by Kristin Hannah

February 6, 2019

Between my experience reading The Nightingale, and some of the recommendations I heard from others, I had high expectations going in. They were all met.

It was hard to read, and it was hard to put down.

by Ryder Carroll

February 6, 2019

There are an awful lot of words in the deep archives of this blog about my faithful commitment to task management through the GTD method and OmniFocus. But when I shifted to a new role at Help One Now, I thought it might be a time to mix it up, so I learned the basics of Bullet Journaling. There is a more detailed posting waiting to happen, I suppose.

But, I can say I took to it and it’s working pretty well for me. I was running into some limitations before reading the Bullet Journal Method, and that helped me see further how to use the system.

This book splits some time between practical description of bullet journaling and deeper philosophical meanderings of intentional living. While the latter was fine, I would have appreciated more detail on the former. Or just a shorter book.

by Peter Heller

February 6, 2019

I suppose there are two genres you could use to categorize this book. One would be post-apocalyptic fiction. The other would be deliberate and thoughtful storytelling about interesting people in interesting realities. The latter is why I liked it. Well, and it took place where I grew up.

by Ann Handley

February 6, 2019

One of the things I looked forward too about moving into the marketing and communications role for Help One Now was a return to more writing. I’m not as prolific as I once was in ‘publishing’ written words, but I spend more time drafting them and moving them around of late. And I like it.

This was a book recommended to me as I started the new job. There are other books I’d recommend for someone who wants to really explore writing as a craft. But as a contemporary primer and a practical overview on writing skills, I’d toss this someone’s way. In fact, I think I just talked myself into using this book as a homeschool assignment for my daughter.

by Suzanne Stabile

December 28, 2018

I’ve been aware of, and curious about, the Enneagram for about 15 years, and done quite a bit of reading on it. This year, though, brought me to a new level of understanding. I’ve learned a great deal about myself within it, and how I relate to others. This book was a helpful part of that, and listening to the audio version, read by Suzanne herself, made for a great experience.

by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

December 28, 2018

Moving into non-profit development work, it was a no-brainer to read this one. It seems to be one of the most influential books for faith-based non-profits, and rightfully so. Really, though, it deserves a much wider audience than that, offering a view of justice or development work that empowers those in need to find their way forward.

by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

December 28, 2018

This book didn’t come recommended to me — I didn’t hear it mentioned in a conversation or on a podcast. I think I just saw it featured in the library or a bookstore, and that’s a rare cause for me to read a book. But it looked interesting enough from the front cover, and all the way through to the back cover it held up. An interesting look at how the trends of big data can help us understand cultural forces in ways we’ve not been able to before. It’s rare that an audiobook keeps me engaged throughout many different drive times, but this one did.

by Thomas Friedman

November 24, 2018

Loved the idea of this book, but about 80% of the book was about the accelerations and only about 20% was about the Thriving. Found myself wishing it was at least 50/50. Still, it left me with much to consider which is what I most ask for in a book.

by Douglas Adams

November 24, 2018

Rereading an old friend. I’d forgotten much of how the book resolves, but some of paragraphs in the first few chapters were still completely memorable. Is it okay to say this was one of the most formational books of my childhood? Don’t panic.

by Miroslav Volf

November 24, 2018

I started this for my final sermon series at aMS. Volf writes about how Christianity should be engaged in the greater good of humanity, and like everything by Volf it is so well though out. Proved even more to be a timely read for my new role with Help One Now.

by David Sax

November 24, 2018

A quick listen of an audiobook. Not going to make to it recommendation level in any conversations I have with other readers, but interesting enough to finish it. Chose it because I’ve been shifting to a handwritten Bullet Journal (which I really need to write about) after years and years and years of digital task management. And by years and years and years, I mean my whole adult life.

November 24, 2018

A final sermon for the church we started and love. Thirty or so minutes couldn’t begin to cover all things the I would have wanted to say. Or all hopes and prayers for them as the continue forward.

October 22, 2018 4:30 pm

I hope that it is clear by now that every day going forward we’re going to be asked to dance in a hurricane, set off by the accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature, and Moore’s law…. There is only one way to thrive now, and it’s by finding and creating your own eye. The eye of a hurricane moves, along with the storm. It draws energy from it, while creating a sanctuary of stability inside it. It is both dynamic and stable — and must we be.

This quote is the payoff of the book, and it took 11 chapters of him stressing me out talking about the accelerating world to get to it. Worth the journey, though.

October 12, 2018

This one looks simple on the surface, but it was one of the most complicated sites I’ve worked on. It’s a site to help voters in Central Texas learn more about the positions of candidates in their own words. The Honor Roll, an agency in Austin, contracted me to build out their design. Had a great working with them and a lot of fun taking on the challenges involved in building it.

October 11, 2018 10:40 am

In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or distraction–it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.

September 28, 2018

Didn’t intend it when I scheduled it, but this turned into a celebration of all those who have stepped into critical roles in the life of Austin Mustard Seed. And now maintain critical roles as they carry forward the life of our church community. One of the easiest sermons I’ve ever preached, because really it just required me to talk about people I have deep affection for.

by Chris Marlow

September 28, 2018

So the thing is, Chris is a good friend, and I was closely tied to the early days of Help One Now. But I hadn’t read his book. I finally started in on it a couple months ago to prep for the Make Good series at Austin Mustard Seed.

Starting a job with Help One Now certainly wasn’t on my radar at the time. But now it’s imminent. (Something I need to write about more in depth here on the blog.) Nobody has asked me if I’ve read the book anywhere in the process, but I’m ready to say yes if they do.

by NT Wright

September 28, 2018

This doesn’t completely read like a biography. It’s biography enough though, in that it serves as a helpful introduction to how all of the Paul related pieces of the New Testament fit together. And it offers an overall view of how Paul’s developing theology fits in early and contemporary Christian conversation.

Also, it is NT Wright. I read everything he publishes.

September 25, 2018

A privilege to take the new design for Jonathan Dodson’s new site and turn it into a working WordPress theme. While jiggling around in the backend I was reminded that I first created a theme for Jonathan almost ten years ago. Great job on the design, Jeremiah Chaney!

And while were at it, congrats to Jonathan on the release of is new book, Here in Spirit, today!

September 18, 2018 5:53 pm

Happy to see that the Siri Shortcuts app picks up from Workflow with everything still intact. All my prior workflows work great, like that one that’s publishing these words. Seems a little faster too.