I’ve always envisioned A Parched Soul as a place for community. I want it to be a place where we thrive together. To me, a thriving community is one that is built on learning. One that never ceases to delve into the infinite wisdom God has to offer. One that has a heart for God.
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For many of us to have a heart for God, we must first have a mind for God. This was the case for me. I’m a logical, rational guy. God had to make sense in my head before He could make sense in my chest.
I credit one book with making that connection in my life — A Mind for God. It took me from an aimless, wandering life and launched me into one that sought God and wanted to drink continuously from His deep well. It will remain on my desk until the day I die.
It pulls me out of reading ruts on a regular basis. All I have to do is open it up and I begin to renew my vision to have my own mind for God.
I could tell you about this book for days. I could tell you how it’s changed my life in countless ways. How it’s come to a point where the ideas in it are shaping my life. I could tell you how the blog got it’s name from a quote in this book. But what I really want to tell you is this — just read it. Please.
If that doesn’t do it for you, how about I give you a copy for free? All you have to do is share A Parched Soul on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment on this post., and I’ll pick 3 winners at random and mail them a copy autographed by the author, James Emery White. I’ll accept entries until Thursday, September 20th at 8:00pm and the winners will be announced with Friday’s 20 Words.
Answer this question in your comment:
What do you do to cultivate a mind for God?
Free eBooks are all the rage these days on blogs. I’ve written my own, which you can download here.
While there are many out there, that also means not all of them are that good, unfortunately.
That’s not the case with this one. At all.
A couple of pages into Just a Little Bit More and I knew this guy was for real. Ryan Tate delivers a timely and poignant eBook that packs enormous value.
Here’s a tidbit about the book from Ryan’s blog, The Compelling Parade:
“How much money is enough?
How much power is enough?
How much sex, happiness, peace, coffee, sleep, ______, is enough?
Have you ever asked yourself, “How much of God is enough?”
Most Christians are content not asking that question. What matters most to us is limiting God to a manageable, measurable amount so that we can remain in control of our lives. We treat God this way but relate to everything else in our lives like raving consumers. We want more money, more power, more free-time, more sleep, more sex, more M&M’s, more of everything, except God.”
I can’t recommend downloading this eBook enough. Not just because I believe in Ryan’s work, but because the questions he poses need to be faced by everyone.
You can get your FREE copy of Ryan’s eBook by going to his blog and subscribing in the form on the right side of the page.
You can connect with Ryan on Twitter and Facebook.
As a writer, it can become easy to lean on the quantity of your words to get your point across. But what happens when you don’t have that crutch? What if every word has to count for something?
This is the idea behind my new blog, 20 Words. The tagline is simple:
Finding Truth. In 20 Words or less.
It’s incredibly challenging, but also very rewarding. The blank page forces me to focus intensely on God’s qualities. Maybe harder than I ever have.
A Parched Soul is still where I’ll spend most of my time. But 20 Words will stick around as well, as a different kind of creative outlet. I use my major gifts here. I’ll flex my creative muscles over there.
So check it out if you haven’t already. I’ve been getting a new post up each day, Monday-Friday so far.
If nothing else, maybe you can use them for a tweet. Where else can you do a whole blog post in one tweet!
I’m incredibly excited today to announce the release of my first eBook! I’ve been working on this material for about 6 months. I’m so happy with how it turned out. Now I can finally share with you A Call To Reflection.
All you have to do to get your free copy is subscribe to the blog. You can find out more by clicking on the image below or by subscribing in the form in the right-hand column.
Once you sign up, simply check your email and follow the instructions.
Don’t forget to share it with others and let me know what you think!
Michael Perkins had it all. Well, in blogger terms anyways. He had a platform and a bunch of subscribers.
But he found something missing.
So he did what scared him the most.
He started over.
Michael recently released an eBook called Starting Over “A Manifesto On Being Yourself.” It’s a great reflection of his unique talent to bring creativity to a world where it’s all about formulas. Here’s a little more about the book from Michael’s great blog, The Handwritten:
Starting Over “A Manifesto On Being Yourself” is a small “handwritten” eBook about being true to yourself and the voice you have been given.
After I wrote this post, a friend suggested I expand upon the idea more so that people understand where I am coming from and why I do things the way I do. This is a book about not following formulas when creating art. This is a book about being yourself.
“This is the most creative ebook I’ve ever read, and not just because it’s about creativity. Michael bends and shapes the ebook “formula” into his own strange, vulnerable, messy mold. It’s as if he took a mirror, broke it into a thousand pieces, and rearranged them into a mosaic so much more beautiful than the original. Maybe you’ll look into that mirror-mosaic and see yourself as you never before have.”
—Joe Bunting, joebunting.com & thewritepractice.com
There aren’t many things you can get for free that will have an impact on your life. Take this opportunity and download Michael’s superb eBook.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself starting over.