Time With God For Fathers

Time With God For Fathers
By Jack Countryman
Pub by Thomas Nelson

Nice little book … full of big encouragement.

In Time With God for Fathers, Jack Countryman presents ninety concise devotionals beginning with relevant scripture references. Scripture references are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible. Devotional topics are presented as pertaining to a father’s role in his family.  Topics include worship, obedience, wisdom, fear, trust, gratitude, comfort, strength, discipline, kindness, forgiveness, patience, praise, children, faith, money, honor, godliness, character, encouragement, stress, and personal relationship with God.  Following the ninety devotionals are a number of sections with related scripture lists such as “God Listens To A Father’s Prayer When …”, “God’s Promises For Fathers”, “God’s Blessings For Fathers With …”, “Responsibilities Of Fatherhood To …”, “God’s Dynamic Example Of Fathers”, and “Crisis Scripture Guide”.

Though I read an ebook version of this book, having a physical copy would be a blessing to any father, or father-to-be. I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a great little devotional companion or gift book.

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business
The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise
By Theodore Malloch
Pub by Thomas Nelson

Can faith and business successfully mix? Is it possible for the free market economy of capitalism to produce more than a “selfish” culture? Can a person conduct himself in accordance with the values of his faith and expect to be successful in business? According to Theodore Malloch, who addresses these questions and more in Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise, the answer is a definitive yes.

Malloch not only discusses how business and faith can co-exist, but goes further to define what he calls spiritual capital “as the fund of beliefs, examples, and commitments that are transmitted from generation to generation through a religious tradition, and that attach people to the transcendental source of human happiness.” Malloch develops many examples of businesses demonstrating the investment of spiritual capital, along with contrasting examples of businesses devoid of virtues of faith. Although Malloch writes from a Christian perspective, he includes examples of other religious influences in businesses.

Having an educational background in economics, I began reading this book with great interest to see how Malloch developed his theory of spiritual capital. It is refreshing to see Christian values confirmed within the secular business world.  This book does read mostly like a textbook. Many parts I had to wade through with determination.  Though many interesting quotes and ideas certainly caught my attention, it turned out, for me, to be a difficult read. Though there are many Biblical references, I was somewhat disappointed that the Christian perspective was not developed more thoroughly.  I would recommend Doing Virtuous Business as a reference book for solid Christian readers.

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We Be Big

We Be Big
The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick and Bubba
By Rick Burgess and Bill Bussey with Don Keith
Pub by Thomas Nelson

I love a good story. Especially one that makes me laugh and above all, honors my Savior!

In We Be Big, Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey tell their stories of growing up in rural Alabama and how their individual paths in life, including the radio industry, crisscrossed eventually leading to the “Rick & Bubba Show”.  Each chapter, written from an individual perspective, ties together chronologically with the next.  That is, Rick writes Chapter 1 relating how he became interested in radio growing up, Bubba (Bill) writes Chapter 2 relating the same time-frame/interest in his own life.

The reader knows from the beginning their paths must cross. How (and how many times) they cross moves through chapter by chapter anticipating their eventual partnership.  Just as in the “Rick & Bubba Show”, the circumstances of their lives are real, everyday events. The reader identifies with their “realness” and is caught up in the daily lives of Rick & Bubba, their families and co-workers. Seeing how God has worked in their lives even from their early years, in spite of their own failures (and stubbornness in Rick’s case) paints a wonderful picture for the reader to enjoy.

Once well immersed in the main character’s lives, the experience of some very painful circumstances occur.  How Rick & Bubba, along with their families, deal with their pain, and their faith, is a direct reflection of the Rick & Bubba Show.  Through radio, they have chosen to project their lives publicly. God has worked in the lives of these two individuals and ultimately brought them together for His purpose. The purpose is, as Bubba (Bill) states in Chapter 18, to be God’s Megaphone (Quoting C.S. Lewis: “Pain and suffering are merely God’s megaphone for a sleeping world”.)

At first, the switching of perspective with each chapter irritated me.  I kept having to refer back to the beginning of each chapter to remind myself which “Rick or Bubba” I was reading about.  However, as I continued, I began to appreciate how this format forced me to develop each character independently in my mind.  I realized this individuality being meshed together for a greater purpose, BY a Greater Power (the one true God) IS THE  STORY.  And a good story it is.

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