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Greetings readers! I recently finished reading One Dress, One Year by Bethany Winz.

Bethany found out about human trafficking at the age of 16 & wanted to do something to help stop it. After taking with her family & friends she decided to make a black dress & wear it for a whole year. She added different clothing every day to the dress to spruce it up a bit. She took a picture of herself & put it on her blog she made to keep family & friends informed of how things were going. She would then add a link to the website of different ministries that are dedicated to ending human trafficking.

She talked a lot about her personal highs & lows during the year. She talked about some Christian singers who wrote songs that impacted her that were dedicated to the cause too.

This book was excellent. It opened my eyes to the tragedy of human trafficking. It makes me wish I talked to people about my own dreams about campus ministry to see what I could & should be doing. It makes me think about a lot of stuff about dreams I have & lots of other things.

I highly recommend this wonderful book.

I received this book from Baker House Publishing. You can purchase the book from any bookstore or bakerbooks.com. Read about Bethany & all things she’s doing at her personal website bethanywinz.com.

Any & all comments, questions, etc are always welcomed & encouraged.

God bless. Grace & Peace.

 

Yesterday evening at 6 PM my baby nephew Jase Herbold was born into the world. Welcome Jase! I know your mommy, daddy, big sister Allie, & big brother Jesse will love you every day of your life.

Uncle Zebo is looking forward to meet you.

Love you Jase!

God bless. Grace & Peace.

Greetings blog world! I’m excited my baby niece Emmalyn Chism was born earlier this morning. Congrats to my brother in law Jake and sister Angie.

I’m so excited about this news!

I can’t wait to meet you Emmalyn! I love being Uncle Zebo to Mady, Connor, Jacey, and Emmalyn.

Greetings everyone!

Today I finished reading God For The Rest Of Us. The book was written by Vince Antonucci. He & his family planted a church in Las Vegas. This book is basically a memoir of sorts of their work there.

Its a book about a lot of people whom too many in the church over look & don’t even think about. But even if the church doesn’t think about them or want them, God does. God is “FOR” them.

God is for the segments of society the church won’t dare to venture into. God is for everyone, the prostitutes, the shame filled, the addicts, the dysfunctional families, those who doubt, those who have tatooes, the atheists, the worriers, for Sin City, the pimps, for those who’ve been turned off by the church, for the forgotten, for the broken. And He’s for everyone whom He brings into our lives.

In this book, Antonucci uses biblical stories & real life stories from his own life & ministry to bring home his points.

This book is OUTSTANDING & I give it my highest recommendation.

I was given this book by Tyndale Publishing company in exchange for my honest review.

Please go & buy this church at your favorite Christian bookstore or google Tyndale House Publishing or Vince Antonucci.

Your comments, questions, concerns, etc are always welcomed & encouraged.

Thanks for reading.

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

Greetings everyone! Its been way too long since I’ve blogged last. Sorry about that.

I finished reading George Barna and David Kinnaman’s book ChurchLess last night.

ChurchLess is the conclusion of a trio of books David Kinnaman has written. Mr Kinnaman wrote 2 books previous to this. The first of these is called UnChristian. It is about young adults who aren’t Christians & why they are turned off by Christians & the church. The second book is called You Lost Me. Its about young adults who are Christians, but who also feel like the church has lost touch with younger generations. And this latest book, ChurchLess tells why young adults are leaving the church & how we can keep them.

The book has 14 chapters, 3 appendixes, & 202 pages.

This book tackles how & why the church is loosing ground with young adults, issues that are obsticules, & what the church can do to bridge the gaps to keep young adults in the church & faithful.

Its a GREAT book, & I highly recommend it. I especially recommend it for church leaders, youth workers, & college workers.

As always any & all comments & questions are always welcomed & encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack Blaisdell

Greetings everyone! I just finished reading Andy Stanley’s new book The New Rules For Love, Sex, & Dating. The book is broken down to an introduction, ten chapters (1. The Right Person Myth; 2. Commitment is Overrated; 3. Becoming The Right Person; 4. So Becoming; 5. Love is; 6. The Gentlemen’s Club; 7. The Way Forward; 8. The Talk; 9. Designer Sex; & 10. If I Were You), a conclusion & 182 pages.
In this book Stanley breaks down the Right Person myth in chapter 1. This is the myth that says, if I marry the right person everything will be A OK (p 22). All throughout the book Stanley urges us to “become the person the person your looking for is looking for” (p 172 among others).
In chapter 2, Stanley talks about the importance of preparing to commit to a relationship. Just like any career move, you must prepare for it. Going to school, reading books, talking to people about things related to what you want to do, etc. Preparation is the key to success in most, if not all things in life.
In chapter 3 Stanley talks about focusing on becoming the right person rather then looking for the right person. When we start to do this, we’ll need to make hard decisions on doing somethings & not doing some others.
In chapter 4 we look more into what we should be doing & what we shouldn’t in becoming the right person. Doing good things & turning away from others. Making wise decisions in both cases.
In chapter 5 we see what love is & what it isn’t. Stanley takes a very insightful look at 1st Corinthians 13, the love chapter. First Corinthians 13 says what love does, & what it doesn’t.
Chapter 6 talks about what true gentlemen do, how they act, etc. It should be required reading for any guy who wants to date. Its 1 of my favorite chapters. Very insightful.
The seventh chapter talks about how us guys can act like gentlemen moving forward, & other positive-forward moving decisions.
In chapter 8, read about “the talk”. Its the talk about sex, about relationships, about a lot of different things.
Chapter 9 talks about sex & all the different facsets it takes. Sex isn’t just physical. It encompasses all of life. Sex is damaging to those who engage in sexual activities before marriage & who have extra-marital affairs. It can wreck lives: our own, & our spouse inpreticular.
In chapter 10 Stanley issues challenge to not engage in dating, or sex, or anything of their nature for 1 calender year from the date of your decision. This will detox our selves from these acts. It forces us to truly give ourselves to becoming the right person, to becoming the person the person we’re looking for is looking for.
The conclusion ties in everything beautifully.
I highly recommend this book to all parents, teens, youth ministers, anyone involved in middle school & high school education, or anyone concerned about young people to buy & read this book.
I received this book from North Point Publishing (andystanley.com) in exchange for this review.
As always, your thoughts or questions, or whatever is on your mind are welcomed & encouraged.
God bless. Grace and Peace.
zack

Strength

Greetings everyone! I think everyone who knows me well knows I LOVE sports. Strength goes a long way in the sports world. Those who are strong, who have strength, will do well. And those who don’t won’t do well.
I love the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. There’s a scene in the third movie (The Return Of The King) where Pippin is talking with Faramir. Pippin is about to pledge his loyalty & service to Gondor, & to serve the king there. Faramir is talking about how his father (who is king of Gondor) was a lot like Boramir, who was killed in the first movie. Faramir was saying how stubborn & strong Boramir was. And then Pippin said, “I think you have strength of a different kind. And one day your father will see it”. That statement gives me goosebumps. LOVE THAT!
The Apostle Paul would say in 2nd Corinthians that when we are weak, He (God) is strong.
I’ll stop here.
Any & all comments, questions, etc are always welcomed & encouraged.
God bless. Grace and Peace.
zack,