1. 10 Ways to Know if You Should Read Out of Commission

    May 28, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    As I wrote my newest book, Out of Commission, I had a specific audience in mind—you!

    Seriously, I wrote this book for both pastors and laypeople with the goal of encouraging and equipping all of us in making Christ’s last command our first priority.

    If you’re wondering if this book is indeed for you (or if it would be a good read for someone you know), here are ten ways to know: (more…)


  2. Book Review: The Making of a Man of God

    May 17, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    In churches today there is a dearth of men of God—men whose hearts follow after the Lord and who are spiritual leaders in their homes.

    But this dearth is not unique to our time period or culture. In 1 Samuel 13:14, Scripture notes that God had to search for such a man to lead His people: “…the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart….”

    What does it take to become a “man of God”? It is not as simple as merely being a Christian man, for not every Christian man has his heart fixed on things of the Lord. Nor is it as simple as being a pastor or preacher, for doing the work of God does not guarantee that a man’s heart is right with God.

    In The Making of a Man of God, author Alan Redpath develops what it means to be a “man of God” and how God develops the man’s heart who is yielded to Him. I appreciate this book for its emphasis on the heart and on spiritual leadership. I even asked the men in our church this January to read it this year. We’ve scheduled a few times throughout the year to meet for prayer and discussion of the chapters we’ve read. (more…)


  3. The Best Marriage Book I’ve Read This Year

    February 14, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    When Terrie and I got married thirty-three years ago, one of the commitments we made was to keep growing as husband and wife. Every year, I read at least one book on marriage (usually more), and Terrie does the same. Often we read the same book and then discuss it together.

    The most recent book I read, however, was just for me—The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott. Without a doubt, it is one of the best books I’ve ever read on marriage.

    The topics covered in this book get right to the heart issues of marriage (although the first three chapters are pretty basic and a little slow). The author uses much Scripture throughout the book, and he provides lists with practical, bullet point applications—just what we men need.

    For instance, here are his main thoughts with bulleted lists on “Ways a Husband Can Treat His Wife as His Companion”: (more…)


  4. Book Review: Rescuing Ambition

    January 15, 2014 by Paul Chappell

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    Type As like me rarely need to be encouraged to develop ambition. But we do need to be encouraged to purify our ambition.

    Conversely, Type Bs often need to be encouraged to pursue godly ambition.

    Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey addresses both ends of the spectrum. It’s not a book about personality types in the least; it’s about developing and pursuing ambitions that honor and glorify God.

    We live in a culture that loudly and persistently tells us to promote ourselves and satisfy our quest for recognition and accomplishment. As Christians, we are sometimes prone to counter these voices by quenching ambition altogether—by viewing humility and ambition as opposing values. (more…)


  5. Introducing a New Resource: the Stewarding Life Planner

    December 5, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    It seems that everywhere I go I get asked similar questions:

    • How do you organize your life?
    • How do you plan your time?
    • How do you determine your priorities?

    These are excellent questions—questions, in fact, to which I’ve sought answers for years.

    After writing the book Stewarding Life two years ago, I began looking to develop a personal resource that would serve as a tool to put life stewardship principles into practice on a daily basis. The result was the Stewarding Life Planner. (more…)