High Impact Teams

High Impact Teams
Lance Witt

Summary

Anyone who has been part of a great team knows it’s something special. When the chemistry is good, everyone is operating from their sweet spot, the objectives are clear, and progress is being made, it’s incredibly fulfilling and fun. On the flip side, we’re painfully aware what happens when there is dysfunction in the team — stress, tension, politics, and posturing. It’s not much fun for anyone, and we end up squandering our divine assignments.

Lance Witt knows what it takes to keep teams functioning at the highest level of impact. He shows you how to build a next-level team that is spiritually, emotionally, and relationally healthy and productive and high-performing. Short, to-the-point chapters make this the perfect resource for your team to read through together.

My Thoughts

This book is hands down the best book I’ve read on teamwork up until this point. My first impression of the book was, wow! this is a really heavy book. I was drawn to it because of the topic but was even more drawn to it because of the physical quality it possessed. I thought, “This has got to be a good book if they used quality materials to make it.” Now to the meat of my thoughts, Witt’s voice is graciously authoritative, coming from years of experience, not letting the reader shrink into their excuses. The book builds on itself in a natural progression. It starts with “own it”. Leading great teams start with leading ourselves well. It starts with an inward focus; develop yourself, work on your heart before trying to help others. Inward before outward. Witt speaks life without glossing over issues we need to address. The chapters are short, which is helpful, because the information needs time to digest fully. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are great for causing personal reflection but then doesn’t stop there. Like the pattern of the book, the questions move from inward reflection to outward dialogue. Just when I was concerned there was too heavy of a focus on productivity and task management, the tone of the book shifted to relationship. Once again, the flow of the book was perfect. Inward toward outward. There are so many practical application points throughout the book. Every chapter is useful. This book is not only for pastors, staff and ministry leaders. It can be applied to every person, regardless of their position within the church or within an organization. All methods are great for inside the church and outside the church in any workplace. This is a book I would highly recommend you spend lots of time with. Take it in the small chunks its divided into and allow it to change how you function both personally and as a member of a team.

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When God’s Ways Make No Sense

When God’s Ways Make No Sense
By Dr. Larry Crabb

We’ve all asked God that question, “Why?” Our finite minds can’t comprehend what God is doing and why. We can’t see the good that will come from it as we are walking through it. We wonder if God really loves us, if he will really take care of us, if he really is all powerful… etc All these lies spring out of lack of faith and cause us to doubt our creator. So what do we do when God’s ways make no sense?

Dr. Crabb’s book When God’s Ways Make No Sense, is a “powerful exploration of God’s often mysterious ways… Dr Larry Crabbe challenges you to seize the opportunities for growth and maturity that come your way when you experience troubles and failures. Rather than pushing back against adversity, you are invited to look closer at what God is doing in your life when it feels like He is far from you. Unpacking the stories of three very different biblical figures, Crabb lights the way to a life of resting in the goodness of a God who is always working out His plan for our lives.” (book cover)

My Thoughts

Crabbe presents 3 responses to life: “Will we resist and run, like Jonah? Will we distort and deny, like Saul? or Will we tremble, refusing to turn away from the God whose thoughts and ways are higher than ours and instead wait patiently…” (95) Thoughts are clearly illustrated with examples and illustrations, there is lots of commentary, and the voice of the book is definitely psychological. The author writes with a rather introspective approach and you can see his background coming through loudly. In a book of this subject matter, I want to see more of what the Bible says and less what others say. I wish there was more scripture used throughout. It wasn’t that there wasn’t any scripture, I just wanted to see more. Nonetheless, there were tons of take-aways and application points. What would have made the book even better would have been thought provoking questions for self-reflection and to help draw out what we are thinking about the subject matter so that those areas of wrong thinking can be changed. I give it 3 stars of 5.

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Solace of Water

The Solace of Water
By Elizabeth Byler Younts

Have you every read a book that stays with you… for a looong time? This is one of those books. It’s deep, heavy, reminiscent, and reflective but full of acceptance, love, joy, grace and forgiveness. It’s the story of how grief covers you and takes over your being and won’t let you go sometimes. The words make you feel their loss. They make you hurt for their pain. They pull you in and won’t let you go.

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.

With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.

Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.” (Amazon description)

To be completely honest, at first, I thought the story was a little slow, reflective, and lyrical and I wasn’t sure what the point was. But the writing was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The farther I got into the story the more I loved it. Not because it became so much more active, but because I could feel the story happening. The author is brilliant at writing how people feel, how they respond to the events in their life, and how they relate to those around them because of it. It’s the story of two totally unrelated people groups drawn together; African American and Amish together, helping each other, grieving with and for each other, becoming friends in the deepest unexpected way. It is so unique. It’s unlike any other Amish fiction book I’ve read. She doesn’t paint a perfect picture of the Amish. I’m glad for that. There’s no romanticizing them in this book. They have issues just like the rest of us. I loved how the author didn’t shy away from that.

