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Thrive: Digging Deep, Reaching Out Paperback – February 11, 2014
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Mark Hall is a true storyteller and a teacher with a heart for ministry. He is lead singer and songwriter for the Grammy Award-winning band Casting Crowns, whose first three albums have sold nearly four million copies. He has been in ministry nearly twenty years and has served at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, for the last eight years. Mark admits he’d be overwhelmed by life’s demands were it not for his wife of nineteen years, Melanie, who also serves as Casting Crowns’ road manager. Even on tour, Mark and Melanie homeschool their four children: John Michael, Reagan, Zoe, and Hope.
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Mark writes of his own struggles with dyslexia and his learning disability throughout his life, and how he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a powerful force in his ministry, leading thousands of youth to Christ. In addition to his own life, the book draws upon scripture to illustrate the need to grow deeper in our knowledge and understanding of God in order to grow stronger in the faith. I’d recommend this book to every Christian wanting to Thrive.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
If you’re looking for a good read that will help you take a look at your faith and encourage growth, then I highly recommend reading Thrive – especially if you also happen to be a Casting Crowns fan. This would also be a great book for a small group or a Sunday school class to build a Bible study around. There are a lot of chapters within the book that would offer great jumping off points for group discussions.
In Thrive, Hall draws on his own experience as a follower of Jesus and a youth pastor. He shows how to take the next step in faith. The overall theme of the book is, as Hall sums up: “You can do more than just survive your life, you can thrive!”
Fortunately, this book is more than a cutesy rhyming catchphrase. Hall is able to blend his life experiences with the truth of the Gospel of Christ. He is a youth pastor and musician, and he shares his experiences with dyslexia and insecurities. He is the first to point out he is not perfect, but he has willingly shared what he has learned about how important it is to be grounded in truth and available to let God use you.
“God didn’t put you and me here just so we can survive through hard times. He put us here to thrive, to dig deep and reach out,” explains Hall. He uses tree and roots imagery to show how important it is to be rooted in faith. The book is divided into two parts: digging deep and reaching out. It all comes back to the central idea that if you are grounded, you are then able to reach out.
In part one, “Digging Deep,” Hall explores some basic things we need to learn (or perhaps relearn) about being in a relationship with God. In part two, “Reaching Out,” he explores the response side. It moves behind the need to be rooted by asking: we are rooted in Christ, now what? When God changes our thinking, we see things in light of how Christ might see people and circumstances.Read more ›
This book was the perfect book to me. As a pastor and follower of Jesus Christ I am always on the lookout for books that help me grow in Christ and to become a better "Evangelist." This book will help you grow in Christ and help you share Christ.
Jesus said that we are to love God and love others. This book is a great resource for you in those two areas.
My favorite chapter was chapter 6: but God. This chapter helped us through the book of Ephesians and helps us see God's responsibility with salvation and our response to it. We are all sinners...but God is so rich in mercy.
I recommend this book to all who want to grow in Christ and to learn how to reach out. Pick up a copy on amazon right now!!!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from BookLook Bloggers review program...Thanks for the copy!
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Very easy to read. Like a conversation with the author. Lots of helpful truths that helped me in many ways.Published 23 days ago by tim
Another great read from Mark Hall. I thank the Lord that he is willing to put his thoughts/teachings in books to share with all of us who aren't a part of his ministry at Eagle's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by luvsmnms
I thoroughly love this book and we are using it to teach our youth how to thrive in their Christian walk! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Uplifting, encouraging, thought provoking, and points you to the Lord. Way to go Mark Hall.Published 4 months ago by Beverly D. Winter
Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns wrote this very compelling book. I recommend it to both Christians and non Christians.Published 4 months ago by Bryan
When I was thinking about purchasing this book I was torn between it and another selection and I thought to myself "What should I expect from a lead singer of a band? Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Esteban
Great book. Author gives very fine points on what Jesus wants for our lives. Will definitely read again.Published 7 months ago by Poe