5 Easy Tips to Read More Books

Read More Books

I don't like to brag, but I read a lot of books. My goal for this year is to read at least 150 books (you can follow my progress on Goodreads by the way, I'd love to connect!). A lot of people ask me how I manage to read that many books, and still have a life. And a family. And hobbies, other than reading. I've always been a reader, but my reading productivity has increased dramatically over the last few years. That's partly because I quit my job as a youth pastor and thus stopped working ... Continue Reading

Fear Sues Jon Acuff, Claims Author Incited Violence

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[Editor's Note: This post was part of our April Fool's 2014 lineup. Have fun, enjoy!] Best-selling author Jon Acuff is getting a taste of his own medicine this week in the form a legal punch to the face: Acuff is being sued for libel, slander, and defamation of character regarding his most recent book, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters. Fear, the most primal of human emotional responses, has apparently had enough of Acuff's metaphorical abuse and is setting ... Continue Reading

It Began with a Promise of a Pencil [Book Review & GIVEAWAY!]

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Adam Braun was on the fast-track to success. He had comfortable life and while at Brown University he decided to spend a semester at sea. That semester while he was only 21 changed his life forever.  In Adam's book, "The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person can create Extraordinary Change," he chronicles this trip and more. On one of the last stops of the trip he went to India, and met a young boy begging on the street. When Adam asked the boy what he most wanted in the world, he simply ... Continue Reading

Driscoll Quits Social Media, Revels Book Marketing Scheme

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New York Times best-selling author and celebraty pastor Pastor Mark Driscoll has written a letter of apology to the people of Mars Hill Church about several things, including a marketing scheme devised to land his book on the New York Times bestseller list. Written with his wife, Real Marriage, the book did reach the “#1 New York Times bestseller” status, but Driscoll is doing all he can to try and rectify the situation. From his letter of apology: ... Continue Reading

Donate Those Old Books!

While cleaning out my garage a few weeks ago, I accumulated a huge pile of "stuff" to give to the Goodwill — enough that they were happy to come out and pick the "stuff" up from my garage.  They took everything...except the 3 boxes of books I had.  They told me that nobody read books anymore and thus it was hard to sell or even give away the books. I thought they were out of their minds, so I took a trip to my local Half Price Books and was told the same thing.  Unless I had a collectible of ... Continue Reading

Peyton Manning on Faith, Family, Friends and Football

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It's that time of the year when every blog seems to do a Superbowl post or two - and ChurchMag is no exception! But this is something slightly different and was a real eye opener for me. Although I am a Brit, I am also a huge NFL fan (Go Raiders!). I've always admired Payton Manning and the way he can seemingly dissect defenses. I've also always thought he 'was a nice bloke'. However, as a Raiders fan, when he joined the Broncos - I wasn't exactly happy! (Several ChurchMag authors are Broncos ... Continue Reading

Church Communication Heroes Volume 1 [eBook]

Church Com Heroes

The Center for Church Communication has just released a new ebook! It's called Church Communication Heroes and I am happy to say that it's volume one. You know what that means? We can look forward to more! Edited by Church Market Sucks Editorial Director Kevin D. Hendricks, you'll find all kinds of insight and inspiration from those Church communicators who have gone before us: ... Continue Reading

A Closer Look at Christian Book Sales [Infographic]

Christian Book Sales

Did you  know that the: “Sales of modern-day Christian products (books, recordings, movies, shirts) through all distribution channels are valued at more than $4.63 billion.” Wow! Although that number includes all forms of media, and not just Christian book sales, it's still a pretty impressive number. Here's a closer look at the history, and numbers, of Christian book distribution and sales: ... Continue Reading