Tips  on spiritual growth, emotional health, and relational healing.


From My Summer to Yours: Books, Videos, Articles and a Podcast

Aug 4, 2015

creek, river, trees, green scenery, peacefulAhhh…summer! I’m taking some time away with my family this week. While I’m away, I wanted to share some content with you that you may have missed, along with some great material that has been inspiring me to overcome fear and live with greater courage and hope!

Video Teaching

Recently, I’ve been regularly speaking at my church this summer, on topics like the power of generosity, living for a cause bigger than you, and embracing your weaknesses. I’ve been really encouraged by the response to these messages! To view more videos like these, click here.

Guest Posts

I’ve been doing a ton of guest blogging throughout the summer! I’ve written about the power of authenticity, tips for thriving in a digital world and why establishing deep roots is important. To view more guest posts like these, click here.

TED Talk

I recently re-watched one of my favorite TED talks ever. In this talk, Simon Sinek shares about starting with why. Gail Hyatt once said, “We lose our way when we lose our why.” If you need to reconnect with your why, these 18 minutes would be well-worth your time. This talk is consistently in the top 10 most-watched TED talks ever.

Great Books

Like many of you, I’ve been reading some great books over the last couple months. Not all “summer”, but enjoyable nevertheless. 
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. This book is about the power of radical simplicity and focus. It’s been a best-seller for years and it’s no wonder why. Life-changing book.
Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg. This book is basically an ode to Ortberg’s mentor and one of my favorite authors ever, Dallas Willard. I read this book on a personal retreat in June and it was really helpful.
Do-Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff. I’m reading this book on vacation this week. Acuff pairs humor with penetrating insight like few others do and we’re all the beneficiaries.
The Martian by Andy Weir. This book has some rough language, but it was a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t read a lot of fiction and I loved this book. The book is about to become a movie with Matt Damon playing the lead character.


I’m a podcast junkie and my current favorite podcast is The Moment with Brian Koppelman. I love how Brian gets his guests to go to really personal, transparent places by asking great questions. The podcast functions as a “living biography” of sorts, as he explores the inflection points that changed the trajectory of his guests’ lives. Some interviews contain adult material and explicit language, so listen for that warning at the beginning of those episodes. I’ve not listened to all of his episodes for that reason, but his conversations with Tony Robbins, Jon Acuff, Seth Godin, Dave Ramsey, Mario Batali and Seth Meyers (among others) have been fascinating!

Most Popular Posts

Finally, these posts on the blog have been the 5 most popular since we started many months ago. If you missed them or want to share them, please check them out below.
1. 8 Things to Consider Before You Click “Send” 
2. The Two Most Important Words in Your Vocabulary 
3. 9 Myths We Believe About Forgiveness (and How Busting Them Can Lead Us to Freedom) 
4. What if Your Inner Voice is Your Worst Enemy?
5. Want to Quit? 5 Habits to Keep Us Going 

I’ll be back next Tuesday with some exciting news and a really honest post.

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