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Poin2 Chromebook 11 LT0101-01US (11.6-Inch, Purple Black)
Poin2 Chromebook 11 LT0101-01US (11.6-Inch, Purple Black)
Price: $149.00
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty spiffy Chromebook at a great price and a good look, August 23, 2015
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Got this Chromebook on an Amazon pre-order and received it on August 22nd here in Southern California. This is the first Chromebook I've ever used for an extended time, so I don't have any life experiences to compare this to. What I'll write in this initial review then would be what some people call a first impression.

I think this Poin2 Chromebook looks and feels like a solid 11" laptop running a Chrome browser for everything. Very quick to sign-on, and browser windows and websites feel responsive, meaning not slow nor sluggish, not that I can notice. And I consider myself a very active computer user. The area where my wrists rests is solid, as is the trackpad. I'm anticipating the battery life to last all day, maybe 7 or 8 hours with normal usage. And I do like the "instant on" when the lid is closed (in its default sleep mode) and when I open the lid, it's ready to go.

'Twas nice to see that this lil' Poin2 Chromebook has 2 USB ports, one on the left and the other on the right, and also an HDMI port. Looks like it's got everything that a solid Chromebook on the go ought to have. I also did notice the keyboard has letters in lowercase, that's sorta distinctive, first time I've ever noticed that on any keyboard.

As for the purple black color named in the description, I was hoping it'd be more purple, but I haven't figured out the right lighting condition to make it more purple-ish, having been at the dining table and outdoor daylight. Maybe it'll look purple in a nightclub under black light, but I don't go clubbing, so I won't ever know.

2 things I did notice that didn't quite meet and exceed my expectations, [initially held back the 5th star] are: (1) this one didn't come with the free complimentary 2-year Google Drive subscription - not sure if I couldn't find it, [update: found the offer at] or what. (2) the built-in speaker sounded rather hollow and tinny. I couldn't see where the speakers were, oh, wait, I turned over the Chromebook and they're on the bottom, next to each corner where your hands rest. I am not an audiophile, so I don't know how to more precisely describe the sound quality of the built-in speakers. What I can say is that when I plug in my earbud headphones, the music sounds great like normal.
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Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game
Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game
by Mark Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-told story using a great metaphor makes leadership easy to understand, April 12, 2015
This leadership book makes the principles so much more digestible and understandable through the art of great storytelling. Using one story throughout the entire book, with the great contrasting metaphor of chess not checkers, Mark Miller presents a clear framework for organizational leadership. Having read so many kinds of leadership books, I found it difficult to put all those techniques and principles into a cohesive whole, but Chess Not Checkers gave me a clearer picture of how everything fits together so well.

The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?
The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?
by Rhett Smith
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiety and Christians don't mix, usually, May 27, 2013
What I love about this book is how Rhett vulnerably and honestly reveals his own life story, how anxiety has been a traveling companion throughout much of his life, even how it showed up as stuttering and near-paralysis before public speaking.

All too often well-intentioned Christian ministry leaders / preachers / teachers / people give encouragement with pithy sayings and the quoting the Bible verses, without the demands of genuine compassion that requires entering in and walking alongside someone's pain and confusion. If you'd not been schooled in the right-of-center flavor of Christianity, the answer to life is always: Jesus, Bible and prayer, not necessarily in that order.

Thank you Rhett for taking a whole different approach, a very personal one at that. By sharing your life and the things you've learned along the way, it draws me relationally and I'm freed to know that my own anxiety is not necessarily coming from a place of doubting God and I'm not someone to be fixed per se. And more than that, anxiety can be invitation from God towards a more rewarding faith.

Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths
Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths
by Paul Louis Metzger
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars a better way to share and live out the Christian faith, September 17, 2012
Metzger introduces a new approach to Christian witness called the relational-incarnational apologetics. In an articulate academic yet personally sincere manner, the book engages eight notable faith traditions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarian Universalism, Mormonism, Atheism, and Neo-Paganism. The author carefully and sympatheically explains how people from different faiths hold their beliefs and values. When the Bible calls Christians to love our neighbors, that includes people of other religions because they too are created in the image of God. For the church to be more effective in a pluralistic world, this book helps church leaders to understand both our differences and our common humanity so that respectful conversations can open opportunities for friendship and evangelism.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
by Michael S. Hyatt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars best I've seen in 12 years of blogging, May 23, 2012
Platform is hands down the best book I've ever seen about blogging and social media! I've been swimming in this world of blogging for over 12 years, before it was called that, and have seen a good number of books about the amazing potential of social media, the (few) exceptional examples of blogging/ social media that'd made big impact (mostly short-term), some books that warns cautiously about its dangers, and some that give basic tutorials for how to get started by giving the readers a printed guided tour of the internet.

What Hyatt does exceptionally in Platform is reveal all the things he did over the course of 5+ years to raise his profile and build a platform so that his voice has become a most popular and influential in the online world. This book pulls together all the ingredients for the what and why and how to's for using online media, developing valuable content, his personal workflow, how he measures results, and more nuts & bolts. It's practically a recipe book for you to add water and stir. In this case, it's add valuable content and work it consistently from now to eternity, retirement, anyways.

What I love about the author Michael Hyatt is that he's a CEO type (most recently of Thomas Nelson publisher) and yet willing to put himself personally out there online. They make too few of them like that. I sure hope, as his platform continues to grow, he'll be an example and prototype of leaders in the 21st century, someone who is accessible, personal, and generously shares with others the valuable skills and lessons he's learning along the way.

Steering through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change
Steering through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change
by Scott Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to lead and survive through big changes at church, March 19, 2010
What caught my attention with Steering through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change were these 5 things:

(1) Scott quotes so many other people in this book, like a synthesis of all that he's gleaned from other church leaders! I didn't fact-check, but the acknowledgements section would be dozens of pages if he were to list all the names of leaders mentioned in the book!

(2) Scott shares his own story of going through a massive church transition, that included relocation, building campaign, leadership transitions, personal challenges, and managing healthy relationships. This narrative approach sure makes the underlying principles much more understandable and practical. Yes, this book covers a lot of ground.

(3) The book speaks to personal health. In an early chapter, the author lists a stress chart to honestly show the reality of what changes do to people, and doesn't ignore or overlook this in the name of being "spiritual" or bieng a "leader." Being emotionally healthy is vital for short-term and long-term success, for both personal and organizational health. And, it means getting the help you need, whether a life coach, counselor, or whatever. I'm glad this is weaved in throughout the book.

(4) I love the way Scott has learned to pastor in that relational kind of way while still being a visionary leader. It's not easy to keep moving towards finishing a task or reaching a goal, while also bringing people along. The book describes how Scott met personally with a hundred key leaders in preparation for a big church change, listening to their concerns and asking for their prayers. In similar fashion, big decisions are made with a unanimous concensus of the leadership team. Not easy to do in a church of any size, much less a larger kind of church with attendance in the thousands. I don't think he wrote it, but the concept of "leaving no one behind" is very attractive to me and I think that's the way it ought to be.

(5) Being spiritual. Unlike other leadership endeavors, the work of church leadership is a spiritual one. So the book weaves in the spiritual dependency & discerning aspects along with the personal, relational. and organizational aspects too. I prefer to say it's holistic, though you could say comprehensive, too.

Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional
Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional
by Jim Belcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.59
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get past the debates and get understanding, September 14, 2009
This book offers a refreshing perspective in contrast to the bickering during the past decade about the "emerging church" -- debating what changes did the church have to make in a fast-changing culture in order to be effective with its Gospel ministry. The author, Jim Belcher, does not write as an academician who is analyzing words from printed publications, although he certainly is qualified with academic credentials. Nor does he position himself in an adversarial posture against any church leader. He writes as a peer of the younger leaders typically actively involved in the emerging church conversations.