I loved the metaphor of the water. Christ is our healing water, the one who can quench real thirst and give forgiveness for even the worst things. Christian references were very minimal but powerful. They don’t detract from the story at all. Very tastefully included. I put this book right up there with pulitzer prize winning All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale: A Novel. Excellently written literary work of the highest quality. Definitely worth the time it takes to read it. It’s not an easy read but it’s so so good. Give it a chance and stick with it!

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Battle Ready

Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously
By Kelly Balarie

“Too often we fail to prepare for our battles. So when challenges, troubles, or opportunities arise, we rapidly become burdened with limiting thoughts of self-doubt, fear, impossibility, and lack. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can train our minds to conquer uncertainty, beat insecurity, and step past the tragedies of yesterday.

Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelves easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life.” (Back cover)

My Thoughts

Reading the description I thought, “oh this is a book I need to read. Everyone experiences challenges, trouble, fear, doubt etc. I can really use this book”. My very favorite parts of the book were the explore individually questions and then the explore in a group questions. It would be good for the explore individually questions to be completed before group discussion. I love that the book can be used alone or within a group. The questions are pointed and make you think about the material in the chapter. Examples are practical and real life. They help to make the points easy to understand. There is tons of how-to, scripture, it’s like self-help does a dance with the Bible. It’s definitely a book you must take your time to work through in order to get the full value of the book. I loved the questions to examine your story. Really thought provoking. The thing I felt would have made the book better for me was if there weren’t so many lists. I get bored with lists and find myself jumping over the information. It’s not that the information is bad, because it’s not. It’s the format that I do not do well with. I would have a much easier time if it was written in paragraph form with stories and illustrations spread throughout so it’s more balanced. I really struggled to get everything out of the book because the lists were just so extensive. I had a hard time following the outline because of this as well. There is just so much information it can get easily overwhelming.

Overall the information is great and very applicable. The authors voice is genuine. I love all the personal narrative.

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am i enough?

am i enough?
By Grace Valentine

Do you ever feel like you just can’t keep on? Feel like you can’t meet expectations? Want to be someone different? Feel defeated and want to hide? As women, I’m sure we have all felt these things at one time or another. We believe lies about ourselves and about God even. This book is for you!

Synopsis

Young women today are constantly told they are not enough for this world — not pretty enough, not smart enough, not exciting enough, not spiritual enough, and just plain not good enough. The barrage is constant. The consequences are real. The damage often feels permanent.

As a young woman herself, Grace Valentino has felt the pressure of trying to survive in a toxic culture, let alone thrive. But she’s had enough. With an engaging combination of honesty and humor, Grace uses her story to confront the lies the world tells us every day — lies such as:

  • You are beautiful because a guy told you so
  • Love must be earned
  • You should forget your past
  • You will never be enough, and more.

Am I Enough? is a line in the sand. It is a declaration that we will never be enough for this world because we were not created for this world. Instead, Grace reminds us that we were created by Someone better for something better. We can choose the One who has chosen us — the One who says: “You are enough for Me, My child. Come as you are.”

About the Author

Grace Valentine is a popular blogger who founded the Enough Movement. Her readers love the fact that she is young, ordinary, and relatable — they say her fresh voice helps them navigate their own faith and life. Grace’s mission is to help those who have struggled like she has to find their worth in Someone who truly is worth following. Grace graduated from Baylor University in 2018 with a degree in Journalism, and she is currently the Content and Curriculum Coordinator for the student ministry of First Baptist Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

(From the Back of the book)

My Thoughts

I love the cover of this book. It is appealing and draws you in, making you want to read what’s inside. When I opened the book I found Grace to be genuine and relatable. She tells her stories throughout the book and uses them to illustrate her points. The audience of this book is girls in high school, college and in their twenties, however, all women can glean some valuable lessons from this book. The stories center around the ages of college and below, which may make them a little far away from some readers but I’m sure we can all remember times in our lives where we had similar experiences. The book is divided into sections based on lies that we tell ourselves or hear from others, and believe. Each chapter in the section deals with related topics that combat the specific lies we believe. I love the included synopsis of Bible characters and how the author uses them to further illustrate her points. I did find a little less use of actual scripture and the actual word God/Jesus than I expected. For example, on the back cover even, she uses “Someone” instead of being specific. There seems to be a lot of commentary which out balances the Scriptures and what God says. But this might be an easier way to understand the topics for a younger woman who may be a less mature believer. I do love how relatable she is. Her writing style is quick and easy. She’s encouraging but not enabling. It seems she truly believes what she is writing and it’s encouraging to see how she has combatted these lies in her life with God’s help. Overall I give this book 3.5 stars.

