It’s the Holidays! What better way to celebrate than by giving away a giant library of books, videos, and music?
I describe below some of the books in the library to be given away. I will continue to add new items to the collection about once each week right up until December 25 when I will draw a name and present the winner (and yes, I will pay for shipping within the US).
One huge bundle, and one lucky winner will take home the loot. Everything! And how do you enter? You enter by spreading the word. Simple as that.
How To Enter
Either, (1) Blog about the contest and link back to this post, or (2) mention it in a forum with a link back to this post. Then, use the comment section below to let me know where I can find your link and I will add your name to the pool of contestants.
From all the entries listed in the comments below, I’ll use a random number generator to determine who the winner is.
Those of you who have more than one blog, or participate in more than one forum can enter more than once, but only one entry per web domain.
You have until midnight, CST, on December 24th to enter. Yeah, you won’t get the goods by Christmas, but you’ll know you’re the winner by then, and that’s almost as good, no?
Have fun, and stay tuned for updates.
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Here are the items which presently make up the ever-growing library to be given away:
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My Story Your Story His Story by Larry Toller, Foreword by Mike Huckabee
My Story Your Story His Story is a devotional journaling book. Unlike other devotionals and journals, the reader is encouraged to look to the past and record memories prompted by the story shared by the author.
It is the author’s belief that God has written amazing stories in and through our lives. These stories should be recorded for generations who follow to read and learn.
Everyone will leave a legacy. A legacy, according to Webster’s Dictionary is ‘something handed down from one who has gone before’. Some sociologists have contended that a person influences not only their children but four generations of children. What will be your legacy? What is your story that will be repeated for generations yet to come? “Memory Journaling” reaches back to the past for future generations, leaving a lasting legacy of a life lived. God is also the Author of your life and He has given you a story to tell.
Excerpt from the Foreword by Mike Huckabee: “Larry has always had a knack for recognizing the humor in everyday situations. He’s also had a way of recognizing the deeper significance of what might seem like an insignificant event.”
The book is donated by SecondWind Resources – www.SecondWindResources.org
(Value $12.95) Autographed by the author
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Commentaries on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis. John Calvin. (Grand Rapids: Baker), 523 pages.
Vincents New Testament Words Studies. Volume #3 covering Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, and Philemon. Marvin Vincent. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson), 565 pages.
- Divided into groups by frequency of occurrence; then alphabetized
- Each Greek word is spoken, followed by its English definition
- Greek words accented and pronounced correctly according tothe Erasmian system
- Includes a booklet of the complete word-list and definitions
Here is what others think of this study tool:
“Many people learn by hearing as well as or betteer than they do by seeing. If you are struggling witht eh challenge of mastering elementary New Testament Greek vocabulary, here is a way to make hours in the car profitable while increasing your basic competence in Greek. Listen and learn.” (D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
“A long overdue service to students of the Greek New Testament has been rendered by Jonathan Pennington. His New Testament Greek Vocabulary tapes are of professional quality both in the studio production and in the pronunciation of the Greek.” (Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary)
“One of the keys to learning New Testament Greek is memorizing vocabulary. These tapes will assist students greatly in this endeavor, for they will be able to hear how each word is pronounced. I recommend this tool enthusiastically. (Tom Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Thoughts For Sundays, by Handley C.G. Moule
This is a beautiful brand new hardcover volume, still in the original shrinkwrap. Description by R. Hartsock: “Handley Carr Glyn Moule (1841-1920) was an Anglican bishop and prolific writer. Two of his brothers were missionaries. This is a compilation of 156 devotionals from three of his writings, “Thoughts for the Sundays of the Year” (1907), “From Sunday to Sunday” (1903), and “The Sacred Seasons” (1907). Moule originally intended for these meditations to be read on Sundays, as a preparation for the reader. The editors of AMG have updated the text in a few places, and added scripture references. Yet this work has timeless insights. Moule writes with a late nineteenth century eloquence on various topics, with several devotions on the resurrection, the trinity, and holidays such as Christmas and Easter. It makes this a fine devotional or sermon aid..”
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $24.99)
Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry, by Katrina Kenison.
