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Father Hunger

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Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families It has taken a while to get through this book. I initially chose this book because I have two step sons and two young daughters. Having a blended family is challenging and I know I need to be a better father; especially to the boys since they rarely see their natural fathers. The biggest challenge for me in getting through this book is due to changes in my work schedule and life in general.

The fact that my work schedule is interfering with raising children is a testament to the fact that fathers are absent  in their children’s lives.

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

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Would you like your kids to grow up to love the Lord? Are you having trouble figuring out where to start? You will want to read  Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone.

This book  is the first in a series on strengthening the your family in the lord. Dave lets you in on the secret to raising kids who love the lord. The secret is something so basic and simple you may already know it.

That Secret:    It all starts with you.

If you want to raise kids who love the lord you need to model that behavior in yourself. Your kids are watching you. They are doing what your do.

Dave teaches through life example while raising a family how to Model Godly Principles, Discipline,  Share the Load, Pray with your children and more.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

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Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy WorldMichael Hyatt was CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, one of the largest publishers in the world. Michael started blogging in 2004 and took four years to attract a thousand visitors to his blog each month. Four years into blogging, Michael got involved in Twitter and Facebook and went from a thousand readers to 22,000 per month. Through trial and error Michael documented both his success’ and failures. Now he shares them with you.

The Truth About Grace

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The Truth About Grace book coverThe Truth About Grace by John MacArthur is one book in The Truth About series. In these books John teaches about core aspects of Christian faith.

Grace is an often misunderstood topic among Christians. I hear the phrase “By the Grace of God” thrown about by people during the retelling of everyday mishaps. They use the phrase in the same way someone may say “As luck would have it, I’m still alive.”

All Pro Dad

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All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Mark Merrill is a playbook for men on how to be a better father. Just like in any sports game, if you want to win you need a game plan and a winning strategy.

To get started Mark defines two fundamentals of Fatherhood (Love and Leadership.) Everyone has a different opinion about what it means to love and what is means to lead. If you are a father, you are a leader whether you want to be or not. Mark helps to define what it means to love and what it means to lead and how the two are connected.

The Love & Respect Experience

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The Love & Respect Experience: A Husband-Friendly Devotional that Wives Truly Love by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a devotional that husbands and wives can go through together to become closer to God and each other.

This devotional book is an addition to his other works on the Love and Respect approach to marriage. In the beginning of this devotional Dr. Emerson Eggerichs explains the 80/20 rule where he believes that 80% of the time marriage is good, but most of the time couples focus on the 20%.

The 360 Degree Leader

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The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John Maxwell is a leadership book written for the manager in the middle of an organization. In the same style as the rest of his books John Maxwell describes what a leader looks like and how the act within their role.

The 360° Leader must have influence not only for those he leads but for those in the ranks above him and his peers. Maxwell explains how anyone can develop skills to lead those around them.

The Final Summit

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The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is about a man who must save mankind before time runs out. With an Angel as his guide, David Ponder has five chances to come up with the right answer as to what mankind must do to save themselves. With the help of "the Travelers," various characters from throughout history, David must lead "The Final Summit" to come up with the answer. Andy Andrews pulls facts from history and weaves them into a suspenseful tail to tell the story of what must be done to save mankind.

Doing Virtuous Business

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Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is a book on how businesses can be more successful and profitable that they would have otherwise been by following a few basic principals on running a virtuous business.

I have to admit that I found this book hard to get into. Partly because life happened with the growth of our family by the birth of my beautiful daughter. But that isn’t what this review is about. Another reason I found it hard to get into is because I am not currently in a position where I directly run or control a business.

The reason I chose this book is because I am interested in starting a business and thought that the book would provide guidelines  to do so.


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