1. 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. An Accountability Tool for Life Stewardship

    December 20, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    I’m excited about the release of the Stewarding Life Planner because it addresses a core set of every spiritual leader’s greatest needs—personal balance, time management, and life stewardship.

    In a previous post I described the core components of this resource including the training and tools it provides in identifying biblical roles, setting goals, and my personal stewardship journal. I believe it will be helpful to any Christian who is serious about stewarding their life for God.

    Because life stewardship is so vital for spiritual leaders, I’ve asked the men on our staff to use the Stewarding Life Planner this coming year with an accountability partner. I gave each of them a copy and a personal accountability partner. My partner is Dr. Don Sisk.

    Each month, we will meet with our partners to share prayer requests and discuss our God-given roles (the book explains how to identify these roles), our devotional life, and how we’re stewarding the roles and responsibilities God has given us. (more…)


  4. 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…)


  5. New Release: A Word to the Wise (with Special Offers for the Wise)

    November 12, 2013 by Paul Chappell

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    If there is one asset we need on a daily basis, it is wisdom. Throughout Scripture, and particularly in Proverbs, God makes His wisdom available to us.

    For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading a chapter from Proverbs each day, reading through the entire book every month. In A Word to the Wise: Practical Advice from the Book of Proverbs I’ve written a devotional reading from the book of Proverbs for every day of the year. I’ve also included cross-references from many other portions of Scripture as well as a Bible reading schedule at the bottom of each page that will lead you through the entire Bible in one year.

    The emphasis in these devotions is on application, and each reading concludes with a distilled truth that you can apply immediately to your life. (For examples, you can see dailyintheword.org/today.)

    The text for each day’s reading actually corresponds to the chapter in Proverbs that matches the day of the month. (For instance, the devotion for January 1 comes from Proverbs 1, the devotion for July 16 comes from Proverbs 16, etc.) (more…)