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Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work by Gregory P. Shea, Cassie A. Solomon

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We live in an era where constant change is the norm rather than the exception. Given globalization, increased competition, and constant technological turnover, no organization can run in place: change is not optional. However, the sad fact is that the vast majority of change efforts fail. As authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon argue, they do not fail for a lack of trying or leadership. Chances are you have led or been part of a failed change. But why did it fail and how can the next change be successfully implemented?

In this essential guide, authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon deal with the real reasons change efforts fail—and how that failure can be avoided. They argue that change—real change—means changes in behavior and that the work environment itself is the greatest obstacle to making behavioral change stick. They reveal a tested method for leading successful change, which they have developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

In Leading Successful Change, they share the 2 tenets for making successful change; how to create a scene that will provide a vision of the future; the 8 Levers of Change, a tried-and-true method for designing the work environment to support the changes; and how winning companies—from IKEA to a hospital near you—are successfully implementing change.

Change is not optional and it is difficult—but it is also not impossible. Shea and Solomon present a thorough, well-researched explanation of how to make change work.

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A very compelling and interesting book on leading people toward change. While primarily geared toward the business arena, it can be used & applied personally. One could almost get over their fear, and dare I say disdain, toward change in their lives and in their work place. Reading this book almost makes it an exciting endeavor to take on. Let’s face it, no one likes change. While it is inevitable, it is still one of those things you hate to encounter. But change happens every day, like it or not!

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Doc Murf

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Divorcing God

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Our founding fathers intended religion and morality to be pillars of the new republic, providing the restraint that would allow liberty for the citizenry. Today, this delicate balance of religion and state has been eroded by a secularist push to isolate Christianity in our culture and render it irrelevant. As a people, we either return to our Christian roots… or we divorce God altogether.

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There really is not much more I can add to this write-up “…we either return to our Christian roots… or we divorce God altogether.” This pretty much sums it up!

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Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ! by John G. Miller, David L. Levin

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When a light switch is flipped the flow of energy that is released reaches the lightbulb in an instant, bringing it to life. Similarly, asking the right kind of question-a QBQ-is the first step to empowering what Miller calls the Advantage Principles-five essential practices that will lead to a richer experience in every aspect of life: – LEARNING: live an engaged and energized life through positive personal growth and change- OWNERSHIP: attain goals by becoming a solution-oriented person who solves problems- CREATIVITY: find new ways to achieve by succeeding “within the box”- SERVICE: build a legacy by helping others succeed- TRUST: develop deep and rewarding relationships With compelling real-life stories and keen insights, Miller demonstrates how anyone can find success and satisfaction by “flipping the switch.”

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A fantastic read with great insights in order to take your life, business or personal, to a completely higher level than you ever expected possible! Giving great advice on changing the questions you ask of yourself and of others in order to accept responsibility, or placing responsibility squarely where it belongs! We have all learned to great six questions in order to be exceptionally specific in our lives: WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? & HOW? But quite honestly, in order to get to that next level we MUST focus on the questions that stem from WHAT? & HOW? These two are the basis of the greatest questions that we can ask of ourselves to achieve greatness in our lives; which, thereby, will aid us to aid others to shoot for the stars and achieve greatness in their own lives!

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Your Dream. God’s Plan.: Are You Longing for Something More? by Tiffany Smiling

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Like a lot of young women, Tiffany Smiling had been assured that the path to fulfillment looked like the one she’d seen in her favorite movies: She’d be swept away by a soul mate, live in a southern estate, and start a family.

But Tiffany’s story unfolded quite differently.

Weeks after serving on her high school’s homecoming court, while doctors operated to remove the brain tumor that was killing her, Tiffany suffered a paralyzing stroke. In the nick of a scalpel she lost her beauty and most of her physical ability. Returning to high school in a wheelchair, head half-shaved and face distorted, Tiffany vowed to be normal and live the dream.

And for a season, she did.

But just when the fairytale was within reach, God surprised Tiffany. Wooing her heart, God convinced her that there was something even better in store for her.

. . .And He has something better in store for you, too.

Read Your Dream. God’s Plan. and see how the Lord wants to use the broken pieces of your life for His greater plan for you.

