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It’s a Book

CAN IT TEXT? BLOG? SCROLL? WI-FI? TWEET? No. . . It’s a book.

Love this forthcoming children’s book called… It’s a Book.

Check out the trailer:

No matter how many electronic devices are available these days, you can’t deny the simple appeal of a good book. Monkey is reading a book, but his friend wants to know what the book can do. Does it have a mouse like his computer? Can you make the characters fight? And does it make loud noises? No, it’s a book. Monkey’s friend discovers that a good book doesn’t need fancy electronic accessories.

Who would have thought this book would have been even an idea a few short years ago!

The times they are a-changin’

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Exclusive Report: Kidshaper Leak!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Kidinspiration Exclusive Special Report: Kidshaper Book Leaked!

Sydney, Australia – 29 July 2010.

On the 26th of July, 2010 I was contacted by a man who wanted to be known only as ‘Deep_Waffle’ (and yes he insisted on the underscore in his name). He told me he had stumbled on an item that may be of great interest to me.

He claimed to have been drinking a soy latte with candy sprinkles at his local Gloria Jeans Coffee establishment and upon finishing his tasty beverage, was disposing of it noticed a rather bald man with a sizeable grin staring at him from the pages of what appeared to be a substantial book. He recognised the man as Rob Bradbury, a notable 70′s rock musician now a pastor, author, speaker, thinker, father, son, leader and part time lawnmower mechanic.

What was in this book?

What’s it for?

Why is Rob grinning?

Take a close look at the photo from Deep_Waffle.

My feeling that this book is going to be released at this years Kidshaper conference. I have no idea why this is in a coffee shop, but I do know that someone may just loose their job over this in the sprawling Planet Kids compound down there in Melbourne Australia.

Of course there is the potential that this is a hoax, albeit a rather elaborate one, so let’s look at the facts:

  • It is 164 pages long
  • Full colour, this is no photocopied tract!
  • It lines up with this years theme at Kidshaper; TASTE
  • As you can see, there is a picture of Rob Bradbury in it. I know for a fact that Rob doesn’t allow the use of his image anywhere…
  • There is a stack load of content in it which appears to be from leaders all over the earth.
  • The timing seems right, printing this would take a while so the fact that it is ready now for the conference would make sense.
  • The team that runs Kidshaper are always trying new things, pushing the envelope – this move would make sense.

Just like the blog Gizmodo which faced legal action from Apple when they revealed an iPhone 4 found in a bar in California, I am not expecting Mr. Bradbury and his well funded suit wearing legal department to take this lying down. Will they deny this or simply stand up and say ‘we messed up’ and apologise to the children’s ministry world?

Updates to come.

Contact:
@kidinspiration on twitter with more info.
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Anybody can be cool…

But Awesome Takes Practice.

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A little speechless about how truly awesome this book title is!

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Earn your position

You can lead without a position. In fact position can take you away from leadership as responsibility grows.

Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry presents a number of qualities that remarkable leaders must have. They…

  • Learn continually
  • Champion change
  • Communicate powerfully
  • Build relationships
  • Develop others
  • Focus on customers
  • Influence with impact
  • Act innovatively
  • Value collaboration and teamwork
  • Solve problems and make decisions
  • Take responsibility and have accountability
  • Manage projects and processes successfully
  • Set goals and support goal achievement

To be a great coumadin medicarerx prices leader play up your  strengths and work on your weaknesses.

Earn the right to the position. You will probably be given a position before you have earnt it (even if you think you deserve it).

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McQuote McManus

Love reading Erwin Mcmanus.

Read claritin 20 mg target=”_blank”>Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul a while ago and wrote down this quote (Paperback pg. 63):

If anonymity was the price you would have to pay for significance, would it be too great a price?

Would it be?

Peer recognition is one of the most powerful forces in the human psyche. Learning to serve without it is one of the greatest skills this culture/generation schooled in the allure of instant fame needs!

Teach your kids that God is the only one they need recognition from!

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Crouching tiger, chasing geese

I love books about being dangerous, wild and crazy. I loved ‘Wild at Heart’ by John Eldredge, it awakened in me a sense of adventure and life!

