‘Set the Stage: A Manifesto for Church Stage Design’ by Jonathan Malm [Saturday Morning Review]

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Jonathan Malm is not only the curator and creator of Sunday Magazine, Mopho.to, and Church Stage Designs Ideas, but also a prolific author—titles include Developing a Series, Rethinking Your Church Website Strategy,  Created for More, Unwelcome—and has just released a new book, Set the Stage: A Manifesto for Church Stage Design. If you have anything to do with your church stage design—or know someone who is—you've got to check this out! ... Continue Reading

3 Reasons Not to Finish A Book You Don’t Like

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It is that time of the year. Summer book recommendations are everywhere (even here). And you want them all... I want them all. Books to make you smarter, holier, a better dad or mom or son or daughter. They're all there and they are all good. And there is that book, recommended by the blogger or author you admire, so you buy it. And then you hate it. ... Continue Reading

Why Slow Reading Is Good for You

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There’s a new phenomenon: the slow reading movement. I love it. Slow reading means reading for at least half an hour without being distracted or interrupted by anything else—especially smartphones. Not only will it completely relax you and bring down your stress levels, it will also positively affect your reading comprehension. A study found that a multimedia presentation mixing words, sounds and moving pictures resulted in lower comprehension than reading plain text did. ... Continue Reading

Staff Writers’ Summer Reading List


Summer is in full swing, people! (At least in the Northern Hemisphere!) Time for some posts on how to get the most of summer. Let's start off with the ubiquitous "Summer Reading List," as selected by a few of the ChurchMag Staff Writers. Now, to be clear, these aren't all books that we're recommending for their content. Many of these are books we will be reading this Summer. No telling if we'd recommend them after we're done. Maybe we'll check back in September? ... Continue Reading

‘Scary Close’ by Donald Miller [Saturday Morning Review]


Do you find it difficult to be truly open with people? Do you sometimes put on an act out of fear that people won’t accept you if they knew the real you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in fact most of us put on some form of act or another in order to gain attention. That’s what I’ve learned from Scary Close by Don Miller ... Continue Reading

‘Captivology’ by Ben Parr [Saturday Morning Review]

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We live in a world where getting noticed is getting harder and harder. Whether we’re launching a start-up, trying to promote a book, or convincing people to read our blog, our targeted audience is bombarded with messages and information. How do you stand out from the crowds? Captivology (clever title by the way) is all about the psychology of capturing people’s attention, whatever you may need it for. It discusses seven ‘attention triggers’, more or less scientifically proven methods of ... Continue Reading

‘The Art of Social Media’ by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick [Saturday Morning Review]

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Guy and Peg are seasoned veterans of using social media to get the message out about different events and causes. In the Art of Social media they unleash 100 different tips within 12 different chapters to help you get to grips with social media. I went into this book with the wrong expectations. I knew that Guy likes to publish a book on the topic he has been helping to promote most recently and the Art of Social Media is no different, I just expected it to be a bit different. You see his ... Continue Reading

4 Tips to Read More This Year

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A study by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of adults in the U.S. had not read a book in the past year. Finding the time and motivation to read can be tricky but the benefits prove it’s a worthy investment. There are advantages to giving the mind an exercise: reading even burns more calories than watching TV, The New York Times reported. If you’ve been falling behind on your reading, now’s the time to pick up your book habit again. So what is the secret to those Americans who ... Continue Reading

What the Church Can Learn from Silicon Valley

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I recently read The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen. (Read my review here, and then go read the book itself!) While I was reading it, I had several thoughts that I'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks, the first of which is just how interconnected Silicon Valley is. Some of the founders of major Web 2.0 companies were a part of failed Web 1.0 companies and several have now gone on to found and/or fund new tech companies. At first, I wanted to call this a bit incestuous, but ... Continue Reading