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Life Hacking Spiritual Disciplines: How to Find God in a Noisy World Paperback – September 22, 2016
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"When members of my church struggle to start a healthy prayer life, I struggle to offer clear advice on getting started. Not any more." - Josh Taylor, Administrative Pastor at People of Mars Hill Church "Joe Fontenot has tackled the issue of spiritual disciplines from a fresh perspective. Easy to read. He does a great job." - David Crosby, Pastor of First Baptist New Orleans and author of The Care Effect "This practical guide for building spiritual disciplines goes the extra mile in defining the specific steps." - Matt Diehl, Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church of Picayune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joe graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2006 with a bachelor’s in Marketing and spent the next decade in international logistics moving humanitarian aid cargo all over the world. In 2015 he graduated with a master’s in Christian Apologetics, and he’s currently the Marketing Strategist for the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He lives in New Orleans with his wife and two kids and writes a regular blog at joefontenot.info/blog.
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Joe Fontenot writes simply enough for anyone to understand, but the reader will doubtless sense a deep wisdom, intelligence, learned and practiced disciplines that come with an advanced education, practical application, and experience. So what can you do eith this book? Here are some things that I gleaned as I read it in three sittings. Give it to new seminary or college students developing their study habits. Use it as stocking stuffers for your older children needing practical advice in making their mark on life. Buy several copies, give them to people struggling with habits. Share it with an addicted friend who might not be into heavy Bible talk. Bad habits come in many sizes and shapes.
This is a foundational book that can be a building block for changing focus, establishing life principles, and simply becoming a better person.
I have spent many a day on the campus of New Orleans Seminary. It would be a neat thing to give these books to the students that are having tough financial times and can use all the help they can get.
I appreciate that Joe doesn't hide any personal shortcomings. He uses examples from his own life to explain what he's learned about how the brain processes habit forming and how application through experimentation changed things for him. Chapter 3 on willpower was especially eye opening, and a key takeaway for me from the book is think short but plan long. That advice is applicable to almost any undertaking, whether you are trying to read your Bible or plan a career.
Joe finds a way to speak to the reader regardless of where they are in a relationship with God. In fact, I would say this is pretty much a must read to anyone new to walking with Christ. It's a thinking man or woman's book but an easily digestible read for anyone from teen and up - a perfect guide to build habits that will make you a better person and actually stick.
The author takes us on a journey of self development. I just saw Marshall Goldsmith speak last week (the author of Triggers) and I think that the idea of this book building habits (good ones) is one that resonated with me completely. This book goes a lot deeper - more into the soul.
I have been trying to form a habit of waking up early, so I laughed when the author talked about building that habit (I know how hard that one can be). The secret sauce is motivation.
I would read this if you are interested in building habits, and doing so in an 'easier' manner. The book is, after all, about life hacks. The author does a good job of going between tactical and strategic (big picture vs. rolling up your sleeves with a piece of paper). Again, I don't think you have to be a hard core Christian to get value out of this book.
I'm excited about taking the lessons of focus, breathing and mapping out goals to my own personal life. Makes me realize I need to spend more time mapping out the parts of my life. Would highly recommend this book.