Link List for November 26, 2014

14 Best Books of 2014 Tony Reinke lays out his list of the best books of 2014, including runners-up. Admittedly, I was a little surprised to see that What’s Best Next didn’t make the cut.

The Sheep Aren't Stupid

"The sheep are not dumb. In fact, we would do much better if we thought of the sheep in the way in which the Puritan, Thomas Watson, described them in his sermon, 'The Good Shepherd.'"

#InTheRoom Podcast

“The concept is simple: I want to bring you into the room with pastors, authors and artists for conversations about the craft of ministry.”

I’ll definitely be adding Ryan Huguley’s new podcast to my subscriptions list. The first episode drops December 1.

Unrelated: It appears that Huguley is not a fan of the Oxford comma.

Tim Challies’ Review of Prayer by Tim Keller

“He has written a winsome, well-rounded book that leads through theory and into practice. It is one of the strongest books on prayer I have ever read and it receives my highest recommendation.”

Link List for May 24, 2013

Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts (eBook) | Ebooks | Crossway

The digital version of Jerram Barrs' new book, released this month, is on sale for just $2.00. Through Crossway only.

#055: How to Read a Non-Fiction Book [Podcast] | Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt offers ten great tips for reading non–fiction books quickly. For example, don't feel like you need to finish every book you start. Some books, Hyatt argues, simply aren't worth finishing. Good advice from someone who spent years working in the publishing industry.

Leadership from the Heart - Posts - "Twenty Points On Leading Twentysomethings."

Twenty takeaways from Brad Lomenick’s new book, The Catalyst Leader, for those who lead and work with twentysomethings. I haven't yet read The Catalyst Leader, but it's on my list.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing | Michael Hyatt

More from Michael Hyatt. In this blog post he explains how he uses Scrivener, a powerful writing tool for the Mac.

Leaders Who Last in Lincoln

One of the great blessings that has come from these past eight months in the Resurgence Training Center (Re:Train) Missional Leadership Program has been the opportunity to spend time with my cohort leader, Pastor Dave Kraft. Dave is, without a doubt, one of the wisest men I have ever met. He has decades of leadership and ministry experience under his belt, has a heart for investing in and developing young leaders, and continues to humbly learn and grow in Christlikeness himself, even to this day.

Dave recently began traveling around the country, speaking at seminars that bear the name of his book, Leaders Who Last. His travels will soon bring him to Lincoln, NE as 2 Pillars Church will be sponsoring a Leaders Who Last Seminar. Here is a brief description from the 2PC blog:

Dave Kraft, Pastor at Mars Hill Church, Director of Leadership Development and Coaching at The Resurgence, and author of #1 Christian Leadership book Leaders Who Last, is traveling around the country with the goal of helping develop leaders. 2 Pillars Church is proud to announce that he will be making a stop in Lincoln, NE on April 30.

Join us as Pastor Dave leads a one-day seminar based upon his book. The seminar will include large group presentations, Q&A, small group discussions and application.

The event is for any ministry or church leader – from volunteers to pastors. If you are a leader or a leader of leaders then consider joining us on April 30th.

For further details and event registration information, read the entire post HERE.

If you are a ministry leader and live within a driving distance of Lincoln, then I encourage you to consider spending April 30 with Dave Kraft and other area leaders. It will surely be a value investment of your time.


Are you planning to attend the Leaders Who Last Seminar in Lincoln or elsewhere? Have you read the book? Comment below.

Kindle 3: Initial Reaction, the Good and the Bad

After much research and deliberation, I decided to take the plunge and order a Kindle 3. FedEx delivered my new gadget one week ago and, though I’ve only had a short period of time to use it, I must say that my initial reaction is a positive one.

The Kindle was a tough sell for me. I love books. I love the way they feel. I love flipping through the pages. I love the way they look on a shelf. That said, the popular ebook reader had plenty going for it as well. As I read reviews, comparisons, and specs and considered the reasons why I might consider purchasing such an item, there were a few key observations that stuck out and tipped to scales in Kindle's favor:

The Good

  • I fidget a lot when I read. I'll sit in one position while I’m reading the left-hand page and then another while I read the page on the right. I’m not sure why I do this, but it seems as though I spend a fair amount of time shifting around in my seat while I read. Is this normal? Perhaps not - at least, that’s what my wife tells me. Nevertheless, the Kindle solves the problem. Simply press a button and the page turns. I don’t even have to shift my eyes, let alone my entire body. Makes for a much more relaxing and stationary reading experience.
  • I’m in a graduate seminary program that requires me to read of a long list of books over the next ten months. The majority of these books are available on Kindle. Over the course of the year, the collective amount of money I will save by purchasing ebooks instead of printed books will nearly cover the cost of the Kindle.
  • The text-to-speech technology is surprisingly good. This allows me to “continue reading” even while I drive. Car time has never been so productive. Priceless.
  • There is still room for much improvement, but I dig the highlighting and note-taking features. All of my highlights and notes are saved to a text file which can be exported to my computer. This is incredibly useful as I write papers for my classes. No need to flip through a book looking for a specific passage of highlighted text. Just search the text file. No need to type the quote into my paper, just cut-and-paste.
  • You can’t perform a keyword search with a hardback. At least, not quickly. But you can with a Kindle. Also very helpful when writing papers.
  • Kindle provides a convenient way to read lengthy PDF documents. No more reading on my computer screen or printing them off.

The Kindle isn't all cupcakes and unicorns, however. I have discovered a few negatives along the way:

The Bad

  • "Anything with an on-off switch must be powered off" during take-off and landing in an airplane. This is unfortunate if you fly often.
  • I would like my Kindle to be able to connect to an ad-hoc wireless network. Unfortunately, it doesn't do that.
  • For some reason, the position of the letters M and N on the QWERTY keyboard throw me off. I consistently type an M where I intemded to type an N. Drives me muts. Mot sure what is goimg on here. I keep telling myself that I will adjust. Hasn't happemed yet though. Anyome else dealing with this or am I just "umique?"
  • I saved the worst for last: No page numbers. Seriously. No page numbers. Kindle uses a location number instead. Some don't see this as a problem, but it really bothers me. You should know that I'm shaking my head in disapproval right now. Yes, I understand that changing the font size messes with page numbers and location numbers remain constant when adjusting font size. But seriously, what am I supposed to do with a location number? Why not include both? There are other ways of dealing with this issue, no? Location numbers would be fine, if everyone in my class owned a Kindle. Guess what? They don't. So now, if I am discussing a book with my classmates, I have no way of quickly directing them to a page, paragraph or passage of interest. Location 145807-24 doesn't mean anything to them. And this is a two-way problem. Everyone in my discussion group could be talking about the point the author made on page 319 while I scramble to find the location number equivalent. This also complicates the quoting and citing of sources in papers. As it turns out, it is very likely most of my professors don't own a Kindle. Still shaking my head in disapproval.

All things considered, I really like the new Kindle. It brings a number of useful features and advantages to the table and I am thankful to have it. That said, the page numbers issue is a looming cloud, especially as I consider my academic pursuits and research over the next year. I've heard a number of reports about professors who do not look favorably upon Kindle location number citations. We'll see how it goes...

Do you have a Kindle? What convinced you to buy?

What do you think about the page numbers issue? Am I ill-informed?

Comment below.

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