How to Find and Follow God’s Will This Year

Discerning God’s will is always found in God’s Word.

There is only one way you will know God’s will for you this year. Relatively speaking, that’s the easy part. But once you know it, then comes the tough assignment.

How to Find and Follow God's Will This Year

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From the first verse of Scripture, God revealed how the Earth set the stage for the divine drama of history to take place (Gen. 1:1). From its formless, void beginning, the Lord fashioned the Earth with His intention in its details. From this ground, God made physical people spiritual beings in His image.

Finding and following God’s will was no different for Adam and Eve than it is for us.

We have the same problem they did.

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Why You Should Give Books for Christmas

5 Reasons Your Best Gifts Include Good Books

You like to read. (After all, you read my blog.) That means you probably have read some great books over the years. One of the best gifts you can give someone is a book, and I’m convinced we should give books for Christmas. Here’s why.

Why You Should Give Books for Christmas

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Here are give reasons books make great gifts for Christmas. 

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How to Keep a Dogged Devotion to Bible Reading

What can you do when the Bible seems boring?

Let’s admit it. Sometimes reading the Bible can seem, well—can I say it?—boring. Especially if you’re reading through a program and you get to Leviticus. How can a book that has changed the lives of billions ever seem boring?

Keep a dogged devotion to Bible reading.

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Some reasons Bible reading seems boring could be:

  1. The benefits of Bible reading don’t feel immediate.
  2. The Bible was written a long time ago.
  3. It takes work to understand parts of God’s Word.
  4. My busy life leaves little time for Bible reading.

Whatever the reason Bible reading is tough, the problem is still the same: How can we keep a dogged devotion for the most un-boring book in the world?

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How the New Testament Can Begin in the Wrong Place

As you read the gospels, think forward by thinking backward.

You may be surprised to read this, but the New Testament begins in the wrong place. In our thinking, at least. Hang on, I haven’t lost it just yet. Here’s what I mean.

How the New Testament Begins in the Wrong Place

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When we open the New Testament, we often read the gospels by thinking forward to the church. How does this apply to me today? After all, God’s Word has as its goal our changed lives. Nothing wrong with that. But we miss something important when we make a mad dash to application.

In fact, when we read the gospels by first thinking forward, we sidestep a truth that plays a critical role in the life change we long for.

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An Easy Way to Read More Books Next Year

Tips on finding the books and the time to read them.

Do you like walking through used bookstores? I could do it for hours. Reading offers an author’s best thinking on a subject, but it comes at a price more than the book. I’m talking about time.

An Easy Way to Read More Books Next Year

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For many years, December showed up and I realized I had read very few books that year. The past few years, I’ve set a personal goal to read 50 books by December 31. It was a crazy goal because I had “no time.” With a busy family, a full-time (plus) job, a demanding blogging and writing schedule, and lots of home projects on my plate, I held the goal loosely—but pursued it eagerly. Well, I completed the goal. (If you’re interested, I’ve listed the 55 books at the end of this post.)

But more importantly, I want to show you the strategy I used in hopes you can read more books next year.

I would also love for you to tell me how you read books and what books you enjoyed this year.

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How You Can Read More Books Than Ever Before

5 Ways I've Found to Make Reading Easier and Faster

Most us would love to read more books if we could. Our problem, of course, is that precious commodity: TIME. To my surprise, however, I have found ways around that limitation.

How You Can Read More Books Than Ever Before

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For the past three years, I’ve done my best to read 50 books by the end of each year. Though I never meant to surpass that goal this year, to my surprise, I did.

Your life is busy—just like mine. So I’d like to share with you the 5 ways I use to read more books—and how you can too. I’ll even suggest 5 ways you can find some free books.

(If you’re curious, I’ll also share the books I read this year—all 65 of them—and tell you my favorites.)

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How to Capture and Save Great Quotes

Whether in a Book, an E-Book, an Audiobook, or Wherever

Great quotes seem unforgettable—until they slip our minds. We get great quotes everywhere from magazines to sermons to blogs to books. The challenge comes with trying to capture them.

How to Capture and Save Great Quotes

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When you come across a great quote, how often have you thought, Oh, I need to write that down later. But later never comes.

How can you capture great quotes so they don’t vanish after you read or hear them? I’ll sidestep the obvious ways to capture quotes you hear in a sermon or during a lecture. (Just take notes.)

Instead, here are some not-so-obvious ways to keep great quotes.

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How to Export Your Kindle Highlights and Notes

I love to save money by buying used books, because I read a lot. But if the book is one I plan to highlight a lot, I pony up and get the Kindle e-book. Here’s why you should too.

How to Export Your Kindle Highlights—and Save Them

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While reading an e-book I like to highlight key quotes or passages, add my own notes, and even share some of that content on social media. My Kindle reader on my iPad mini allows all of that. Pretty sweet.

While these features are nice, they aren’t compelling enough to fork over the price of an e-book (even though most are only about $9).

But one additional reason makes it totally worth it—especially when highlighting your Bible.

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My Readers’ Top Books to Read

Figuring out good books to read is a lifelong pursuit. Very few of the books I read are those I would recommend. It takes a lot of reading to find gems. If you’re looking for great books, this post will help.

My Readers Top 8 Books to Read

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Last week I asked you to share with me what books have helped you most (other than the Bible). I got some wonderful responses, and I’ll summarize these into a “Best Of” list.

I also mentioned that I’d share the top 5 books to read that have most impacted me.

So, here are both lists.

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Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

If you’re like me, you love to read good books. There’s the Bible, of course. But there are many other books God has used to help us. In fact, books have taught us some of life’s best lessons.

Tell Me What Books Have Helped You Most

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Take 60 seconds and click here to tell me what five (5) books have helped you most (other than the Bible).

  • You could include good books that have helped you personally, professionally, or spiritually.
  • Try to keep your list to five books or less.

In an upcoming post, I’ll summarize your lists (and include my own list of five good books) in order to form a “Must-Read” recommended reading list.

Okay, go!

Tell me what you think: What five good books have helped you most (other than the Bible)? To leave a comment, just click here.