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Lead. Serve. Love.: 100 Three-Word Ways to Live Like Jesus Paperback – May 9, 2011
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Gregory Lang is a six-time New York Times bestselling author of 23 inspirational books with over three million copies sold. Bestselling titles include Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, Why a Son Needs a Dad, and Why a Daughter Needs a Mom. He holds a PhD in Child and Family Development and serves as a Stephen Minister, youth mentor, as well as fundraiser for a homeless shelter in Atlanta. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This small, beautifully-presented devotional is split into 100 two-page brief devotions on serving God. Each turn of the page reveals a simple, yet profound three-word phrase for the reader to memorize or recall to aid in focusing on servitude. These phrases are very biblically focused and quite convicting while still encouraging, like "love your enemies," "act with humility," or "yield to wisdom." After each phrase is a brief one-paragraph devotional explanation, followed by 3-5 related and applicable verses.
Personally, I enjoyed many of the devotions. The author succinctly conveys in a conversational tone why or how that three-word action carries such impact. (For example, from the first devotion, "Smile at everyone:" "A smile is a one-second chance to extend God's grace and love to someone who otherwise might never see Him.") I sometimes desired continued discussion after reading a few of the devotions, but this book is not meant as a deep study, but rather a useful, applicable guide to begin a study and to act on faith.
I love having the Scripture references for two main reasons: I like foundational truth behind the devotions, and it provides verses for deeper reflection and memorization. The author even recommends that the reader read the context around the focus verses to better learn, understand, and grow. I agree with this advice. The brevity of each devotion leads well and warrants spurring into more in-depth study into the Bible itself.
The author suggests in the introduction that this book is for the newer (or perhaps recently more dedicated) believer to learn how to serve God. I would consider this book useful for any believer to take a few (perhaps new) ways to serve others with God's love. Regardless, this book could be devoured quickly in a few short reading sessions, or spread out over 100 days as a daily devotional. (The back cover proposes this reading plan: "Practice one down-to-earth message each day, and see your life change in an eternal way.") Intentionally focusing on putting one message (or verse) into practice per day could help us begin and maintain a more active faith.
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This book is one hundred short, 3-word inspirational sayings (of ways to live a better life), with a short narrative about each saying as well as several Scriptures related to it. In the introduction the author suggests that you not only read these passages, but make it into a small Bible study by looking up and reading each verse in context--good idea! You can use this book in many ways--a quick read for a quick inspirational thought for the day, or as suggested above.
It was funny timing for me to read this book--due to the fact that I had just finished reading with my children the kids' book No Talking by Andrew Clements, which is about a grade of students taking a pledge to not talk other than in 3 word phrases--it's amazing what you can convey with only three words. The concisely phrased words in this book, Live Serve Love, are short enough to make it easy to refer to all day long--to incorporate into your daily life. And these ARE things you will want to (should want to) incorporate into your life--some of my favorites were "Ease others' burdens", "Refrain from revenge" (yikes!), "Do your share", and many other great ones. Pretty convicting stuff! Definitely things worth striving after.
I would for sure recommend this book. It'd make a nice gift for someone too!
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1 John 2v6.
In Gregory Lang's book Lead.Serve.Read more
Serve each other.
Love the unloved.
These three examples from the book (which were used to form the title) are just a small sample of the 100...Read more