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The Edge of Over There – A Book Review

The Edge of Over There
By Shawn Smucker

Synopsis

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile… like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.

Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman — who looks exactly like a ghost from her past — compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.

She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened. (From the back cover)

My Thoughts

I came into this book not knowing that there was a previous book. I started reading and was confused. I had no idea what was going on. But I liked the way the author wrote. Such beautiful imagery. I felt like the book gripped all 5 of my senses and took them for a wild ride. When I went in search of a little explanation for my confusion, I found that there was another book. Ok! This is not a book that you can skip over the first book. I trudged through though and began to slowly understand a little of what’s going on. It’s Christian allegory, which is not a genre I’m really familiar with. I felt like it was dystopian fiction meets literary fiction. The descriptions were superb. The flow of the language was song-like. The imagination involved was interesting, unique, and I found myself captivated by the new world the author created. I definitely want to go back and read the first book. The ending seemed to leave room for a 3rd book so I’m curious if that will be the case. Overall I give the book 4 stars. I’m glad I read it.

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Amish Celebrations – A Book Review

Amish Celebrations: Four Novellas
Beth Wiseman

Synopsis

Amish Celebrations is a collection of 4 stories highlighting different life celebrations.

The Gift of Sisters
Hannah and Rachel are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday—a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn’t be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Rachel is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Rachel reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

A New Beginning
Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be baptized. But when Noah decides to enjoy one last night of his rumschpringe a few weeks before the ceremony, he does something that causes Rebecca to reconsider his proposal. As Rebecca and Noah navigate the turn in their relationship, Rebecca must learn to forgive Noah or abandon her dreams of marrying him. If Noah won’t forgive himself in time for the baptism, his guilt could cause him to run from his love for Rebecca and leave his community behind.

A Perfect Plan
Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester pops the question on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. But everything begins to fall apart as Chester works to build a house for his new bride, only to have one disaster after another occur. Can true love take this couple through the challenges that threaten their union, or will they begin to doubt that they are on the right path, the one God has chosen for them?

A Christmas Miracle
Mary is twenty-seven years old and already has five young children. Married to her husband at age eighteen, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood, and exhaustion and frustration are sending her into a downhill spiral as the holidays approach. Too proud and ashamed to ask for help, Mary’s situation begins to take a toll on her marriage. But when an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriend Mary, showering her with wisdom and advice, she must choose to accept help, learn to cope with her situation, and ultimately find the true meaning of Christmas.

My Thoughts

These short stories are not your typical short stories. They aren’t the type of short stories that feel rushed at the end. They are well timed and full stories just in short form. The author does such a good concise job of writing a story plot, developing characters, and tying up the ending that they don’t feel like a typical short story. These stories are great for a quick read when you don’t have time to read an entire book. Each story stands alone and can be easily read in a single sitting, maybe an hour if you’re a faster reader. I loved A Christmas Miracle best. I felt like I could relate to it in my stage of life. Wiseman accurately captured life for a young mom. She writes about the struggles and feelings of inadequacy moms feel when they can’t get a handle on all of the aspects of being a mom, especially one without much help from family. I feel like this story was the most well developed of the 4. The characters are deep and real. There are multiple story lines going on with the different characters in the book. They come together to make a wonderful story. My 2nd favorite was A Perfect Plan. It highlights all the challenges God presents us with in order to help us learn to trust him more. I feel like this is something everyone struggles with so it is easy to relate to this story as well. I love when themes and lessons learned within books can be applied to our own lives. The Gift of Sisters was a cute story but I felt like it was a little overly dramatic for my lifestage personally. I struggled with the petty jealousy between the sisters. But I still liked the story it just wasn’t as relatable for me as the others were. Finally, A Perfect Plan, was a nice addition because it didn’t just focus on how happy Amish people are to be Amish. The character questioned his desire to be Amish and wondered what it would be like to be in the world. I loved how the ending wasn’t what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall this book was great. I love that it didn’t leave me feeling frustrated that the author spent so much time developing a story and then had to write a quick ending. It wasn’t like that at all.

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The Power of Vision – A Book Review

The Power of Vision
By George Barna

Synopsis

When it comes to your ministry, whose plan are you following? Yours? The one devised by your board or a committee? Or are you following God’s plan? … To minister with authenticity and authority, you must first clarify your vision, then make it the focus of your life’s work and the heartbeat of your church. Ready to catch the vision?

