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Summer Reading Recommendations

The beginning of the summer months brings pictures to mind of sitting out in the yard under an umbrella with a cold drink, spending a couple of weeks lakeside at a cottage, floating in the pool on a chair or just escaping the heat altogether and sitting in my cool air-conditioned home. The only thing missing from all of these pictures is a good book by my side.

The summer often affords us a little time to get away and have some relaxation with family, friends or on our own. We wanted to provide some good reads to you this summer in case you are in search of something to fill your mind and spirit. These books are all available on Amazon.com. Take a look!

Finishing Strong – by Steve Farrar

Bestselling author Steve Farrar has good news for the average man: it doesn't matter if you've had a great start in the Christian life, or a rough one. It doesn't matter if you've stumbled time and again, or even fallen flat on your face. What matters most in this all-important race of life is how you finish. According to Farrar, the man who hangs in there for the long haul with his wife, his kids, and his Lord is an exception these days. Finishing Strong, now in trade paperback, offers lively use of Scripture, contemporary illustrations, and study questions to equip every reader to be that exception. For the man who wants to climb the character ladder more than the corporate one, this is an essential tool.

The Speed of Trust – by Stephen Covey 

With nearly 750,000 copies in print, this instant classic shows that establishing trust is “the one thing that changes everything” (Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths ) in both business and life.

Trust, says Stephen M.R. Covey, is the very basis of the new global economy, and he shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and constituents—is the essential ingredient for any high–performance, successful organization.

For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction—and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time–killing, bureaucratic check–and–balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

Envy – by Bob Sorge

Envy might well be termed the silent sin. Because while all of us envy others to some extent, few of us acknowledge our problem out loud, let alone try to overcome it and move forward. Bob Sorge draws upon his own pastoral experience-plus the admitted burden of his own envy-to show why and how it can adversely affect the ministry of a church and even prevent revival in people's lives. Sorge reveals why comparison of our ministry and spiritual gifts to that of our fellow believers is to be avoided at all costs so that we do not hamstring God's plan for our growth and the accomplishment of His purposes. This is a must-read for leaders of all churches, great and small-and anyone who wants the peace that comes with a life free of envy.

Destined for the Throne – by Paul Billheimer

First published nearly 30 years ago, Destined for the Throne continues to train believers for their heavenly destiny. God's eternal purpose, Billheimer says, has been the preparation of an eternal companion for His Son. This preparation takes place as Christians engage in spiritual warfare and practice believing prayer. "[A] thorough presentation of God's total purpose and destiny for the church…satisfying and demanding," said Norman Grubb, former International Director of WEC.

Madness – by Jossy Chacko

With great sincerity and openness, Jossy Chacko describes his journey from a childhood home on a nameless dirt street, plagued by his father's madness and ridiculed by teachers and friends, to building an international ministry with an extraordinary goal: the planting of 100,000 churches in one of the world's most unreached regions to bring about social and spiritual transformation. Be challenged by the plight of the lost and unreached as you read about people like Rao, who whipped himself until blood flowed. Hungry for forgiveness of sins, he collected the blood in a bowl and offered it to his god. Learn some of the powerful eastern principles Jossy received from his grandfather. Be inspired by mighty miracles. Be moved by confronting stories from the streets, slums and villages of Asia. It's a tale of wealth and madness, bondage and spiritual power, life-shaping wisdom and God's remarkable love. This book will open a whole new world that you've never seen before, and introduce opportunities and strategies to help you make a significant difference – both now and for eternity.

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