Habits and other great book deals (UPDATED)


The book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan is now on sale. It is a perfect Valentine gift for yourself and for your loved ones. Sale is on a limited time offer.

Here are some great book deals for the week:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The book title says it all.

2. Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston – learn how to get through anyone. The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do any thing is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can’t break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but power ful techniques readers can use to really get through to people–whether they’re coworkers, friends, strangers, or enemies. Getting through is a fine art but a critical one. With the help of this groundbreaking book readers will be able to turn the “impossible” and “unreachable” people in their lives into allies, devoted customers, loyal colleagues, and lifetime friends.

3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Businessby Charles Duhigg.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • Financial Times

4. Date Your Wifeby Jutin Buzzard. I am excited to read this book!!!

An Intensely Practical Guide for Husbands Looking to Strengthen, Save, or Spice up Their Marriage

Most men don’t know how to date their wives. They did it before, but they’ve forgotten how, or they’re trying but it just doesn’t seem to be working. Justin Buzzard helps men re-learn this all-important skill from a position of security in the gospel of grace. As a father of three boys and husband to a very happy wife, Justin offers guys a helping hand, good news, and wise counsel, along with:

    • 100 practical ideas for how to date your wife
    • Action steps at the end of each chapter
    • Personal stories and real-life examples

All types of marriages—good ones, mediocre ones, and bad ones—will experience a jumpstart as a result of hearing, believing, and living the message of Date Your Wife.

5. And a lot of Veggie Tales Book for young readers for only $1.99, click here for Veggie Tales Offer

6. The Sky Is Not Falling: Living Feaerlessly in These Turbulent Times by Charles Colson.

7. The Top Ten Leadership Commandments by Hans Finzel. Hans is a leadership authority who wrote ten mistakes leaders make so I think this book would also help a lot.

8. Pastor Mark Driscoll’s book Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus) is also on sale.

9. The book by JD Greear that my men’s group are going through Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary is life changing

10. Also started reading this book Sex, Dating, and Relationships and looking at the few chapter I read – I think it is worth the read.

Why you need to seriously stop looking at Porn

Mark Driscoll in his book “Porn Again Christians” wrote:

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul says”,

9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Clearly, God takes the sexual sins of his men so seriously that men who remain enslaved to sexual sin will die in their sins and wake up in the eternal torments of hell. Sure the naked people you like looking are hot….but so is hell.

Book Review: The Real Marriage – The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together

As many of you know, I am a Mark Driscoll fan so when a new book from my favorite author comes out, I am one of the first readers. His latest book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together hits home again as he practically shares to us how we can have a great marriage.

The chapters that really ministered to me was the chapter on Friend with Benefits. It made me reassess my friendship with my wife. Thammie and I had a very good discussion about our own friendship and have readjusted how we treat each other because of that chapter.

The most controversial chapter was chapter 10 where Mark and Grace Driscoll answered some questions on sex. I think that chapter was a breakthrough for Christian books since nobody wants to talk about it and we always get our information in the world. So to have a pastor share his thoughts about it was cool.

There is also a nice chapter for men. Reading that chapter would benefit men to step up the plate to their God given responsibilities and roles. We cannot abdicate the responsibility we have as men. Also the teaching on Reverse Engineering your Life would benefit so many men out there.

I love the practicality of the book and the honest, straight forward manner Pastor Mark and Grace discussed important and sensitive issues couples face. I highly recommend this book to all married couples.

Pastor Mark and Grace tackle the tough issues, such as:

  • Why being your spouse’s best friend changes everything and how to achieve it.
  • Pornography and sexual sin inside and outside of marriage.
  • Submission and respect – marriage’s most misunderstood tenets-and what they should really look like.
  • Honoring your spouse emotionally, technologically, and financially.
  • What the Bible says about masturbation and oral sex.
  • The “Can we do that?” questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your pastor.
  • How to deal with intimacy issues and create the joyful and fun sex life God intended you to have.
  • What type of man or woman are you? What type of lover are you? And what type of marriage do you have?
  • Practical Ways a Man can Lead His Family

    As men, we bear a greater burden before God for the well-being of our families and our church. Our wives and children should flourish under our loving leadership.

    By the grace of God, you can be who God has called you to be, do what God has called you to do, and love as God has loved you.

    As men, we will never in this life experience perfection, but by the grace of God we can experience progress every day until we enter perfection in the life to come. So don’t sulk, don’t sin, and don’t settle, but instead strive.

    Here are 11 practical tips for husbands to strive to lead their family well:

    1. As the family leader, model humility, honesty, repentance, service, study, and worship. Your life preaches at least as loudly as your words, so teach and model humble godliness by the grace of God.

    2. Make sure everyone in your family has a good, age-appropriate Bible that they regularly read. Read the Bible yourself and with them so they are encouraged to read on their own.

    3. Make sure you have some basic Bible study tools available for your family in either print or digital form and that everyone learns to use them. If you do not know where to begin, ask your pastor or a godly student of Scripture in your church about things like a good Bible commentary, concordance, dictionary, and atlas.

    4. Buy good Christian books for everyone in your family to read. Include Christian biographies among those books.

    5. Choose good books that you and your wife can be reading together, including books of the Bible, and discuss what you are learning.

    6. If there are Bible-based classes offered in your church, attend with your family.

    7. Redeem your commute by listening to good sermons and classes, many of which you can download for free.

    8. Have dinner together with your family most nights, and use that time to pray together, keep a journal log of prayer requests for other people, and read a portion of the Bible and talk about it together.

    9. Pray for each member of your family every day and let them know you are praying for them.

    10. Place a hand on the head of each of your children every day and pray over them. Then kiss them on the head and make sure they often get a loving hug.

    11. While either snuggling or holding hands, pray with and for your wife every day and remember to include the reasons you are thankful to God for her that day. If these things have not been common in your home, it is very likely that your family has been aching for them and will be thankful for your loving leadership as the head of your home.

    Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington and is one of the world’s most-downloaded and quoted pastors.