From Publishers Weekly: “This heartfelt collection of essays will strike a chord with any mother whose response to the “arrythmic” pace of modern life is a yearning to “shut the door, stop the noise, and tune in to our own inner lives.” Drawing on hard-won insights from her own struggle to achieve balance (she gave up a successful career in book publishing to work from home and raise her two young sons) and to infuse her family’s days with meaning, Kenison’s richly anecdotal musings on such diverse topics as “peace,” “simplicity,” “play,” “Sabbath” and “discipline” resonate with honesty and wisdom. Though this is not a religious book in the traditional sense, Kenison’s contemplations are suffused with a spirituality that thrives on connecting with others and with nature and finding the sacred in the everyday. Rendering an intimate portrait of family life with grace and a lively sense of humor, Kenison, who for the past 10 years has edited The Best American Short Stories, is most impassioned and enlightening when she shares “moments in which we were bathed in grace, moments when we were astonished by the simple joy of our togetherness.”
This book donated by: Hachette Book Group USA (value $16.95 for the hardcover, — this is advance reading copy)
This audio tapes donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $21.95)
Description: “Journey with us as we follow the footsteps of Jesus, from Birth to the Resurrection. See the Chosen Land as it is today and view the ancient sights that will be close to your heart forever. This captivating travelog will revitalize your faith by seeing the places and events of the New Testament. Your whole family will enjoy this faith filled color video.”
Bethelehem – Bethany – Bethsaida – Daesarea – Capernaum – Church of the Beatitudes – Desert Wilderness of Judea – Dead Sea – Ecce Homo Arch – Gethsemane – Garden Tomb – Gordon’s Calvary – Herod’s Palace: Herodion – Holy Sepulcher – Jericho – Jezreel Valley – Kfar Cana – Megiddo – Mt. of Olives – Mt. Ebal – Mt. Gerizim – Mt. Zion – Nain – Tiberias – Temple Mt. – Upper Room – Via Dolorosa – Western Wall.
This VHS tape donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $7.99)
The Westminster Confession: Enjoying God Forever, by Paul Smith. Chicago: Moody Press, 1998. 237 pages.
“Something has gone terribly wrong. We live in a broken world. Things are not how they ought to be. And at times it seems like God is not in control. Can we be sure of God’s purposes? Can we know what He had in mind for us?These thoughts and questions have been around for centuries. And when the Westminster Assembly convened at Westminster Abbey in London on July 1, 1643, a magnificent exposition of the Word of God was created to answer these pressing questions held in the hearts of men. Enjoying God Forever brings the many topics addressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith into today’s world. Paul Smith skillfully aligns the truths of old with the questions and situations of today’s Christian. God is in control, and we do fit into His plan. Discover afresh the truth of God’s Word and the passionate commitment to it held by the men who wrote the Westminster Confession of Faith.”
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $9.99)
What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been. edited by Robert Cowley. NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001. 427 pages.
“An engrossing collection of essays on counterfactual history. Victor Davis Hanson imagines a drastically altered development of Western philosophy if Socrates had died on the battlefield at Delium in 424 B.C. Writing about an early death-at-the-stake of martin Luther, Geoffrey Parker describes ramifications that might have included a divided Reformation movement, a strengthened Catholic leadership, and no European settlements in the Americas. John Lukacs proposes that Theodore Roosevelt might have brokered an earlier end to World War I–if he had been renominated for president in 1912. And, much more!
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $28.95)
Courageous Leadership (Unabridged) [AUDIOBOOK]. – Bill Hybels. Audio book on tape. 8 hours, 30 minutes.
According to the back-cover notes:
“In the most important book he has ever written, Bill Hybels shares what he has learned about Christian leadership in the nearly thirty years he has pastored Willow Creek. Courageous Leadership offers leadership strategies that have been proven and refined in the trenches. Best of all, it gives you the very essence of one of today’s foremost Christian leaders–his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing as a leader himself.”
This audio book on tape donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $29.99)
Expositions of Bible Doctrines taking the Epistle to the Romans as a Point of Departure, by Donald Grey Barnhouse
“Using the Book of Romans as expositional studies, Donald Grey Barnhouse carefully examines Paul’s letter phrase by phrase, plumbing its immediate meaning as well as placing it in the larger context of Scripture. This allows Scripture to be interpreted by Scripture, bringing all the correlated truths of the Word to bear on each line and word of the epistle. This set is a wealth of interpretive material from a master exegete.”
