I Learn Stuff From This Guy


Day 3 of the Birthday Week Giveaways!  I’m having fun.  Are you guys?  Let’s do it!

I honestly couldn’t tell you how I came across this blog.  I’m a link clicker, so maybe someone on Twitter that I was following put up a link of his or maybe I was just wandering around the Internet one night looking for blogging tips.  I don’t know.  But I’m so thankful that I did.

Jeff Goins is a blogger who writes about all aspects of writing and creativity.  If I’m not learning something new from his posts, I’m being inspired to be more and do more.  This guy is kind of a world-changer.  And I’m pretty cool with that.

Jeff has interviewed Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Michael Hyatt and has most recently written a guest post on Michael Hyatt’s blog called Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest Post.

One of my favorite topics, though, that Jeff has written about — and maybe I shouldn’t say “favorite.”  Let’s say most educational for me — are about Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it.  SEO seemed like a foreign language, and still sometimes it is.  What I do know, is I learned a lot.  I’m still in the process of implementing some of his tips, and I’ve seen a growth in the hits on this site.

So maybe it’s just my opinion (I don’t think it is) but this guy is gold.  Bookmark his page and learn about writing, blogging and changing the world.

When I asked Jeff about a book that he would recommend, he didn’t have to think too long before sending me back a title.  Walking on Water:  Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle was his recommendation.  And to be quite honest, I can’t wait to start reading it.  When I asked Jeff if there was any particular reason that he chose that book, he said simply that it was the “best book on writing and faith I’ve ever read.”  And this guy reads a lot.  He posts his reading list online, and I am shamed every week by the sheer lack of what I read in comparison.  I’m okay with that, though.  I now have a stack of books that are just calling my name!

So in order to have a chance to win Walking on Water, you have to do a few things for me.  See, you give me an inch, I’ll take a mile.  You have until June 14 at 11:59 p.m. to comment and enter for the giveaway.  I will announce the winner on June 15 at noon CST!

First you have to answer the question below here in the comment section.  You can give me a serious answer or be a total smarty-pants.  I don’t really care.  It just has to be in the comment section here on the blog and not a comment on my Facebook page.  Answer it already.

Secondly, see those little buttons at the bottom of the post?  If you have Facebook or Twitter or any of the others, I’m asking you to share a link to this post.  Also make sure you put that I’m giving away stuff so your friends can get in on the action, too!!

Thirdly, you need to go “Like” my page on Facebook.  Okay.  That’s not a requirement, but I’d really like it if you did!

That’s it.  That’s all you have to do.  I will be notifying the winner June 15.  Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and see what the new giveaway will be!! So answer the question below!

What book, other than the Bible, has helped you to make a radical change in your life?

Visit the other giveaways to enter!

A Million Miles in a Thousand Year


The Me I Want To Be

The Poisonwood Bible

Grace of God

Visioneering & Evolving in Monkey Town

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  • Absolutely without a doubt the book that has had one of the biggest hands in shaping who I am is “Fearless Faith,” by John Fischer. The book is all about how we as believers interact with people and culture.

    Instead of the normal way of looking at the world that Christians seemed to have adopted–looking at people and culture(movies, books, music, etc…) and asking, “What is wrong with this and why shouldn’t I like this?” He sets forth the simple idea that Paul taught, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” In doing this, he suggests a paradigm shift in how we look at the world. Instead of questioning what is bad in the person or cultural phenomenon we are confronted with, we ask, “Where is God in this? What is good in this? What is noble here? What can I learn about myself and God from this person or film or song, etc.?”

    So often times we feel this need to protect ourselves and particularly to protect our children from the mean nasty world. He suggests and I totally am convinced of his argument that parents who teach their children what is good and noble, and to look at the world that way, can rest easier than parents who shelter their children from everything.

    There are many examples in the Bible where it speaks of letting go of fear in our lives. Fischer simply helps you understand what that really means. Some people I am sure would take issue with it. “How can a christian support watching an R-rated movie like South Park?” “What about pornography, is God in that?” Obviously these are good questions that he wants you to wrestle with.

    Anyways, that’s my pick.

    • Books that challenge the way I’ve always thought? Hersch, that’s a little crazy talk. Actually, I think that will be added to my Kindle soon. Thanks!

  • Very cool, thanks for the kind words. I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s a must-read for any creative!

    • Thanks, again, Jeff! I’m hoping to dive into it sometime this weekend!

  • You would think that as much as I read this would be an easy post to comment on. However, it isn’t. I honestly can not think of a book that has helped me make a radical change. I love reading of course, but I mostly do it for pleasure. I can think of some blogs that I have learned from and some college classes that really made a difference. But one book? I got nothing. I’ll have to think about it today and get back to you.

    • I’ll be waiting patiently 🙂

      • Well one of them that I thought of was Raising Boys by Dr. James Dobson and to a lesser degree the related book, The New Strong-Willed Child. I had a couple ideas about how I wanted to raise Ben, but those books really reinforced the importance of how to raise a Godly man in the society of today.
        Maybe Wuthering Heights as well. I love English literature of that time period and the gentle way they went about life and the messiness of it. I think if we regained some of those ways, we would be a lot better off in the world today.

      • You know, Wuthering Heights is one of those classics I’ve never read, but I’ve always had good intentions to do so. I definitely haven’t read the others on raising children since I don’t have any, but I’ve always heard that they’re good resources for parents! Thanks, Andrea!

  • bethanyplanton

    I love reading so I hope I can list a couple because I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one other book. Some of mine would be Little Women, Blue Like Jazz, Velvet Elvis, but top of the list is definitely Captivating!

    • Those are all some of my favorites, too! We did a study on Captivating a long time ago. This makes me want to dust it off and dig in all over again!

      • bethanyplanton

        You definitely should! I try to read it a least once a year. It does my soul so much good!

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  • Nancy

    Radical change? Yeah…I’m with lots of other people on this one. I’ve read lots of books, but I can’t name one that has caused me to “radically” change. Change? Yes. That I would answer with a book by none other than Mr. Donald Miller. The original title, “Prayer and the Art of Volkswagon Maintenance” has stuck with me since I read it. LOVE it. I’ve read it a time or two since the first reading…and again with the new title, “Through Painted Deserts.” Great read!! Of course all of his stuff is great!

    • I read it when it was title Through Painted Deserts. One of my all-time favorites, too. Like I said a couple days ago, his books are like a breath of fresh air flowing through my life. Good call!

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  • oh! i just found out about jeff too and i’ve been loving following his posts. and goodness…i’m so bad at picking just one book and it’s been more events than books that have caused radical changes in my life. but here’s one…i do love hinds feet on high places by hannah hurnard. =)

    • He’s pretty awesome! I can comfortably say that I learn something every day from him! I’ve never heard of that book, but you can bet I’m headed to Amazon to read about it!

      • it’s a good one! it’s a great picture of our “journey” with God and just challenging in the ways we can experience Him and how we look at different events.

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