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Jumpstart Your Creativity: 10 Jolts to Get Creative and Stay Creative (Jumpstart Series) by Steven Rowell, Shawn Doyle

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Are you creative? Do you want to be more creative in your business and personal life?

Everyone has the ability to be creative.

This fun lighthearted and easy to read book will give you 10 Jolts to reawaken and tap into your innate creativity in order to be more successful at work and in your personal life. In this book, you will learn the tools techniques and methods for getting and staying creative in a competitive world.

Jumpstart Your Creativity gives you proven specific effective tools and great tips to use, to both generate ideas and evaluate them effectively. Are you ready to tap into your creativity?  This book will show you how, and you will be amazed at the results!  “Are you creative? Do you want to be more creative in your business and personal life?  Everyone has the ability to be creative. This fun lighthearted and easy to read book will give you 10 Jolts to reawaken and tap into your innate creativity in order to be more successful at work and in your personal life.

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This definitely is something to look in to in order to delve into a more creative mindset. Great ideas to stir up the creative juices and to go down the road of creativity. Sometimes we just need a nudge down that road because we are blocked or just cannot get started, again, into the creative mood. This will definitely help.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife by Frederick Buechner

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In this deeply moving book of reflection and recollection, Frederick Buechner once again draws us into his deeply textured life and experience to illuminate our own understanding of home as both our place of origin and our ultimate destination.

For Frederick Buechner, the meaning of home is twofold: the home we remember and the home we dream. As a word, it not only recalls the place that we grew up in and that had much to do with the people we eventually became, but also points ahead to the home that, in faith, we believe awaits us at life’s end. Writing at the approach of his seventieth birthday, he describes, both in prose and in a group of poems, the one particular house that was most precious to him as a child, the books he read there, and the people he loved there. He speaks also of the lifelong search we are all engaged in to make a new home for ourselves and for our families, which is at the same time a search to find something like the wholeness and comfort of home with ourselves. As he turns his attention to our dreams of the heavenly home still to come, he sees it as both hallowing and fulfilling the charity and the peach of our original home.

Writing with warmth, wisdom, and compelling eloquence, Frederick Buechner once again enables us to see more deeply into the secret places of our hearts. The Longing for Home will help to bring clarity and guidance to anyone who searches for meaning in a world that all too often seems meaningless.

*****

Another book which is far from the normal book for me to read, but consider this…by staying with the same type or style of writing will create in one a stale and bland palate of reading. sometimes we need to shake things up a little  in order to stir up something different!

While this was a warm book of short writings about life, which truly strayed me far from what I normally read, was a collection of writings which brings one back home to make you think of your childhood and days long gone by…carefree days.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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In A Still Small Voice

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Interviews with Christian artists, filmmakers, actors, and dancers sharing their insights into how art ultimately points to God and makes the invisible, visible.

The inspiration of the beauty around us, and that which comes through us, dictates there must be a God. What instills in each of us the ability to do what we do, individually or as a group? THAT created beauty implies there is a God, a Creator of all things, a Grand Inspirer of all things. Therefore, such beauty created through such inspiration therefore infers the existence of a God of beauty!

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Miracles: 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman

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A dying child counts angels in her room. A teenage boy stuns doctors by recovering from a massive brain injury. A bubble of protection surrounds a man about to be hit by a car…These miraculous accounts and twenty-nine more are recorded in Miracles: 32 True Stories.

“Almost every month I get a request to either read or edit a book or booklet, and to be honest, I dread to see them coming, because most of them are hardly worthy of a positive recommendation. When Joan asked me to read her Miracles, I was not looking forward to reading it at all … much to my surprise I could not stop reading it until I had read the entire book. Each story was different enough to keep my interest, and God’s finger-print was all over each of the stories told. There was never one bit of doubt who authored each of those stories…” BILL IRWIN, CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER

*****

Not my normal book for reading, but was rather interesting on the numerous miracles that were believed and perceived to have occurred by those on the precipice of losing faith.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Billy Graham TV Classics

Billy Graham TV Classics

A collection of Billy Graham Television Classic shows and Evangelistic events. While I was not much of a Billy Graham viewer as a child, I have come to appreciate his old programs. As of lately, I have been watching these shows, whether on YouTube or on his Billy Graham TV Classics web site. It is quite intriguing to see what he had to say, and either research what he said, or use it on my blogs. He was truly a man of God who taught many of us about the path of God.

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Doc Murf

 

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The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Parazynski

“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronaut

An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski’s death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest—his body ravaged by a career in space—readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.

This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA’s Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.

An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it’s like to train for—and deploy to—a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut’s engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

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Pain: The Divine Mystery: Why God Allows Suffering by Elmer L. Towns

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Pain is an enigma-a haunting reality-we all face. Whether the pain you are experiencing is chronic or the result of a new injury or illness, you have no doubt asked the Lord, Why? Why must I suffer? Why must the pain be so intense or so never-ending?

Elmer Towns confronted similar questions as he withstood the debilitating effects of cancer treatment. As he sought to find something precious in the enduring, Towns realized that pain can draw the mature believer into closer intimacy with God.

Pain: The Divine Mystery will help you look at your own suffering through the eyes of the Master Sculptor-He who has the highest purpose in place for your life. You will be challenged to examine your deepest fears, to discover God’s part in your healing, and to pursue better overall health in the process.

You will find, as Towns did, that even pain can be endured when you have a purpose to live through it. As you seek to understand the “why” behind your own suffering, God will reveal much more than you can imagine: He will reveal Himself. Pain has a divine purpose for spiritual breakthrough.

*****

This was an interesting book as it treated pain as an entity from which we could learn, or that it was a teaching tool. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 NKJV We all have things, inanimate and otherwise, which will teach us…pain is no different. God uses pain also to teach us about our body and to teach us perseverance, as well as patience. Well worth the time to read and it is a short read, at that!

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Doc Murf

 

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

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Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. —Gail Hudson

*****

While I thought this was a good book, overall, and that it touched on a few, if not several points that I could relate to, I did find it as a means to liken Christianity to Buddhism – in certain respects. I guess everyone has their thing and interpretation, but to liken one religion to another is a bit out of bounds, to me. It was a good book, as I said, but beware of the teachings you follow. To follow the wrong beliefs could send you on a trek you do not wish to follow once you get to the end of your journey!

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When God Is Hiding

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One of the most beloved authors of our day, Philip Yancey, has never shied away from the toughest subjects. True-to-form in this revealing discussion, Yancey, beginning with the tragedy of 9/11 and the World Trade Towers, explores why tragic events happen in our lives and in our world.

An interesting interview, if you are interested in such…I am not much of an interview watcher, just saying. But Phillip Yanceey draws on many of the inspirations for his books to explain.

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Doc Murf

 

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Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question by Rice Broocks

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Did Jesus Really Exist?

The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news. Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name. Did Jesus really exist? Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record? Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world?

In this follow-up to the book God’s Not Dead (that inspired the movie), Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah. Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the God’s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.

*****

This is an awesome book! It took those five basic & minimal facts about Jesus & His existence and used them as a platform by which to evangelize to those around you. Historical and mythological arguments about Jesus were debunked. Although, had I checked into this further, I would have sought out the book “God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty” by the same author and read it first. Which was the basis of the movie “God’s Not Dead.

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Doc Murf

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