There are four books I have going right now. I know, you wonder how do you read four books and keep up with what each has to offer! It isn’t easy!
- The first one and perhaps the best I’ve read in a long time is True Faced – Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are. Written by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch. Published by NavPress. This little book, which is easy reading, but one you need to go back and read a second and even a third time. True Faced draws a clear distinction between two motives: our determination to please God or to trust God. The resulting difference from these two starting points could not be more profound. The words will speak to you in a way you never realized!
- The other book I have just started is Strengths Finder 2.0. Written by Tom Rath. Published by Gallup Press. This book helps you uncover your talents, gifts and strengths. The first two chapters present an overview of how we find our strengths (gifts, talents, etc…) and how to apply our strengths in the workplace, at home, at church, in ministry, etc. The remaining sections in the book cover a wide variety of “strengths” that detail characteristics and give you a brief overview of each. From these chapters you begin to see what your strengths are. The book comes with a login and password to the web site where you can take the strengths survey and see first-hand your own personal strengths! Excellent and easy reading!
- Last fall when I spent a long weekend in Phoenix, AZ I took with me Become a Better You the second book by Joel Osteen. The book is published by Free Press. Pastor Joel Osteen gives the reader seven keys to improving our life every day. The author shows us throughout the book how God is preparing us for greater things, how He’s going to take us further than we ever thought possible. It’s a good book to take along on a cross-country flight, or just to have as your on-going reading! Highly recommended.
- Completely different than the other three books I’ve listed here, but fascinating reading, is a small paperback titled Be My Guest written by Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel chain. From a proprietor of a small hotel in a dusty Texas oil town to the world’s premier statesman of international hospitality, Conrad Hilton’s spectacular rise helped rewrite the boundless opportunity of the American Dream. Being a frequent traveler, I found the book fascinating. It’s given me a perspective of how the Hilton Hotel chain began. If you stay at any Hilton family property (Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, and Hampton Inn) you will find a copy of this book in the nightstands!