(From the back cover)

About the Author

George Barna founded the Barna Group and currently serves as the executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, conducting research on faith and all facets of cultural transformation. He is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty books, and his work is regularly cited as an authoritative source by the media. A frequent speaker at ministry conferences around the world, he has been on the faculty at several universities and seminaries.

(From the back cover)

My Thoughts

This is a very informative, inspiring book about vision. Each chapter starts with chapter highlights which give the reader valuable insight into what is ahead. Material is broken down into digest-able chunks. There are a lot of basic definitions. Clear information on what vision is and isn’t, difference between Godly vision and worldly/business/human vision, as well as many myths people have regarding vision (and the corresponding realities) are presented. The book begins by breaking down the difference between mission and vision and moves on to developing a vision and implementation. The major focus of the book is pastor vision but the last chapter focuses on individual vision development and implementation. I found even the material meant for pastors can easily be applied to lay people and development of personal Godly vision. Barna uses examples from the greats of the Bible: David, Nehemiah, Paul etc to prove his points and encourage the reader. There is also extensive helpful information about how to seek God’s vision as opposed to a vision we individually create for ourselves. The reader is encouraged through extensive encouragement and benefits for keeping vision and further challenged with vision killers. Finally, the appendix is an invaluable study guide to further help readers develop and implement vision in their lives personally and in their churches.
Overall this book was encouraging to me personally as a lay person. I have a lot to think on and ponder as I seek God’s vision for my life as a result of reading this book. It was an encouraging motivating book that I would recommend to new pastors who are just starting or in seminary and more seasoned pastors who seek vision improvement (or first time creation even) as well as lay people within the church.
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Engraved on the Heart – A Book Review

Engraved on the Heart*
By Tara Johnson

Synopsis

Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to hide her illness for fear of a scandal. As rumors of war arrive on their doorstep, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines — until an old schoolmate shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path … as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, but when the enchanting Keziah waltzes back into his life, his well-ordered plans are turned upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s will amid such turbulent times.

Tensions increase in the Montgomery household as Keziah conceals her Underground affiliation from her nosy Southern belle cousin and overbearing parents determined to marry her off to the wealthiest suitor. As Keziah and Micah face their own battles, they discover some convictions are worth a sacrifice … but as circumstances threaten to keep them apart, they will learn if love is truly strong enough to endure the pain of war.

(From the back of the book)

My Thoughts

What originally attracted me to this book was the cover. The somewhat sullen silhouette of the woman in a gorgeous blue dress with pearls adorning her neck left me curious. I had never heard of Tara Johnson before but I was intrigued. It’s been a while since I’ve read any Civil War fiction so that was also something I was intrigued by. I started reading, and then couldn’t stop. I would look down and see that I read 30 or 40 pages in what felt like no time. It was such an unexpectedly quick read. The story is elegantly written, full of suspense, danger, foreboding, and a little romance. There’s something for everyone in this book. Characters were well written, dialogue was realistic and at just the right amount (not over dialogue filled where it feels like a screenplay instead of a book), and the descriptions of war and it’s affects on people and how they thought about it were eye opening. I think that’s one of the best things about this book. She gives the reader a window into the thoughts and ideals of the people on both sides of the war. The north thought they had the advantage but at the same time the people in the south thought they had the advantage. Both sides thought they would win. I had never thought of it quite like that before. She presented several ideas that felt like this for me throughout the book. Love the themes of grace and love. This book is so well written. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

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Becoming the Talbot Sisters – A Book Review

Becoming the Talbot Sisters
By Rachel Linden

Synopsis

Celebrity chef Waverly Talbot has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worker in Budapest, Hungary.

When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.

But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, a dramatic turn in their journey forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.

(From the back cover)

About the Author

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and she studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy. (p355)

My Thoughts

My favorite part of this story was the characters’ jobs. I love cooking so the food network aspect was intriguing to me. I also have been on a missions trip to Romania so the Eastern European, former Communist country setting was also incredibly appealing to me. I loved the details about the countries they were visiting in the story. These two things are what kept me reading. I found the story overall quite interesting and generally a quick read. Were it not for the food/Eastern European connection I have a feeling I would have had more trouble getting into the story and staying interested for the long haul. There were several twists that I didn’t expect which was nice. I hate it when a book is predictable. Some things that I would have thought would be good to expound upon weren’t while other less important details were focused on. This and some of it being a little less than realistic is what put the book at 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, good read. I’m glad I spent the time to read it.

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