Win the Day | Book Review


My friend Mark Batterson has a new book out today. It’s called Win the Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More. I interviewed Mark about the book on the Influence Podcast a few weeks back. Take a listen!

I also recommended the book in the forthcoming issue of Influence magazine. Here’s what I wrote:

“Almost anybody can accomplish anything if they work at it long enough, hard enough, and smart enough,” writes Mark Batterson. In Win the Day, he identifies seven “daily habits” that will help readers “stress less and accomplish more.” Written with Batterson’s trademark combination of biblical insight, historical and scientific anecdotes, and practical application, this book will get your 2021 off to a good start. Today is the best time to start planning and working for a new year better than the old one.

As always, if you like my recommendation, please click “Helpful” on my Amazon review page.

Harnessing the Power of Tension | Book Review


Sam Chand argues that “tension is both inevitable and, at least in many cases, desirable in life and leadership.” If his argument seems counterintuitive to you, Harnessing the Power of Tension is a must read. Rather than avoiding tension, Chand counsels leaders to lean into it in order to experience the synergy that results from balancing competing interests and concerns. Leaning into tension doesn’t mean allowing destructive conflict, however. Properly managed, tension leads to greater creativity, teamwork, and productivity, whether at home, business, or church.

Book Reviewed
Samuel R. Chand, Harnessing the Power of Tension: Stretched But Not Broken (Stockbridge, GA: Whitaker House, 2020).

P.S. If you liked my review, please click “Helpful” on my Amazon review page.

A Biblical Approach to Productivity | Influence Podcast


“Life is complicated, and it’s easy to lose clarity in the face of daily, pressing needs,” writes Dr. Brandon Crowe. “To cut through the complexity and begin to make progress, you need a plan of attack.” In Every Day Matters, Dr. Crowe offers sound advice for how to “think biblically about how to get things done,” as well as how to maximize “your time and energy toward the most important things in everyday life.”

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Crowe about this biblical approach to productivity. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence magazine and your host.

Dr. Brandon Crowe is associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, book review editor for the Westminster Theological Journal, and author of Every Day Matters: A Biblical Approach to Productivity, one of three leadership book recommendations in the March/April 2020 issue of Influence magazine.

How to Get Unstuck | Book Review


We all want to be more effective in life and ministry, but all of us also get stuck at some point or another. In How to Get Unstuck, Matt Perman offers a “God-centered, gospel-driven” perspective on productivity — defined holistically as “a flourishing life, not just doing better at work.” He sketches “successful practices” for getting unstuck, but those practices are built on the foundation of this insight: “operate from a center of sound principles. Use those principles to set your priorities. And then organize and execute your life around those priorities.” This is a helpful book for Christian leaders both inside and outside the church.

Book Reviewed
Matt Perman, How to Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018).

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P.P.S. This review is cross-posted from InfluenceMagazine.com with permission.

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