This four volume set donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $125.00)
New Item #2 – Mahler: Symphony No. 4, featuring Simon Rattle
COMPOSER: Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
PERFORMER: Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
CONDUCTOR: Simon Rattle
ENSEMBLE: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
This CD donated by: The EMI Group (value $17.98)
“Matthew Henry (1662-1714) has been known and loved for three centuries for his devotional commentary on the Bible. He was also a distinguished preacher. He began preaching at twenty-four years old and held pastorates until his death. The greatness of his sermons consists in their scriptural content, lucid presentation, practical application, and Christ-centeredness.”
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $21.66)
Martin Luther’s Easter Book, edited by Roland Bainton
This powerful book of passages from Martin Luther’s Easter sermons portrays the reformer’s lasting thoughts on faith, human imperfection, salvation through grace, and the wonder of God.
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $10.99)
“This is my choice for a longtime pet project: trouser role favorites from the Viennese Classical period–plus a handful of arias sung by dramatic and passionate women, most of which I have never performed on stand and alas, probably never will.” [Anne Sofie Von Otter]
This CD donated by: Deutsche Grammophone (value $16.99)
Jesus Christ in the Preaching of Calvin and Schleiermacher
Dawn DeVries examines the content of and reasoning behind the preaching on the synoptic gospels by John Calvin and Friedrich Schleiermacher in order to ascertain their responses to the historical Jesus. From the Columbia Series In Reformed Theology.
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $19.95)
“This is certainly the most solid defense of the imputed righteousness of Christ since the work of John Murray fifty years ago. I’m delighted that Dr. Piper has established that important doctrine, not as a mere article from the confessional tradition, but on the solid foundation of God’s Word.” [John M. Frame; Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando]
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $13.99)
Starting with Jesus Christ, this exceptional historical record traces the roots of religious persecution through the sixteenth century. It examines the heroic lives of great men and women such as Juhn Hus, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Anne Askew, Lady Jane Greay, and Martin Luther
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $6.99)
As one of the greatest expository preachers of all time, Charles Spurgeon abhorred much of the speculative teachings of his day and the many attempts to form a consistent scheme of biblical prophecy as to the future. Rather, he looked for those aspects of the second coming of Jesus Christ that he knew would have a practical impact upon the lives of his listeners. Those became the basis for is passionate biblical message.
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $9.99)
How many children must we have to fulfill the creation mandate “be fruitful and multiply”? If it is permissible to use temporary contraceptives, what are rules that allow or forbid permanent contraception or sterilization? If we believe in the providence of God, why don’t we trust him to give us children when and how he chooses? Now Christians have a short, easy-to-read, yet medically reliable and theologically sound, comprehensive guide to the ethics of sterilization.
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $8.99)
Respected philosopher Peter Byrne discusses the general character of moral interpretation, probes the relation of religion to morality, and assesses historical attempts to reason directly from the basis of morality to the existence of a personal God.
This book donated by: Building A Theological Library (value $26.00)
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The following is a summary of the 21 Laws, as summarized by Phil Campbell:
1. The Law of the lid.
Your leadership is like a lid or a ceiling on your organisation. Your church or business will not rise beyond the level your leadership allows. That’s why when a corporation or team needs to be fixed, they fire the leader.
2. The Law of Influence.
Leadership is simply about influencing people. Nothing more, nothing less. The true test of a leader is to ask him to create positive change in an organisation. If you cannot create change, you cannot lead. Being a leader is not about being first, or being an entrepreneur, or being the most knowledgeable, or being a manager. Being a leader is not just holding a leadership position. (“It’s not the position that makes a leader, but the leader who makes a position.”) Positional leadership especially does not work in volunteer organisations. The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate. “He who thinks he leads , but has no followers, is only taking a walk.”
3. The Law of Process.
Leadership is learned over time. And it can be learned. People skills, emotional strength, vision, momentum, and timing are all areas that can and should be learned. Leaders are always learners.
4. The Law of Navigation.
Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. Vision is defined as the ability to see the whole trip before leaving the dock. A leader will also see obstacles before others do. A leader sees more, sees farther, and sees before others. A navigator (leader) listens – he finds out about grassroots level reactions. Navigators balance optimism with realism. Preparation is the key to good navigation. “It’s not the size of the project, it’s the size of the leader that counts.”
