Cordeiro

I would recommend Wayne Cordeiro’s “Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion.”

In regards to depression, the author writes, “Serotonin is a chemical like an endorphin. It’s a natural, feel-good hormone. It replenishes during times of rest and then fuels you while you’re working. If, however, you continue to drive yourself without replenishing your store of serotonin will be depleted. As a substitute, your body will be forced to replace the serotonin with adrenaline” (25).

What do you do in order to rest?

Cordeiro

Move

I would recommend Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson’s “Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth.” I was provided a complimentary copy of the book directly from the publisher for review purposes. If interested, hardback copies can be ordered for under $14 at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Move-Churches-Reveal-Spiritual-Growth/dp/0310325250/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346049836&sr=8-2&keywords=move) or directly from the publisher at http://zondervan.com/9780310325253.

One of my favorite chapters was titled “The Truth About Church.” The author writes, “Best practice congregants don’t just belong to their church: they believe they are the church. They embrace its discipleship values as part of their identity. Best-practice churches inspire and hold people accountable for changing their behavior – for becoming more Christlike in their everyday lives as a reflection of their faith . . . These churches are led by individuals consumed with making disciples. Absolutely consumed. Making disciples of Christ was unquestionable their most important aspiration and the deepest desire of their hearts” (314).

Official Author Biographies: Greg L. Hawkins is executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. He is also co-creator of REVEAL, an initiative that utilizes research tools and discoveries to help churches better understand spiritual growth in their congregations. Greg and his wife, Lynn, live in the Chicago suburbs with their three children.

Cally Parkinson is brand manager for REVEAL and previously served as the director of communication services at Willow Creek Community Church, a role she undertook following a twenty-five-year career at Allstate Insurance Company. Cally and her husband, Rich, live in the Chicago suburbs and have two grown children.

Official Book Description: Are people in our churches really growing closer to Christ? Based on surveys from over 280,000 people in more than 1,200 diverse churches, Move presents the startling results of the latest REVEAL research. The book draws on compelling stories from people of varying spiritual maturity, as well as pastors who are equally candid as they talk about the spiritual health of the American church.

Move

Isaacson

I finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs earlier this morning. I was captivated by the age-old debate between the closed operating systems of Apple and the open operating systems of Microsoft and Google.

Jobs once said, “The engineering is long gone in most PC companies. In the consumer electronics companies, they don’t understand the software parts of it. And so you really can’t make the products that you can make at Apple anywhere else right now. Apple’s the only company that has everything under one roof.”

Steve Jobs claims that integration gives the best user-experience. He claims that open systems like that of Windows and Android offer inexpensive options – but that they rarely ever work correctly.

Bill Gates admits that Apple’s closed systems give the consumer an incredible product – but he believes the philosophy is only as strong as the leader promoting and protecting the philosophy.

Which side do you lean towards?

Isaacson