A brand new year calls for brand new resolutions. City News picks five books that help you stick to them.
Contributed By Dawn Seow
Resolution: To grow in the Word
Read: The Message: Solo New Testament
Conquer 2012 one day at a time with this devotional book that teaches readers not so much to study the Bible but to develop communication with God. Daily passages from the New Testament are followed by reading guides, thinking points, prayer suggestions and practical applications. This book helps readers develop the habit of lectio divina—not just reading but thinking, praying and living the Word of God.
Nugget of wisdom: Sometimes devotion means just sitting in the presence of God.
Author: Pastor, scholar and writer Eugene H. Peterson, most well-known for his The Message Bible translations.
Resolution: To lose weight and stay healthy
Read: Dr. Colbert’s “I Can Do This” Diet
Learn what really causes weight gain and weight loss, how to come up with a program that fits your lifestyle and keeps you satisfied while losing weight and most importantly, what causes the standstill in weight loss after the first few weeks of dieting.
Nuggets of wisdom: Juice, while packing more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, has as many calories as sodas. And snacking on the wrong types of food or too much of the right types can sabotage your weight loss; a typical snack should only amount to 100-250 calories.
Author: Dr. Don Colbert, best-selling author of The Seven Pillars Of Health.
Resolution: To grow your money
Read: Put Your Money To Work
Learn how to make the most out of market trends, invest for better returns and shelter yourself from the insidious effects of inflation with this easy-to-read book on personal investing.
Nugget of wisdom: Countering conventional wisdom that one should diversify, Ng instead advises readers to “put all your eggs in one basket—and watch that basket.”
Author: Ex-banker and financial journalist Lilian Ng, with a 30-year-long career in the financial industry.
Resolution: To win intellectuals to Christ
Read: The Case For A Creator
This book documents author Lee Strobel’s journey from atheism to faith as he examines theories of evolution, cosmology and consciousness. Highlights include his interviews with world-renowned scientists who have found the fingerprints of God on what is science.
Nugget of wisdom: That human and chimpanzee DNA are similar does not suggest common ancestry; it is more likely a common designer decided to use the same materials to construct similar but functionally different structures.
Author: Lee Strobel, the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, and a spiritual skeptic until his scientific investigation compelled him to believe in the Creator.
Resolution: To be a more effective leader
Read: The 5 Levels Of Leadership
True leadership is not measured by a position at the top, but the ability to invest in people and inspire them. This book sheds light on the five levels of leadership starting from the lowest position, where people follow a leader because they have to, to the pinnacle of leadership—where people follow a leader because of who he is and what he represents.
Nugget of wisdom: To be a top level leader, one has to be willing to keep growing by maintaining a teachable spirit: “Everyone can teach me something. Everything can teach me something.”
Author: John C. Maxwell, a best-selling author on leadership who has trained more than five million leaders worldwide.
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