Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

1e97599960a091645c8bdca50b8ad51fOne characteristic of a great leader is that they ask great questions. By asking great questions leaders can get answers and hopefully find the problems. When problems are identified then potential solutions can be developed.

In his book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, John Maxwell gives the reader some excellent resources to lay the foundation for successful leadership. By going through some of the questions that he has asked and questions that are asked of him he can help future leaders develop and understand how to ask great questions.

One area in which he does this is first making sure that the leader is ready to ask great questions. What is meant by this is that if a leader is unprepared for answers that come from questions they are not ready to ask questions.

For example, if a manager decides he or she wants to improve productivity and ask the questions to employees of what slows down productivity he or she may receive an answer that is unexpected. If they are unprepared for candor they may take it as an affront to their management and as a result may struggle with changes that could help the company.

I really enjoyed how this is a more personal style of writing for Maxwell. He really gets into how he has ask great questions over the years and the benefit of doing so and his life. He that extrapolates this to the reader on how asking great questions can also benefit their life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

No Limits by John C. Maxwell

ee8e68948f0b2f69451e5a1347e3c4a7Are you struggling with the idea that you can do more but just cannot seem to do more? Many strive for more but just cannot seem to find the energy to do so.

John Maxwell, in his book No Limits, discuss three areas to increase capacity in a person’s life. By doing so, a person could achieve more and be more fulfilled in life. The three areas deal with removing what limits a person’s capacity, developing the capacities that already exist, and doing things that maximize a person’s capacity.

Capacity has an idea of being limited. A battery can only hold so much charge. A glass can only hold so much water. Maxwell counters that people have unknown capacities and this book sets out to show each person how to tap into unknown capacity.

*I receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Black, Red Letter Edition

225_350_book-2220-coverI am a fan of the Thinline Bibles that several publishers have. They make for great devotional Bibles and are not heavy like study Bibles or some larger hardbacks. The absence of study notes might be missed but the ease of carrying a thinline makes it ideal for listening to a sermon or lecture and not become easily distracted by footnotes.

This particular Bible is a larger print coming in at 10pt font. Some Thinlines I have use 7.5pt font. While a larger font does create a larger Bible it does allow for easier reading and should reduce eye strain. As I read this Bible, the large print did make it easier to read but I did not feel that I was reading at a slower pace.

The lay-flat binding is a nice feature it one wanted to take notes or journal and not lose the location of where the reading is taking place. There are also two bookmarks for marking two different locations while reading. This is helpful when doing a devotional reading as one bookmark is often not enough for conducting parallel readings.

The leather binding has a nice feel to it and feels strongly attached. This is not an imitation leather that can be found on certain gift Bibles. Rather, this leather is soft but not grainy. In addition there is a lifetime guarantee on this Bible (details here).

Thus, this Bible would make an ideal purchase for someone wanting to read while using a devotional book or listening to a sermon.

*I received a complimentary copy of the Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

97808024125912028129Mentors.

Mentors are people who are sought because of their wisdom, expertise, and availability. A mentor is someone who can guide and be a resource to those who are looking to avoid mistakes, grow, and potentially be a mentor in the future.

In the book of Titus, Paul mentions that older women are to be examples to younger women and work with them to grow in Christ; i.e. act like a mentor. Paul then gives some guidelines on how older women and younger women should work together.

In her book, Adorned, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth takes Titus 2 and writes to both older and younger women challenging them to be more like Christ. Wolgemuth highlights key parts of Titus 2 and expands on them on how it may look to live out what the author of Titus is communicating.

At the end of each chapter are a few questions to reinforce what was learned and to spur an older or younger woman to rid herself of what can weigh down her spiritual growth and adopt the mind of Christ to live out her femininity in each season of her life.

A book like this is needed more and more. It seems that fewer people have that grandma in their life who is that voice of reason and wisdom. The older generation is seen as archaic and are often ignored when it comes to navigating life and its rough seas. The Bible speaks differently to this view and Adorned is an excellent book to show that old does not mean worthless.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

CSB: Ultrathin Reference Bible (Leathersoft Edition)

screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-1-06-33-pmI really like the feel of this Bible and its size. It is nice for carry but I do not feel that I am sacrificing in text size and study aids. The text is 8.5 point in size and the the study aids are nicely placed to allow for ease of reading and not getting distracted with breaks in the texts.

The concordance is decent and the maps are nice in color and readability. The columnar references are of decent size to read with the footnotes being of equal ease of reading. I was, however, surprised by the thickness.

I have another ultrathin that is just over 1/2 inches in thickness. This Bible comes in at almost 9/10 inches in thickness. This does not bother me but wanted others to be aware in case they are thinking that this ultrathin is thinner like other ultrathins.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

NIV Faithlife Study Bible

225_350_book-2235-coverThe Bible is a rich and powerful book. Those who study it find that the more they study the more they understand and the deeper they fall in love with the richness of Scripture. For this reason, the NIV faithlife Study Bible was produced. It gives overviews of books, timelines, word studies, notes on the passages, and they’re also articles written by current authors to help the reader of this Bible deepen their faith.

The Bible is designed around the idea that understanding the culture and history gives insight into why certain people may have reacted as they did. This is first done with book introductions giving themes and also some timelines for perspective. There are outlines highlighting key characters and times with brief commentary on each section.

Then, as the reader progress, there are study notes to aid in understanding the text. Some of these notes are word studies which draw out the meaning of word for clarity. Other notes may give insight into certain practices of the day. Still other notes remind the reader of the timeline of events.

As to this Bible itself, like most study Bibles it is heavy and would not be an ideal candidate for transportability. The font type make it easy to read and I had no eye-strain issues while reading. The text and notes are separated so as to not create confusion while reading. There is also a table of contents for the articles making it easier to find them for review. Overall this is an excellent study Bible for new and mature Christians alike.

*I received a complimentary copy of this Bible from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.