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Empty Shelf Challenge Books #22-26


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This year, I joined Jon Acuff and hundreds of others in filling an empty shelf on our bookshelves. You can read more about it here. My shelf keeps changing because I give away books, and also read some on Kindle, and keep some in my office. Here are the latest books.


Book #22 – The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard

I’ve had this book for years and had started and stopped it multiple times. I finally went back and read it all the way through and it is SO GOOD! If you have a message to share, you will want to read this book. He provides incredible examples and offers advice for creating a business around what you feel called to do.


Book #23 – The Enneagram A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr

I have been absolutely fascinated by learning more about the Enneagram. I’m a big Richard Rohr fan, so I was anxious to hear his perspective on it. This book is great because it gives you the history and understanding of how this has been around for a very long time, and he explains it in a way that I really love. Most personality or trait tests only focus on the positive attributes. However, the Enneagram shows you both the healthy and the unhealthy aspects of how we are designed. This allows you to understand why you may react to certain things in certain ways. And it allows you to learn how to start dealing with things and change your trajectory. It’s really difficult to explain a book like this, but it has helped me to see people in a completely new light, as well as uncover some of my own tendencies that aren’t always healthy.


Book #24 – The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg

This is another great book that helps us understand how we are wired. It walks through how to start taking steps towards living into who you were designed to be as well as understand your learning and spiritual styles that help you feel closer to God. It is a straightforward, yet challenging book.


Book #25 – The Simplicity Project by Corie Clark

This is a great, quick read. It is full of practical and helpful information for simplifying your life. And, it is written by my friend Corie! She shares how she made changes in her life to simplify and declutter, and helps walk you through how to take steps that will impact your home. I am so proud of Corie for publishing her first book and doing an awesome job. Check this one out! You can also get it on her website at www.corieclark.com. That’s how I ordered it, and I loved the packaging and extra steps she took to make it special.


Book #26 – Brand YOU New by Mike Loomis

This is another book written by one of my friends. Mike is a manager, literary agent, author, and strategic partner to businesses. I got a preview of his new book, and it is great! It is a simple, short book that is filled with great advice on managing your brand. It’s basic enough that people who don’t think they have a brand can understand, yet powerful enough for those who know they need to manage our brands. This book has not been released yet, but you can reach out to Mike via his website above and order the book directly from him.


I love keeping track of the books I am reading this year and sharing them with you. I’d love to hear what you are reading. Share in the comments!



Isabel Hundt on Living a Life of Wholeness {Podcast Episode #57}


Isabel Hundt joins me on the show today. She is an entrepreneur, coach, mentor, wife and mom. She is dedicated to helping people discover who they truly are in order to live their dreams and make a difference in the world.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Daring to stand out
  • Peeling off the layers in order to see our inner essence and becoming who we were created to be
  • Every voice needs to be heard
  • If we’re not dealing with who we are, we aren’t able to live our calling
  • Navigating through motherhood while living your dreams
  • What would your life look like from wholeness?
  • John Maxwell suggests choosing 5 things to do consistently each day
  • Understanding our survival mechanism and how it is holding us back
  • Who you are BEING is more important than what you are DOING
  • Learning about ourselves from others
  • Start with one thing and move forward each day
  • Make an intentional choice to think differently
  • Isabel’s upcoming ebook, Identity Crisis
  • Personal development and growth is the rock solid foundation to everything you do
  • Learning to give up control
  • Understanding the importance of well being in your own life

You can find Isabel on Facebook, her website, and her mastermind program.

What stood out to you from listening to Isabel? Share in the comments below.


I am SO thankful for your honest iTunes reviews. They really help me understand what you are liking about the show. You can leave a quick review here.



Are You a LifeChanger? {Podcast Episode #56}


On this episode, we talk about:

  • Seeing ourselves as LifeChangers
  • What is a LifeChanger?
  • How the concept of a LifeChanger turned into this podcast
  • How you can make a difference right where you are


It’s a series about people like you and me, who decided to do something different.

They decided to change their life, or the lives of others around them.

They are inspiring.

They are making an impact right where they are.

They are passionate.

They are full of life.

And they are willing to share their stories.

I’d love hear what you think.

Do you consider yourself a LifeChanger? Why or why not?

Empty Shelf Challenge Books #17-21

empty shelfThis year, I joined Jon Acuff and hundreds of others in filling an empty shelf on our bookshelves. You can read more about it here. I’ve had a combination of different pictures for my shelf, as sometimes I include kindle books, and now I’ve started a separate stack of books in my office.

This post is covering books #17-21, which as you can see, all relate to my position as the Connections & Growth Director at our church. Most of these are relating to small groups and community and volunteers.

17. Simply Strategic Volunteers – I really liked this book. It was filled with short, helpful chapters addressing many different ways to help your volunteers feel appreciated and ideas to think about as you lead. If you are involved at all with volunteers in an organization, I highly recommend this book.

18. Organic Community – I really liked this, as it talks about how you can’t force community and you have to find ways to foster organic growth and connections within your church community.

19. Activate – This also dealt with small groups and community, and how to help encourage people to get involved.

20. Creating Community – This book talked about ways to develop and encourage connections and community within your church. Andy Stanley and his team share how they have created a small group culture in their church.

21. Missional Small Groups – This book was a great look at how people are successfully implemented missional small groups. These types of group intentionally look outward and see how they can serve and meet the needs of those around them. I learned some great concepts through this book.

I’d love to hear of any books you’ve read relating to community and small groups and leading volunteers. Share in the comments below!

Startiversary {Podcast Episode #55}


It’s been one year since Jon Acuff sent out a cryptic message that simply said, “Adventurers wanted.” I had no idea it would lead to an experience that would be so incredibly powerful. I have met people from all over the country and made friendships that have enriched my life. Even though I felt I had “started” a few years earlier, this group has helped continue to push me to be better and make positive changes in my life.

On this episode, we talk about:




One of my favorite quotes from Start.

Thanks for listening! Please leave an honest review on iTunes. I’d be so honored!



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