Monday, May 16, 2011
Book Review: Lead. Serve. Love.
Lead. Serve. Love. 100 Three-Word Ways to Be Like Jesus, by Gregory E. Lang, is like good medicine. It tastes good going down, and it makes you feel better too.
This is a gift book that features short devotionals. On every-other page is a paragraph or two with a lesson of application. On the facing page is a list of scripture verses that apply. The focus of each devotional is to bring encouragement and practical ways to lead, serve, and love as Jesus does. For example, lesson number 1 says, "Smile at everyone." This one was kind of easy for me. When I go out, I always wear a smile. There is one guy at Sam's Club that I see nearly every week. His name is Gary and he checks receipts as people leave the store. He has commented to me several times that I am "always smiling" and how pleasant that is. I like him. A smile is an easy thing to share. But I don't spend the majority of my time outside the home, I spend the majority of my time inside with a bunch of short people. Am I sharing my smile here, with those who need it most? One of the things Lang says about this is "Christian living is more than adhering to moral standards of conduct; it is also the demonstration of several graces, including love, joy, and peace." The scriptures referenced are: 2 Corinthians 13:12, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:31-32, Philippians 4:4, Colossians 3:12. The medicine goes down easy and I am encouraged. Again and again. Because just like with Tylenol, sometimes we need repeated doses. :)
This book would make an excellent gift for any occasion. It should be kept nearby, in a place where it can be easily grabbed when you have a minute. :)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson book publishers as a part of their booksneeze blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.