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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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Killin’ Lions, Winter Days.

Snowy Day

One of my favourite church bloggers is Mark Batterson. Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, DC, blogs @ www.evotional.com.

He has just finished writing his first book all about an obscure yet courageous act in 2 Samuel 23:20-21. This dude is a great blogger and I cannot wait to read the rest of this book. My life right now requires me to chase down some lions so I am pumped to get my hot little hands on this book!

Pick it up here at Amazon.

“Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will regret the risks not taken, the opportunities not seized and the dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path.”

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture (II Samuel 23:20-21): Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it.

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Book Review #3

Your Best Life Now – by Joel Osteen
Warner Faith 2004

7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
Joel Osteen pastors Lakewood Church which was started Mothers Day 1959 by his father John. On October 3, 1999, after the death of his father, Joel became the senior pastor of Lakewood.

This book is right up there with the Purpose Driven Life, and as one of those books that gets read, it seems, by pretty much the entire english speaking Christian world and beyond.

The seven steps probably won’t surprise you, they are well worn lessons that we can overlook in making things too complicated.

Here are the seven steps:

1. Enlarge your vision (what you focus on is what you get)

2. Develop a healthy self image (believe you can do it!)

3. Discover the power of your thoughts and words (your thoughts and words can pave the way to real changes around you)

4. Let go of the past (focus on what you want)

5. Find strength through adversity (trust God to get you there in His own good time)

6. Give! (giving opens up the doors of receiving)

7. Choose to be happy (enthusiasm for opportunity helps create fine results)
Like the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, this book presents things very simply and this is part of the reason for its success and effectiveness.

Application for Children’s Ministry:
Keep it Simple.

Don’t use too much ‘Christian-ese’.

Our kids (and adults) need to hear the truth, and they need it simply. I have heard too many people use words that would work on well on an adult who grew in church in the 60’s but are irrelevant to a child’s world today.

The literacy ability of people reading this blog would surprise you, and me for that matter. Rule of thumb: If your 10 year old can’t understand it, write it simpler (is that good grammer?)

Check out this statistic (from Audiblox.com):

In the U.S.A. the $14 million National Adult Literacy Survey of 1993 found that even though most adults in this survey had finished high school, 96% of them could not read, write, and figure well enough to go to college. Even more to the point, 25% were plainly unable to read.

Now this may be a reasonably strange lesson to learn from ‘Your Best Life Now’, but then I am a reasonably strange kinda guy (just ask my wife).

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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.