5. The Law of E.F. Hutton.
Hutton was America’s most influential stock market analyst. When he spoke, everyone listened. When real leaders speak, people automatically listen. Conversely, in any group or church, you can identify the real leaders by looking for those who people listen to. According to Margaret Thatcher, “being in power is like being a lady – if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” (p45) Tips for a Positional leader – like a newly appointed minister – who wants to become a REAL leader… look for the existing real leaders and work to have influence there. Factors involved in being accepted as a new real leader include character, building key relationships, information, intuition, experience, past success. and ability.
6. The Law of Solid Ground.
Trust is the foundation for all effective leadership. When it comes to leadership, there are no shortcuts. Building trust requires competence, connection and character.
7. The Law of Respect.
People naturally follow people stronger than themselves. Even natural leaders tend to fall in behind those who they sense have a higher “leadership quotient” than themselves.
8. The Law of Intuition.
Leaders evaluate everything with a Leadership bias. Leaders see trends, resources and problems, and can read people.
9. The Law of Magnetism.
Leaders attract people like themselves. Who you are is who you attract. (Mmmm… I thought like poles were meant to repel!) Handy hint: “Staff” your weaknesses. If you only attract followers, your organisation will be weak. Work to attract leaders rather than followers if you want to build a truly strong organisation.
10. The Law of Connection.
You must touch the heart before you ask people to follow. Communicate on the level of emotion first to make a personal connection.
11. The Law of the Inner Circle.
A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him. “The leader finds greatness in the group, and helps the members find it in themselves.” (p113)
12. The Law of Empowerment.
Only secure leaders give power to others. Mark Twain said, “Great things can happen when you don’t care who gets the credit.” (p127). Another point to ponder… “Great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
13. The Law of Reproduction.
It takes a leader to raise up a leader. Followers can’t do it, and neither can institutional programs “It takes one to know one, to show one, to grow one.” The potential of an organisation depends on the growth of its leadership.
14. The Law of Buy-In.
People buy in to the leader first, then the vision. If they don’t like the leader but like the vision, they get a new leader. If they don’t like the leader or the vision, they get a new leader. If they don’t like the vison but like the leader, they get a new vision.
15. The Law of Victory.
Leaders find a way for the team to win. “You can’t win WITHOUT good athletes, but you CAN lose with them.” p162). Unity of vision, diversity of skills plus a leader are needed for a win.
16. The Law of Momentum.
You can’t steer a ship that isn’t moving forward. It takes a leader to create forward motion.
17. The Law of Priorities.
Activity is not necessarily accomplishment. We need to learn the difference. “A leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells “Wrong Jungle!”” (p176) If you are a leader, you must learn the three “Rs”… a) what’s Required b) what gives the greatest Return c) what brings the greatest Reward.
18. The Law of Sacrifice.
A leader must give up to go up. Successful leaders must maintain an attitude of sacrifice to turn around an organisation. One sacrifice seldom brings success. As he worked to turn around the Chrysler Corporation, Lee Iacocca slashed his own salary to $1 per year.”When you beome a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself.”
19. The Law of Timing.
When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go. Only the right action at the right time will bring success.
20. The Law of Explosive Growth.
To add growth, lead followers. To multiply growth, lead leaders. “It is my job to build the people who are going to build the company.”
21. The Law of Legacy.
A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. “Leadership is the one thing you can’t delegate. You either exercise it – or abdicate it.”
About the Author
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. His organizations have trained more than one million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as Microsoft, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the National Football League. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, and Developing the Leader Within You, have each sold over a million copies.
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The Master Plan Of Evangelism by Robert Coleman.
Billy Graham: “Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelism in our generation as this book.”
Bill Bright: “This book is must reading for everyone who desires to be a disciple of Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dick Eastman: “I recommend it to all believers with great delight.”
Luis Palau: “I join with the thousands of Christian leaders who have recommended it, used it, and seen the fruit of this New Testament master plan from the Master himself.”
John Perkins: “This book as been, to me, second only to the Bible in terms ofhow it has affected my life.”
Chuck Swindoll: “All who are interested in evangelism and the importance of mentoring will find this book insightful, useful, and helpful.”
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