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If you're a ministry veteran, this chapter will come as no surprise to you. If you are a young leader or pastor, please don't skip this chapter. It will save you a lot of grief and late nights tossing and turning. I'm writing this for the very …
Innovating Discipleship Review You need a few short books to meet your reading goals for 2014. You need books that will grow you and stretch you. You need books that will challenge you and set your heart aflame. Will Mancini's latest book accomplishes all of this and more. …
Walking with Giants Review One of the best bits of advice for leaders is to read biographies. The great men and women of history are highly esteemed because of how they lived in their times and places. Memoirs by great leaders tend to go in one of two directions: They are …
Review of Five Stones Suppose you are a hemophiliac and discover you have HIV/AIDS. Would you consider that a giant to be conquered? Now God calls you into ministry and you have to live as a husband and father with the stigma and questions of HIV and Hepatitis C. …
I'm a fast reader and tend to swallow books whole. But I like to have one book on spiritual matters which I read slowly, a few pages a day, at the end of my prayer time each morning. Here are a few books I've found helpful recently and over the …
Hearing God and Accidental Pharisees ReviewsIt has been a while since I have read a book that ministered to me as much as Dallas Willard's Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God. I purchased this book several years ago and kept it prominently on my shelf for easy …
Advanced Strategic Planning ReviewAubrey Malphurs' third edition of Advanced Strategic Planning arrived in the mail a couple of months ago. This is the third time I have attempted to read this book straight through. I am now convinced that it cannot be done. The appendixes and notes …
Review of Church SucksScott Oldenburgh is Campus Pastor for The Church on Rush Creek Mansfield West (Texas). His new book is entitled Church Sucks: But it Doesn't Have to Stay that Way, (Fort Worth: Austin Brothers Publishing, 2013). To fully understand Scott's heart, …
It takes a village, they say, to raise a child, and evidently it takes a social network to bring people together who have been isolated and alone. It occurs to me that Mr. Rogers was the Dallas Willard of spiritual formation for children, and it …
The excellent blog, Seven types of people who surround leaders, by Thom Rainier, prompted me to think also about leaders who might need to learn how to move employees toward greater productivity and contribution instead of kicking them off "the bus."…
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Four common causes of church decline

"Ethnikitis," people blindness, "koinonitis" and arrested spiritual development are common in declining churches. Pastor Tony Lopez explains the common symptoms. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)

 
Building a platform for your book

Tom Walters, B&H editor: "Don't be jealous of your idea. Share it."

 
Finding an agent for your book

B&H acquisition editor: "Get the dollar signs out of your head." Tom Walters also recommends his favorite book on the writing craft.

 
How to test your book idea

Is your idea ready for a transformation into a book? It needs three things, according to this acquisitions editor from B&H: 1) A strong idea, 2) high-quality writing, and 3) an author platform.

 
The book proposal process

"We're a ministry, but we're also a business." - Tom Walters, B&H

 
How many and what kind of books B&H publishes

"We will take a risk on some things." - Tom Walters, B&H acquisition editor

 
How I find new authors

"I'm looking for things that are original or that cut against the grain," says Tom Walters, acquisitions editor at B&H. "I'm looking for things that will rescue something from the past that has been lost."

 
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