Friends and Links

A sit down exclusive conversation with Mark Driscoll

My friend Mark Driscoll has a new book out entitled Who Do You Think You Are?   I recommend you check it out. It's practical, real, challenging, and helpful. The new book officially releases on January 8, but you can actually purchase now.

Plus, you can win a copy of the book by tweeting quotes from the website here.

You can also enter to win a signed copy here.

Watch my interview with Mark regarding the new book Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ below


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 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!

20 Social entrepreneurs you need to know

Check out the work of these social entrepreneurs and innovators. This is NOT a top 20 list, but just 20 friends who I recommend you check out and learn more about their stories and the work of their organizations. They each inspire me! Scott Harrisonfounder of charity: water.

Eugene Chofounder of One Days Wages.

Laura Waters Hinson- director of the movie As We Forgive.

Mike Foster- founder of People of the Second Chance

Jamie Tworkowskifounder of To Write Love on Her Arms.

Tad Agogliafounder of First Response Team of America.

Matt Chambersfounder of Safe World Nexus.

Jonathan Olingerfounder of Discovery the Journey.

Rani Hong- founder of the Tronie Foundation.

Tyler Merrick- founder of Project 7.

Jeff Shinabarger- founder of Plywood People.

Jonathan Golden- founder of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee.

Hannah Song- president of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).

Neil Blumenthal- c0-founder of Warby Parker.

Peter Greer- president of Hope International.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis- president of the Bridgeway Foundation.

Blake Mycoskie- founder of TOMS Shoes.

Charles Lee- founder of the Ideation Conference.

Jena Lee Nardella- ex director of Blood:Water Mission.

Kohl Crecelius- co-founder of Krochet Kids Intl.




Tuesday's inspiration video: Rachel's gift one year later

One year ago, 9 yr old Rachel Beckwith was tragically killed in a car accident. Since then, because of her commitment to giving up her birthday for helping others, over 60,000 people have been provided access to clean water. Her life continues to be an inspiration to so many. We interviewed Scott Harrison (founder of charity: water), Samantha Paul (Rachel's mom) and Ryan Meeks (Samantha and Rachel's pastor) at Catalyst Atlanta last October, and committed to send Samantha to Ethiopia this week to see up close one year later the wells that Rachel helped build.

Here is that story:


You can also read the full blog post from charity: water here.