Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review: The Happiness of Pursuit

 
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Author Chris Guillebeau achieved his goal of visiting all the countries of the world by the time he was 35. In the process he discovered that joy lies in the journey rather than the destination. He reiterates his point by telling the stories of others who likewise set out on quests. From a birdwatcher to a bicyclist to a crafter to those who set out on quests to help others, the stories fascinate and inspire. This book shares the author’s insights as he discusses beginning a quest, financing it, accepting help along the way and finally, the challenges faced when the quest ends.
 
This is a fun read, one that makes you think about the possibility of setting out on a quest of your own. I like boxed inserts that offer food for thought, such as a list of questions to determine “Why a Quest Might Be For You.” I also found helpful the chapters ending with “Remember” statements, which summarize and clarify main points. 
 
Guillebeau’s sense of humor shines through nicely, and he presents a balanced view not only of the joys of the journey but of the inevitable challenges. Appendix 1 offers “Lessons from the Journey,” a nice overview of such an experience, while Appendix 2 lists others he interviewed along with their quests and status.  The book includes an index as well. Certainly an inspirational read, one that might motivate you right out of your easy chair.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Introducing . . . iDisciple.org


Dear Friends,

This month I’d like to introduce you to an innovative new ministry website: iDisciple.org. The site includes everything you used to find in a print magazine--plus music, audio clips and video clips. It’s categorized, so you can search for a topic or “explore” topics such as parenting, careers, women and spiritual growth. Bible-related topics are also listed: letters of Paul, New Testament, Old Testament, apologetics, etc. Of course, tutorials are available to explore all aspects of this new venue.

Side tabs offer options such as daily devotions and sermons. For the latter, you choose from nine top speakers featured for the week; they include favorites such as Francis Chan, Andy Stanley and Greg Laurie, to name just a few. Or just search for sermons by a speaker of your choice.

There are even iDisciple channels such as Focus on the Family and Guideposts. And you can read the Bible on this site, anywhere, anytime. A choice of versions is available. You control the font, and you can change the background from daytime to nighttime reading.

For my writing and teaching, I use the “explore” button to search out top resources on the topics I’m addressing. You can stockpile your “favorites” and establish a “library.” I have not yet explored all these options, but they surely look good.

As our world becomes more and more digital, there is no doubt in my mind that such sites will become popular. This site is nonprofit. You receive points if you refer a friend to subscribe, and funds are deposited in your “giving” account, which you can then designate to a charity.

iDisciple site is a subscription service, but you can sign up for a 7-day free trial. When you do, you’ll establish a profile regarding your interests; then venues featuring those interests will pop up on your home page.

I am pleased to say my writing was accepted to appear on iDisciple, so you can search for me by name and my work will also pop up under various topics.

So happy exploring. I’m still adjusting to the digital world, but iDisciple is helping me make that transition. Take a minute to stop, look and listen to the site. It has a lot to offer. If you'll already used the site, leave a comment and tell us what you like.

And don’t forget to look out the window every now and then to enjoy the beautiful fall color.

Shirley Brosius

Upcoming events:

October 3, 7 p.m. – Friends of the Heart at Food for Thought with the women of Grace Fellowship Church, Shrewsbury.

October 8, 11:30 a.m. – Shirley at Youngstown South Christian Women’s Connection in Ohio.

October 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Friends of the Heart, West Green Tree Church of the Brethren Women’s Retreat, Elizabethtown.