Continuing my post on my favorite books of 2010. You can see the first part of the list here.
We were not created to do boring purposeless work. We were created to create. It looks different for everyone, but its still true. Author Seth Godin calls this doing art. We were created to do art. I’m not sure if he is aware that that is the same commission God gave Adam and Eve. Either way, this is a challenge to all Christians to make meaningful work with their lives. A key idea for me was to ship. The goal is to get your work out there. So few people actually ship their ideas. If you can ship, you’ll be ahead of most people. My goal is to ship even more ideas in 2011. Look out!
I’m not going to lie, this was a beast of a book. I love history, so it was a fascinating look into the lives of one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. A few things really stood out for me. One was Churchill was completely misunderstood and not appreciated for his strengths for many years. In fact, he did not rise to the job he felt he was bet suited for until he was 60! I look at that and I’m more than 30 years away and wonder, Am I willing to keep working for another 30 years if necessary to reach the goal of what I think God has for me? The next lesson was Churchill was a hustler. He worked very hard, sometimes on multiple projects to make ends meet. He wrote a trilogy that ended up being over a million words. As a comparison, my book was 41,000. He is proof that consistent hard work will pay off. He is also proof that your best days are probably in front of you. Keep working.
7- The Next Christians
I’m a big fan of Gabe and the movement he’s leading with Q. I’ve been a small part of that community for 3 years and have learned so much. This book is a look at the changing face of Christianity. He shares some stories of some people who he calls the Next Christians. I for one think its a great change and hope to be a part of the Next Christians, who believe in making their faith an integral part of everything they do. This means art, justice, evangelism, work, community involvement, teaching, raising kids, and so many other examples. I want to be a part of a movement that impacts the world and I think Gabe is helping lead that movement.
This book has been most impactful because of the author’s life is a reflection of the pages. Mike has been an encouragement and supporter in my life for many years now, which makes the content even stronger for me. Those that want to lead at a high level have got to be grace agents. As the church, we must be the front-runners in forgiveness. This is not a pass to overlook sin, but to lead with grace. Like the woman at the well, Jesus dealt with the sin but lead with grace. This message is necessary and I will be reviewing this little book many times over the years to come.