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What Are You Reading At The Moment?

Went to Borders the other day. Love going there. Never really get to fully appreciate it when the girls are with me but I did get the opportunity to browse and checked out a few books that look interesting even alllowing for the pile I still have left over from last year!

Leaders are readers. You want to gain some knowledge then you need to be reading and I don’t mean just general fiction. You need to read stuff that will challenge you, inspire you, stretch you, teach you something. Start small. Don’t be intimidated by how much others read – have your own plan, set your own goal and go for it!

This is the last 10 books I have read – what do you think?
Vintage Jesus
Turning Points
Starving Jesus
Wake Up Dead Man
Sticky Church
Moving in the Spirit
Meatball Sundae
Holy Discontent

After any good recommendations. Come July I will be switching my emphasis from reading my Bible in BIG CHUNKS to reading from an ever increasing pile of books.


Book Review: Turning Points by Dino Rizzo

imagesFor a small book – only just over 100 pages, it packs a BIG punch. Picked it up at Xcel Conference at ALC Bradford where the author, Pastor Dino Rizzo was speaking. Loved his way of thinking and was intrigued enough to buy the book.

By looking at what could be described as crisis moments in people’s worlds, he gets you imagining what their personal turning point must have been like. The encounter with Jesus, the emotion of it, the risk perhaps, the excitement, the step of faith, the difference it made.

Right at the end he says this ‘Sometimes a turning point is just for us….Sometimes a turning point is for us and our household….Sometimes a turning point is for our entire community….Sometimes a turning point is for generations to come’. Above all ‘turning points are opportunities for God to draw us closer to Him.’

Challenged me to think about the turning points in my life. Might even use the thought as a preaching theme. Hope that ok.

Highly recommended. Get your copy here.

Xcel Conference 2008

Heading off today for Xcel Conference at Abundant Life, Bradford. Always enjoy getting away and listening to some great preaching and this year is no exception with Pastor Paul Scanlon being joined by Pastor Dino Rizzo, Lead Pastor at Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I follow Pastor Dino on twitter and read his blog from time to time. Love the way he thinks so I am expectant of being challenged but also of picking up some leadership tips as well. Check back for my thoughts later…