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Start 2019 Right By Doing This Free, Life Changing Ritual

Start this year with a life-changing ritual, that I have been doing for years: reading through the entire Bible…only over TWO years, and not ONE (which means you’ll actually do it!). And even better, it’s in chronological order.

You can get my FREE E-Book, Two Years Through the Bible, by clicking this link to my email, and requesting  a FREE copy:  This easy to follow reading plan with alter your mind, transform your heart, and literally, change your life.

The need is greater than ever today for people to have a overall understanding of the Bible as a whole. If people can understand the “big picture” from Genesis to Revelation they will be better able to understand the specific passages throughout the Bible.

The best interpreter of Scripture is Scripture itself. A consistent plan of reading through the entire Bible, combined with specific studies and meditations of Bible books, topics and passages will provide a balanced and rich experience in the Scriptures.

I call this a “meat and potatoes” approach to the Word. Eat lots of potatoes by your general chronological reading through the entire Bible, and meditate on the meat of specific Scriptures and areas of focused Bible study.

The purpose of this program is to read through the entire Bible – in chronological order – over a two year period. This guide places both Old and New Testament books in the approximate historical time frame in which they happened relative to each other. You will be reading the Old and the New Testament at the same time so that you will get a little bit of both each day.

It is the Holy Spirit who gives understanding to the Bible, so make it your habit to ask for his illumination each time you open your Bible to read. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will richly bless your reading and study of the Word so that you may “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

So, don’t delay this life-changing ritual! Get my FREE E-Book, Two Years Through the Bible, by clicking this link to my email, and requesting  a FREE . You will never be the same…I promise!



The First of Many, Books to Read in 2019

Here’s a list of 19 books to read in 2019 Books to read list from one of my favorite Thought Leaders, Adam Grant.
“Good leadership books (a) introduce original ideas, (b) back them with evidence & experience, (c) make them engaging.
My top 19 picks to start 2019 explore how to improve work, find courage, fuel innovation, & understand the past and future of humanity.” Adam Grant

What’s Your Current H2I (Head/Heart Influences) List?

Current H2I (Head/Heart Influences):
“That which we expose our head and heart to, influences both head and heart.”
On a daily basis we are constantly choosing what we allow our minds and hearts to focus on through our eyes and ears. Just like the people we hang out with, what we expose our head and heart to, does influence who we are, who we become, and how we behave. What are you currently “showing” your head and heart? Here’s a snapshot of my current H2I list:
  • Crucial Accountability by Patterson et al
  • The Good and Beautiful Community by James Bryan Smith
  • Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt
  • S.J. Scott –
  • Chris Vos – The Black Swan Group –
  • Drudge Report
  • The Piano Guys Station – Amazon Prime
  • Interstellar Soundtrack (Deluxe) – Amazon Prime
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Column of Fire by Ken Follet
  • Isaiah – Rikk Watts – Regent Audio


  • Entreleadership
  • 710ESPN
  • Shark Tank
  • The Profit
  • The Last Jedi
  • Darkest Hour
  • 12 Strong
What’s your current H2I list?

Reading Non-Fiction Using a Template For Note Taking

One of my favorite adult learning, leadership, and brain research books is Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina. This is must reading for leaders who want their communication to stick. Dr. Medina tells us that if you want your brain to remember well, especially if you are reading, you must engage as many of the senses as possible.

I have been in the habit for years of making specific notes in non-fiction books as I read them. This helps my brain to stay engaged with the writer, ask questions, summarize, create next action items, and even identify presuppositions and ideas I disagree with.

My long time Virtual Mentor, Michael Hyatt, recently posted a simple template designed to be used for taking notes while reading non-fiction books. Whether you use Evernote, Word, Pages, Workflowy or even, paper, this InSIGHT template with greatly enhance your non-fiction reading. This template will guide you in tracking 8 elements as you read. You can get a free download of the template of your choice at Michael Hyatt’s website here:

Using this template enables you to engage many more sensory inputs than just visually reading words, which will lead to much, much higher retention of what’s important to remember.