The same effect is being felt as I read ‘Wild Goose Chase’ by Mark Batterson.

I recieved a copy today and started reading it tonight. Mark is a clever man and has given away a bunch of copies to bloggers to review to generate some buzz. So here goes some buzz for ya!

I love it already! :-)

Any book that takes the subject of pursuing God and cialis viagra online turns it into an adventure is my kind of book.

“I would like to think that…at the end of our church services, I am sending dangerous people back into their natural habitat to wreak havoc on the enemy.”

Bring it on!

I have said it before that our kids need to know deep down in their bones that to follow Christ is an unpredictable adventure!

I am posting this from my phone and as I mentioned, have not finished the book so a more thorough review is forth coming. Stay tuned.

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Book Review #2

Tilt! – By Louis Patler
2000 Capstone Publishing

Irreverent lessons for leading innovation in the new economy.

So this book was written in 1999, a good 7 years ago, so it was interesting to read Louis’ perspectives now in the light of years of progress.
This is a business management book… I seem to be reading a lot of them recently?
And it didn’t really grab me as much as I though it would. BUT… I have a theory why…

Patler talks about ideas that have since become the standard mode of thought in the business world; Attitude, Perspective, Leadership, Retention, Globalism… so maybe if I had read this book a few years ago I would be much more astounded at the insight and thought processes of the author.

Application for Children’s Ministry:
From Chapter Two – ‘The Future’. A paragraph that discusses a team that analysed Einsteins brain)
(Page 15) The story went on to describe just how “normal” his brain (Einstein’s) appears to be. THey quote Einstein, who never took himself too seriously, as saying, “My brain ought to be studied for scientific reasons so that if anyone has a question, it can be answered”…I read on and noticed some comments by Einstein’s grand daughter, Albany Eyelyn Einstein. “Anything they find [by examining her grandpa's brain] will be interesting,” she said. “I think it’s important to look for something if it’s there; and if nothing’s there, to prove he was a normal guy. He was not some new, super-developmental stage of the human race,” she said. ” I think he retained, to a large degree, the freedom and the ability to think like a child!”…don’t just look for the predictable solution, look beyond it for what I call “the second solution.”

Lesson: Think like a child.

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Book Review #1

Seven Miracles of Management – Alan Downs

1998 Prentice Hall.

This is a very business focused management book, but written from a spiritual sense… hence the word miracle. It talks of 8 ‘miracles’: Manifestation, Reciprocity, Honesty, Forgiveness, Passion, Esteem, Transcending the Past.

Well written book… not too long.

Highlights:

Managing is nothing more than taking people, materials, and funding, and making the relationship of these disparate items greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, creating something more than what was before (xxiv introduction).
Nothing new in our reality comes into being without first being born of an idea (page 2).

On bureaucracy: …consider the organization where there is a breakdown of manifestation. We all know it; it is called the bureaucratic organization. In this company, ideas don’t flourish and consequently, creative solutions never manifest (page 4).

The process of manifestation (page 6):

  1. Visualization
  2. Commitment
  3. Affirmation
  4. Realization

Senior managers seldom think in ways that one might simplistically view as ‘rational’. Instead, when the pressure is on and the stakes are high, intuition was the tool most likely to be used for decision making (page 10).

The effective manager of the organization is a gardener of ideas, creating a fertile and receptive environment for iedas to flourish and mature. Of the joy of harvest is to come, the manager must first cultivate the humans field of ideas (page 27).

A great section on page 25 discusses the WAY to implement new ideas:
…build joint commitment to the idea and act as if the new idea were already a reality. She begins to confidently establish all of the processes necessary for the new idea. Most important the manager begins to speak of the new idea with positive, reinforcing affirmantions. She uses every opportunity to speak with both actions and words about the new idea…as they see pictures of the new reality, they slowly begin to accept the new idea for themselves. Once stakeholders own the new idea, a critical mass of unity forms and idea begins to manifest.

On past experiences:
We give memories extraordinary power over our lives… Past events cannot reach into the present and control us unless we allow them to do so.
Summary:

Profound, simple book that outlines some very Christian ideas. The one lesseon remembered… how to implement new ideas.