Book Report: Being Real by Mike Kipp & Kenny Wade

It’s really fun to read a book when you’ve known the author or authors and had interactions with them. You can hear them talking in your head as you read, and can even imagine some of the stories they share more vividly.

Even if I didn’t know the authors, I would still recommend this book. Not just in regards to sharing your faith, but just for life and relationship tips in general. I’ve never heard anyone say that they had too many friends. Have you?

I loved the perspective of, when we meet people, to look for the image of God in them. The point of connection. Then build a relationship with them, do life with them. As someone who craves community, but isn’t sure what to do about creating that in my life, this book was very helpful and encouraging!

Here is a quote from the book, written by an anonymous student, that sums up the book really well:
“Throughout my life, I have dealt with a lot of hardships, but in every one God was there to keep me on my feet. My journey with Christ is one of doubt and realization. Throughout my teen years, I have strayed away from the path that He has laid before me. I have found a Savior that died not only  for me, or other churchgoers, but the murderers, rapists, Muslims, Jews, terrorists and politicians. We’re all people who are called by one name, Beloved.”

There is always hope, for anyone, no matter their current circumstances or past. There is a hope for a brighter, more love filled, future. We are ALL Beloved.

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Book Report: Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

“The one thing you can do to have the greatest impact on your leadership potential is to be intentional every day about becoming equipped to lead.” – John C. Maxwell

Are you a leader? Do you want to be?

Maybe a better question is, do you have people who look up to or follow you?

Guess what?!?! That means you ARE a leader!!! Congrats!!

The funny thing about leadership, usually others see it in us before we can see it in ourselves. I’m a GREAT follower! However, if the situation calls for it I’m able to step in and lead as needed, but I never really considered myself a leader.

One of the things I’m learning about myself through this awesome personal growth program called owning my own home based business, is that I can be a great leader…I just need to sharpen my tools. I’ve heard that network marketing is personal growth with a paycheck, and it’s so true! Who doesn’t want to get paid to learn, right?!?! My friend Charlotte says that God uses the draw of working toward promotions to bring us closer to Him and grow us into the people He always knew we could be. He knows us so well, doesn’t He?

John’s book here has been very helpful, he has so many out there to choose from! I loved how he touched on a ton of different leadership topics in the section on questions leaders ask of him. He also talks about asking yourself questions, that is really where we all need to start.

Isn’t it funny how all of these books I’ve posted about so far have required a bit of self reflection? Coincidence? I think not. Self reflection is something I didn’t really make time for previously. I’m finding so much value in it though! If we can’t lead ourselves to success, we can’t lead anyone else there either. It must begin with me.

What areas of self leadership are you working on? What do you find most challenging as a leader? Most rewarding? I’d love to know! Share in the comments below!

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