Access to My Top Secret Toolbox

I’d like to give you my list of top secret tools, apps, sites, and books that I use to run my personal platform business. While some of these are common knowledge, others I have not spoken about publicly before now. Certainly I have not published so definitive a list.

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#156: Five Surprising Productivity Hacks

I have written quite a bit about productivity, and done more than a few podcasts on the subject of getting things done. Today, I am taking a departure from the normal recommendations about being productive-including my own.

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On today’s show, I will share five surprising productivity “hacks”- shortcuts that make you more productive. But shortcuts you may be shocked to hear coming from me.

3 Paradigm Shifts to Help You Build a Business

This guest post by my friend Jeff Goins should be useful for anyone who is thinking of starting (or has already started) a business. Jeff is the author or four books, including his latest The Art of Work. Jeff is an award-winning blogger and online entrepreneur. Also, he has great hair.  ~ Ray Edwards

Ten years ago, I made the difficult decision to turn away from a lifelong passion for music and pursue a career in vocational ministry. It was a tough choice at the time, but as soon it was made, I knew I’d be doing ministry for the rest of my life. 

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Or so I thought.

#155: Jeff Goins on Finding Your Calling and the Art of Work

Does this sound like you? You hear people talk about “finding their passion” and “discovering your calling”, but you don’t seem to be able to find yours.  You want to do work that matters, and enjoy the process – but you don’t know how. The secret, as suggested by Jeff Goins in his new book The Art of Work is to find the intersection between what you care about and the needs of the world. (And, by the way, you can get a free copy of The Art of Work for a limited time here.)

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Today’s podcast is a conversation with Jeff Goins, and we dig deeply into these matters, and we talk about how you can abandon the status quo and live a life that matters.

Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth’s New Book, “The Day I Met Jesus” [Interview]

Frank Viola is a dear friend who also happens to be one of my favorite Christian authors. His book God’s Favorite Place on Earth (2013) remains one of the most impactful books I have ever read. Today’s post is an interview with Frank & Mary DeMuth on their new book, The Day I Met Jesus.

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Why did you write this book?

Frank: Back in 2007, I got an idea to create a new genre of Christian literature. I call that genre “biblical narrative.”

The new genre would contain autobiographical fiction closely based on the Scriptural narratives and faithful to first-century history. It would also contain a nonfiction section that practically applies the narratives to our lives. Finally, it would include a discussion guide so that readers could better digest and apply the content.TheDayIMetJesus

God’s Favorite Place on Earth (2013) was my first book in this genre. In it, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His hometown Bethany and all the amazing things that took place there.

The Day I Met Jesus (2015) is the second book in this genre. I wanted it to tell the story of five women whom Jesus encountered, allowing each woman tell their own story. I also wanted to draw out practical lessons and critical insights from each narrative.

Because I’m not a woman, I couldn’t do justice to the stories on my own, so I asked the top female Christian fiction writer of our time — Mary DeMuth — to coauthor it with me.

Mary: I wrote it because I love stories, and I felt that some of these encounters with Jesus didn’t get the air time they deserved. By doing careful research and weaving more of a story arc into the five women’s encounter, I hope to show people that the “characters” of the New Testament are actual, breathing people with stress and dysfunction and hopes just like us. Frank pioneered the idea of this book, so all credit goes to him for imagining it. I’m grateful he asked me to be a part.

Tell us the story of how you two came to coauthor it…