July 2011

general26 Jul 2011 11:39 pm

today i wore my David Crowder Band shirt… the one with the squirrel i couldn’t resist at a concert long ago… seems like long ago… this shirt prompted someone to ask me… “Is that a squirrel?”… i managed to not offer a kindergarten diploma for superior animal recognition skills long enough for her to continue… “we love David Crowder Band and we call my daughter ‘squirrel’ so we have to buy that shirt”…

i was glad i held my tongue… my son did not… “my dad has met David Crowder”… my son was proud and she looked with disbelief… i confirmed that i had indeed met David Crowder and she quickly replied “well, i’m good friends with all the guys from Hawk Nelson”… not sure what her point was, i simply agreed that the Hawk Nelson guys are pretty nice, too…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf10 Jul 2011 03:22 pm

Confession time. I know, or knew, very little about the most highly decorated soldier in American history. I knew of him – mostly from caricatures based on him – and assumed he was a brilliant military mind wrapped in a quirkiness that made him lovable and brave. As it turns out, he was just that. . . and so much more.

This man of conviction largely unknown to me was the American rockstar of the two generations ahead of me. MacArthur: America’s General reveals the allure, the mystique, and the majesty of the man who dominated headlines, captivated audiences wherever he went, and led the most powerful nation in war during his 52-year military career.

It’s a fascinating story – moreso that it’s true – and incredible to witness the importance of generational legacy that gets passed down from father to son. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was clearly a bi-product of his grandfather and father and the lessons he learned from them – both directly and indirectly – guided him through his own journey of becoming the man he was called to be.

This book is part of “The Generals” series from Thomas Nelson and, though I’ve only read two thus far, I’m quite enthusiastically looking forward to reading more from the series.

Bookshelf10 Jul 2011 01:19 pm

I’m finding more and more that History class let me down. Who would’ve thought amidst all those dates and “Wah-Wah” sounds from behind the teacher’s desk were stories full of richness, intrigue, and applicable lessons for everyday life?

The more I read (or watch – thank you History Channel), the more amazed (and perturbed) at what wasn’t taught. As such, I jumped at the opportunity to read about the Father of our country – especially framed as a study on his leadership qualities. Washington: A Legacy of Leadership discusses the how Washington developed as a leader – warts and all. It’s a well-written book that sheds light on the nation’s reluctant, but willing founder.

Sprinkled throughout the stories of America’s history, we the readers see the lessons Washington learned first hand from his failures and successes. As a military leader, a political figure, an ambitious landowner, and loyal citizen,Washington put others first in humility, remained faithful to the cause, honored “Providence” in all his actions, and reaped the fruits of persistance, innovation, and determination. Recognizing the significance of his roles in life, Washington pursued them with caution, ever mindful of the implications his every action might have on the future of the country he loved before its birth.

This book reveals Washington, a flawed individual struggling to fulfill his purpose in life and learning that it’s the in the struggle that find our life. I enjoyed if from several perspectives – historical, inspirational, and biographical.