Welcome to the this week’s 4 for Friday, a collection of recommended READS, LISTENS, LEARNINGS, GADGETS & Restaurants. I’d love to hear your thoughts about these! Shout back with a simple email or reply via the comments following the post.
A Short and Great Read:
To Be a Lot Happier, Stop Doing as Many of These 11 Things as You Possibly Can
This isn’t a Bible lesson or a ministry minded read. But it does offer some great advice on becoming as happy as your humanity allows. Sometimes what you do can make you happier. And sometimes what you don’t do can make you happier, too. One way to be a lot happier is to adopt some new habits, some new outlooks…basically to start doing things that will make you happier. Another way to be happier is to stop doing things–especially any (or all) of this list.
A Great TED Talk Video:
How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
A Tool I use Every Week
Levenger Circa Notebooks
People ask me every week, “what kind of Bible are you using when you preach?” The answer is that I typically use the ESV translation, but I place the appropriate Scriptures and notes into my Circa Notebook from Levenger. Switch, swap, and rearrange as you please with the Levenger Circa Notebook System. Complete with a variety of paper refills, paper punches, notebook accessories, and discs, Circa is an easy and professional way to stay organized.
A Really Great Read:
Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard
Are you tired, inside and out? Are you trying your best to measure up—yet you still feel as if you’re losing ground and missing out on the best parts of life? You are not alone. Jennie Allen understands the daily struggle so many of us face with inadequacy and insecurity and the fear that we are not enough. And she invites us into a different experience, one in which our souls overflow with contentment and joy.
Bonus Round: A timely quote that I’m pondering…
“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Thanks for jumping on board with me! I trust these are helpful for you. I created this weekly list as a result of the many folks that asked what I was reading or what I was listening to, or what resource would I recommend. Enjoy!
Remember, this is a collection of recommended Reads, Listens, Learnings, and Gadgets…with the occasional restaurant review and YouTube suggestion. This is not a class on doctrine or theology…enjoy and share!