Books I Read in 2013

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  1. 52 Reasons to Believe by Gregg Peter Farah
  2. 52 Ways to Grow Your Faith by Gregg Peter Farah
  3. 99 Thoughts for Volunteers by Danette Matt
  4. A Covenant With My Eyes by Bob Sorge
  5. A Treasury of Saints by Malcom Day
  6. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  7. A Youth Minisry Volunteer Speaks His Mind by Rick Williams
  8. After The Fall by Craig Demartino
  9. Criticism Bites by Brian Berry
  10. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
  11. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
  12. Epic by John Eldridge
  13. Hard Sayings of Jesus by F.F. Bruce
  14. How Good is Good Enough by Andy Stanley
  15. Ivan Spencer: Willow In The Wind by Marion Meloon
  16. Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig
  17. Ministering to Gay Teenagers by Shawn Harrison
  18. Night by Elie Wiesel
  19. Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms by Max Lucado
  20. Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood by Dennis Rainey
  21. The Daily Bible: In Chronological Order
  22. The Danger of Raising Nice Kids by Timothy Smith
  23. The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
  24. The Life of the Body: Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Formation by Valerie E. Hess and Lane M. Armold
  25. The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
  26. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  27. When Sorry Isn’t Enough by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas
  28. Wisdom Chaser by Nathan Foster

Family Vacation Day 1 Pics: Malibu

Thanks to our friend Tim Smith “The Parent’s Coach” and his wife Suzanne for hosting our visit and showing us around Malibu and Calabasas. We spotted actor Kevin Bacon and drove over to Justin Bieber’s neighborhood (I have a two girls, OK?!) Great people and fun times! (Follow Tim on Twitter by clicking on his name above. Check out his website, and invite him to speak at your next function!)

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How Our Parents Show Love to Our Volunteers

I recently asked a group of parents from student ministries to help me show love to our adult youth leaders throughout the year. They have been doing simple acts of kindness about every other month. For Christmas they presented each of our volunteers with a beautiful platter of home made cookies with a note of appreciation. Our leaders were so blown away and felt so appreciated. For ideas on how to encourage  volunteers, I recommend Go Team: 101 Ways to Energize Youth Ministry Volunteers.

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