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the five dysfunctions of a team by patrick lencioni

great book! i’m the kind of reader that picks up a book, gets a little ways in and is super bored. in fact, if you pulled any given book off my bookshelf at home i can pretty much guarantee you’ll find it dog-eared at about 40-60 pages in. i kid you not. it is a horrible habit and one i wish i could break!

anyway, this book is not one of those. i seriously could not put it down. it’s a great book on leadership, that’s for sure. but it’s also a really good read. many, many people have read it… i’m a bit late to jump on the bandwagon, but i had to recommend it anyway. whether you work on teams at work or in ministry, it’s super practical and i highly reccomend it.


this short read is a VERY good read. it’s one of those books that has really challenged me to look at my walk with the Lord and ask: do i trust and believe in God because of what He can do for me OR because He is God, my Savior, my LORD?


“One of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the Gospel is that you are certain that you do.”

– Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC   


this book flipped the parable of the prodigal son on its back and is really challenging me. thought i’d share :-)

On the final day of choosing joy I choose it because I finished a book! Yes, I know it may seem like a silly reason to find joy but I can’t help it. I have this horrible habit of starting and not finishing books. I have MANY books with sad little folded pages sitting around my desk, on my night stand, even on my book shelf just waiting to be opened again and finished. I’m trying to convince myself not to buy another book before I finish them all but I’m pretty sure that is just flat out unrealistic.

So, I finished Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg while I was away on vacation. I definitely recommend it as it’s a pretty easy read, humorous and hard-hitting all at once. I really appreciated his candid writing and fearless nature of calling us readers out. I’m not a book critic so I’m not going to offer up much more, but it’s a good read. It has given me quite a bit to reflect on.

I’ve decided to end the formal choosing joy series but it made such a profound impact on my life that I’m going to implement it as a weekly thing now. Every Friday, scratch that, it’s fairly easy to choose joy on Fridays. Let’s say Monday. More often than not it’s hard to choose joy on Mondays. So moving forward every Monday on the blog will be choosing joy Monday. Sweet! This will be fun :-)

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