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Do all leaders really have to be readers?

There is a famous phrase that says “Leaders are readers.” I can’t verify if this has been consistently true throughout history, but on a personal level, I do know this for sure: reading helps me learn better, and learning helps me lead better. Personally, I prefer reading books. I can go on and on about books, and those of you who have followed this blog long enough know this to be true. I always love giving books to people when...

Why bother with theology?

I’m currently reading Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. The book talks a lot about three words that make most people squirm (myself included): theology, orthodoxy, and doctrine. I don’t often read books like this one, but I pushed myself to give it a try. In the first chapter, Harris already gave me a good reason to read further. I want to share with you what stood out for me, because I think he wrote it beautifully: “I’ve come to learn...

Tell Me Thursday: What have you been reading lately?

It’s Book Fair week here in Manila, so in keeping with the theme, the question for today is: What have you been reading lately? I have a bad habit of reading several books at the same time. I’m crazy, I know. :) Here are titles that are on my priority list: 1) Linchpin by Seth Godin 2) Entrusting the Key by Ali Smith 3) Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language by Deborah Fallows Your turn! What are...

It's the best time of the year to buy books…and I can help you save money while you shop!

Ever since I was a kid, there were three events of the year that I always looked forward to: Christmas, my birthday, and the Manila International Book Fair. This year’s book fair begins today (Wednesday, September 15) and ends on Sunday (September 19) and in line with this, I’m so excited because I have some great prizes and special offers (w/something FREE) up for grabs! In a moment, I’ll tell you how you can avail of these. The Greatest Advice I was inspired...

Tell Me Thursday: Let's talk about books!

What are the three books that changed your life? Here are the three that come to my mind: 1) Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado – It helped me know myself better, and set some direction in my life! 2) Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge – It helped heal some emotional wounds and see myself through God’s loving eyes. 3) The Message Bible – It was the first Bible that I couldn’t stop reading; it really helped...

Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham + my Tell Me Thursday answers

Yesterday, I asked some Tell Me Thursday questions, which have to do with my book review for today (if you’re a woman, you definitely want to hear about this book). But before I get into that, I promised to share my own answers: 1) My favorite toy when I was a kid: My Care Bear Wish Bear. I loved the Care Bears and I thought they were real. Whenever I was on a plane ride, I would sit by the window...

Plan B by Pete Wilson

One of the best books I read while I was on this trip is a book called Plan B. At the end of this post, I will tell you how you can have a chance to get a copy of this book for free (if you reside in Metro Manila)! Here’s the gist of the book: I love how God’s timing is always perfect. When I first got this book, I wasn’t in the mood to read it, but when...

My simple joys

It’s funny how time and time again we get deceived into thinking that happiness is tied to wealth, success, fame, or power, and yet some of the simplest things in life that we often don’t notice can bring such joy! All throughout this trip, God has romanced me in ways that seem too simple and yet leave such an impact on me. Here are some of my simple joys (some are old and some are new!): 1) SEEING STORIES TOLD...

BOOK REVIEW: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

I haven’t read a devotional in a while, and I miss having one. One of the reasons why I was able to get into reading the Bible was because of reading devotionals. My first devotional gave me an introduction to God’s heart when my mind couldn’t quite process yet the words I was reading in the Bible. Ultimately, it led me to open up my Bible more and more until it became a habit I now can’t live without. :)...

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

If you ask me, as much as I love hundreds of books and movies, I still believe the Bible holds the greatest stories in history. The problem for me is that there are far too many stories for me to keep track of (I can’t remember where to find them all!). Enter the NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible collection. In theory, it sounded like a good addition to my little library: all the greatest stories of the Bible in...

Best books I read in 2009

What can I say, I love reading books! Last year, I did a list of the best books that I read in 2008, so I figured I’d do it again. And this year, I’ll add something extra…I’ll be giving away one book to one lucky winner! Find out how to join at the end of this post. So without further ado, here’s my list for 2009! ONE MONTH TO LIVE by Kerry & Chris Shook Why it’s on my list:...

Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter

I love reviewing books, so I’m taking a break today from my “How to Love Your Life” series. I used to love reading ‘chick lit’ (that’s ‘chick literature’, FYI). Back in 2002, when I would go through a new book every week, Sophie Kinsella (of Shopaholic series fame) was a staple on my bookshelf. Nowadays, my bookshelves are filled with Lucado, Maxwell, Zacharias—barely any fiction there at all. Do I miss it sometimes? Of course I do! So when an...

How to Love Your Life: Read good books!

It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader. In fact, I have a backlog of books to review! But my favorite week of the year has come, when one of my favorite bookstores (OMF Bookstore) goes on its super sale! Most people think that OMF only sells Christian books (they do have the best selection of Christian books and Bibles), but they also sell a lot of books on leadership, finances, practical living, relationships, family, etc. They’re the local distributors...

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

I don’t know about you, but when I was kid, I wanted my life to be a fairy tale. I think most boys wanted to their lives to be an action-adventure movie. Bottom line is that I think we all just wanted to be living great stories. However, as we grew up, some of us found ourselves living horror stories…or just horribly boring ones. If anything I said resonated with you, then you will love Donald Miller‘s new book, A...

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

I’m on a [reading] roll! In marriage, is love really enough? Now that’s a common question, don’t you think? Having grown up in a broken home, I always thought that a good marriage was something only found in fairy tales. I was pleased to find out later on that a good, strong, faithful, and godly marriage can actually be a reality. But I always wondered, how is it possible? Do people just get lucky? Does it depend on how attractive...