What I love is how the book is written in a narrative style that retraces Belcher's own theological development and how to incarnate that into the form of a church. The book plays this out with conversations and stories of changed lives, showing the implications of theology in real life. Much better reading than propositional rhetorics of a typical theology book.

What he masterfully does is to listen carefully to what is written and what is said, and delves behind those assertions to surface the assumptions and presuppositions. In so doing this deconstructioning, it helped me to better understand and not give in to knee-jerk reactions and mischaracterizations. In other words, it''s not what is said (or written) that matters, it's what is meant by what is said (or written).

This was the first book I've read that labels the contemporary mainstream evangelical church as the "traditional church." That day has come far sooner than I ever anticipated. Traditional church used to refer to the parish church with pews, hymns, and Sunday school. Could this book mark the turning point of what we call the American evangelical church of the late 20th century?

Belcher addresses 7 areas of contention: truth, evangelism, Gospel, worship, preaching, ecclesiology, and culture. He finds value in what the traditional church asserts, and also in what the emerging church asserts. Plus, he draws upon value from the great traditions of the church as well as the church's role in culture. The author takes all that's valuable and weaves it together into what C.S. Lewis calls the deep church. "Deep" is not to connote superiority. "Deep church" is a richer and more wholistic picture of what the church can be, both organizational and missional, both traditional and innovative, both relevant and yet set apart.

I won't be writing a book summary here. You really ought to read the book to get the full thought process of finding this third way of a deep church. Jim, thanks for being a great mediator and writing this book, The Deep Church.
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The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder: Reassuring Advice to Help You Cope (Everything: Health and Fitness)
The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder: Reassuring Advice to Help You Cope (Everything: Health and Fitness)
by Jon P. Bloch
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars practical and handy reference guide, November 30, 2007
I like the writing and presentation in this book. Very clear and easy to read. Quick to skim for the information you need to understand how to manage life with a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Plus, I find it helpful (and less alarming) as it doesn't have so many of those extreme wild stories about how people's behavior during manic or depressive episodes.

Growing Healthy Asian American Churches
Growing Healthy Asian American Churches
by Helen Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.48
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a seminal book for Christian ministry leaders!, April 20, 2006
The book is rich, meaningful, and insightful--it puts words and heartfelt stories to many issues encountered in the faith journey of so many Asian Americans.

I admire the adept skill of the editors and contributors to pulled together such a volume, acknowledging the complexities and differences among the broad-stroke that often painted on Asian Americans, yet finding strong similiarities and themes that resonate for most of us in this social location. We as Asian American Christians have so much more in common and much to learn from one another, than to be siloed behind histories and labels of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and dozens of other Asian American ethnicities.

I believe this is a seminal book not only for Asian Americans, but for its attempt to wrestle with the church's orthodoxy and orthopraxy in an ethnic context. Too often theology is done with unstated ethnic-cultural assumptions from a Euro-centric perspective, and I think there's great value unearthed by this book to take a look at theology not only in an intellectual abstract, but also in the very human ethnic-cultural context.

Pursuing the Pearl: A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry
Pursuing the Pearl: A Comprehensive Resource for Multi-Asian Ministry
by Ken Uyeda Fong
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.00
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars let's get busy! the future is at hand, January 13, 2000
This is an essential landmark breakthrough long-overdue type of book that pioneers through the landscape of America, particularly among Asian Americans. In this climate that is increasingly pluralistic, diverse, and propelled by change, there are more and more Asian Americans that are untouched by the traditional model and stereotypical methods of doing church, and this book is willing to look beyond the past and the here and now, and into the postmodern landscape, anticipating with a prophetic voice, and sharing some real life stories of what is happening at his own church (Evergreen of LA). The book makes a great effort to work on both the theoretical and practical side, and those of us who are willing to work with the ethnic diversity at hand would do well to wrestle with the thoughts presented in this book.
The Asian and Pacific Islander population, is estimated to more than triple, from 10.9 million in 1999 to 37.6 million in 2050. Its percentage of the total population would rise from 4 percent now to 9 percent in 2050. It's time to get busy!

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