 15 hours. I should be able to knock down two books. That’s my goal anyway.)

The book I read recently is another brain book. It’s called Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. What a book! This is another one I’d recommend specifically if you run an organization and are facing change.

Here’s a great quote:

“Change is hard because people wear themselves out. And that’s the second surprise about change: What looks like laziness is often exhaustion.”

In other words, if your organization is trying to make a lot of changes and failing, you may be pushing too hard and the agents of change are simply tired. You may need to strategize your timing of the change. You know you need to make the change; just don’t push so hard that you lose people and momentum in the change.

One of the major things I took from this book is that many people focus so much on a problem that they lose sight of the solution. Even looking back at a problem isn’t necessary to find a solution. Instead, look at right now and imagine how it will look and feel when a solution is in place. Some helpful questions might be: Can you imagine what you would do if you weren’t having marriage problems? What would if feel like? The point is to wrap our thoughts around the feelings and thoughts of being out of a certain situation or problem. I hope that makes sense. (If it doesn’t, get the book!)