Favorite New Things

Margaret Feinberg new book and special offer

Many of you are probably familiar with my friend Margaret Feinberg. She's a writer, speaker, blogger and author of multiple books. Margaret isn’t just my friend, but she’s a friend of Catalyst.

Plus she's a really good skier, and makes me look lame on the ski slopes!!

Margaret has a new book releasing that I had to share because it’s just too good to keep to myself. It’s called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God  and it releases Christmas Day. In 12 days folks!

If you’ve never read Margaret before, she’s a gifted wordsmith and has a way of painting truths in memorable and beautiful ways. Wonderstruck is no exception.

To date, I believe it’s the best writing she has ever done.

Just listen to this:

“I have a hunch that I’m not the only one who has misplaced the marvel of a life lived with God. Faith invites us into an enchanting journey—one marked by mysteries of divine beauty, holy courage, irrepressible hope, unending love. But in my life, any sense of the splendor of God had faded. I knew I needed God to reveal himself once again to awaken me from my sleep, to disturb me from my slumber. And so I prayed for wonder.”

Well, she has this killer offer going on right now. Currently the book only costs $7.57 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and if you order before Christmas Day, she’s giving 6 EXCLUSIVE GIFTS (worth over $300) to anyone who pre-orders Wonderstruck from their favorite retailer.

Here’s what you get:

1.   Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Presence of God as an eBook  ($9.99 available on Kindle, Nook, iPad and other formats)

2.     Fourteen Days of Wonder Journal eBook ($19.99 as a download)

3.     How to Hold an Unforgettable Retreat eBook (a $29.99 download)

4.     Pursuing God 14-Day Devotional ($12.99 download)

5.     You will be automatically entered to win a brand new Kindle Fire pre-loaded with a suggested retail value of more than $100 worth of books from Worthy ($259.00)

6.     Ten people will randomly be selected to receive a free audio version of Wonderstruck ($9.99)

So purchase the book between now and December 25, and send her team the receipt at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and they’ll send you access to the gifts. This offer is only valid through the end of the day, December 25th. At that point, this offer is gone.

A great deal, and a great book. This is a book you don’t want to miss!

10 New Books worth buying

1. Deep and Wide- by Andy Stanley 2. Unleash!- Perry Noble

3. Undaunted- Christine Caine

4. Glorious Ruin- Tullian Tchividjian

5. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth- John Maxwell

6. Unglued- Lysa TerKeurst

7. Multiply- Francis Chan (not available until November 1)

8. Greater- Steven Furtick

9. Creature of the Word: The Jesus Centered Church- Matt Chandler

10. Soul Detox- Craig Groeschel

Bonus: The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley

10 Organizations creating great worship music

Here are some organizations (churches primarily), that in my opinion, are writing, creating, singing and releasing great songs for the entire Church around the world to sing. This is not an exhaustive list or a top ten list. Just wanted to provide this so you will be able to check out all of their music and maybe include some of their songs into your rotation and put on your iTunes list. 1. Passion- Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Redman, David Crowder and more

2. Hillsong- Darlene Zschech, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Pete Wilson and more

3. North Point- Eddie Kirkland, Seth Condrey, Casey Darnell, Todd Fields, Candi Shelton and more

4. Bethel/Jesus Culture- Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Jenn Johnson, and more

5. Holy Trinity Brompton/Worship Central- Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon and the Worship Central band

6. Reach Records/Reach Ministries- Lecrae, Tripp Lee, Tedashii, and others

7. New Life Church/Desperation Band- led by Jon Egan, and birthed out of Desperation Ministries, the student ministry of New LIfe Church

8. Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church- Charles Jenkins and the Fellowship Choir

9. Elevation Church- Wade Joye, Mack Brock, Chris Brown, London Gatch and more

10. Austin Stone- Aaron Ivey, Jimmy McNeal, Kyle Lent, and more

other organizations to check out: Victory World Music, Bayside Church, Gateway Worship, Lakewood, 12Stone.