Smiling’s story will help you see the ways God is writing your own amazing story—designed for His glory and your fulfillment.

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Truly a powerful testimony to the strength that one builds up through the trials and tribulations thrown in one’s path. Though many would throw in the towel, there are those whose faith is actually strengthened by the turmoil that is placed before them. Some even turn to God and listen to what He has to say to them! Tiffany Smiling is one of those people…a special and inspiring person with a tremendous story.

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What the Bible Says About Purpose by David Ramos


If you’re reading this, chances are you know what frustration feels like. You would describe yourself as a person of faith, of trust, and even of ambition. But for all the work and energy you’ve poured into your life, you still find yourself hitting walls. Big brick roadblocks keeping you from the thing you’re meant to do.

I’ve been where you are. I’ve hit those same walls, and yet – I know beyond the shadow of a doubt I’m walking in my purpose.

Over the last 5 years I’ve published over a dozen books, spoken at churches, universities, and built a vibrant online community for Christians looking to do more with their lives. I’ve been able to accomplish these things because of the information in this book. This book holds everything I’ve learned from the Bible about purpose, along with some wisdom from men and women of God who have walked the path of purpose for much longer than I.

This is my gift to you, but more importantly, this is your “permission slip” from God. You don’t have to wait until you’re “good enough.” Good enough doesn’t exist. All there is, all you can be, is a person dedicated to glorifying God in the profoundly unique way only you can

When you do that, when you begin to accept where you are and who you are as enough, that is when amazing things start to happen. And suddenly all those brick walls crumble into stepping stones.

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A very good primer for one to use in order to find their purpose in life & in God’s eyes. There is no better place to seek these answers than in the heart of the bible! Well written, quick read, definitely focused with respect to its own purpose!

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A Case For Faith by Lee Strobel

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A journalist investigates the toughest objections to Christianity. Despite the compelling historical evidence, many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. “If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?” “If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?” In The Case for Faith, the second in a series of three DVDs based on Lee Strobel’s books, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief – the eight “heart” barriers to faith. The Case for Faith, based on Lee Strobel’s Gold Medallion-winning book, is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with their most skeptical friends.

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Another excellent documentary for viewing by all. Well worth the time to watch to deepen one’s faith and to deepen one’s personal knowledge as to “Why?” you believe what you believe! An excellent aid in one’s repertoire of understanding.

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

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n The Case for a Creator—Student Edition, best-selling author and former atheist Lee Strobel and popular writer Jane Vogel take younger readers on a remarkable investigation into the origin of the universe, interviewing many of the world’s most renown scientists and following the evidence wherever it leads.Their findings—presented in the third blockbuster “Case” book student edition—offer the most compelling scientific proof ever for intelligent design. Perfect for youth groups and young people eager to rebut the Darwinian and naturalistic views taught so commonly in schools.

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A well accomplished documentary from the perspective of a man seeking the truth, regardless of where the truth may lead him. Many others used within this documentary for those who watch in order to follow and see where the chips may fall! Excellent use of time to watch this documentary!

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee

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Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

More than three quarters of a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

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An excellent, I do mean EXCELLENT, primer to aid in your bible study endeavors! Excellent overview as to how to approach, studying, hermeneutics and exegesis of the scriptures and the bible in general. Well, worth the time to read!

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

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Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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While this is a bit odd for me, I really did not pick this book out myself. I received it from a friend at work, who is also an avid reader. He said that it was interesting and filled with many things which would intrigue me. So, I took him up on his offer, and challenge of sort! It was, without a doubt filled, cover to cover, with all sorts of interesting information, education of the uses of cadavers in our lives. History has filled pages with what and how cadavers have touched our lives. Truly an interesting book and is worthy of your time, to say the least!

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Thinking Strategically by Avinash K. Dixit, Barry J. Nalebuff

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A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneuvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.

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A very tough read, but chock full of information which would aid anyone who desires to enlighten themselves in the world of thinking strategically. Full of examples and the basis of their logic and line of thinking. But remember, this is a tough read, not intended for light reading by any stretch of the imagination!

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