Results of My 2013 Reader Survey

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first survey of my blog readers.

To be honest, I felt a little nervous about it. Sort of like standing still and offering someone a free punch on my arm.

Results of My 2013 Reader Survey

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I offered the survey because I believe that it ultimately benefits you, as it helps me improve my writing and my blog.

As promised, I’d like to share the results.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye [Book Review]

Len Bailey’s book, Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, portrays Holmes and Watson traveling to biblical days to solve biblical “mysteries.”Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

The time travel is a fascinating aspect to the book, but the mysteries are “solved” simply by Holmes’ keen observation of Scripture. It’s the same premise I learned in Howard Hendricks’ class on Bible Study Methods. In that class, we even read a portion of Conan Doyle’s books where Holmes employs his powers of observation.

Once in this book, Watson asked how Holmes, a critic, could have such faith in the Bible. Holmes replied:

Faith has nothing to do with it, old boy. I’m just a better reader than you are.

The book is creative and entertaining, though sometimes it stretches the bounds of tolerance when Holmes offers Watson long paragraphs of historical background, sounding more like a Bible Dictionary than a detective.

Although each mystery rests on the keen observation of often-obscure passages, most of the conclusions offered are still debatable—answers that have been provided by scholars for centuries.

For example . . .

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I Call Shotgun [Book Review]

All godly fathers want to pass on a love for godly truths to their children.

I Call Shotgun is a collection of 64 “letters” from authors and fathers Tommy Newberry and Curt Beavers to their sons.

I Call Shotgun [Book Review]There are plenty of imitation sources of wisdom that are ready to offer ungodly alternatives to our children. By design, fathers are essential to impart godliness in their words and their actions.

This book purposes to impart wisdom through words.

“You only get one shot at life, son.” That’s a great summary of the book’s goal: to equip a son for life.

The introduction is necessary reading in order to make sense of the book. For example, without the introduction the text messages suggestions appear as pull quotes and don’t always relate to the content surrounding it.

Although the book is written from fathers to sons, the authors address other fathers in the introduction this way:

We are confident that you want to equip your son with the understanding and wisdom to succeed in the world today. We wrote this book with you [fathers] in mind.

Some Great Navigation

The letters serve as a catalyst for fathers to write their own letters to their sons, in order to help pass on a godly heritage.

The book’s title, I Call Shotgun, probably refers to the common phrase that requests someone who’ll ride beside the driver—perhaps as a navigator. The subtitle reflects this implication: Lessons from Dad for Navigating the Roads of Life.

Here are a few parts of the book I liked that offer helpful navigation for life:

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Learning from Ants, Plants, Bears, and Jesus

Try to guess the common reason for these acts of nature:

  • Why does the cactus turn itself perpendicular to light?
  • Why does the bear get fat before hibernation?
  • Why does the olive tree rotate its leaves?

The answers are all the same.

Learning from Ants, Plants, Bears, and Jesus

(Photo: Mosaic of a bear at the Caesarea Byzantine mansion. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Each is preserving for the future.

  • By turning to avoid heat, plants preserve moisture.
  • By stuffing itself with food, the bear can sleep a long time without eating. (I wish I could do that.)

God designed His creation—from plants to animals to people—to be savers.

The problem with people? We need a lesson on saving from ants, plants, bears—and Jesus.

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How to Quit Slapping Your Spiritual Snooze Button

I never trust myself with a snooze button. It’s too easy to tell myself, “Just 5 more minutes,” about 7 more times. Plus, snoozing never helps! I feel just as tired after snoozing as I did beforehand. I gain nothing. I’ve only lost time.

How to Quit Slapping Your Spiritual Snooze Button

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The problem of “mind over mattress” is one we all face, and we all deal with it in different ways.

  • Some people set the alarm earlier to allow for the snooze.
  • Others put the clock out of reach so they have to get up to turn off the alarm.
  • Others tell themselves, Tomorrow I’ll begin to get up on time; but not today.

Spiritually speaking, we’re often called to “wake up” and get moving.

The problem? We’re tempted to slap the snooze button.

But when we do, we never gain anything.

We only lose precious time.

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Please Take My 2013 Reader Survey

I want to make my blog more relevant to your needs and interests.

To do that, I need to know what YOU think.

Please Take My 2013 Reader Survey

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out my 2013 Reader Survey?

By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will assist me to make my posts even more interesting and relevant to you.

  • The survey is easy to take.
  • The results are completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what.
  • The 10 questions take only 5 minutes.

Your input is important to me.

Thanks in advance for your help!

(If you’re reading this in email or RSS, just click here to take the survey. If you’re on my blog, the survey is below.)

My thanks to Michael Hyatt for the idea for this survey.