Who else would you recommend? 

My interview with Michael Hyatt + great offer on Platform book

I had the chance earlier today to catch up with my good friend Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and soon to be best-selling author of his brand new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In the short interview below, we chat about the new book, some of the key takeaways, and also what he believes is the one key in building your platform.

Make sure you purchase the book this week and you will also receive some extra digital resources worth over $350, all for free in conjunction with the book purchase. But you have to purchase this week. Check out more of the details here.





People and Places I'm Learning from Currently

Every leader needs to make sure they are continuing to learn on a consistent basis. Here are a few current outlets for my learning. This is not an exhaustive list since the things I'm listening to, reading, or watching change on a pretty regular basis. But this gives a pretty good perspective for what is happening right now. 1. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast- one of the best resources and podcasts available.

2. Catalyst DVD sets- I don't get to hear most of the talks at Catalyst, but I always go back later and listen to every talk.

3. TED Talks- one of my favorite places to look for fresh content and inspiring new voices.

4. Seth Godin- through his blog and all of his books.

5. Fast Company- both their magazine as well as the website. Great content for innovative leaders.

6. Blogs from Michael Hyatt, Tony Morgan, Perry NobleTechCrunch, Ron Edmondson, and John Maxwell.

7. Alltop.com- a great aggregator of blogs, links, and important info. Check out the Church section on Alltop for a listing of some good Church Leadership blogs to read.

8. Charlie Rose- one of the great interviewers of our time, and always has fascinating guests on his show. And you can watch all the interviews on the website.

9. Twitter- I know that Twitter is about community, but I also think the best news feed you can have, since you can choose what you want to hear and who you want to hear from.

10. Mashable- keeps me updated on everything in the tech, social media, cool new websites, and social networks space.

11. News Apps on my iPad- including the USA TODAY app, CNN, and NY Times.

12. Other events- like SXSW, Pop Tech, Big Omaha, 99% Conference, Plywood Presents, and World Business Forum.

Things Out of Date

1. Business Cards 2. Fake plants in the office

3. Radio Stations

4. Salvation Bracelets

5. Fax Machines

6. License plates on your front bumper

7. Home Phones

8. Blue tooth earpieces

9. Local news

10. Church Bulletins

11. Phone holsters

12. Doc Martins

13. Pleats

14. Your name plate on your desk

15. CD's

16. Trust falls

17. Nickelback

18. Combovers

19. Pennies

20. Encyclopedias

21. Phone Booths

22. Feauxhawks

23. Newspapers

What else would you add to the list?

A Fresh Approach to Worship Music

My great friend Aaron Niequist, singer, songwriter, pastor and worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church, has created a fresh new sound in the expression of worship through music and song.

His current project, A NEW LITURGY, is one of the most unique, innovative and forward thinking MUSIC PROJECTS I've heard in a while. A totally different approach to how we engage in spiritual singing and worship through song, poetry, Scripture reading, and overall liturgy.

For me, I like to sing, pray, reflect, and recite Scripture in the car, in my office, running, on a plane, etc. A New Liturgy combines the disciplines of prayer, reading, liturgy, singing, reflection and praise, and makes it convenient to engage in all of these different spiritual disciplines through a Storyline that Aaron creates around certain topics and areas of focus. Such as Grace, Blessing, Love, Mercy, etc.

There are currently 3 different Liturgy projects available in the Series.

Liturgy No 1 is "God Is Love." Here's the way Aaron describes it:

"The idea that God loves EVERY ONE of his kids equally – no matter their history, nationality, beliefs, sins, strengths, etc – is profoundly moving to me. For nothing can separate us for the love of God…. And not only do I want to see myself as one of those deeply loved kids, I want to see every single other person I ever meet as my brother or sister, engulfed in God’s bottomless, paternal, and maternal LOVE."

I'm a big fan of this project. Check it out. Go download it. Highly recommended.